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

By The New York Times

December 9, 2019

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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.

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