Friday, August 17, 2007
The new dynamics of economic development integrates separate disciplines: economic development, community development, workforce development, tourism development, and physical development.
Here's an article out of Texas, that explains how economic development, tourism development and physical development are all combining in a strategy to preserve county courthouses in Texas. Read more.
By restoring these courthouses, civic leaders are learning that these buildings can become critical anchors in a heritage tourism strategy. Tourism development, of course, pumps new money into rural communities. At the same time, renovating historic structures creates unique places that will attract both people and businesses.
It's all blurring together.
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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