The Past and Future of America's Economy
Professional Experience

Vice President, Progressive Policy Institute, Director of the Technology and New Economy Project (1997 to 2006).

Dr. Atkinson is also the author of the New Economy Index series which looks at the impact of the New Economy on the U.S., state and metropolitan economies.  He directed PPI's New Economy Task Force, co-chaired by former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and Gateway CEO Ted Waitt.  While at PPI he has written groundbreaking reports on a wide range of technology issues, including the role of IT in homeland defense; Internet taxation, privacy, and spam; global e-commerce; digital government; and middleman opposition to e-commerce.   The National Journal's Tech Daily has stated that "the imprint of Rob Atkinson ... is evident in many proposals espoused by Democratic lawmakers."

Executive Director of the Rhode Island Economic Policy Council (1996-1997).

Rob Atkinson was the first director of this public-private partnership that included as members the Governor, legislative leaders, and corporate and labor leaders.  As head of RIEPC, he was responsible for drafting a comphrehensive economic strategic development plan for the state, developing a ten-point economic development plan, and working to successfully implement all ten proposals through the legislative and administrative branches.

Project Director, Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (1991-95).

While at OTA, he directed "The Technological Reshaping of Metropolitan America," a seminal report examining the impact of the information technology revolution on America's urban areas.   He also co-authored reports on the impact of IT on service sector productivity, the relationship between environmental regulation and economic competitivness, and the affect of defense downsizing on the economy.

Director of the State and Local Clearinghouse on Technology, Innovation and Productivity with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (1990-1991).

First director of the Congressionally created clearinghouse on state and local technology programs.


    * Alliance for Public Technology
    * Americans for Computer Privacy
    * Information Policy Institute
    * Institute for Policy Research and Innovation, University of Oregon
    * Internet Education Foundation
    * Journal of Electronic Government
    * NanoBusiness Alliance
    * NetChoice Coalition
    * New Millenium Research Council
    * Pacific Institute for Workforce Innovation
    * Reason Foundation, Mobility Project

Dr. Atkinson was also appointed by President Clinton to the Commission on Workers, Communities, and Economic Change in the New Economy. He is also a member of the Task Force on National Security in the Information Age, co-chaired by Markle Foundation president Zoe Baird and former Netscape Communications chairman James Barksdale.  In addition, he is a non-resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution.  In 2006, Inc. Magazine listed Atkinson as one of "19 Friends  of small business in Washington.


    * Wharton Infosys Business Transformation Award Silver Medal (2002).
    * One of the 25 top "Doers, Dreamers and Drivers of Information Technology"by Government Technology magazine and the
         Center for Digital Government. (2002)
    * "Boosting New Growth Economics" named one of ten best business articles for 2001 by Means Business
    * Who's Who in America: Finance and Industry, 1999
    * Awarded competitive Joseph E. Pogue Fellowship for 3 years at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


    * Ph.D. in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989
    * Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon in 1985.
    * BA in Sociology, New College, 1977


    * Regularly interviewed on TV and radio, including NBC Nightly News; CNN; Bloomberg TV; MSNBC; Fox News; CSPAN;
        NPR’s "Marketplace and "Morning Edition". 

    * Regularly cited in the print press including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times;
        USA Today,  San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune; Boston Globe, Christian Science Monitor, Philadelphia Inquirer

    * Testified before Congress numerous times.

President, The Information Technology and  Innovation Foundation (2006 to present).

Dr. Atkinson is the founder and president of ITIF, a non-profit, non-partisan public policy think tank committed to articulating and advancing a pro-productivity, pro-innovation and pro-technology public policy agenda internationally, in Washington and the states. Recognizing the vital role of technology in ensuring American prosperity, ITIF focuses on innovation, productivity, and digital economy issues.makers."
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