As competition heats up between cities seeking to attract more residents by transforming into tech and talent hubs, many local leaders have sought partnerships with academic institutions and private companies to start similar innovation districts or initiatives. There are also signs that companies are looking to create similar talent centers beyond traditional powerhouses like Silicon Valley and New York City. Airbnb, for instance, recently said it would open a technical hub in Atlanta, while Microsoft said in 2019 it would open a smart cities technology hub in Syracuse, NY.

Cincinnati, too, has made moves to become more innovative. The city pioneered a Wi-Fi project to help bolster its “Smart Cincy” vision and reduce the digital divide, while in other areas it has partnered with Uber to adapt its mobility landscape, looked to street murals to help calm traffic, and has plans to build the nation’s largest city-led solar array to curb emissions. David Adams, chief innovation officer at the University of Cincinnati and lead architect of CID, said […]

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