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High-Tech Growth and Recovery: The Future of Work in Cities

High-Tech Growth and Recovery: The Future of Work in Cities

Wednesday, April 14

As the COVID-19 pandemic surpasses one year, its economic disruptions have been felt acutely by workers in cities around the world, though some locations have had remarkably different experiences. The effects of the economic downturn have been exacerbated by high costs of living in some metro areas, while other cities’ local economies (particularly those with high-tech industries) have demonstrated greater resilience and even started down the path of recovery.

The Milken Institute’s Best-Performing Cities Index, published annually since 1999, provides a tool for understanding how the future of work is shifting across different regional economies throughout the United States. This year’s version incorporated new measures of housing affordability and broadband access to account for economic inclusion.

How did these trends influence the rankings in 2021? What lessons can the best-performing US cities offer their counterparts? And how do US cities compare with other cities around the globe?



Aaron Melaas

Associate Director, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute


Panel speakers:

Misael Galdamez

Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Regional Economics, Milken Institute

Ana Janaina Nelson

Latin America Lead, Amazon Web Services Institute 

Neelanjan Sircar

Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Ravi Chaturvedi

Director of Research, Institute for Business in the Global Context, Fletcher School at Tufts University