The Aspen Institute, the Bipartisan Policy Center and Intel Corporation hsoted a conversation on the far-reaching implications of the big data "information revolution" for innovation, economic growth, privacy and security in our increasingly connected world.
Congress will soon turn its attention to reauthorizing the passenger rail legislation, enacted in 2008. A critical element of this legislation, as well as the focus of attention by the Northeast Corridor Commission, established by this bill, is the future of passenger rail services in the critically important Northeast Corridor. This region of the country is of great significance to the national economy, and transportation services in the Corridor are intimately related to its economic growth and prosperity.
As part of the Commission on Political Reform, BPC hosted a “Women as Leaders” forum featuring former Senators Olympia Snowe and Blanche Lincoln, former Secretary Ann Veneman, and former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin.
The BPC Housing Commission hosted a regional forum in Los Angeles, CA. The forum explored pressing issues in housing today – demographic trends impacting housing markets, efforts to link housing and healthcare to serve the most vulnerable, access to credit for perspective homebuyers, and efforts to incentivize the adoption of energy efficiency measures in housing - and featured both keynote remarks and panel discussions by key members of Congress and leaders in the housing industry.
BPC and the Campaign Finance Institute (CFI) held a discussion on research priorities for the study of money in politics. BPC and CFI recently convened a working group of prominent scholars to recommend research priorities for the field. A series of papers on the state of campaign finance research, authored by members of the working group, will be published in the Fall edition of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research in Contemporary Politics.
BPC and Intel Corporation hosted a forum to explore the potential for big data innovation to improve homeland security, current and future challenges to overcome, and policy principles that will encourage innovation while safeguarding privacy and security in our increasingly connected society. This event is part of the ongoing Innovation Economy conversation convened by Intel in 2009, focused on the vital role of innovation in sustaining and building upon U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.
BPC released a study of the economic and budgetary impacts of varying policy frameworks for immigration reform. Leading economists discussed the findings and the role of immigration reform in economic growth.
Top housing experts and policymakers debated and discussd the housing finance system in the United States and plans for reforming Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
The region-wide political upheaval, which began more than two years ago, has given both the United States and Turkey an important interest in containing and minimizing the spreading instability and chaos. Today, to secure those interests, both countries need a strong, cooperative partnership. But challenges to such a partnership have steadily mounted.
Fifty percent of Americans live with one or more chronic illnesses, and diet and physical activity are key risk factors for many. Health care professionals are uniquely positioned to change this trend through patient education, but unfortunately they often lack the training and incentives to deliver this guidance. If there is to be a shift in focus from curative to preventive care, the medical school curriculum must include nutrition and physical activity education.