Big cities are increasingly the sought-after platforms for the kind of high-creativity, high-productivity knowledge-research-and-technology work that is increasingly the main source of U.S. growth... Scale matters because it maximizes the possibilities, whether for accessing critical tech, hiring the right person, and immersing in a cutting edge business community.
A huge portion of the region’s advanced industries presence owes to 50 years of accumulated technology capabilities, purchasing, and human capital development through the military industrial complex... That’s where ultimately all of our biotech, software, and now cyber and big analytics capacities come from.
[Washington, DC's reliance on goverment is] a relatively less dangerous addiction than others. Diversification can never be sold until it’s too late. Complexity breeds resilience. It’s true in natural systems, and it’s true in economics.
There is a lot of logic to [Obama's oil-funded clean-energy research proposal]. It resonates to a broad segment of the population that we should make the best of fossil fuels while accelerating the effort to transform our energy system.