Sunday, August 07, 2005
The University of Texas Dallas is investing in a new research center that combines the hard sciences -- chemistry, physics, biology -- with engineering. It's a smart move to create the research infrastructure needed to develop new technologies. Read more.
The Universiuty of Massachusetts Lowell has a similar idea. In an effort to expand nanotechnology and biotechnology research on their campus, officials are pressing for a $60 million research center. The Chancellor of the University is an example of the new type of education leader that sees a tighter connection between university research and economic development.
The new center will encourage interdisciplinary research at the boundaries of nanotechnology and biotechnology. To reach into the marketplace, the building will include a processing lab for companies to test materials and train workers.
According to the Chancellor, "The world has gotten smaller and much more competitive. The need to innovate has become stronger." 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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