Friday, August 17, 2007
Educational attainment has become a key driver of economic development.
Early this year, the Oklahoma State Regions for Higher Education approved a program to encourage adults in that state to return to college and complete their bachelor's degrees. The new initiative establishes a separate program of study targeted to adults with at least two years of college credits.
Learn more from the Oklahoma web site. A recent editorial in the Oklahoma City paper drew my attention to the initiative. Read more.
At the same time, the U.S. is sinking in the international competition in college completion. While 35% of young adults participate in college education, only about half complete their degree. 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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