Innovation Cities – Pockets of Innovation

Posted on May 27, 2012. Filed under: business, economic development, innovation | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Have you seen the Fast Company series about “pockets of innovation” in U.S. cities?  I’m enjoying the articles, and think you will to.  Here are a few of the recent stories.

America’s Most Innovative Neighborhood: 15 Square Miles In New Mexico, Population: 0

Hobbs, New Mexico, in the fairly empty and open southeastern part of the state, will be home to CITE – the Center for Innovation, Testing and Evaluation.  This mid-sized city with absolutely no permanent residents is being built by Pegasus Global Holdings as a testbed for “everything about the future of smart cities.”

How Ecodev Persuades Companies To Bring Manufacturing Back To The U.S. (Hint: It’s Cheaper)

Ecodev, a Minnesota-based “boutique” economic development firm, takes on the myth that U.S. manufacturing production can’t be cost-efficient.  It uses a comparative financial model to help client firms assess the cost-benefit of relocating to the U.S.

Why Utah Matters To Virgin, Amazon, and LeBron James

The Foundry, a Salt Lake City/University of Utah “peer-based training ground for entrepreneurs” intended to foster a “creative class” of entrepreneurs to build their businesses in Salt Lake City.

Sure, these may be small efforts, but there are lots of them across the country.  Fast Company has many more stories in its series, and we all know of others in our own local communities.  I’ll give a shout-out to the Los Lunas, New Mexico Live/Work economic development effort, which still contains a thread of its original focus on economic development for home-based businesses.

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