Will cloud technology revive the nation's "dying cities"?
dblacharski 2 years ago
A few months back, Newsweek published its list of "America's Dying Cities," and my hometown, South Bend, Indiana, is one of them. It seems to me, that instead of sitting around and waiting for somebody to start manufacturing Studebaker automobiles again, a more appropriate strategy is to focus on future innovation. Heavy industry in these dying towns isn't coming back, but that doesn't have to be the final nail in the coffin for my town and others like it. Tomorrow's jobs, and tomorrow's prosperity in rust belt towns, will come from small, innovative companies that use the power of cloud computing and unified telecom to reach out far beyond their immediate geography. Yes, it's true that there is still a 40-year-old abandoned auto plant here, but we don't need to define our town by what made it great years ago. What will make it great in the coming decade will be something entirely different. it's easier now than ever to create a high-tech company--and you don't have to be in Silicon Valley any more to do it, and I foresee little Silicon Valleys cropping up everywhere from the ashes of these abandoned factories. Do you think it's possible that the cloud, and the entrepreneurial possibilities it brings, can re-invigorate towns like mine throughout the country?
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