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Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 03/07/2005 - 00:29.
Ideastream's 03.06.05 Ideas program took an interesting look at economic development issues and opportunities in Akron, and how the city seeks to raise it's "cool" factor. They featured Elizabeth Sheeler, who returned home to Akron from Boston to work with the Akron Art Museum and ArtCetera because she feels she can have a bigger impact in her smaller home town than in a big city she has started an after work arts party and networking scene in Akron - part of making the scene cooler there. The objective is to make Akron desirable to Gen-Xers and the need is serious. Rebecca Ryan, an economic development consultant from Madison, WI, based Next Generation Consulting, has been hired to lead the Akron community to focus on their Gen-X quality of life she notes only 4% of NEOs 18-24 have loyalty to this region vs. 25% nationwide, and only 35% of NEO residents in general feel there is good opportunity here for the young, vs. 69% nationwide. Gen-Xers are needed to replace Baby Boomers as they retire from the workforce, and Gen-Xers are the innovators needed to fuel the future of the economy, so not satisfying the Gen-Xers is very foolish.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 03/06/2005 - 15:15.
03/15/2005 - 14:00
REALNEO is a free open source social network established to
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 123
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 03/03/2005 - 23:50.
03/22/2005 - 09:00
You are invited to attend an air quality
Please join us for a free,
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Please RSVP by e-mail
NOACA Board Room - 1299 Superior Avenue
Submitted by John Soellner on Wed, 03/02/2005 - 09:28.
03/15/2005 - 18:00
How would you recreate downtown Cleveland? What do
1278 W. 9th Street in the Warehouse neighborhood, Constantinoâ€™s
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 02/28/2005 - 14:47.
03/01/2005 - 16:00
"Prelude to the
From TransTech and the New Energy
REI - PBL 201 - 11119 Bellflower Rd.
Submitted by Sandy Kristin P... on Sat, 02/26/2005 - 07:54.
you may want to get to know Hilary Bradbury, who runs the Weatherhead Institute for Sustainable Enterprise... http://weatherhead.cwru.edu/wise/
she is a teleworker now based in LA, but s
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 02/21/2005 - 01:12.
Cleveland Institute of Art interior design senior Joe Stanley has developed a comprehensive strategy and plan for the current Cleveland Institute of Art properties, where there are now poorly utilized, out-of-date facilities and surface parking lots, to be transformed into a new regional and global epicenter of creativity and economic development. Visit his community of interest dedicated to this project - neomainstreet - to see the model, plans, and a remarkable vision for developing exactly the innovation and quality connected places NEO needs for the future!
Submitted by Bill Vasu on Wed, 02/16/2005 - 01:51.
Today's Tuesdays@REI on Doan Brook was electric with community interest and involvement. Issues were discussed involving water quality, energy, restoration, historic assets and active use.
The plans and options presented were clear and ambitious. They demonstrated that clear, clean water can be a magnet for business. Our water assets must no longer be taken for granted.
Submitted by Monica on Tue, 02/15/2005 - 19:21.
Today's Tuesdays@REI topic on "The Doan Brook Watershed Partnership" attracted the attention of many people and organizations, as the issues discussed connect to many important initiatives that concern water, as a natural resource and a source of positive economic impact.
[Picture (source) : Fishing in the pond near the former Mount Sinai complex at Rockefeller Park and Doan Brook]
Submitted by John Soellner on Tue, 02/15/2005 - 18:16.
These presentations represent the variety of facets coming together
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sat, 02/12/2005 - 11:20.
02/14/2005 - 09:00
A two-part forum on: The Economics of Early Childhood Development - see NEO Childhood for support site and services
Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development in Shaker Heights
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/08/2005 - 01:02.
03/08/2005 - 12:00
REI - PBL 201 - 11119 Bellflower Rd.
Submitted by Kevin Cronin on Wed, 02/02/2005 - 10:02.
This morningâ€™s PD cited a Michigan research paper that concluded that economic cars, hybrids and the like, will generate a stronger economic return for European manufacturers, who have adapted to meet the more aggressive, European environmental standards and are now poised to reap the economic benefit of this growing market in the US. As a result, the study says, the US government should assist, despite the current $400+ billion budget deficit, in the retrofit/reengineering of the US plants to be able to compete. Of course, the industry could have also asked for assistance in meeting the environmental demands decades ago to seize the leadership mantel now held by European manufacturers, but for decades, US auto industry opposed stronger environmental standards, rather than adapt. Another significant, unmentioned lesson also warrants noting: Sound environmental policy, environmental leadership, can generate economic leadership in a very short time.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/01/2005 - 04:17.
The pace of adoption of open source software is accelerating at astounding rates, as we see entire nations officially dumping Microsoft and going free. Recently, Venezuela switched to open source, and plan a university to develop programmers... now, read two great postings about Brazil - developing countries are wising up... developing Ohio is wising up too, as you'll see...
02.15.05 Tuesday@REI: "The Doan Brook Partnership," Nancy King Smith, Exec. Director, Nature Center at Shaker Lakes
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 02/01/2005 - 01:31.
02/15/2005 - 16:00
REI - PBL 201 - 11119 Bellflower Rd.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Wed, 01/26/2005 - 22:40.
"Monuments differ in different periods. Each age has its own."
"Maybe, just maybe, we shall at last come to care for the most important, most challenging, surely the most satisfying of all architectural creations: building cities for people to live in."
Philip Cortelyou Johnson: July 8, 1906 - January 25, 2004
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 01/25/2005 - 19:03.
Fascinating presentation - will post here - Phil provided
Submitted by Waiting for Carnot on Mon, 01/24/2005 - 11:02.
01/25/2005 - 16:00
"A Biofuels Primer"
A presentation on the history and potential of biofuels in the energy equation. Topics will trace timeline from the pre-WWII chemurgy movement to current developments such as algal biodiesel and biomass pyrolysis for hydrogen production. Incorporating concepts that include well-to-wheel efficiency, end-of-vehicle-life landfill mandates and integrated biorefineries, a path towards sustainable economic development will be explored within the framework of industrial ecology.
Peter B. Lewis Building, Rm. 201
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 01/23/2005 - 02:29.
Those companies with diverse board (of directors) representation benefit from having executives who "get away from group-think" and "challenge the prevailing way of thinking," promotes The Greater Cleveland Roundtable in their weekly e-news on trends in diversity and inclusion. They further quote the CEO of diversity award winner Pitney Bowes as saying diverse directors "pay more attention to moral issues and how the frontline employees feel...They're more challenging of the orthodox ways of thinking." That is the kind of thinking we need in NEO - go to the Roundtable site and subscribe to their eNews for such insight in your box weekly.
Submitted by Adele DiMarco Kious on Thu, 01/20/2005 - 10:20.
Close to 200 people gathered Tuesday evening at the Great Lakes Brewing Company's Tasting Room for 2005's kick off meeting for Entrepreneurs for Sustainability.
The organization's founder, Holly Harlan, set the stage by having local entrepreneurs, like Kathleen O'Neill Web of the Coit Road Farmer's Market and Jim White of CLEER TEC, perform a skit sharing how their work is contributing to the vision of a Sustainable Economy in Northeast Ohio.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Tue, 01/18/2005 - 01:25.
01/18/2005 - 14:00
Each Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 PM REI is holding REALNEO planning and orientation sessions for open dialogue and inclusion supportig the Open Source Economic Development framework for North East Ohio. These sessions are open to everyone - feel free to come anytime between 2 and 4, and stick around after for the weekly Tuesday@REI meetings, from 4:00 - 5:45 PM.
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 105
Submitted by Ben Beckman on Sat, 01/15/2005 - 23:43.
Does residential real estate development play a significant role in economic development? In effect, my question is whether real estate development can serve as a catalyst for the transformation of citzens' economic condition or whether it is merely a lagging indicator of other successful economic development activity such as job creation. Can a builder/developer be a source of added economic vitality to the community, or must the community's value be raised by other means before his/her activities can be supported?
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Mon, 01/10/2005 - 19:30.
01/11/2005 - 16:00
Topic: "Regional Economic Development in Indiana: An Update on Best Practices"
Peter B. Lewis Building, Room 401
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 01/09/2005 - 22:29.
Here's an organic interpretation on the interconnections of TOPSOIL - Technology Optimization Platform for Social Organization, Innovation and Learning - REALNEO - Regional Economic Action Links (North East Ohio) - OSED - Open Source Economic Development - and IP - Intellectual Property - being the ecosystem enabling and nurturing Entrepreneurship and unique value creation and growth.
OSED consists of (B)rainpower, (I)nnovation and (Q)uality atoms, held interconnected with the magnetism of REALink Dialogue and Inclusion. These atoms combine in infinite combinations of Intellectual property molecules, which combine in organic structures forming more complex elements like schools, universities, companies and governments within a community ecosystem, in North East Ohio called NEO. The more supportive the ecosystem, the stronger the elements, and more elements to thrive. At the foundation of the ecosystem is TOPSOIL - the healthier and more nutritious the better. Branding and Marketing promote elements and ecosystems versus others, completing the OSED framework.
Submitted by Norm Roulet on Sun, 01/09/2005 - 18:16.
Cleveland Plain Dealer architecture critic Steven Litt writes of a "Golden Opportunity" for University Circle's future in proposing Case University, the Cleveland Institute of Art, and other local arts and learning institutions make optimal use of their master planning to leverage innovative networking and world-class brainpower to build a higher quality, well-connected powerhouse for this region - a "collegetown" gateway integrating University Circle institutions and stakeholders with surrounding community and regional interests. Steven prods UC-related leadership to follow models of excellence found at well planned universities in Cincinnati, Tempe, and Chicago and recounts "Philanthropist Peter Lewis, chairman of Mayfield-based Progressive Corp., has encouraged such collaborative thinking by hinting that he might open his purse for the right mix of projects. But in a speech at the UCI annual meeting in November, he said he was unimpressed with a confidential plan forwarded to him by Case. Nevertheless, Lewis said he's keeping an open mind." UC leaders must become more open and open-minded in their master planning, as that was clearly a critical success factor common for the three "best-collegetowns" highlighted above, and for securing the support of global leaders like Lewis. Read on for Litt's open vision for UC "to create a sense of urbanism and to heal the rift between town and gown":