2011 Know Your Region Webinars

Posted on: June 15th, 2012 by Matt Black

2011 Webinar Training Series

Part 1: Mapping the Nation’s Regional Innovation Clusters

The Cluster Mapping Project, spearheaded by the Institute of Strategy and Competitiveness at Harvard University, aims to provide policymakers and development practitioners across America with rich data and tools for understanding industry clusters in every region of the country.

The cluster concept was developed and spread globally by the Institute’s founder, Michael E. Porter. Clusters are geographic concentrations of firms, suppliers, support services, specialized infrastructure, producers of related products, and specialized institutions (e.g., training programs and business associations) that arise in particular fields in particular locations.

  • Dr. Christian Ketels, Havard Business School – slide presentation (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Webinar-2011-EDA-Cluster-Mapping-Project2 NULL.pdf)
  • Dr. Christian Ketels, Havard Business School – webinar recording (64 MB) (https://nado NULL.sharefile NULL.com/d/sc2e3bf795054f6bb)
  • U.S. Cluster Mapping (Beta) Website (http://www NULL.clustermapping NULL.us/index NULL.html)

Part 2: Rural Approaches to Regional Clusters

This Know Your Region webcast explored practices in rural regions that have adopted state-wide cluster strategies intended to drive economic growth in a more cohesive manner.

By nature, cluster development typically occurs in more densely populated areas where the geographic concentration of knowledge, workforce and suppliers is generally higher.  Yet, in an age of technology where commerce is increasingly driven by the ability of a region to market itself beyond its geographic borders, rural regions are seeing the benefit of cross-industry collaboration, idea sharing and the fortification of existing assets, all with economic development as a common purpose.

Members of APED will discuss their Alaska Forward initiative to identify, prioritize, and implement a state-wide, collaborative economic development program.  The MTA will discuss their Innovation-Led Economic Development (ILED) project to drive innovation and technology-based economic development in the State of Mississippi.

  • Alaska Partnership for Economic Development – slide presentation (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Alaska-Forward NULL.pdf)
  • Mississippi Technology Alliance – slide presentation (http://www NULL.slideshare NULL.net/mbellamente/ilednado)
  • Download the Webinar Recording (http://vimeo NULL.com/19298554)

Part 3: Regional Collaboration of EDA Economic Development Districts and Labor’s Workforce Investment Boards

This Know Your Region (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/) webcast focused on the natural symbiotic relationship between economic and workforce development.  Strategic partnerships across organizations with common goals are a key ingredient to driving regional innovation.  In this webinar, the Eastern Maine Development Commission (EMDC)presented on their multi-faceted approach to job creation and retention within the State of Maine.

Led by executive director Michael Aube, the EMDC has embarked on an aggressive effort to fully integrate the region’s Workforce Investment Board (WIB) and Economic Development District (EDD), including through the region’s Mobilize Maine regional innovation cluster strategy.  In collaboration with the area’s chamber of commerce, regional tourism and convention bureau, local economic development corporations and others, the group has developed a new architecture for linking workforce and economic development. These efforts focus on: asset mapping; staff training and development; creating new organizational and service delivery models through a “single portal for services”; and creating new service delivery systems through the business services team, partnerships and tools.

  • Eastern Maine Development Commission – slide presentation (http://www NULL.slideshare NULL.net/mbellamente/mobilize-maine?from=share_email)
  • Download the Webinar Recording (http://www NULL.vimeo NULL.com/19806251)

Part 4: Exploring New Ideas for Rural Wealth Creation Strategies

To date, the Know Your Region webinar series has tackled cluster mapping, developing rural clusters and fostering collaboration between workforce and economic development entities.  This installment of the series covered rural wealth creation strategies.

Rural regions in the U.S., particularly low-wealth rural areas, have struggled to implement strategies and institutions that will turn their assets into wealth that can be recirculated into the local economy. At the same time, the potential contributions of rural America are significant.  Rural areas can provide the nation with renewable energy, with food that is healthy and affordable, with open spaces for recreation and with myriad ecosystem services. The challenge is to create strategies that are place-based, demand driven and focused on building multiple forms of wealth that can create sustainable livelihoods for rural people and the places they call home.  The Ford Foundation has been supporting a systems approach to wealth creation in rural communities that were introduced as part of this webinar.

  • Center for Rural Entrepreneurship and the Ford Foundation (http://www NULL.slideshare NULL.net/mbellamente/rural-wealth-creatoin?from=share_email)
  • Download the Webinar Recording (http://www NULL.vimeo NULL.com/20793150)

Part 5: Regional Boundary-Spanning Growth Strategies

Exploring outward-facing trade strategies is an integral part of regional economic development.  This webinar  focused on two distinct types of expanding traded wealth outside a region: developing international export capacity and assisting businesses to identify and exploit emerging market opportunities.  

  • Dr. Brad Kramer, Kansas State U’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute – slides (http://www NULL.slideshare NULL.net/mbellamente/ami-wealth-creation)
  • Southern Alleghenies PDC (PA) International Trade Program – slides (http://www NULL.knowyourregion NULL.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/Export-Presentation-2011-NADO NULL.pdf)
  • Download the Webinar Recording (http://www NULL.vimeo NULL.com/20898771)

Part 6: Incorporating Entrepreneurship into Regional Innovation Strategies

Entrepreneurship is a vital component of economic development.  By encouraging homegrown businesses to succeed, communities can elevate employment levels and economic activity by capitalizing on the existing talent pool and knowledge base.

Led by Maureen Collins-Williams, Director of Entrepreneurship Outreach at the University of Northern Iowa, this webinar focused on methods and best practices for encouraging regional entrepreneurial growth.

Drawing from her experience in the development and implementation of entrepreneurship initiatives in Iowa, including a service technology business incubator in downtown Waterloo in 2001 and a second business incubator on the UNI campus in 2007, Maureen will discuss the importance of providing access to capital, access to networks and access to technical assistance as a means of helping fledgling business achieve their potential.

  •  Ms. Collins-Williams, University of Northern Iowa Entrepreneurship Outreach – slides
    (http://nado NULL.livepulsedev NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/KRY-Part-6 NULL.pdf)

Part 7: Global Trends in Competitiveness and Productivity Growth

Know Your Region is honored to have McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) discuss their recent findings on productivity growth and policy trends that drive economic competitiveness for the penultimate session of our biweekly webinar series.  Formed in 1990, MGI is the business and economic research arm of the renowned management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company.

Our speaker for the session was Dr. Jaana Remes, Senior Fellow at MGI.  Since 2003, Dr. Remes has led MGI research on productivity and competitiveness, during which time the Institute has conducted more than 15 country performance assessments.  Working around the globe, MGI has developed a unique approach to understanding how managerial decisions and industry dynamics lead to different aggregate outcomes across countries.  Current MGI research examines how productivity, cost, and skills mix influence sector-level competitiveness across countries

  • Dr. Remes, McKinsey Global Institute
    (http://nado NULL.livepulsedev NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/KYR-Part-7-Remes NULL.pdf)
  • Download the Webinar Recording
    (http://www NULL.vimeo NULL.com/22097621)

Part 8: State-Led Regional Innovation Cluster Initiatives

  • Mr. Justice, Georgia Centers of Innovation – slides (http://nado NULL.livepulsedev NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/SJustice NULL.pdf)
  • Dr. Cameron K. Martin, Utah Cluster Acceleration Partnership Initiative – slides (http://nado NULL.livepulsedev NULL.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/CMartin NULL.pdf)

Part 9:  Accessing the Regional Innovation Acceleration Network (RIAN)

  • Download the Webinar Recording (http://www NULL.vimeo NULL.com/25731812)
  • Link to the RIAN Website (http://www NULL.regionalinnovation NULL.org/)
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