Regional Economic Development – A Summary and Synthesis

Cory Donovan, Stuart Mease, and Aric Bopp

Pictured left to right:  Cory Donovan, Executive Director of the NewVa Corridor Technology Council, NCTC, Stuart Mease, Special Projects Coordinator for the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and Aric Bopp, Executive Director, New River Valley Economic Development Alliance at Radford University's Entrepreneurial Summit.

Since regional economic development has been a subject of thought, discussion, and conversation on Handshake 2.0 – via blog post, comment, and video – we offer a summary.

Part of Handshake 2.0's envisioned contribution to regional economic development is A Regional Social Media Initiative – How It Looks and Works.  We asked about Regional Economic Development for the High-Tech Economy and described Handshake 2.0's business model as derived from a regional economic initiative. 

We began a discussion about regional economic development earlier in 2009 with Handshake 2.0’s Vision:  Every Regional Business Blogging and It’s Really All About the Blog Post.

Even President Barack Obama's Chief Technology Officer nominee, Aneesh Chopra, asserts that the next millionaire could emerge from rural communities.

Regionalism advocate Stuart Mease defines The Online-Offline Regional Divide, describes how to bridge that regional divide, and foresees A One Region Community.

Finally, we explored an example of attracting visitors to a region with a community charity event.

We have developed a new category, Regional Economic Development on Handshake 2.0, and will add to it future posts on the subject.

We hope this summary proves of value and look forward to further conversations.

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  1. The New Century Council was perhaps the first group of folks to have made these regional efforts…

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