Monday, March 05, 2007
Civic leaders in Charleston, West Virginia are considering the highly contentious issue of metro government. In itself, this is not news. Many metropolitan areas, especially in the industrial Midwest, are confronted with fragmented local government. Metro government -- the models of Louisville and Indianapolis come to mind -- appears like a rational response, but the politics are extremely difficult.
Charleston is taken an interesting approach. They have commissioned a report from one of leading thinkers and metropolitan government, David Rusk.
This book, “Creating a Greater Wheeling: A Citizen’s Guide to City-County Consolidation”, will help frame a highly emotional issue and focused deliberations on what matters. 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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