AUTHORS

Robert D. Atkinson is the founder and president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, which aims to help shape the debate and set the agenda on critical issues at the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Before founding ITIF, he was vice president of the Progressive Policy Institute, where he directed its Technology & New Economy Project. Previously, he served as the first executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council.

Atkinson is the author of several books, including Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage, published in 2012, as well as hundreds of articles and reports on technology and innovation-related topics. He also served on presidential commissions in the administrations of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and has testified numerous times before Congress. In 2002, Government Technology named him one of 25 "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers" of information technology.

Atkinson holds a Ph.D. in city and regional planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned his master's degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Oregon.

November 9, 2015

E-Gov’s Untapped Potential for Cutting the Public Workforce

Governments have been reluctant to use technology to boost productivity and save money. They need to be more aggressive.
November 9, 2012

How States and Localities Can Get Off the Economic Development Treadmill

We need a robust national innovation and competitiveness strategy.
July 19, 2010

Getting Ready for the Next Recession

States should maintain ample rainy-day funds or risk losing federal money.