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TechTank: Which U.S. Cities Are Poised for AI Growth?

AI is generating a lot of interest all around the world. It is a way to spur innovation, develop new products and services, and increase economic development. Many places see it as the engine of economic growth and technological innovation.

But there is tremendous variation across local and regional economies in how well-positioned cities are as the AI economy grows. Some metropolitan areas have tremendous assets and lots of AI-related activity while others see little activity.


TechTank: How Will Biden’s Broadband Infrastructure Plan Address Rural Poverty While Closing the Digital Divide?

In early August, the U.S. Senate unveiled the draft language for the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, a $1 trillion bill that allocates $65 billion to broadband infrastructure. These targeted investments seek to make high-speed internet access more affordable and accessible, particularly for underserved rural communities.


TechTank: Why State Unemployment Insurance Programs Failed Workers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

We live in a time of digital transformation. Technology is altering how we work, learn and access public services. At the same time, shifts taking place in the workforce are changing how people navigate complexities in information technology, human resources and social service delivery.

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