The Economic Perspective: “Inclusive Digital Cities”

Mary:  I’m Mary Walden, with economist MW, welcoming you to the economic perspective.   Today’s program looks at inclusive digital cities.  Mike, there are many rankings for the technology sector, and we now have another one.  This new one – from the Brookings Institution – not only looks at the availability of technology jobs, but how inclusive those jobs are for demographic groups.  What are the most inclusive digital cities?

Mike:  Summary Answer

  1. Brookings study looked not only at the availability of tech job, but the availability of those jobs to females, minorities, and those without a college degree
  2. Top cities in the country for meeting these goals are – in no necessary order – Sacramento, Denver, St. Louis, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Washington DC, Greenville SC, and Raleigh
  3. In particular, Raleigh was noted for the participation of females in the tech sector
  4. So this ranking combines both economic and social goals – and here North Carolina has a high representative
  5. I’m MW


Mary:  And I’m Mary Walden for the Economic Perspective, an NC State Extension program from the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics.