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Chicago drafts plan to maintain technology edge

September 18, 2013 GMT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago has drafted a technology plan intended to help the city maintain an edge in innovation and modern infrastructure.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says technology is important for creating jobs and improving residents’ quality of life.

The city’s plan, announced Tuesday, follows a number of strategies. They include bridging the digital divide by bringing training to neighborhoods and businesses that have fallen behind in technology.

Another peg of the program will encourage innovators to come up with creative technological solutions to city challenges.

The city also aims to do more to attract and retain professionals in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math.

John Tolva is the city’s chief technology officer. He says the plan is a “tool of engagement” between residents and the city government for solving problems.