Ranked #5: Availability of Telecommunications Services
The companies that rated AVAILABILITY OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS as very important in Area Development's 2006 Corporate Survey realize that those communities setting ICT trends are more attractive locations than those just reacting to these trends.
Dan Gatti, Innovative Capital Ventures, Inc. (Jun/Jul 07)
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Communities That Focus on Information Access
does this mean to site selection and attracting economic growth? It
means economic development agencies must become fully aware and
creative to make their areas stand out as innovation centers of
expertise. They must look at the strengths and weaknesses of their
geography and how to promote public-private collaboration.
also time to redefine community libraries. One hundred years ago there
were few public libraries. Until Andrew Carnegie made it a worldwide
mission, a library as a "public good" was not widely acknowledged or
acted upon. Today, it is estimated that global public spending on
libraries is in excess of $40 billion and that the United States spends
more than $12 billion annually in support of libraries. In the 21st
century, since much information is likely to be digital and accessed
via the Internet, it seems appropriate that some amount of annual
library expenditures should be set aside from public funds to enable
digital access to information and knowledge.
The emphasis and
focus needs to be community collaboration - where local colleges,
universities, business, and government help stimulate innovation from
within. Why not fund some bright new graduates and provide incubation
facilities in a municipal building to create a "start-up" alley in the
local community? If a community already has incubator facilities, is it
creating forums to bring in thought leaders who can stimulate creative
thinking and innovation, and share best practices from other
geographies in the area of ICT strategy development and planning?
will geographically dispersed communities share best practices with one
another. Therefore, it is important to identify unbiased third-party
entities that can advise on ICT strategies, companies a community might
want to attract, seminars and symposiums it might want to run, and
technology areas it might want to encourage incubation around.
Proactive leadership such as this makes the difference between those
locations reacting to ICT trends and those setting them.Innovative Capital Ventures, Inc. (www.icventures.net)
provides thought leadership in the area of helping communities develop
a proactive ICT strategy that will create jobs and improve quality of
life. Services range from keynote presentations to strategic
development and planning.