Category: Innovation

Public Policy Can Curb the Negative Effects of Automation

Researchers, economic developers, and politicians are concerned about how automation will affect the workforce. By looking at other times in our history where automation has advanced rapidly, we can learn what worked and what didn’t and use that knowledge to address future automation challenges. 

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Communities (and Their Businesses) are Going Global

Cities all over the country are working to make their local economy more global by promoting exports, which helps diversify the economy, expand local business operations, and create jobs.

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Communities are Combating Climate Change and Joblessness at the Same Time

Besides the obvious danger climate change poses to our environment, it’s also dangerous for our economy. But more communities are striving to address both climate change and workforce development by supporting industries that are beneficial for the environment.

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How the Midwest Can Get More VC Funding

Despite being home to a number of great universities, lots of workers with bachelor’s degrees, and a quarter of patents filed in the US, the Midwest still only receives a fraction of the venture capital funding our country’s coastal hubs get.

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Experiments in Green Infrastructure and Economic Resilience

Multiple cities across the US are experimenting with initiatives that promote green infrastructure and workforce development in low-income communities to find ways to make these communities more resilient.

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Cities and Tech Can (and Should) Join Forces

Even though the relationship between tech companies and city governments in the recent past has been contentious, tech and cities should find a way to partner so that cities can be more equitable and efficient in our new digital age.

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How to Help Workers in the Transition to Automation

Approximately 36 million workers will be affected by automation in future decades. How can we prepare our workforce to work alongside and with automation, rather than lose workers to robots?

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