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June 19, 2004

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What drives growth in America's cities?

That's a questionÊCEOs for CitiesÊasked, and for answers, they turned to Dr. Christopher Berry and Bob Weissbourd. The result was their report, "The Changing Dynamics of Urban America," and here to discuss it with us is Chris Berry and Peter Armato, special projects director of CEOs for Cities.

Chris Berry is a fellow in the Department of Government at Harvard University and assistant professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. His areas of research include urban affairs, education policy, and the politics of public finance. With Bob Weissbourd he is the author of "The Changing Dynamics of Urban America."

Peter Armato is Director of Special Projects for Boston-based CEOs for Cities, a national, nonpartisan alliance of mayors, business executives, university presidents, and civic leaders. There he leads two of the organization's principal areas of economic research and public policy: The Changing Dynamics of Urban America and K-12 education reform.

Before coming to CEOs for Cities, Armato was founding President & CEO of The Downcity Partnership, Inc. in Providence, RI.

We'll also find out about Spokane's newÊÊfrom Michael Edwards. He is president of Downtown Spokane Partnership where 100 blocks are about to go wireless.

Before joining the Downtown Spokane Partnership, Mike was a principle with The Saratoga Associates, heading the firm's Buffalo, New York office.

And Bruce Turkel checks in from the road where he and his team are discovering the Mississippi Gulf Coast up close.

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