Sign In

Communications of the ACM

ACM TechNews

A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?


View as: Print Mobile App Share: Send by email Share on reddit Share on StumbleUpon Share on Hacker News Share on Tweeter Share on Facebook
A San Francisco skyline.

A new report found that 13 innovation industries were mainly sited in a handful of urban areas in the U.S.

Credit: Jeff Chiu/Associated Press

A report from the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program and the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation found that 13 innovation industries were mainly sited in a handful of urban areas in the U.S.

Boston, Seattle, San Diego, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley were home to 90% of jobs created in these sectors from 2005 to 2017, while job in those sectors were lost by about 50% of the country's 382 metro areas.

The report's authors agreed the federal government needs to propel innovation beyond the 20 currently dominant metro areas, and identified midsize cities like Pittsburgh and Columbus, OH, as feasible technology hubs.

Their proposal is to choose up to 10 such cites with research universities and a critical mass of advanced degree-holders and have the federal government invest about $700 million annually in research and development in each city over a 10-year period.

From The New York Times
View Full Article - May Require Paid Subscription

 

Abstracts Copyright © 2019 SmithBucklin, Washington, DC, USA


 

No entries found