Who We Are

We guide regional leaders through complex environments to make significant and lasting changes.

Regional Growth Strategies partners with local and regional leaders to make significant and lasting changes in systems to promote economic growth and expand economic opportunity.

Over the past two decades, we've gained an in-depth understanding of how to grow good jobs, develop a skilled workforce, build effective and lasting cross-sector partnerships, and transform existing systems. In the process, we've learned a lot about what works and what doesn't work in each of those areas.


Pete Carlson, President

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Pete has spent the past two decades designing and implementing strategies that promote economic growth and shared prosperity. In addition to his work on the ground in regions across the country, he has done in-depth studies of over two-dozen regions, exploring what's working and what's getting in the way of growing good jobs, with a particular focus on what kind of partnership structures they are putting in place, where the leadership is coming from, and what's being done to help low-income residents prepare for and gain access to those jobs.

Currently, Pete is part of a national action-learning network of regional leaders in the forefront of promoting economic inclusion, managed by the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. The participating regions serve as learning labs, testing out promising models and strategies, generating new insights into what works and what's getting in the way.  Prior to that, Pete organized and managed a similar network of regional leaders experimenting with innovative approaches to inclusive growth as part of the Regional Prosperity Project.

Earlier in his career, Pete served as an advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Labor on strategies to promote skill-based economic growth. As the director of the National Advisory Commission on Work-Based Learning, comprised of business, education and labor leaders, he organized forums of leading experts and practitioners to identify what was working and what was getting in the way of improving the skills of the American workforce and improving job quality.