The TechBelt Initiative Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

131016-IEDC-TechBelt-AwardA multi-state, economic growth accelerator, the TechBelt initiative has been recognized with a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  Presented on Oct. 8 at the 2013 IEDC Annual Conference in Philadelphia, the award honors this virtual organization in category of “Regionalism & Cross-Border Collaboration” in communities with populations of greater than 500,000.

The TechBelt initiative is a network of technology and innovation stakeholders collaborating to accelerate economic growth in northeast Ohio, western Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia – states with contiguous borders and complementary industrial and academic assets.  TechBelt members are broad-based, representing the economic development organizations, foundations, researchers and chambers of commerce within the “mega region.” Continue reading “The TechBelt Initiative Receives Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)”

Four Lessons for Effective Collaboration

Over the past two years, Fourth Economy has provided project management for a number of clients and projects.  The common theme for all of these projects is “collaboration.”  Economic development is increasingly a collaborative enterprise.  Economies don’t fit neatly into our administrative and jurisdictional silos.  As a result, economic development requires working with a variety of partners.  So it is no surprise that a lot of the work we do as consultants includes organizing and coordinating collaborative partnerships. Continue reading “Four Lessons for Effective Collaboration”