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issues related to the application of Information and Communications
Technology for Local Economic/Entrepreneurial Development. It is also a
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My thoughts when I set up the non-met-dev list was that I would
like the list to address the broad base for development in the
Non-metropolitan areas of the world..
My own interests have become somewhat more focussed in the 18 months or so
since the list has been in operation. I am now much more interested in
how Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) might become a
"motor" for local economic development in non-metropolitan areas. My own
sense, and this is the direction of my current research and practical work
through the Centre for Community and Enterprise Networking (C\CEN) is that
ICT presents the possibility for a significant rebalancing of structures
of opportunity as between Metropolitan and Non-metropolitan. ICT allows
for "presence at a distance", for remote management and administration,
for information anywhere, and so on.
What all of this means, I think is that there is the even greater risk for
non-met regions that productive and particularly information intensive
productive activity will be increasingly centralized/metropolitanized.
Equally though, the technology presents the opportunity for productive
activity to be decentralized and de-metropolitanized to areas where there
is a work shortage; where as a consequence, labour and overhead costs may
be less; and where not incidentally the demands placed on an overstretched
urban environment may be reduced.
We are, I think on the cusp of this opportunity point and in what
direction it might flow may depend on political will and administrative
imagination as much as any other factor.
All of this is a preamble to an announcement that the non-met-dev list is
being segued over to a list entitled ICT-4-LED (ICT for Local Economic
Michael Gurstein, Ph.D.
ECBC/NSERC/SSHRC Associate Chair in the Management of Technological Change
Associate Professor Organizational Management
Director: Centre for Community and Enterprise Networking
University College of Cape Breton
PO Box 5300
Sydney, NS, CANADA B1P 6L2
Tel. 902-562-1055 (h)
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