Businesses Drive Regionalism
Regional success stories in Atlanta and Los Angeles were discussed, but the focus was on surmounting the disconnect between the regional economy and a weak regional government:
"Economic competitiveness can be the great unifier for regions. The downturn has compounded our challenges but it has also provided a rallying point for individuals with different political affiliations and groups with different agendas. We will disagree about a lot, but I think we can all agree that jobs, trade and investment are key priorities."