Economic Development Predictions for 2006

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Sat, 12/24/2005 - 09:57.

Here are some economic development preditions for 2006:

The County will continue to develop its new strategy outlined by the Blue Ribbon Task Force. The Task Force will become CuyahogaNext Advisors. Look for new initiatives -- innovation zones -- around Baldwin Wallace and the Euclid Avenue Corridor. We will also see productive negotiations between the County and other entities such as JumpStart, BioEnterprise, and the newly renamed CAMP.

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Lessons from Philadelphia's creative economy strategy

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 21:04.
Philadelphia is promoting the creative economy as an economic development strategy. Read more. Cleveland can follow the same strategy.
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Investing in early childhood education

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 21:01.
The Cuyahoga County Commission has adopted an economic development strategy that calls for expanded investment in early childhood development as an economic development strategy. In an
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Leveraging Nashville's health care cluster

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 20:58.
Nashville is taking steps to leverage its health care assets into another, related cluster of companies. What are the lessons for Cleveland? Do we have any organization that can step forward and look at the Nashville strategy?
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Models of regional collaboration in Wisconsin

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 20:53.
Some of the most intereesting regional collaborations in the country are emerging in Wisconsin. Civic leaders from eighteen Wisconsin counties are banding together to market the region as the "New North."
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Advanced manufacturing reports: The innovation imperative

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 13:36.
In the last month, Wisconsin, Georgia and Iowa have released important reports on the future of manufacturing. The reports include a common theme: for manufacturing to advance, promoting innovation is critical.
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New report on young professionals

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 08:59.
Cities are competing for young knowledge workers. CEOs for Cities, has issued a new report that explores the issue. It's another example of how economic development is shifting from a focus on recruiting companies to a focus on recruiting people.

Declining levels of education: The demographic wave

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 12/23/2005 - 08:56.
A recent report by the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education warns that if current trends continue, the proportion of workers with high school diplomas and college degrees will decrease and the personal income of Americans will decline over the next 15 years.
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You're a fool to design only for the un-mobile web

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 16:53.

Great article. Having just come from Japan
where alot of effort is to expended to deal provide web accessibility to cell phones. Friend of mine would read
the news on his cell phone at red lights on his way to work every morning.

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Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 16:43.

Well, that title is a bit misleading perhaps. I have been looking at the foaf thingie in the edit form for a user's
account. What this thing does, basically, is to grab the information from your profile, and your buddy list and create a
foaf file out of it. The first question is what, exactly, is a foaf file?

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Some Thoughts on Indoor Smoking

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 15:58.

        I have many thoughts on this topic, but let's start with the clear facts - secondhand smoke greatly increases the liklihood of a number of diseases not only for the smoker but all of those exposed to it.  So we can clearly prevent loss of life and years of people's lives who don't smoke by not allowing smoking in venues shared by non-smokers.  Having smoking and non-smoking sections cannot completely protect non-smokers- smoke diffuses across the border and still does harm.  And people in a rush will take 'first available' and simiply deal with the smoke or hope nobody actually smokes.

      Though it may be an inconvenience to make smokers go outside, especially in cold weather - this can actually have positive benefits for the smoker.  Not only will they likely smoke less, they will be more likely to connect with others as they congregate outside and finish their smokes.  I've seen this personally in States like New York where it is enforced as well as local establishments like AJ Rocco's, which incidentally was the first bar to go smoke free in Cleveland. 

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Guido Van Rossum Works at Google!?

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 12:32.

Saw over this over on Slashdot but apparently Guido Van Rossum, the benevolent dictator of Python is now
working for Google.

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Submitted by johnmcgovern on Thu, 12/22/2005 - 12:27.

the Cleveland Colectivo is a group of like-minded friends, neighbors, and colleagues who have joined together for the purpose of collective giving.

Our mission is to strengthen our community through collective investments that identify and nurture innovative projects. We pool our funds and share our energy to invest it back into projects that we see as worthwhile and exciting in Cleveland. Each member contributes to The Colectivo quarterly and together we choose projects to support. Every month we gather to discuss ideas, learn about area initiatives and organizations, network with a growing circle of members, and continue building The Colectivo.

We hope that if you have an idea to build a stronger community or want to invest in new ideas, that you will join us.

IBM, Sherwin-Williams and Linux

Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 10:32.

Sherwin-Williams, the NEO based paint company is also known throughtout the Open Source community as one of the first major companies in the U.S. to rollout Linux for their retail infrastructure. IBM has them listed on their site with one page description of what they have done. Needless to say, IBM was the system integrator and hardware supplier for the deployment of the system.

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Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 01:50.


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Dinner in Little Italy

Submitted by robataka on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 00:55.

Went out to dinner with my mom and George Mateyo, Chairman of Carnegie Capital Asset Management Company. George apparently handles my mom's financial affairs and had been kind enough to take a look at my resume and
provide some advice as I was planning to move back to Cleveland from Japan. So we thought it would be nice to take him out to dinner, and I actually got a chance to meet him for the first time. Great guy. Funny, intelligent, direct.

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Submitted by robataka on Sun, 12/18/2005 - 10:11.

今朝のPDビジネスセクションに、日本や中国関連記事があった。その記事では、 日本はオハイオ州に投資している国として最大であることを知った。もちろん、その一つの理由は車や鉄の クォータや輸入税などを避けるためだった。車や鉄をアメリカで製造すると、Made in USAをいえるわけで、 日本バッシングの対策だった。

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Ohio Ballet Cancels Concerts

Submitted by robataka on Sun, 12/18/2005 - 09:48.

Read in the Arts & Life section of the Plain Dealer that the Ohio Ballet is cancelling concerts, laying off its dancers and cutting its staff to a
barebones two. Apparently, the article was posted on on December 16th, but I didn't see the article until today's paper.

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Yates & Gates

Submitted by robataka on Sat, 12/17/2005 - 16:05.

I was reading over at Groklaw, PJ's analysis of Microsoft's Alan Yates' comments at a meeting to discuss the State of Massachussetts decision to transition to plain text, pdf, and ODF(open document format) as standards for all State of Massachussetts documents.

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Collaborative Technologies

Submitted by robataka on Fri, 12/16/2005 - 10:37.

Checking out my Planet Case RSS feed, saw two posts by Brian Gray which struck me as interesting in juxtaposition. Well, actually three posts.

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Eye Doctor

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 17:40.

Okay, I need to use my reading glasses more....

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Planet Case

Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 15:12.

I saw MShafarenko's (Welcome!!) forum post on Engaging Youth in NEO and noticed that he works at Case. Which reminded me to check my Planet Case rss feed.

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Submitted by robataka on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 13:01.

This is a test of a blog client called BloGTK. It is a blog client for linux, much like mac users use ectos.

Just testing to see if I can actuall post using it....

Now that I have seen it can work, I need to create a page on how to set up blog clients for Linux, Mac, and Windows(egad!) users. Of course, blog client software is completely optional. You can create blog via the web interface as normal. However, and regardless of the fact that I have been an active Internet user since 1992, I personally don't like web interfaces. I prefer to create my blog entries locally and save them locally to my pc prior to posting them to the blog.

Ideation to Innovation via Implementation : The formula for economic development

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Thu, 12/15/2005 - 11:54.

I don't think there is a more valuable resource on our planet than great ideas - the creativity and brainpower that generates innovative ideas is the ultimate source for the creation of new value. Revolutionary new ideas become intellectual property that can be patented, licensed business processes and models, Most models I have seen work to generate new IP through research funding and then work to find the sources of funding for prototyping, development, and testing of the IP generated necessary to commercialize it. So ideation does not become innovation until this process goes full cycle. What I would like to see are systems that share IP generated at one source with thinkers and researchers at other sources who can offer improvements and insights that better the original before it becomes commercialized in its initial, more primitive form.

Launching a Series on Education: Article One

Submitted by Sudhir Kade on Thu, 12/08/2005 - 11:06.

Several organizations in Northeast Ohio have wrangled with the concept of educational reform for decades, yet we have only seen incremental improvements over the years. More recently, change efforts have been ramped up, with survey and dialog based initiatives such as Voices and Choices and By the People currently in full swing. RealNEO has advocated educational reform since inception and has hosted City Club roundtable forums over the past year to address this very issue. All of these efforts have centered upon core challenges to address and these are as follows:

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