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Episode 379: Manufacturing Matters: An In-depth Look At Enterprise Zones

Today’s Episode

In this episode Christopher Hooton, Senior Scholar at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy and Chief Economist of the Internet Association and Peter Tyler, professor in urban and regional economics in the Department of Land Economy at the University of Cambridge, discuss their newly published paper on the impact of enterprise zones. Chris and Peter outline the basic findings of their study and discuss the role of manufacturing in enterprise zone development. Other topics include the relationship between enterprise zones and clusters, the impact of enterprise zones in developing economies, and the issue of capital pirating from surrounding localities.


Lewis Weiss

Mr. Lewis Weiss is Host of Manufacturing Talk Radio and President of All Metals & Forge Group, the principal sponsor of the show. He has 60 years in the metals industry as a manufacturer of open die forgings and seamless rolled rings, running a business that sells forged products globally to OEMs, major manufacturers, mid-size first- and second-tier suppliers, and small metalworking companies. Lewis Weiss puts his experience in manufacturing to good use as an expert consultant on various TV and radio programs nationwide.

Tim Grady

Mr. Tim Grady is an Executive Producer and Co-host of Manufacturing Talk Radio. He brings more than 25 years of knowledge as a senior strategist and business advisor to companies of all sizes in more than thirty industries, advising them on revving up revenues, macro and micro marketing, strategic selling, organization optimization, website ergonomics, data mining, and other external or internal factors that can accelerate or impede business operations and net profit.


Dr. Christopher Hooton is an economist and policy expert specializing in economic development, spatial analysis, and evaluation. He currently serves as a Senior Scholar at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy and as the Chief Economist at Internet Association. Dr. Hooton has previously served as a consultant to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank as well as other leading organizations and formerly served as a Lecturer at the Social Science Research Methods at the University of Cambridge.  Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Dr. Hooton holds degrees from the University of Miami, the London School of Economics, and his doctorate from the University of Cambridge.

Peter Tyler is a Professor in urban and regional economics in the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and President and Fellow of St. Catharine’s College. He has an extensive track record in undertaking research with a particular emphasis on urban and regional economics and industrial policy. He has been a Project Director for over seventy major research projects for Government, many involving the assessment of public policy resulting in the publication of forty research monographs of which twenty-four have been of book length. Besides his work in the United Kingdom for HM Government he has also undertaken research for the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on urban, regional and industrial and evaluation policy. He has been an Expert Advisor to the OECD, European Commission and HM Government, including serving on the National Evaluation Panel for Sure Start (HM Government initiative for children under 5). He was a Programme Leader for the Cambridge MIT initiative and is a Policy Fellow at the Cambridge Centre for Science and Policy. During 2016 he was an Expert Advisor to UN Habitat III.