Friday, August 17, 2007
Three chambers of commerce and West Virginia are now collaborating in a new organization called the West Virginia Metro Chamber Coalition. The three chambers cover Charleston, Huntington, and Morgantown.
The new coalition reflects a growing awareness among chamber executives that they need to collaborate in order to address the serious challenges facing states like West Virginia. The West Virginia coalition is focusing initially on six issues that touch the membership of all three chambers. Read more.
Many chambers of commerce are facing the challenge of relevancy. In the Internet age, chambers must continue to innovate. Unless they provide new, value added services, they will become increasingly irrelevant.
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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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