economic development

Big Data, Watson, and Cognitive Computing: Improving Education and Regional Competitiveness

In the United States during 2013, nearly 20% of high school seniors did not graduate – stressing the ability of regions looking to thrive and prosper via an Economic Vitality agenda.  As we have seen, societies with world class education systems produce highly skilled workforces and become attractive places for businesses looking to thrive – […]

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Which regions are benefiting from foreign investment? Find the answers here…

The world is neither flat nor round. From an economic perspective, the world is more like a Rubik’s Cube, with varying combinations of interdependent conditions and developments leading to different outcomes. Technological advances, new and emerging consumer markets, changing cost structures, and political and social upheavals are some of the dynamics that, individually or in […]

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Economic Vitality: Building Regional Cohesion in EU

Since its founding act, the Treaty of Rome in 1957, the European Community has pursued a policy of economic and social cohesion among its members. Formed in the aftermath of the Second World War, the EC was built on the belief that countries that trade together become economically interdependent and thus, less likely to engage […]

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Economic Vitality in data driven world

Data promises to be for the twenty-first century what steam power was for the eighteenth, electricity for the nineteenth and fossil fuels for twentieth – that is, the creator of enormous wealth and progress. For both cities and counties, the era of Big Data opens up significant new opportunities for economic growth and new insight. […]

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How higher education remains viable in today’s dynamic world

The demands on – and for – higher education have never been greater. As economic shifts and technological advances dramatically change workforce requirements worldwide, corporate recruiters struggle to find qualified graduates. At the same time, the cost of higher education continues to rise, leading many to question its value. As the value of higher education […]

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Data-Driven Sustainability and Resilience

The twin concepts of sustainability and resilience have taken center stage in the international development discourse.  Indeed, the Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, will chart the course for the post-2015 development agenda, and building resilience of communities, governments, as well as physical infrastructure, is a major thrust of new development policy. While fashionable and sometimes […]

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Changing methods and mindsets to address the issue of long-term unemployment (LTU)

While finding work in a competitive labor market is challenging, doing so after being unemployed for a year of more is exponentially more difficult, even in less constrained labor markets. Long-term unemployment (LTU) can negatively affect unemployed individuals and their families, as well as governments and tax payers. Because the long-term unemployed population and the […]

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Analytics and Watson: Core to Government Transformational Efforts

The challenge is well known:  government budgets continue to be limited, declining revenues are not keeping pace, and the taxpaying population is requiring an increasing amount of services.  Many governments do not see funding returning to pre-Global Economic Crisis levels – and conventional approaches to address the imbalance between revenue and spending (program reductions, increasing […]

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Government Shared Services: Continuing the Journey

Recently I have been in a number of discussions with senior government leaders, both elected and appointed, focused on shared services experiences and models for success. As governments continue to struggle with budget shortfalls and growing program demands, shared services will continue to be an area of interest and focus for both elected and senior […]

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Government Transformations – Delivering Real Value

Entering 2015, it’s clear that governments continue to be under pressure to provide citizen services in a more effective manner.  Many governments have still not seen revenues return to pre-recessionary levels – often a primary source of concern for these leaders.  Compounding this challenge is the fact that the demand for citizen services continues to […]

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Regarding the CIO’s execution, I am in favor.

That is not the feedback a CIO ever wants to hear. Given that this is the time for annual performance feedback it is important to maintain a balanced perspective of the CIO’s role.   The CIO’s role has traditionally focused on delivering the technical capabilities to support the agency’s mission. Ensuring that the applications and […]

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The Internet of Postal Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) occupies a promising – and potentially perilous – position on the technology hype curve. With regard to the promise, our IoT research and initiatives confirm deeply held beliefs about the significant benefits that neighborhoods, cities, states, and countries can realize as a result of becoming more instrumented, interconnected, and intelligent. […]

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