The National Co-Director of National African Business Association, Akindele Akinyemi has called for the establishment of Cyber City in Inkster, a city in Wayne County, Michigan, United States.
The 2010 census puts the population of Inkster at 25,369. Majority of its people are African American. It became a city in 1964.
Akinyemi in an interview with Green Savannah Diplomatic Cable said that a Cyber City concept would fuel economic and urban infrastructure between spending and consumption stressing that it will also lead to regional integration.
In his words ‘’ a Cyber City concept will fuel our economic urban infrastructure between spending and consumption, between domestic and foreign demand, between financial innovation and technological innovation, between rapid growth and sustainable development and between globalization and regional integration.”
He explains further that a Cyber City would diversify the population ‘’and make education, trade and skills a top priority in our respective communities.
Akinyemi maintains that local communities in Michigan have to move into the global market if they have to survive.
According to him, the State of Michigan should follow the State of Maryland’s lead on the Cyber Security Investment Incentives Tax Credit (CIITC)
‘’ This program in Maryland provides refundable income tax credit to Qualified Maryland Cybersecurity Companies (QMCCs) that secure investment from investors. The purpose of this new program is to incentivize and attract cybesecurity companies to startup in or move to Maryland” he said