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What Industries Are We Going to Focus On To Diversify?

I see technology as a means to an end, it is used to be more competitive, more efficient, reducing costs to deliver goods and services that Calgarians want and need. I think we need to step back from the race to create more technology and decide what industries we want to focus on to diversify our economy. Any economy has natural advantages. Calgary's and Alberta's clearly rely on energy but where can we focus our efforts to diversify? We are a city but can we use technology and data to improve agriculture, logistics, tourism, manufacturing, etc.

Why is this an ambitious idea?

I am not sure it is ambitious. I really like the technology ideas I see, I don't understand them but I like them. But I am left asking: what industries are we going to apply this technology to, to revolutionize it, to gain competitive advantage, to increase jobs and diversity?

How do we measure the effectiveness of this idea?

If we focus on some key industries in Calgary, economic growth, prosperity, and employment will grow, and is readily measurable. There are a number of indices that measure the makeup of the Calgary economy, and if we use technology and data well, we will see increased diversity.

How is this idea attainable through the use of technology or data?

My idea is that we need to decide on what we want to focus on, then use technology and data to create a competitive advantage. My votes would be for agriculture, tourism, hospitality, logistics, and manufacturing.

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