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Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions

Digital technologies and the future of cities

Can today's city govern well if its citizens lack modern technology? How important is access to computers for lowering unemployment? What infrastructure does a city have to build in order to attract new business? Michael A. Pagano curates engagement with such questions by public intellectuals, academics, policy analysts, and citizens. Each essay explores the impact and opportunities technology provides in government and citizenship, health care, workforce development, service delivery to citizens, and metropolitan growth. As the authors show, rapidly emerging technologies and access to such technologies shape the ways people and institutions interact in the public sphere and private marketplace. The direction of metropolitan growth and development, in turn, depends on access to appropriate technology scaled and informed by the individual, household, and community needs of the region.

An in-depth and perceptive collection, Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions confronts the increasing challenges faced by metropolitan regions not only in governing, but in ensuring a sustainable and acceptable quality of life for their citizens.

Contributors are Randy Blankenhorn, Bénédicte Callan, Jane E. Fountain, Chen-Yu Kao, Sandee Kastrul, Karen Mossberger, Daniel X. O'Neil, Michelle Stohlmeyer Russell, Kuang-Ting Tai, Alfred Tatum, Stephanie Truchan, Darrell M. West, and Howard Wial.

"With ever-increasing shifts in the social and economic fabric of our urban regions, resiliency relies on people and institutions to have the resources and capabilities to find innovative ways to access, produce, generate, store, share, mash-up, and reuse disparate bits of information to redefine how a city enables its citizens to prosper. The collection of perspectives in Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions offers fresh and deep insight into the nuances that civic leaders need to understand. The authors show the way to developing and implementing the strategies around information and communication technology that will allow people to thrive in our next-generation cities. It's a must-read and must-discuss for civic leaders building new broadband networks to support new digital ecosystems and making new plans to expand government service delivery, catalyze economic development, and improve schools and libraries."--Jon Gant, Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion

"These essays make the case that technology is about urban infrastructure, workforce effectiveness, and commerce. They survey domains from very different disciplines joined by the common reality that people are moving to cities and cities are digital realms."--Ted Smith, Chief of Civic Innovation, Louisville Metro Government

The College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs of the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois Press gratefully acknowledge that publication of this book was assisted by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Michael A. Pagano is dean of the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs and professor of public administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, faculty fellow of UIC's Great Cities Institute, and editor of Metropolitan Resilience in a Time of Economic Turmoil.

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