Saturday, April 23, 2005
A few years ago, in rural Kentucky, I encountered meth labs for the first time. During an economic development assessment, county leaders expressed deep concern about the economic consequences of these labs on the future of the county. They did not want to address this issue openly, for fear of hurting their reputation as a potential business location.
Now, the meth issue is coming out into the open. Here's an article from Greene County, IN. Read more.
Meanwhile, in Bentonville, AR, Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Arkansas released a study of the impact of meth use in Benton County workplaces. According to one observer, "The numbers were devastating." 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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