Sunday, July 29, 2007
Governor Riley in Alabama has launched the North Alabama Action Commission. Patterned after the Black Belt Commission established four years ago, the North Alabama Action Commission is designed to focus on regional solutions to four challenges: industrial development, education, health and workforce development. Read more.
Instead of industrial development, I would have like to see the governor focus on entrepreneurship. A lot has been happening to create new tools and opportunities around rural entrepreneurship.
North Alabama could have immediately seized some national attention by moving into a leadership position in experimenting with these new approaches to rural economic development.
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.
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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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