Monday, August 06, 2007
Southwest Virginia -- around Roanoke -- represents another region trying to struggle with "What's next?"
Increasingly, regional leaders are figuring out that the traditional manufacturing recruitment game is not enough. Some regions are turning to the theories of Richard Florida as an alternative. The challenge, of course, is that Florida's theories are difficult to apply.
Florida's three T's -- talent, technology, tolerance -- do not quickly translate into clear strategies. Roanoke will be confronting these realities. Read more.
The civic leaders in Roanoke might head to the Berkshires, where regional leaders are making headway building on strategies to build a creative economy. Read more.
posted by Ed Morrison |
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