Sunday, February 11, 2007
As EDPros we have all been exposed to the whacky idea.
If the idea sounds goofy, chances are it is.
Here's an example of how a newspaper in New York is trying to raise the alarm on a promoter of an indoor ski mountain. Read more.
My favorite goofy scheme came to me out of Shreveport, Louisiana. A city councilman faxed me a proposal that he wanted evaluated. The promoter wanted the city to invest $1.5 million into a shopping mall that would be floated on pontoons in the Red River.
(Another good one: A friend, EDPro Jim Purgerson, once told me of a promoter who walked into his office wanting some incentives to start a business manufacturing topless sandals.)
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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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