Monday, July 09, 2007
Universities can play an integral role in revitalizing the cities that surround them. First, though, the university president must commit to this vision of the university. Without top-level support, it is very hard to overcome the inertia of a university -- and a university faculty -- content to keep a distance.
An emerging example of how a university is reshaping a city comes from Yale and New Haven. President Levin's leadership has been critical to designing a new level of engagement with the city. This engagement comes with dozens of initiatives, each reinforcing a message of mutual interest. Read more.
Michigan State University is another university moving forward. Here's a good article that explores MSU's engagement with East Lansing. Read more.
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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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