Berkshire County's Blueprint

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I'm not sure I'd have spent two years and paid $1 million for these two studies, but Berkshire County, MA thinks now they have their blueprint for the future.

You can read more about the Berkshire Blueprint here.

Despite the heavy investment, not everyone is happy. The consulting team apparently forgot to interview one of the mayors in the county. Read more.

You can download an overview here. The cluster study is here. The creative economy study is here.

All this comes after the county invested time and money, three years ago, in a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Berkshire County is exhibiting the traits of weak civic leadership. They are relying too heavily on outside "experts", and they are not investing enough time in their own civic process. How else can you explain spending two years and $1 million in a county of 120,000 people and still not getting the politics right?

posted by Ed Morrison |

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