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Press Release Article January 29th, 2020
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U.S. News and World Report: After Amazon: how cities can use tech to their benefit

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U.S. News and World Reports: After Amazon: How Cities Can Use Tech to Their Benefit

Originally published in U.S. News and World Report.

AFTER AMAZON CANCELLED its plans to build a new campus in New York City, famed venture capitalist Fred Wilson told the New York Times, "To really be a success in New York, the benefits of the tech sector have to extend to every borough and every neighborhood."

He's right - not just about New York and Amazon - but about the relationship between cities and technology companies across the country. Technology presents cities with an equity challenge because access to and the benefits of technology are not equally shared by all. That's difficult enough. But technology also presents cities with a capacity challenge because city governments are not organized to handle the rapid development of new products, platforms and business models. And both of these challenges threaten the legitimacy of local government.


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Dan Vogel Director, North America
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