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John Austin

Rebuilding the Midwest's Infrastructure

RESEARCH
Report by Multiple Authors

John Austin and Alexander Hitch examine policies and priorities to drive equitable economic recovery in the Midwest in a world reshaped by COVID-19.

Midwestern bridge
Global Cities

A Vital Midwest: The Path to a New Prosperity

RESEARCH
Report by Multiple Authors

The Midwest possesses a dynamic political and economic history that lies at the center of America’s economic growth and keeps the region front and center in politics today.

A Vital Midwest: The Path to a New Prosperity
Global Cities

More Capital Can Translate Prodigious Rust Belt Innovation into New Heartland Businesses and Jobs

RESEARCH
Working Paper by John Austin

While the Midwest outpaces other US regions on innovation and talent-creation metrics, it continues to export its wealth and new discoveries to the coasts.

An exterior shot of a factory in the rust belt at sunset, with a puddle of water in the foreground
Bob Jagendorf
Global Cities