In the US, economic development over the last few months has focused on two big stories: Foxconn and Amazon. Wisconsin lured Foxconn with a . Virginia and New York City lured Amazon also with heavy incentives. Opposition in New York led Amazon to pull out

Meanwhile, the real story in economic development is happening elsewhere. Communities and regions are building their economies organically through “link and leverage” strategies. These are the stories that James and Deborah Fallows captured in their book, Our Towns.

Our Lab is focused on developing next generation models, tools, and training for community and economic development. We start with Strategic Doing as an open source operating system to build new ecosystems.

This strategy discipline — specifically designed for open, loosely connected networks — speeds the formation of complex collaborations and ecosystems. You can check out our successful testbeds in places like North Alabama with Shoals Shift (http://www.shoalsshift.com) and New Jersey with the New Jersey Innovation Institute (njii.com).

 

Ed Morrison is Director of the Purdue Agile Strategy Lab. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. For the past five or six years, he has been developing new, agile approaches to strategy in open, loosely joined networks, a discipline he calls Strategic Doing. Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, he served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and France. Ed started his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he has served as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, and staff counsel in the US Senate. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.

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