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Rustbelts to Brainbelts: The Smartest Places on Earth

April 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Rustbelts to Brainbelts: The Smartest Places on Earth

Location: Hudson Library & Historical Society

Rustbelt cities such as Akron are becoming the unlikely hotspots of global innovation, where sharing brainpower and making things smarter—not cheaper—is creating a new economy that is turning globalization on its head. Co-authors Antoine van Agtmael and Fred Bakker will discuss Akron and other such cities showcased in their book, The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation, at the Hudson Library & Historical Society’s Distinguished Speakers event.

Antoine van Agtmael is senior adviser at Garten Rothkopf, a public policy advisory firm in Washington, DC and was the founder of Emerging Markets Management LLC; previously he was deputy director at the International Finance Corporation (“IFC”) and a division chief in the World Bank’s borrowing operations. He taught at Georgetown Law Center and Harvard Institute of Politics. Mr. van Agtmael is a board member of The Brookings Institution, the NPR Foundation, Magnum Photos and the Smithsonian’s Freer Sackler Gallery and is also a member of the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University and the Council on Foreign Relations. His earlier books are The Emerging Markets Century and Emerging Securities Markets. 

Alfred Bakker, until his recent retirement, was a journalist specializing in monetary and financial affairs with Het Financieele Dagblad, the “Financial Times of Holland,” serving as editor-in-chief and CEO.

You may find reviews at Crain’s Cleveland BusinessThe Atlantic, and The Diane Rehm Show.

Registration can be found here.


April 14, 2016
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hudson Library
96 Library Street
Hudson , OH 44236 United States
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