Technology’s Impact on the World and What it Means to How Your Community Will be Shaped

by | Jan 5, 2017

This white paper was written by James Ley, a retired county manager. It was sponsored by SAFEbuilt and originally published by the Alliance for Innovation as part of their 2016 BIG Ideas conference.

From the intro:

Back in 1994 I gave a speech to a large gathering at the National Association of Counties asking the question “Will You be Roadkill on the Information Superhighway?” The Internet as an everyday thing was new and just gaining some relevance. But those of us who liked to look to the future saw a lot that was going to impact public policy. On that day I asked them the simple question – how will you tax a box the size of your kitchen table (OK file servers were larger then but I was looking to the future) that produces all of the sales transactions that used to be produced by your local mall – then the arguably largest property tax ratable in most urban counties? I look back on that presentation and realize that as close as I was to defining a set of specific challenges that might take place, I wasn’t even close to being able to see the systematic influence that technology might drive.


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