TransformingTech: Shaping the Geography of Innovation

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the physical attributes of place that support innovation and the role of planning and urban design.
  • Recognize the increasingly diverse spectrum of developments, spaces, and place types being built across a broad range of geographies.
  • Learn about trends impacting tech-oriented planning and real estate development, and the factors and challenges.

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Job recovery after the Great Recession in many areas has been led by growth in technology sectors. Tech job growth has been a major driver of office market resurgence. Recent studies indicate that tech is also an important source of secondary job creation and regional economic development. Not surprisingly, cities outside of traditional tech capitals like Silicon Valley and Puget Sound look to cultivate their own advanced industry clusters to spur economic development.

Rising costs in first-tier markets benefit emerging clusters in places such as Austin, Texas; Oakland, California; Portland, Oregon; Chicago; and Denver. These second-tier markets seek to agglomerate physical, human, technological, and financial capital to foster economic development by creating "innovation districts."

Lost in the debate over whether the tech future is urban or suburban is an understanding of the place-based drivers that impact firm performance. Learn about the trends impacting tech-oriented planning and development, the evolving geography of advanced industry clusters, and the transformative potential for the American city.