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Creating Regional Wealth in the Innovation Economy: Models, Perspectives, and Best Practices by Dr. Daniel Rouach, Jeff Saperstein

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Chapter 4. Local Government Working in Partnership with Business

The city of Milpitas, California, provides a prime example of a local government that not only uses today's technologies to work more effectively and efficiently, but one that truly supports the continued growth of the high-technology industry. While it is true that cities in close proximity to Silicon Valley have a greater opportunity than municipalities in most other regions to be considered by high-tech companies, the 15 cities in Santa Clara County actually compete for those businesses among themselves. They simultaneously cooperate across jurisdictions to provide regional advantage, such as with the online Smart permit system, which we will profile in this chapter.

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