First Friday Policy Roundtable

The First Friday Policy Roundtables are the most frequent opportunities to tap into the collective knowledge and experience of the MetroLab Network. We gather local gov and academia once a month for a candid, virtual conversation about key topics our communities are facing. The sessions begin with a 20-minute framing presentation from a leader in the space, and are followed by Q&A and 4-minute remarks from each of the institutions in attendance.

Upcoming Sessions

Equity, Data, and Storytelling

October 6, 2023

Bipartisan Infrastructure Programs and Updates

November 3, 2023


December 1 , 2023

Winter Break- no FFPR

January 5 , 2024

Previous Sessions

EV Charging Infrastructure and Readiness

September 2023

Featuring Matthew Stephens-Rich, Electrification Coalition

Green Infrastructure

May 2023

Featuring Olivia C. Molden, Earth Economics and FreAsia Young, ECO-Action

Affordable Housing

March 2023

Featuring Gregg Colburn, University of Washington, Kate Killen, Mid-America Regional Council, Ken Gibb, University of Glasgow, and Duncan MacLennan, University of Glasgow

Disaster Preparedness

February 2023

Featuring David Alexander, Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security

Midterm Election Results

December 2022

Featuring Adie Tomer, Brookings Institute, and Marcia Hale, Hale Strategies

Resilient Infrastructure

November 2022

Featuring Mark Smith, Vehicle Technologies Office, Department of Energy


October 2022

Featuring Francella Ochillo, CEO of Next Century Cities

Open Data

September 2022

Featuring Denice Ross, Chief Data Scientist of US, Office of Science and Technology Policy