Memphis Alliance Tackling Workforce Challenges

October 6th, 2015

Late last year, leadership in the Memphis metro area released a regional economic plan focused on building long-term growth and opportunity through economic diversification. Their first priority? Confronting Memphis’s workforce ... read more »

Building the next economy from the ground up: Metropolitan Business Plans in U.S. Regions

January 6th, 2014

The Metropolitan Business Plans (MBPs) help metro and state leaders adapt the discipline of private-sector business planning to the task of revitalizing regional development. Such planning provides a framework through which regional business, civic, and government leaders can rigorously analyze the market position of their region; identify strategies by which to capitalize on their unique assets; ... read more »

Louisville, Lexington poised to grow manufacturing jobs, needs skilled workforce

November 25th, 2013

The 22 counties that form the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement region, with Louisville and Lexington as its anchors, have the capacity to grow significant jobs in advanced manufacturing, but the region needs a much more skilled engineering and technical workforce, according to a new study released by Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Lexington Mayor Jim Gray in partnership with the ... read more »

New York’s CenterState CEO rolls out new strategic business plan for region

November 6th, 2013

With help from the Brookings Institution, CenterState CEO is out with a new strategic plan to boost the central New York regional economy. http://innovationtrail.org/post/centerstate-ceo-rolls-out-new-strategic-business-plan-region read more »

Editorial: Regional cooperation on economic development will be key to area’s prosperity

August 18th, 2013

Economic development officials, while competing to get their slices of the economic development pie, understand the importance of regional cooperation when it comes to economic growth. read more »

Northeast Ohio launches PRISM - Partnership for Regional Innovation Services to Manufacturers

April 1st, 2013

PRISM makes connections to the region’s growth-enabling network faster and easier by acting as a single point of entry.  PRISM is an initiative of the Northeast Ohio Metropolitan Business Plan efforts. http://manufacturingsuccess.org/Programs/PRISM.aspx read more »

Northwest Building Efficiency Technology Hub (NBETH) taking shape

March 4th, 2013

Innovate Washington, a newly formed partnership that merged the former Washington Technology Center and SIRTI, is working hard on one of its first projects to create the Northwest Building Efficiency Technology Hub.  Formerly known as the BETI (Building Energy-Efficiency Testing and Integration) Center, this initiative grew from findings in the Puget Sound Metropolitan Business Plan. read more »

Brookings Institution assisting with job creation and growth plan

February 27th, 2013

Memphis and Shelby County will be building a more vibrant economy that is increasingly export-oriented, innovation-driven and opportunity rich.  Co-chairs Memphis Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. and FedEx Executive Vice President Christine P. Richards announced a formal process to plot a new economic development future in the rapidly changing global ... read more »