Visiting delegations

Monday, April 16, 2007

Smart civic leaders in regional economic development know what they do not know.

They routinely organize their colleagues into delegations to visit other cities. These delegations range from 40 or so on the low end to nearly 200 on the high end.

In 2006, Cincinnati went to Boston, Oklahoma City went to Indianapolis, Phoenix went to Austin. Milwaukee went to Denver. You get the idea.

The season is now starting again.

Here's an example. Richmond is heading to Oklahoma City to learn about OKC's strategy. Read more.

(Here's an example of how economic development can change a region and the rewards to people who participate. Beginning in 1994, I spent seven years working with the OKC Chamber on the business community's strategy for OKC, and it's rewarding to see other cities now coming to learn what we did.)

posted by Ed Morrison |

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