Universities have the right track record on place-making and innovation, argues Brookings Institution fellow and report co-author

A “massive R&D surge” via federal investment in US universities could start addressing the economic and social chasm between “superstar” innovation cities and heartland America, according to an author of a major report.

A recent Brookings Institution and Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report calls for the US government to run a contest to select between eight and 10 up-and-coming “growth centres” in “heartland” cities to shift the benefits of technology and innovation beyond the handful of coastal metropolitan areas that currently dominate the field.

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