Weekly REDEW: Supreme Court Upholds Municipal Water Law

November 1, 2010

Much to my parents’ chagrin, I am not a lawyer (my brother is, and he lives closer to home…). And so you can imagine my surprise when I received an email from GordonDerr LLP proudly announcing the results of a court case that I didn’t even know was happening…and can’t quite understand the impacts of. Sound random? You bet. Which means that it qualifies as last week’s Random Economic Development Email of the Week! Read the rest of this entry »


Fuuuuuukuoka, Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plains

July 15, 2010

Now that I’m slowly adjusting back to this time zone, I thought I’d update everyone on last week’s meeting of the International Regions Benchmarking Consortium in Fukuoka, Japan. The IRBC, as its known, is our group of 10 regions from around the world that gather annually to look at specific issues in economic development and share best practices. This year, Fukuoka took their turn to host, and the topic was Research Universities and the Knowledge Region. What do those two have to do with each other? Glad you asked! Read the rest of this entry »


Hmmm…Maybe It’s Time to Act on that Talent Report

June 23, 2010

About a year ago, the International Benchmarking Consortium – our coalition of ten regions from around the world who share economic development best practices – held its annual conference on the theme of “Creativity and Talent.” The focus was on how to attract and retain all those highly talented people who can choose where they want to live and work. We even released a report with recommendations for how to create a regional talent recruitment and retention strategy, which I summarized for easy reading purposes. Of course, a year ago, retaining talent wasn’t a big concern…until now. Read the rest of this entry »


What’s the Difference Between Silicon Valley and Siberia?

April 13, 2010

I can’t stop thinking about this NYT piece on the Russian government’s efforts to create their own “Silicon Valley,” a center for innovation and entrepreneurship. And it’s not only because of the quasi-comical Soviet-esque way they’re going about it (seriously, the idea was conceived by the Kremlin’s Commission on Modernization), but also because they’re struggling with the same questions that we and every other country still struggles with: how can you replicate the Bay Area’s success? Read the rest of this entry »