Congress has advanced major legislation this summer aimed at establishing regional technology hubs to drive growth in new regions far from the nation’s coastal “superstar” metros. One goal of this initiative is to help restore American economic dynamism and create more globally competitive regional centers. But another goal is equally important: Establishing tech hubs in up-and-coming regions across the country supports the aim of fostering economic inclusion—in tech and beyond. As such, creating a network of regional tech hubs across the nation represents not just an economic priority but one of equity.
The Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program will host an event on Tuesday, July 13, making the case for regional tech hubs as important potential drivers of growth, opportunity, and inclusion for underrepresented people and places. Following remarks by Brookings Senior Fellow Mark Muro, a panel of leaders and entrepreneurs from the Heartland and American South will discuss the potential impacts of Congress’s tech-hub proposal on economic inclusion in their communities.
List of speakers is forthcoming.