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Analysis Tools

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With the much anticipated release by MIG of its IMPLAN 2012 data set today, Thinkspot adds input/output (I/O) modeling to its economic analysis capabilities.

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Tools for Tackling Elephants: Good Information to Make Good Decisions

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As states continue to spend billions of dollars on tax and financial incentives in pursuit of an economic development strategy, the gap found when determining their effectiveness continues to widen.  In response to growing scrutiny, the Council of State Governments created a working group to examine how states use business incentives.  This report can be […]

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The Paradox of Innovation

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Imagine an innovation in an automotive supplier’s process which enables it to replace 1,000 employees with an automated assembly system (originally designed for a health care application). The employees losing their jobs had average annual wages of $50,000 and an average length of service left before retiring of 20 years. These productivity gains enabled GM […]

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DEO’s Jorge Nunez Joins Thinkspot

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Thinkspot Inc. announces the addition of Jorge Nunez to its economic development team as Financial Thinker. Nunez previously served as Chief Administrative and Financial Officer for the Division of Strategic Business Development in Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development (OTTED).

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False Choice: Environment or Jobs

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Whenever given the opportunity, Thinkspot rails against the false choice between saving the environment and creating jobs. We found a kindred spirit recently when we were introduced to the Resiliency Capacity Index (RCI) developed by the University at Buffalo Regional Institute, State University of New York and championed by the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Get to Know triSect

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triSect is a company you should know about. The combination of Glenda Hood, Shelley Lauten and Steve Seibert represents more than break-through thinking. In addition to launching their new company, they’re introducing much needed tools for strategy development and execution via their branded suite of services: “Civic Innovation.”

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Florida Association of Counties Annual Conference

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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.

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