Monday, March 26, 2007
Building a new economic base in a regional economy is a generational undertaking.
Early change is hard to detect. Some EDPros in Oakland County, Michigan are starting to see a stream of positive signs. Read more.
The transformation will come from linking these developments and using these linkages to identify still more opportunities. This strategy suggests that one low cost, but effective strategy for EDPros comes in being a neutral convener -- a person who can bring promising companies together so they can explore these opportunities.
We are using this strategy in Ohio to bring together researchers and businesses engaged in creative digital media. Explore our upcoming Defrag event.
posted by Ed Morrison |
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
Download some background information on me here.