Strap on your goggles...It’s a whole new game

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Thu, 07/14/2005 - 20:41.

Northeast Ohio will be transformed by open networks of collaboration with colleges, universities, and libraries in the middle of these networks. Our region created enormous wealth with industrial strategies. Now, to build our future prosperity, we need to shift our focus to networks, knowledge, and collaboration. 

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Toyota chooses Ontario for new plant

Submitted by DerekArnold on Mon, 07/04/2005 - 19:18.

There is an article ( ) from the CBC ( ) that talks about a new Toyota plant opening in Ontario. The combination of a well-trained and educated workforce, a comprehensive national healtcare plan (which saves employers money) and proximity to other employees led to choosing the Canadian facility over possible American options

One of the most telling statements is this one, made by Gerry Fedchun, president of the Automotive Parts Manufacturers' Association:

"The level of the workforce in general is so high that the training program you need for people, even for people who have not worked in a Toyota plant before, is minimal compared to what you have to go through in the southeastern United States,"

Expecting More from a Research University

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Mon, 07/04/2005 - 16:53.

Here's part of the rub with the downtown business community. I don't think our downtown business leaders know how (or perhaps why) a research university shapes the economic frontiers in today's economy.

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The innovative power of Open Source

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Sat, 07/02/2005 - 21:27.

It is not the first time that I have ruffled a few feathers.

Open Source Economic Development encourages the formation of open networks of innovation: clusters.

For the past seven years, I have been developing this model of economic development. We have been applying it in Northeast Ohio with some remarkable success.

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Thoughts on bashboards, civic engagement, NEO and the New Economy

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 06/26/2005 - 01:21.

In a recent article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer, posted to the NEO Excellence community, business editor Paul O'Donnell wrote "I really didn't need Forbes magazine to tell me that Cleveland ranks 113th out of 150 metropolitan areas for best places to jump-start a business or career". Based on Forbes' analysis of our assets, O'Donnell observed one would conclude "the region is predominantly populated by reasonably educated engineers who spend discretionary income on the arts or sports, who work at companies that pay well but aren't hiring, and who live in safe neighborhoods filled almost exclusively with native Northeast Ohioans."

Cleveland's Digital Vision

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 06/17/2005 - 13:22.

Here's a fast report on the opening of the 14th annual Community Technology Centers Network CTCNet. Read more.

Is this true...if so, how can we counteract this?

Submitted by DerekArnold on Wed, 06/01/2005 - 09:38.

French sociologist Gustave Le Bon once said, "The masses live by,
and are ruled by, subconscious and emotional thought process. The crowd
has never thirsted for the truth. It turns aside from evidence that is

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Submitted by Peter Carson on Fri, 05/06/2005 - 23:57.

Very little critical reporting of economic development is happening in Northeast Ohio. Some may think this a good thing, while others see this as a fault in local media. Roldo Bartimole -- former Wall Street Journal and Plain Dealer reporter, and an inductee into the Press Club Hall of Fame -- is an exception. For those interested in reading his reports, I'd like to share this link for alternative reading: or .

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Film and TV As Economic Development -- Ohio should offer tax and economic incentives

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Thu, 05/05/2005 - 12:56.

From pundits to populace, everybody seems to agree that Northeast Ohio needs to step out in a new direction, using the creative arts to drive a new economic resurgence. So why are we talking about the same old models of massive public construction, like a convention center, to bring about this new economy?

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Messing With the State Constitution?

Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Tue, 04/19/2005 - 10:51.

Messing With the State Constitution?

Secretary of State Ken Blackwell wants to pass a constitutional amendment to prohibit public governing bodies, the state, local and school board spending combined, from spending greater than the Midwest Consumer Price Index, population growth, inflation or 3.5% above spending for the prior year.  Sounds complicated? This a formula for gridlock, a procedural requirement that will tie the legislature and the Governor in knots, an odd goal for someone who wants to govern.

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Public Education and the Fight Against Poverty -- Creative Solutions: Tuesday, April 26

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 07:50.

Our colleagues at Cleveland State are presenting an important forum on the importance of diversity to student outcomes.

Date and time:
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
4 - 6 PM
Levin College Atrium, Glickman-Miller Hall
1717 Euclid Avenue.

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Mapping the sustainability community in NEO: Upcoming Events

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 07:40.

Last week, the UN issued an important report on the future of our environment. The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is focused on improving our insights into the environmental consequences of development.

A no incentive zone in NEO?

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 07:26.

Here is an idea worth exploring. Phoenix has agreed to stop giving away lucrative sales-tax dollars by signing a deal that creates a "no-incentive zone" with neighboring cities of Tempe and Chandler.

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Moving toward a sustainable future in NEO

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 07:21.

Sustainable development is a growing trend in economic development. Cities that move toward sustainable practices will have an inside track on these expanding markets. NEO is ideally positioned to capitalized on this opportunity.

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Key Entrepreneur Development Center

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/08/2005 - 07:19.

Key Bank has awarded $1 million to Cuyahoga Community College to establish "Key Entrepreneur Development Center." The Center should become a regional hub for business development.

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Clevelanf Flower Show

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 06:29.

Here's an announcement on the Cleveland Botanical Garden Flower Show, the largest outdoor flower show in North America. It takes place May 27 - 30.

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Economic development incentives in NEO

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 06:25.

The Akron Beacon Journal does a good job in covering economic development issues for our region. Here's a story on the shifting use of economic development incentives. Read more.

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The changing job landscape

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 06:15.

Here's a good article from the Akron Beacon Journal on the changing job landscape in Northeast Ohio. Read more.

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Forest City invests in Illinois Technology Innovation Campus

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 06:12.

Forest City Enterprises is the lead developer in the new Illinois Technology Innovation Campus announced by the governor this week. Forest City’s Boston-based University, Bioscience and Technology Group will manage the project.

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introducing Jen Mack's blog, "Extremely Profound Conclusions on Music and Management"

Submitted by Sandy Kristin P... on Thu, 04/07/2005 - 00:12.

The third of my students this semester who has taken on a topically-focused blogging assignment is Jennifer Mack. She is a double major in music and management, and she still finds time to track down really interesting references to music in business contexts, and to the business of the music industry.


Submitted by peter holmes on Sun, 04/03/2005 - 19:37.

The Nature - Nurture debate Harvard's Steven Pinker weighed in on as Case's first Distinguished Lecturer last month, has rich meaning for innovation and entrepreneurship:  Comparisions between NEO and California's Bay Area are illustrative.  

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A partnership for a manufacturing forum

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/01/2005 - 10:29.

Here's a sensible collaboration that provides an example for NEO.

North East Texas Workforce Development Board is partnering with Northeast Texas Community College and local economic development councils to present a summit on manufacturing. Read more.

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Toledo provides an example

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/01/2005 - 10:27.

Toledo is considering a coke plant for economic development, and they have had difficulty figuring out which jurisdiction gets the tax revenues.

Earlier this week, local political leaders reached an agreement.

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The role of libraries in NEO's economic development

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/01/2005 - 10:22.

Yesterday, I traveled to Orrrville, OH to meet with a group of librarians from Wayne County. The question we explored: What s the role of libraries in the future of Northeast Ohio's economy.

During the industrial era, our economy generated enormous wealth. One of the legacy assets of this period is our extraordinary library system. (For example, Orville's library ranks sixth in the nation for a community its size.)

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Pennsylvania's lessons for Northeast Ohio

Submitted by Ed Morrison on Fri, 04/01/2005 - 10:15.

A little over a year ago, the Brookings Institution produced a report on Pennsylvania. The basic findings focused on the competitive disabilities created by no-growth sprawl. Learn more about the Brookings report and download the report here.

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