Raleigh loves landing on lists, and here’s the latest: it is the sixth most future-ready metropolitan area in the nation, according to a study
commissioned by Dell and Intel that appeared in a New York Times
paid post Friday.
A future-ready economy, says Dell, is one that is “driven by innovation and technology,” consisting of three pillars: human capital (people with skills to drive change), commerce (sustainable businesses, an improving economy, collaborative partnerships) and infrastructure (supporting people, businesses and technology needed to drive growth and change).
To study how future-ready a city is, Dell’s survey looked at three categories, determined during a Dell-sponsored, 2015 Harvard University conference exploring the nature of innovation and the commonalities among communities known for their innovative programs. These categories are: engagement and education of residents, innovation in commerce and government and the state of the region’s infrastructure.
“One theme was how cities, once innovation takes hold, find themselves in a virtuous cycle,” the study says. “Educated and engaged citizens are drawn to the communities by jobs, cultural activities and social opportunities. More businesses move in to take advantage of the talent. And more people relocate, bringing even more ideas, innovation and economic vitality.”
Some common threads running through future-ready cities include having bike paths and environmentally friendly transportation modes, a high percentage of citizens who vote, a high percentage of citizens with college degrees and widespread Internet access and open data initiatives.
Here’s the study’s blurb on Raleigh:
RALEIGH, N.C., NO. 6, is part of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, which includes major universities and technology companies. The region’s human capital score, particularly in the area of resident education, was well above the average of other cities. Its infrastructure more than compensated for a below-average commerce ranking, in part due to a very high score for its relatively uncongested highways.
Here’s the full list of Dell’s most future-ready U.S. cities. (Raleigh nemesis Austin places at number 5.)
1. San Jose, California
2. San-Francisco/Oakland, California
3. Washington, D.C.
4. Boston, Massachusetts
5. Austin, Texas
7. Seattle, Washington
8. Denver, Colorado
9. Portland, Oregon
10. Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas