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From Smokestacks to Robots: the Pittsburgh Story and the Future of Work

These types of efforts, along with many others, are examined in our National League of Cities report, The Future of Work in Cities. The report analyses the shifting nature of the workforce by exploring the rise of the gig economy, the growing impact of automation and artificial intelligence, and providing critical recommendations for how cities can plan for the workforce of tomorrow.

There is no reversing a future characterized by automation and advances in technology. However, there is great opportunity for our nation’s leaders to shape a more equitable and fair society starting from the ground up in cities, but just like in Pittsburgh this future won’t happen on its own. Through planning and collaboration – and taking a note or two from Pittsburgh, cities can prepare for a future focused on elevating what is great and unique about each of them.

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