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Alexander Hitch

Struggling Regions Need a Leg Up in Infrastructure Funds

In the News
Governing
Coauthors

“Repaired and updated infrastructure-based amenities should train their focus on distressed communities first,” write John Austin and Alex Hitch in Governing.

The Big Four railroad bridge in Jefferson, Missouri.
H. Michael Miley
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Transforming Industrial Regions of North America and Europe: Opportunity and Imperative

Interactives
Coauthors

This report summarizes the Transforming Industrial Regions of North America and Europe symposium, including strategies to rebuild economies and stem anti-democratic populism.

An aerial view of a power plant at night, with the moon in the background
Global Cities

Physical Infrastructure Is a Start; Human Infrastructure Must Follow

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Alexander Hitch

"To prevent an uneven recovery and further economic inequality, policies that narrow the gap between communities succeeding and those struggling must move to center stage," writes Alex Hitch.

President Biden in front of a blue screen
Chicago Tribune
Global Economy, Trade and Business

Regional Inequality Looms as Pressing Threat to Democracy

In the News
National Interest
Coauthors

A group of experts, including the Council's John Austin, Brian Hanson, and Alex Hitch explain why now is the time to rise to a new political, economic, and social challenge rooted in growing regional inequalities.

President Biden speaks with Midwest Leaders
The White House
Global Cities

Tackling Inequality by Investing in Infrastructure

Interactives
Alexander Hitch

By investing in infrastructure, the United States can prepare communities to participate in a changing economy, increase access to opportunity, and address challenges highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

highway infrastructure
Miguel Ángel Sanz
Global Cities

2020 Election Review: Smaller, Economically Successful Midwest Cities Shifted Toward Biden as Much as Suburbs

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Running Numbers by Alexander Hitch

Data from the 2016 and 2020 elections show it’s not just large cities, their suburbs, and university towns that have shifted toward Democrats.

2020 US Electoral Map
Clay Banks
Global Politics

How a Biden Infrastructure Reboot can Power Midwest’s Economic Recovery

In the News
Chicago Tribune
Coauthors

If Biden and a new Congress deliver a long overdue (and now urgent) infrastructure agenda focused on sustainability, equity and a clean energy future for the United States, it can both reinvigorate the Midwest and support national economic growth.

Dayton, Ohio in the summer
Hans Jurgen
Global Cities

Wrap-Up of Global Public Opinion on Issues that Defined 2020

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Running Numbers by Coauthors

Dina Smeltz, Craig Kafura, Karl Friedhoff, Brendan Helm, and Alexander Hitch document the ups and downs of the public mood, sharing highlights of their 2020 research.

People walk around outside in 2020
Kevin Hendersen
Public Opinion

How the American Public Views China

In the News
RealClearWorld
Alexander Hitch

An important debate has cracked open about the future of the U.S.-China relationship. This was inevitable. But the debate, while increasingly contentious, has been limited to politicians, policymakers, and pundits, largely overlooking what most Americans think.

President Donald Trump and China President Xi Jinping shake hands
Public Opinion

The Next Battleground in Trump's Trade War: Vietnam

In the News
The Diplomat
Alexander Hitch

Vietnam is likely the Trump administration’s next trade target. But the calculus differs in key ways from China.

Global Economy, Trade and Business