Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Earlier today, Michigan State University announced that its new bioeconomy research and commercialization facility would be located in Holland, MI. MSU is accepting a building donated by Pfizer. Eventually, the center will employ 100, mostly technical professionals. The center will conduct research in the following areas:
* The economical production of useful biomass. * Biofuel refining. * Use of biomass feedstock for production of specialty, foundational and commodity chemicals. * Bioeconomy standards compliance and quality assurance. * Social, environmental and workplace safety issues in the emerging bioeconomy.
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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