The dynamics of the U.S. economy are continuing to evolve as a result of technological advances and continued globalization. The 70-year political consensus in the United States that open trade and investment policies would provide the most benefit to the country and its people is now frayed. Some have benefitted greatly from these past policies and others have not. At present, there is no publicly-supported consensus on what U.S. trade and investment policy should look like. A new consensus on the elements of U.S. trade and investment policy that will benefit Americans and secure the nation’s future must be built and take into account input from the public and reflect the economic development objectives of our cities and regions.
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