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Old 01-05-2016, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Here in the "rust belt", or Great Lakes region, there is not a lot of collaboration between cities. We all share similar assets and similar problems, but we don't seem to work together very much. Each city tends to look at the other cities in the region (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago) as rivals or competitors, rather than potential collaborators. I think collaboration would immensely help our region, so I wonder:

Are there any regions of this country where the cities are more collaborative with each other? In what other regions are the cities more competitive with each other?
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Old 01-05-2016, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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What specifically do you mean when you say these cities collaborate?
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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What specifically do you mean when you say these cities collaborate?
I could see them working together to create infrastructure to draw businesses (ultra high speed internet, rail connectivity), in higher education granting in-state tuition to people from accross the region (already done in some Michigan and Ohio schools), possibly collaborate to create subsidies to draw various businesses (e.g. for wind power, maybe Detroit makes the blades and Cleveland makes the generator), but they both commit to subsidies, or other incentives to draw the business to the region.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:22 AM
 
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This is a pretty cool hypothesis. You're right it does seem like the Great Lakes metros could easily collaborate on a large regional scale. Infrastructure and jobs being the most obvious examples.

As a Californian I would like to say our regions are collaborative but not really. LA could care less about SD and vice versa. You would think inland California could function as a sort of "back office" for tech firms needing lower COL offices. But no, out of state they go. Sac is treated like a red headed stepchild by the Bay and yet both places could benefit if more energy was put towards strengthening regional connections.

Even places like the North Carolina Triangle and Virginia Beach/Norfolk seem to have competition between the nodes, a win/lose mentality.
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Old 01-05-2016, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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Silicon Valley and Detroit are besties right now.
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:12 AM
 
Location: Cleveland
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Silicon Valley and Detroit are besties right now.
How so?
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Old 01-05-2016, 11:53 AM
 
Location: Zurich, Switzerland/ Piedmont, CA
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How so?
The automotive industry and the tech industry are now joined at the hip as automakers integrate technology into their products, and not to mention. Google+Ford, Lyft+GM have combined their research efforts into driverless cars.

Also, AI is the next big thing that's taking the valley by storm, I totally see how the auto industry could get in on that.

Not only that, but every major automaker in the world has major research facilities in the Bay Area now.

It's all well documented that we are seeing collaboration between the 2 areas, just google "Detroit Silicon Valley"

Tech Shares the Driving With Detroit - Bloomberg Gadfly

Technically, these 2 regions compete against each other, but I look forward to the seeing the results of this continued collaborations between these 2 vital industrial centers, it bodes well for American ingenuity and engineering achievement.
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Old 01-05-2016, 02:35 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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Here in the "rust belt", or Great Lakes region, there is not a lot of collaboration between cities. We all share similar assets and similar problems, but we don't seem to work together very much. Each city tends to look at the other cities in the region (Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Chicago) as rivals or competitors, rather than potential collaborators. I think collaboration would immensely help our region, so I wonder:

Are there any regions of this country where the cities are more collaborative with each other? In what other regions are the cities more competitive with each other?
Hell, I don't even think many of our metros in the Midwest work together on the local level. Chicago cannibalizes its suburbs in order to get corporate relocations to the Loop, and St. Louis' jobs get cannibalized by St. Louis County/elsewhere in the metro to this day, for example.

From what I've read the Twin Cities metro does a decent job working together, however.
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