Monday, February 26, 2007
A new report from MassINC highlights the important role that Massachusetts' "Gateway Cities" play in the state's economic future. These are cities, like Lawrence, that have played important roles in the state's economic past as mill cities. As the state's economy has evolved, however, these cities are at risk of falling behind.
The report urges that state and local civic leaders to should Gateway City colleges to spark local economic development.
According to the report, new connections -- the physical links of rail, the electronic links of the internet, or the intergovernmental links of cross-boundary collaboration -- can lead to improved economic competitiveness among regions. Read more. You can download a copy of the report from this page
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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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