Saturday, August 13, 2005
Increasingly, state universities are promoting their economic impact as a way to emphasize their role in economic development. Here's a good example from West Virginia.
The report's author directly translates state appropriations into economic impact. "With an appropriation of about $200 million from the state legislature, West Virginia University has managed to increase the state's coffee as investment tenfold." Read more.
If you would like more background on the economic impact of public universities, here is an overview report from the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Download a copy.
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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.
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