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Econ 050

May 31, 2019

What will the north look like in the future? Will it become the next Silicon Valley – and is that something we actually want to become? The tech industry is one of the region’s growing strong suits, but what does that really mean for job opportunities today and in the years to come? Nick Stevens, the Chief Digital Officer in Groningen, says that part of figuring out what the future holds for Groningen, Drenthe and Friesland is getting the cities and provinces to look beyond their own borders and recognize themselves as part of a single region. We sat down with him for a wide-ranging interview about the role of local government, businesses and educational institutions in developing and executing a new vision for the north.