Thursday, March 31, 2005
Automation Alley in Michigan is a good example of collaborative economic development. They are launching a new initiative targeted at foreign companies. Learn more.
This initiative complements another important international program, AA's Export Center. Too few economic development organizations provide export support for firms. In contrast to Europe, Canada, and Australia, U.S. economic development organizations spend relatively little time on export development. Yet, in many markets, that's where the growth is. See, for example, this seminar on exporting to China. Read more.
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Some Background on EDPro Weblog
The purpose of this weblog is to help economic development professionals -- EDPros -- keep up with the changes sweeping our profession. Strap on your goggles. It's a whole new game. There are no experts any more. The only place to learn about economic development is from other EDPros who are doing it.
One other point: the prevaling approach (paradigm, if you like) in economic development is shifting from competition to collaboration. There are a lot of reaasons underlying this shift, but here's the important insight: You, your community, and your region will do better by collaborating and sharing information.
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Speaking and workshops on Open Source Economic Development
As the idea of Open Source Economic Development starts spreading, more people are asking about it. Visit the I-Open web site to learn more. My colleagues and I are happy to explain the basic concepts in a talk or a workshop. E-mail Susan Alshuler if you'd like to learn more about workshops and speaking.
Background on Ed Morrison
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