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In the last several years, much has been written about growing economic challenges, increasing income inequality, and political polarization in the United States. This book argues that lessons for addressing these national challenges are emerging from a new set of realities in America’s metropolitan regions: first, that inequity is, in fact, bad for economic growth; second, that bringing together the concerns of equity and growth requires concerted local action; and, third, that the fundamental building block for doing this is the creation of diverse and dynamic epistemic (or knowledge) communities, which help to overcome political polarization and help regions address the challenges of economic restructuring and social divides.

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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. 1. Can't We All Just Get Along?
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  1. 2. Driving That Train: Can Closing the Gap Facilitate Sustained Growth?
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  1. 3. Where to Go, What to Ask: Selecting and Designing the Case Studies
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  1. 4. Parks and Recreation: Planning the Epistemic Community
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  1. 5. Business Knows Best: Elite-Driven Regional Stewardship
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  1. 6. Struggle and the City: Conflict-Informed Collaboration
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  1. 7. The Next Frontier: Collaboration in the New Economy
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  1. 8. Stepping Back: Theorizing Diverse and Dynamic Epistemic Communities
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  1. 9. Looking Forward: A Beloved (Epistemic) Community?
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  1. Appendix A: Regional Rankings for Growth and Equity
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  1. TABLE A.1 R R REGIONAL RANKINGS FOR GROWTH AND EQUITY
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  1. Appendix B: Data Sources and Methods for Regional Profiles
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  1. TABLE B.2 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE SALT LAKE CITY REGION
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  1. TABLE B.3 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE SACRAMENTO REGION
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  1. TABLE B.4 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE GRAND RAPIDS REGION
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  1. TABLE B.5 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE CHARLOTTE REGION
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  1. TABLE B.6 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE OKLAHOMA CITY REGION
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  1. TABLE B.7 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE GREENSBORO REGION
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  1. TABLE B.8 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE FRESNO REGION
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  1. TABLE B.9 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE SAN ANTONIO REGION
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  1. TABLE B.10 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE SILICON VALLEY REGION
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  1. TABLE B.11 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE RALEIGH-DURHAM REGION
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  1. TABLE B.12 SELECT DEMOGRAPHIC AND ECONOMIC DATA FOR THE SEATTLE REGION
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  1. Appendix C: Case-Study Interviews
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  1. Notes
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