December 15, 2010
I can’t wait for this Sunday. It’s literally my favorite day of the year. Why? Because the New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas issue is going to arrive at my doorstep! (I know, that’s a very nerdy reason for a day to be one’s favorite, but what can I say…I love ideas!) The NYT issue is apparently the 10th annual, but it also serves another important annual role: inspiring the creation of the Prosperity Blog’s 2nd annual “Big Ideas” post!
To quote from last year’s, we here at the Prosperity Blog have also had a good year of ideas, generating all sorts of practical proposals for improving our region’s business climate and competitiveness. But, of course, we have also had lots of impractical, sky’s-the-limit ideas that we hope someone is going to take and run with and make all our dreams come true. So, for all you good-idea-awaiting folks out there, here’s a summary…presented in Top Ten format:
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November 5, 2010
You know those listservs that you get randomly put on, and you really don’t see any reason to stay on them, and in fact they might be spam, and it would be really easy to “unsubscribe” but it’s a little easier to just hit delete and worry about it later? For me, that’s the almost weekly emails I get from Industry Marketing Solutions (“Industry Marketing Solutions provides you the most diverse range of publications associated in the strong markets of Plastics, Packaging, Converting and Graphics, Electrical and Material Handling Industries.”) Now beside from hilarious “plastics!” references from The Graduate, I probably don’t need any such publications. Even worse, the IMS listserv I’m on is IMS Auctions. Which is why this week’s Random Economic Development Email of the Week has got to be “SCG Industries Auction – Insulated Glass Manufacturer.” Read the rest of this entry »
October 11, 2010
“Drone boat for military to be built in Bothell factory,” the Seattle Times reported yesterday. “Sounds like an article I should skim,” says I, while watching the Phillies and Eagles soar to victory. But then skim I did, and gladly so. Because there are at least three really important things here: Read the rest of this entry »