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Join us as we welcome the leadership from the Florida Economic Development Council on the next Economic Development Today Blog Talk Radio Show. We will discuss how economic development is changing in Florida and what to expect as the reshaping of the delivery system for economic development moves forward. Guests: Amy Evancho, President and CEO of the Florida Economic Development Council Deborah Wilkinson, Chair of FEDC Ed Schons, Chair-Elect of FEDC
This week’s guest is Jim Moore discussing “Economic Development – A Public Sector Perspective.” As the Director of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Moore is charged with carrying forward their strategic vision. This includes the continuation of diversifying Lee County’s economic base by attracting new high-wage/high growth industries to the area, as well as providing assistance to exist
Join Beth Kirkland and Kim B. Williams on the next Economic Development Today talk show. Ms. Kirkland is the Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. and Mr. Williams is Chairman of the EDC Board and President of Marpan Supply among other business ventures. Kim is a lifetime resident of Tallahassee and a successful entrepreneur. He has led the EDC over the past 18 months to build out a very well rounded program of work that touches business at ever
The elusive Holy Grail for broadband is proof. Specifically, useful and accurate data that proves to some extent how broadband impacts local economies. But this could be changing as data-gathering efforts started several years ago in various communities are starting to bear fruit.
The Minnesota Rural Intelligent Communities (MIRC) was one such project that provides valuable lessons. MIRC involved extensive research to determine if and how broadband impacted personal economic advancement, continuing education and business performance in 11 communities.
Bernadine Joselyn, Dir. of Public Policy and Engagement for the Blandin Foundation, and Robert Bell, co-founder of the Intelligent Communities Forum (ICF) present the MIRC report's key findings, and discuss what these mean for rural communities in Minnesota and throughout the U.S. The Foundation administered the project on behalf of the initiative's partners, including ICF which established measurement criteria. Listeners also get tips on effective techniques for assessing broadband's economic impact.
Could Google’s heavy initial focus on residential subscribers, while putting the business community on the backburner, shortchange KCK’s and KCMO’s economic development hopes? Cultivating startups is a plus. But mid-size and large cities boost local economies by making existing companies of all sizes stronger, as well as attracting larger companies to town.
Learn how a Kansas City, MO ISP is filling in the gaps with a combination of gigabit wireless (yes, wireless), back-end infrastructure and a business market focus. Computers & Tele-comm CTO Graeme Gibson lays out a game plan for delivering gigabit services that go to the heart of economic development, and in a way that increases odds for financial sustainability. Gibson breaks it down for listeners:
* The right service offerings increase business adoption rates;
* Segmenting your business market and communicating effectively matters;
* Why it makes sense marketing wireless services to businesses;
* Decisions about infrastructure such as Network Access Points (NAPs), data centers and backup sites directly impact the bottom line.
In March this year, in partnership with Broadband Communities Magazine, host Craig Settles conducted a survey of local government administrators and staff, service providers, consultants and others involved with broadband projects. What they have to say in Craig Settles' report, The Gigabit city & Economic Development, could directly influence your community’s efforts.
Magazine Editor Masha Zager joins us to analyze what survey results mean to your community. 60% of respondents say fiber networks attract business, 54% say it increases home-based businesses. Nearly half feel 20 – 120 Mbps is minimum needed to impact certain economic outcomes. Only 7% see “searching for a job” as the greatest benefit broadband offers individuals.
The survey explored broadband’s impact on six local economic outcomes in particular: attracting new businesses to town reviving depressed communitiesm making local companies more successful improving individuals’ income-earning potential increasing home-based businesses improving depressed business districts The survey also looks at the potential for broadband-enabled telemedicine to impact economic development, and probed how respondents view certain national broadband policies. We solicited feedback on possible broadband funding models. If economic development is important to you, listen to this show.
Steve Quello is this week's guest on Economic Development Today, brought to you by the Economic Development Foundation. Steve is founder and President of CEO Nexus, a market research firm serving CEOs and related senior management of second-stage businesses. He designs and manages market development programs, including PeerSpectives, a CEO Peer Learning Network delivered to Florida’s businesses through GrowFL, Florida’s Economic Gardening Institute.
Economic gardening is an entrepreneurial ec
Though it requires dedicated effort to track and report on the economic impact of community broadband networks, there are plenty of ways in which these networks directly and indirectly produce economic benefits for constituents. Cedar Falls Utilities (CFU) in Iowa has been providing broadband services since 1996, and shares with listeners some great insights to using the technology as an economic engine. CFU’s Internet services impacts their local economy in several ways, in
Economic fundraising is a proven practice that could net a community several million dollars for its broadband buildout if executed properly. Tom DiFiore, who has helped communities nationwide raise over $1.7 billion for economic development projects, shares tips on how to recruit enthusiastic investors from within your city and neighboring areas. The concept is simple, but be prepared for a lot of hard work. DiFiore explains how to recruit people who’ll invest an amount greater than the
Stuart L. Rogel is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership. Founded in 1994, the Tampa Bay Partnership is the only entity that provides regional economic development for the entire eight-county, 6,515-square-mile area of west central Florida which includes the metro areas of Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Lakeland, and Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice and the counties of Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota. The Pa
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