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The Smartest Places on Earth: Why Rustbelts Are the Emerging Hotspots of Global Innovation by Fred Bakker, Antoine van Agtmael

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Chapter One

SHARING BRAINPOWER AND SMART MANUFACTURING

How a Rustbelt Becomes a Brainbelt

             In the 1960s we had a space race. Today it is a robot race.

—DANISH TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE

Despite all that we had heard and read about brainbelt areas such as Batesville and Eindhoven and many others, when we set off on our journey we confess that we still had the rustbelt stereotype in our minds. We expected to find crumbling industrial sites, to drive through dilapidated neighborhoods, to meet with people struggling hard to keep their heads above water, and to miss the enjoyment of a good glass of wine or a memorable meal.

What we discovered—about ...

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