This is a great article about how technology can create economic development in smalelr cities. While Milwaukee is not small, we are also not the size of Chicago, Oakland or New York. It includes two case studies: a city of 80,000 and a city of 213,000.
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Looking around on articles on the world’s smartest cities, we tend to celebrate the high-tech pioneers implementing large infrastructure or data projects. Why not take a moment to look at the less obviously spectacular, but rather more meaningful cases in cities in crisis-ridden European regions that weather the storm well.
Smaller cities can play an important role in driving innovation in or near metropolitan areas of a major cities and creating new markets. Sant Cugat (population 80,000, near Barcelona) and Eindhoven (population 213,000, near Amsterdam) are good examples.
What makes these two cities successful not just by our standards, but the strings of international awards they received for innovation, public management and leadership, appears to be their blend of moderate technology venturing (in terms of scale), the readiness to look abroad for inspiration and solutions, and their deep engagement with their citizens throughout the process.