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Ignite event celebrates ‘healthy chaos’

The local entrepreneurial community has achieved what I believe is a “healthy chaos” of activities, networking events and startups. Over the past year we’ve seen a lot of new initiatives that piggyback on best practices of other leading entrepreneurial communities. In February the El Pomar Institute for Innovation and Commercialization (EPIIC) and Peak Venture Group… Continue Reading Ignite event celebrates ‘healthy chaos’

Branson lessons: How we can learn from clusters

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Economic development specialists are familiar with the concept of industry clusters. Locally, there are a number of task forces working on industry clusters ranging from sports to biotechnology to software. The Operation 6035 report suggested a variety of clusters that could be developed in the Southern Colorado region. Of course, the question left unaddressed in… Continue Reading Branson lessons: How we can learn from clusters

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I have argued for what I call “simple rules” for economic development. For the most part, these rules are non-prescriptive, but they do advocate limited actions by public officials. Yet many of us want to do something to promote the economic development of the region. We have pent-up energy and some financial resources to direct… Continue Reading Let’s avoid boom-to-bust strategies

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On plans, people and progress

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The Southern Colorado region, like many regions around the country, has reacted to the economic crisis by becoming introspective. Introspection can be a healthy thing, and often results in improvement over the long haul. For example, individuals will often become introspective after a financial, health or other personal setback. If correct conclusions are drawn about… Continue Reading On plans, people and progress

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