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Monday, June 13, 2005

New West Jordan Courts building will open next week.
The Western Governors Association meets today in Breckenridge, CO.  They will be hearing from the Secretaries of Agriculture and Energy, as well as the EPA Administrator, all areas of importance for the west right now.  The theme for the conference is Western Leadership in the Global Economy.  I'm looking for any kind of technology agenda.  Yesterday's session was highlighted by futurist Joel Kotkin.

Back in 2000, Kotkin wrote a book entitled, The New Geography: How the Digital Revolution is Reshaping the American Landscape.  Kotkin spoke on about the same topic with the governors.  Kotkin's most recent book, published in April is entitled The City: A Global History.   A reviewer in Amazon writes:

"The most interesting point made in the book concerns the impact of technology - especially telecommunications - on cities. For the first time in history global megacities no longer have the advantage of size and scale. With computers and telecommunications, businesses can now process and transmit information anywhere - the periphery of the urban centers, small towns, to places anywhere in the world. Moreover, businesses can locate anywhere in the world - anywhere they have skilled workers. The urban center is no longer necessary to operate a global business, in fact, it is no longer desirable."

I guess that's the philosophy that the Utah Smart Sites initiative is built on.

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