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Mark Muro, a senior fellow and the director of policy at the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution, leads the program's advanced-industries activities. He is an expert on regional innovation systems and economic development and has published extensively on manufacturing, energy issues, and regional industry clusters.

Muro most recently led the development of state advanced-industries strategies for Tennessee's automotive industry and Colorado's space/aerospace sector and wrote the report "Powering Advanced Industries, State by State." He is currently developing a national definition and measurement of the U.S. advanced-industry sector.

Muro is also an adviser to the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute and the author of numerous publications on regional technology ecosystems and economic development strategies, including "The New 'Cluster Moment': How Regional Innovation Clusters Can Foster the Next Economy." He holds a bachelor's degree from Harvard College and a master's degree in American studies from the University of California at Berkeley.

December 12, 2014

What States Need to Do to Grow Their Advanced Industries

It will take investments in platforms, people and places. Some states are already showing the way.