Albany tops Aspen Institute’s list of ‘inclusive tech cities’


ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – Tulsa Innovation Labs (TIL), Aspen Institute and Heartland Forward on Monday released their “Forward Economic Framework,” the first framework for measuring inclusive economic growth in midsize U.S. cities. Albany-Schenectady-Troy tops the list as number two in “future-ready” metropolitan areas, beating 38 mid-sized cities across the country for its trajectory of inclusive economic growth, having knowledge-based economies stable and constantly growing.

The analysis looked at diversity of technology program enrollment, labor market participation by race and gender, and local business ownership, which are good indicators of whether or not a city’s technology growth is creating accessible opportunities. Traditional metrics, which include jobs created or average salary, leave out more nuanced analyzes that address job inclusion, diversity and resilience.

To implement Tulsa Innovation Labs’ new methodology, they compared 38 mid-sized cities, with a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) population between 750,000 and 1.5 million, based on their economy trajectory. knowledge and their unique analysis of inclusive growth measures.

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Albany-Schenectady-Troy was only passed by Salt Lake City, Utah, and was followed closely by Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, Connecticut. According to the study, future-ready cities were ranked as generally having stable and steadily growing knowledge economies, and moving in the right direction.

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