Debate over the effectiveness of tax incentives will now be informed by a very real-world experiment. California moved last week to end one of the most prolific inducements for jobs, the enterprise zone, when its legislature passed a bill, championed by Governor Jerry Brown, to end the program.
County government leaders from across Florida are gathering in Tampa to address the state’s biggest challenges. Attendees should be on the look out for Thinkspot’s Elephant in the Room with our Navigational, Grassroots and International Trade Thinkers eager to discuss alternative paths to improving local and regional quality of life.
One of the Golden Rules of Marketing is that it is easier to define a brand by emphasizing what you are, rather than differentiating yourself by what you are not. Well, rules were made to be broken. As I tried to catch up on my Twitter feeds from a week on the road, I stumbled on the Ocala Star Banner’s tweet highlighting this headline: “Economic consultant: Quality of sites, not quality of life, attracts companies.”
Thinkspot’s inaugural Thinker of the Month is University of Texas lecturer, John Doggett. You could hear a pin drop after we first heard John deliver one of his patented provocative statements: “If we took our economy as seriously as we take college football….” With audiences held in rapt attention, John Doggett’s data-driven analysis opens eyes to the realities of global competition and the path out of economic turmoil.
Richard Florida pioneered the “creative class” before it was cool. In this chapter, Florida clarifies the difference between small business and entrepreneurship. He also makes the fundamental proposition that creativity is at the top of value ladder in its contributions to quality of life; also serving as the explanation why industries form clusters in regions: data–>information–>knowledge–>creativity.
I’ve carried a copy or three of this article with me now for more than 12 years. It was written during the height of the .com era and impacted me greatly as an ambitious 34 year old who had just left Florida State University to prove myself working for the then Fortune 1 Company, General Motors. The snippets below may speak to you whether you’re a Baby Boomer or not. Like all those posted here, to glean the most from the article, I invite you to follow the link.