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John Spencer is the founder of Villages Without Borders, a free online knowledge repository focused on helping cities take advantage of innovative technology to advance prosperity and quality of life.

Spencer is a former national director for business strategies for Oracle Canada, responsible for introducing innovative technologies in the public sector, and director of professional services for Unisys Canada and USA. Previously he was president of Universal Training Inc.

September 4, 2015

The Growing Link Between Energy Efficiency and Economic Development

Cities are learning that aggressively promoting ways for buildings to cut their energy use is an important growth strategy.
June 19, 2015

How GIS Mapping Can Help Win the Economic-Development Street Fight

The latest mapping tools can give a community a better way to showcase its unique strengths -- and beat its competitors.
May 18, 2015

Cities and the Need to Nurture Visible Technology

Technology that residents can see, touch and feel creates a perception of value.