Rob Atkinson is the executive director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council which advises the governor on policy matters related to economic development. Prior to coming to the council, Atkinson was a senior analyst and project director at the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. While at OTA, he directed The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America, a report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on the economies of America's urban areas. He formerly served as the director of the Clearinghouse on State and Local Initiatives on Productivity, Technology, and Innovation at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. He has testified numerous times before Congress, published extensively, and served as a consultant to state and local governments on economic development and technology policy.
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