Monday, July 16, 2007
As the pressure on our workforce grows, more and more EDPros will start focusing on developing brainpower early. This strategy takes many EDPros into unfamiliar territory. We have traditionally left education and workforce development to someone else.
In the years ahad, though, smart regions will begin developing summer camps in three areas. The first involves teaching entrepreneurial skills. These entrpreneur academies can expose young people to the opportunities of building a business. A good example of a summer camp in this area is Purdue's Entrepreneur Academy.
Summer camps will also evolve that are tied to specific clusters. So, for example, in Utah, the Center for Integrated BioSystem is running a Biotechnology Summer Academy. Read more.
Finally, we will see summer camps tarkgeted toward disadvantaged youth. These camps will kids with new opportunities that they cannot find elsewhere. A good example: the two week workshop in videop game development for inner city kids in Pittsburgh. 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.
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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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