May 07, 2013
President Obama, speaking last month at a $1 billion tunnel construction project at the busy Port of Miami, called for increased investment in the nation's infrastructure. The project promises not only to unclog Miami's streets, but to make room for future development downtown.
"You ask any CEO where would they rather locate their business and hire new workers," Obama said. "Are you going to set up shop in a country that's got raggedy roads, runways that are potholed and backed-up supply chains? Or are you going to seek out high-speed rail, Internet, high-tech schools, new state-of-the-art power grids, new bridges, new tunnels, new ports that help you ship products made in America to the rest of the world as fast as possible?"
The answer is obvious, and mayors, civic planners, business leaders and technologists across the U.S. are taking steps to transform their cities into sustainable, technology-ready urban centers -- so-called smart cities -- that aren't just good for business but also are great places to live. (R6071112)
Survey Name InformationWeek Future Cities Survey
Survey Date October 2012
Region North America
Number of Respondents 198
Purpose To identify the challenges and opportunities the "Future Cities" trend poses to business and technology managers involved in municipal operations.