Monday, October 30, 2006
Last week, the Brookings Institution released an important report on the future of the Great Lakes region. There’s a good commentary on the report from the editors of the Toledo Blade. Read more. You can learn more about the report from this page.
The Great Lakes states are facing an economic transformation similar to the challenge that the South faced with the mechanization of agriculture. Globalization is hitting this region harder than any other region in the country. See, for example, chart three in this press release from the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
A consensus is emerging that the region needs to move more aggressively in a coordinated away. 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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