Monday, July 09, 2007
EDPros in Decatur, IL are recognizing a challenge we will all be facing soon: the retirement of the Baby Boom generation. According to their estimates, "about 40 percent of the city's workforce will retire over the next seven years and employers do not know how they will replace those employees". Read more.
Recently, the U.S. Census announced that it would release reports on older workers for 31 states. Read more.
The first step is to acknowledge the challenge. The second step is to move aggressively to address it. A recent report from the University of Indianapolis explores the challenge in Indiana. Read more. You can download two reports from this page.
In Indiana's Tippecanoe County (where Purdue is located), we have launched an older worker initiative as part of our WIRED strategy. You can learn more about this survey here and here.
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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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