October 2008
Is the Sky Falling? 
The current turmoil upsetting global financial markets is top of everyone's mind these days. We as economic developers are certainly not immune to the distress impacting Wall Street. Jon Roberts, managing partner of TIP, offers his candid thoughts regarding the root cause of the current credit crisis and the likely affect on the economic development field. He also provides some direction for local economic development professionals trying to navigate these troubled waters. Click here  to read more.
TIP Strategies hires two new team members:
MitsuMitsu Yamazaki has more than 7 years of experience in the economic development-related field. Prior to joining TIP, Mitsu served as a Vice President at San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF), a private, not-for-profit organization responsible for attracting new businesses and industry to San Antonio. The organization has been responsible for the recruitment of over 300 companies that collectively employ more than 70,000 San Antonians.  Mitsu is fluent in Japanese, English, and Spanish, and assisted many international prospective companies from Japan and Mexico, as well as numerous U.S. corporations looking to expand or relocate to San Antonio and its surrounding area. Mitsu was named one of the 40 most influential people under the age of 40 by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2004.
Meredith Whittenhas more than 15 years of broad-based experience in the fields of public and legislative affairs, writing and editing, and research. Through varied professional experiences, Meredith has specialized in researching and analyzing complex subjects for communication to a variety of audiences, and developing clear solutions for strategic change and improvement.  Meredith holds a Master of Science in Regional and Urban Planning Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Master of Public Affairs from The University of Texas' LBJ School of Public Affairs, with a concentration on environmental and transportation policy. She also holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin, where she worked as a reporter and copy editor for The Daily Texan. She also holds a certificate in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin.
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Project Round-Up
TIP Strategies works across the country to help communities, regions, and states build on their assets, challenge old ways of thinking, and encourage options for sustainable economic success. Look what we're working on...
TIP is currently working with Next Generation Consulting to prepare a Regional Competitiveness Strategy for a 26-county region in Kentucky and Indiana. The project will provide a blueprint for ensuring the continued economic competitiveness of the region through the development, retention, and recruitment of talent. The strategy is the first step in leveraging the $5 million grant awarded to the 15-county Central Kentucky region through the U.S. Department of Labor's Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development (WIRED) initiative.
Sustain Blaine, a regional cooperative alliance of public and private organizations in Blaine County, Idaho, hired TIP to develop a countywide regional economic strategy. Our team will work with stakeholders and hold community workshops to identify the economic challenges and opportunities facing Blaine, which experienced explosive growth over the last 30 years. Other issues addressed in the strategy include business retention, expansion and attraction, tax-base diversification, housing, regional migration patterns, and talent recruitment and retention. Once complete, the strategy will outline specific actions Sustain Blaine and countywide entities can take to promote a sustainable economy in the county. 
  york logoTIP has been engaged by the York County Economic Development Corporationto assist regional partners in designing a business-and-implementation plan for a proposed York County Advanced Technology Center. Located in Southeast Pennsylvania, York County is home to a broad and vibrant economic base, ranging from advanced manufacturing to life sciences to agricultural processing. TIP will assist York County in designing a program that promotes innovation in emerging and target industries through talent development, technology commercialization, industry assistance, and entrepreneurial growth. Local partners contributing to the project include leaders in economic development, higher education, workforce training, and business and industry.
What We're Reading @ TIP 
The staff at TIP Strategies often has spur-of-the-moment conversations about what we're reading. Here is our latest recommended reads:

The Big Sort: Why the Clustering of Like-Minded America Is Tearing Us Apart - Bill Bishop 

Much in the spirit of Richard Florida - with whom Bill Bishop has worked - this book sets out to understand what the "sorting" of people by geography means to our social fabric. What does it mean for like-minded professionals to cluster in specific parts of the country - right down to individual neighborhoods? While Bishop's analysis is basically political, it has wide-ranging implications. He argues, convincingly, that we are more likely than ever to seek out communities primarily by whether its citizens share our social and political views. By making further connections to income and education, the book allows us to arrive at new ways of looking at economic development. We recommend it for providing new insights into the growth - and decline - of communities across the country.
The boxThe Box: How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - Marc Levinson
 "The Box" reveals the creation, struggle and evolution of shipping cargo containers from the mid 1950's through today.  This evolutionary process of logistics parallels the trend in global trade and economic development. Containerization and standardization of shipping industry completely changed how the goods are transported throughout the world.  Today, many manufacturers enjoy "Just in Time" (JIT) delivery system.  JIT not only reduced the inventory between the suppliers and original equipment manufacturers to a minimal level, but also shortened the entire logistic supply chain globally. This was impossible without tireless trial and error among the shippers, railroad, trucking, air cargo companies and regulating authorities to achieve efficiency in transportation of goods. This book is a must-read for those who want to understand the history of logistics operations and global economy.

Any recommendations for us? Send your favorite articles, books, podcasts, blogs, or videos to TIP Strategies.
Speaking Engagements 
Our team members regularly present on issues surrounding economic development. Contact us if you would like to have TIP Strategies as part of your next event.
TIP Strategies is a Platinum Sponsor of the 2008 International Economic Development Council's Annual Conference -
"The Next Billion - Mobility, Flexibility, Agility, Livability,"
 in Atlanta, October 19-22. Jon Roberts, Managing Director of TIP Strategies,  is moderating
"Growing Innovative Companies and Communities through Entrepreneurial Friendly Environments," on Monday, October 20 from 2:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.   
Tom Stellman, President of TIP Strategies, is a featured speaker at "Beyond Boundaries," a regional leadership summit, November 7. He will be presenting the findings from a Regional Competiveness Strategy for a 26-county region in Kentucky and Indiana conducted by TIP.


Who We Are: TIP Strategies works with communities throughout the country to develop innovative, publicly supported economic development strategies.

What We Do: TIP provides clients with the tools they need to better understand their economy and the alternatives available to them. We offer a host of economic development services:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Impact Analysis
  • Workforce Analysis
  • Industry Cluster Analysis 
  • Entrepreneurship Strategies
  • Defense Communities

Our Approach:  At TIP Strategies, we believe that talent, innovation, and place provide essential building blocks for economic vitality. We realize that economic development cannot take place in a vacuum. While traditional tools and conventional approaches continue to have their place, we believe that successful strategies require a broader, more inclusive viewpoint.

Our clients attest that our commitment extends beyond any assignment we undertake.  TIP has steadily built a reputation for progressive thinking, client relations, and personal attention to the details of implementation.

We'd like to hear how TIP can be of assistance to you.

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