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- From: email@example.com (Ray DiRossi)
- Date: Thu, 27 Mar 1997 16:17:41 -0600 (CST)
National Economic Development Conference
Here is the agenda for the national economic
development conference that the Center for the
New West is co-sponsoring with the Humphrey
Institute at the University of Minnesota
The meeting is causing quite a bit of interest
and excitement around the country, so it seems
we've hit on a need for everyone to come together
and compare notes on new concepts and strategies
for state and local economic and community
development for the New Economy.
Given the talent and experience that is in the
economic and community development field across
the U.S., we could run three or four conferences
and never feature the same speaker twice. We're
sure that there will be just as much expertise in
the audience as with the panels and this will
lead to excellent discussions and the chance to
re-connect with each other and to develop new
friendships. We hope to see you at the
Please feel free to e-mail or fax the agenda on
to any and all whom you think might be interested
in attending the conference.
INNOVATIONS IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
THE EVOLVING DIRECTION OF ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT IN THE NEW ECONOMY
Summit II: A Sequel to the 1992 State and Local
Economic Development Strategy Summit
April 11-12, 1997
The Hubert H. Humphrey Center
University of Minnesota
301 19th Avenue South
Co-sponsored by The State and Local Policy
Program at The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of
Public Affairs and the Center for the New West.
In the rapidly expanding, knowledge-based
economy, some of the most innovative economic
development thinking occurs at the regional and
local level. This conference strives to convene
state and local policy makers, economic
development practitioners, and elected
representatives from across the country
to exchange avant-garde ideas that encourage
economic development. Financial assistance
provided by Northern State Power Company and the
New Priorities for a Changing U.S. Economy grant
from the U.S. Air Force Office of
Friday, April 11, 1997
1:00--2:45 p.m. What Does the "New" Economy Mean
for Economic Development?
Address by Chris Farrell, Senior Economics and
Business Editor, "Minnesota Public Radio." As
senior economics and business editor at
"Minnesota Public Radio," contributor to the
nationally syndicated show "Sound Money,"
and former economics editor at "Business Week"
Chris Farrell has closely monitored the rapidly
changing economy and concisely conveyed that
information to a national audience. Farrell will
examine ways policymakers can prepare citizens
for the realities of the "New Economy."
3:00--4:30 p.m. The Industry Cluster Approach in
the New Economy
In previous decades economic development agencies
either attempted to attract large scale
employers to their locale through incentive
packages or provided individualized assistance to
an array of non-related firms. Such
efforts are costly and arguably yield low
returns. Harvard Business School Professor
Michael Porter advocates focusing on innovative
groups of related local industries--or
clusters--that successfully compete in the glob
al marketplace. But to do so, practitioners must
first understand existing regional competitive
advantages and the dynamics of how clusters
Moderator: Stuart Rosenfeld, Regional Technology
Michael Przybyliski, Indiana University
Mary Jo Waits, Arizona State University
Robert Buuck, Iotek Inc., a Twin Cities medical
Jeff Blodgett, Connecticut Economic Resource
Edward Kawahara, California Economic Strategy
Saturday, April 12, 1997
8:00--9:15 a.m. The Changing Face of Work: Labor
Shortages, Equity, and Opportunity
A January 13 Newsweek article reports "a vast
mismatch in the national economic dating game.
paradox repeats itself across the country: a
shortage of jobs and a shortage of workers."
Aggregate unemployment rates are at record low
levels in many regions of the country, yet
pockets of high unemployment persist in inner
cities and among minorities. The nightly news
reports a bright economy, yet individuals feel
anxious over jobs and income stability as the gap
widens between rich and poor.
Addressing these workforce paradoxes and their
policy implications are:
Moderator: Jeff King, German Marshall Fund of the
Peter Cappelli, Wharton School of Business
Hal Salzman, Jobs for the Future, Boston, Mass.
To be announced
9:15--10:30 a.m. Learning Networks: A Gardening
Approach to Economic Development
Some practitioners view economic development as
an organic or biological organism rather than a
machine that can be tweaked or tuned. Central to
the organic model are thick webs of learning
networks by which innovative entrepreneurs and
organizations learn from one another and transmit
best practice ideas. Presenting these cutting
edge organic theories are:
Moderator: Joe Cortright, IMPRESA, Portland, Ore.
Chris Gibbons, Business/Industry Affairs for
Littleton, Colo., and Internet "econ-dev list
serv" moderator Randy Goldsmith, Oklahoma
Alliance for Manufacturing Excellence Delore
Zimmerman, Center for the New West and CEO
10:45 a.m.--12:00 Noon What Should Be the
Federal Government's Economic Development Role in
the Knowledge-Based New Economy?
What can and should American presidents, federal
agencies, and Congress do to help create economic
opportunity? In the Fall of 1996, the National
Academy of Public Administration released a
report on this provocative topic. Report
findings will be presented followed by an open
microphone discussion initiated by members of the
gathered panel and continued by the audience.
Come prepared to express your opinion!
Moderator: Maxine Moul, Nebraska Department of
Economic Development Michael Springer, U.S.
Department of the Treasury, Office of Economic
Policy Art Rolnick, Minneapolis Federal Reserve
C. Robert Sawyer, Economic Development
1:00--2:45 p.m. Performance Indicators and
Programmatic Evaluation (concurrent session)
Many state and local agencies create programs
with the broad goal of encouraging economic
growth, but few techniques exist to evaluate
whether programs indeed foster such development.
This session will showcase programs that have
taken innovative steps to measure outcomes based
on developmental needs specific to a region.
Moderator: Kathy Schill, Ohio Legislative Budget
Office Mac Holladay, Georgia Governor's
Development Council Janet Jones, Janet Jones
Works, Portland, Ore.
Awilda Marquez, Economic Development
Administration, Washington, D.C.
Don Bezruki, Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
Doug Henton, Collaborative Economics, Palo Alto,
1:00--2:45 p.m. Making Economic Data More Useful
(concurrent session)Economic development
professionals have a gamut of data available, but
often data conflict or confuse. Additionally,
certain types of data that federal and state
agencies could provide are currently missing or
incomplete (i.e. measures of productivity for
sectors other than manufacturing, full versus
part time employment statistics, measures of
underemployment, etc.). The session will allow
practitioners to give statistics and research
analysts feedback on what measures work and what
information they would find most helpful in
Moderator: Ragui Assaad, Humphrey Institute
C. Robert Sawyer, Economic Development
Administration, Chicago Edward Hill, Cleveland
State University and editor, "Economic
Development Quarterly" Marilyn Manser, U.S.
Bureau of Labor Statistics Mark Vander Schaaf,
of St. Paul, Minn.
3:00--4:30 p.m. The "Realpolitik" of Economic
Development What we hope will be a frank and
insightful discussion initiated by the panel and
continued with the audience concerning one of the
nagging issues in economic development: most of
us agree where we need to go, but why we can't
get there? What are the political dynamics of
economic development and how can practitioners
work with that reality?
Moderator: Graham Toft, Indiana Economic
Rob Atkinson, Rhode Island Economic Policy
Bill Bishop, Lexington (Ky.) Herald-Leader
newspaper Anita Duckor, Northern States Power
Maxine Moul, Nebraska Department of Economic
Development Michael West, Texas Department of
9:00--11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 1997
ROUNDTABLE I: "Using Economic Data to Understand
Your Region in the Knowledge Based New Economy"
Moderator: Andy Reamer, Andrew Reamer &
Associates, Brookline, Mass.
Invited representatives of state and local
agencies will have the opportunity to offer
Economic Development Administration and Bureau of
Labor Statistics researchers feedback on more
effective use of the Internet and federal data
sources in analyzing regional economies. This
session is a follow up to issues raised at the
National Academy of Public Administration
conference in November 1996.
ROUNDTABLE II "Revisiting the Emilia-Romagna
Region of Italy"
Moderator; Jacque Kopel, Minnesota Technology,
The Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy is
famous for its conglomeration of flexible
manufacturing networks. Over the years various
delegations from the U.S. have visited the
region. This preconference session is an
opportunity for delegation "alums" to reconnect
and share insights into how flexible
manufacturing principles have been adopted in
their regions and states.
ROUNDTABLE III "Economic Development in the New
Economy: Foundations' Perspectives and Roles"
Moderator: To be announced.
In the rapidly changing New Economy, economic
development strategies can no longer focus on
just creating tax incentive packages for business
recruitment. Such factors as education,
workforce training, welfare reform, ho
using, child care, telecommunications,
electricity restructuring, international trade
and transportation now influence the economic
competitiveness of regions and communities.
Given this holistic perspective, private phi
lanthropic foundations have a critical role to
play in supporting cutting-edge economic and
community development concepts and policies.
This session will offer foundation
representatives an opportunity to privately meet
before conference activities commence to discuss
their program priorities.
The conference registration fee is $150 if
postmarked on or before March 31. After that
date, the registration fee is $185. A block of
rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn
Metrodome (1-800-448-3663), 1500 Washington
Avenue South, Minneapolis MN 55454, which is a
four-block walk from the Humphrey Institute at
the University of Minnesota. Room rates for a
single or double are $76 (government rate is $72)
plus tax; mention that you will be attending the
"Economic Development Summit." For more
information on the agenda and speakers, e-mail
Margaret Bau at the Humphrey Institute at:
For information on how to register for the
conference, e-mail Lori Graven, Professional
Development and Conference Services, University
of Minnesota, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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