Sunday, June 17, 2007
In the old world of economic development, we drew firm boundaries around community development, economic development, workforce development and tourism.
These boundaries -- largely defined by the federal government's funding streams -- make little sense any more.
Instead, smart communities and regions are crossing old boundaries and looking for "link and leverage" strategies, approaches to align resources toward common outcomes.
So, it makes sense to use heritage tourism to establish international connections that may pay off somewhere else.
Read how Georgia's ecotourism is linking the state internationally. Read more.
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.
If you are using a news reader, here is the link to syndicate this site:
Here's the link if you are a bloglines subscriber:
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.