Tuesday, Oct 11th, 2016 1:30 PM EDT (10:30 a.m. PST)
Like attracts like. Success breeds success. Industry clusters are a boon to economic developers because of their magnetic effect on other businesses in the same sector, and the supply chain. But what do you do if you don't happen to be fortunate to already have a biotech, food processing or aerospace corridor in your community? According to guest presenter Ed Morrison, director of Agile Strategy, you go out and build one.
Morrison refers to his method as "strategic doing," accelerating network development in an intentional and disciplined way. This is different than the "analysis paralysis" methods of the past. It forms collaborations quickly by "linking and leveraging" assets across the network.
He will discuss how to build regional innovation clusters, spaces where companies that share a similar competitive space decide to form a network, develop a strategic agenda to address common issues, and make anchor investments. This includes:
Shifting the conversation towards collaboration
Protocol for quickly building networks
Developing a strategic, active agenda
Managing this complex strategy with simple rules
Identify different stages that clusters move through