What’s Next for the US-Canada border, COVID-19, and Economic Development
Covid-19 has caused great disruptions in all aspects of the global economy. The Canadian-US border closure was no exception, disrupting the economic activities of towns and cities around the border, as well as tourist destinations on both sides of the border. Manufacturing and trade between the US and Canada was greatly impacted by Covid, with much of the damage occurring within the first few months of the pandemic.
During Covid, we witnessed innovation in many different sectors of the economy, but issues within our society were exasperated and became more present. The presentation will conclude by examining the US Infrastructure bill and what that means for economic development and the economic relations with Canada.
About the Speaker
Todd Greene is an Institute fellow and the executive director of WorkRise, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers, and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute. Before joining Urban, Greene was executive director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUCC), the world’s oldest and largest consortium of historically Black colleges and universities. There, he led a team that enhanced students’ academic opportunities, forged interdisciplinary research, and catalyzed a broad economic development agenda. Under Greene’s leadership, AUCC collaborated with and supported thought leadership and strategic innovation among each member institution and across the consortium.
For more than 10 years, Greene served as a vice president in the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlantla’s research division. He led the economic and community development department and initiatives to promote inclusive economic growth related to community and economic development finance, small businesses’ access to credit, affordable housing, and human capital and workforce development. Greene founded and led the Federal Reserve System’s Human Capital/Workforce Development Working Group and oversaw creation of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity.
Greene has published numerous articles and coedited Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century (2015) and Investing in America’s Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers (2018). He is vice chairman of the International Economic Development Council’s board of directors and serves on the boards of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development, the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce, and Invest Atlanta.
Greene earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard University and master’s degrees from Washington University in St. Louis and Georgia State University. He has completed executive education programs at Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Universidad ESAN in Lima, Peru.