Fostering Innovation-Based Growth Centers in the Heartland

A New Way to Counter Regional Divergence and Drive U.S. Competitiveness
Robert D. Atkinson January 20, 2020
January 20, 2020

Unfortunately, in many nations, including the United States, the technology economy has widened regional divides between a small number of dynamic, high-tech “superstar” metropolitan areas and most others. As Rob Akinson writes for Global Innovation Index, the result is now a crisis of regional imbalance at a continental scale that is throwing off disturbing side effects that cry out for response. 

What is needed is a major federal push to help transform a short list of “Heartland” metros with some existing strengths into self-sustaining innovation “growth centers.” And to do that, ITIF and the Brookings Institution recently released a report proposing that Congress assemble major package of federal innovation inputs and supports that would help select metropolitan areas not geographically near existing successful tech hubs to support transformative innovation-sector scale-up.