Metro Competition

Megapolitan areas compete globally

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Source: USA TODAY 


Publication date: 2011-11-29 


Michael Crow, president of Arizona State University outside of Phoenix, last month ventured into potentially hostile territory 120 miles south in Tucson, home of the University of Arizona, to address 600 civic and business leaders. 


His message was jaw-dropping: Put aside the rivalry between the universities and the metropolitan areas and join forces to form one giant urban powerhouse to compete globally with an economy larger than that of the United Arab Emirates. 


"Competitiveness between two communities gets us nowhere," Crow says. "We've been asleep at the switch too long." 


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