In business, successful companies are those that can maintain long-term, sustained competitive advantage. Shouldn’t all communities, regions and economies be thinking the same way? Some are!
Leading cities, regions and countries around the world today are planning for comprehensive, sustainable long-term growth to build their economic competitive advantage. And they are doing so by collaborating across levels of government, convening stakeholders inside and outside of government, and working across political, social and technological divides to achieve bigger, better and more sustainable outcomes in jobs, business environments and citizen quality of life.
Since 2008, IBM has been focused on building a Smarter Planet®, working with governments around the world to build smarter systems. We have witnessed enormous advances, with leaders using an explosion of data to drive transformation, develop new competencies and actively embrace the art of the possible. Investments made to improve the quality of and access to education, health care, public safety, water supply, food safety, social security, land and energy management, transportation, telecommunications and research and innovation have become crucial and important contributors to economic development. We believe that no one sector or organization alone can sustain the long-term vitality of any community. Economic vitality and growth depends on collaboration by all sectors – public, private and non-profit.
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