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Neal Peirce is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and the chairman of the Citistates Group, America’s only journalist team focused first and foremost on metropolitan regions. With Curtis Johnson, he has co-authored the Peirce Reports (now called Citistates Reports), a publication focused on compelling issues of metropolitan futures for leading media in twenty-five regions across the nation. Recent reports include Boston Unbound, released in May 2004, and a series on the Charlotte Citistate for The Charlotte Observer. He is also a principal author of a major report on approaching global urban challenges, Century of the City: No Time to Lose, based on The Rockefeller Foundation’s 2007 Global Urban Summit in Bellagio, Italy. His ten-book series on America’s states and regions culminated in  The Book of America: Inside 50 States Today and, more recently, has published Citistates: How Urban America Can Prosper in a Competitive World; Boundary Crossers: Community Leadership for a Global Age; and Breakthroughs: Recreating The American City. Peirce is currently working on the development of Citiscope—a global news website focused on innovations and experiments underway in world cities, on topics ranging from climate change to slum upgrading, water, and food security in order to advance steps to protect against natural disasters.