March 2, 2015

Mapping a nation of regional clusters

The U.S. Cluster Mapping Portal ( provides over 50 million open data records on industry clusters and regional business environments to promote economic growth and U.S. competitiveness.  The project is led by Professor Michael Porter through Harvard Business School's Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness in partnership with the U.S. Department of Commerce and U.S. Economic Development Administration.

October 2, 2014 webinar walkthrough, presented to SelectUSA
Where is Silicon Valley?
In a study recently published in Science, MIT Sloan School of Management Professor Scott Stern and PhD candidate Jorge Guzman locate the key places where startups not only survive, but flourish. Municipalities like Menlo Park, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale see startups offer an IPO or get acquired at ten times the California state average. Now, Stern and Guzman are working a similar study in Massachusetts. How are they doing it? With a little help from the U.S. Cluster Mapping Portal.  Read more
JPMorgan Chase pledges $100M to Detroit revitalization, grants $125,000 to BioSTL
Last May, JPMorgan Chase pledged $100 million over five years to help revitalize the city of Detroit. What made them decide this was an investment they had to make? "We're the largest bank here, consumer bank, middle market bank and large corporate bank. We invested here," Dimon said. "And you know, we're patriotic. We want to see Detroit revive, grow and start to thrive again."

During its Small Business Forward event at Washington University in St. Louis, JPMorgan Chase also announced a $125,000 grant to BioSTL. This brings JPMorgan's total support of BioSTL to $250,000.          
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Manx Treasury Minister Discusses Clusters in Budget Day Speech
In his February 17, 2015 Budget Day speech, Manx Treasury Minister Eddie Teare discussed the importance of clusters to the Isle of Man's economy. See below for highlights from the speech.

"Manufacturing is important to the Isle of Man. Virtually everything we make here is exported off-Island which helps create further economic benefit. The 23 members of the Isle of Man Aerospace Cluster - now employ nearly 900 skilled engineers and support staff, which is 6% up on the figure of April 2013 and 38% more than in 2006 when the Cluster was created. The Cluster is an integral part of the UK supply chain for the aerospace industry and supplies components for every major civilian and defense aerospace project in the world."  
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March 13, Boston, MA:  MassTLC Annual Meeting (Mass Technology Leadership Council) Register

September 13-15, Syracuse, NY:  NEDA 2015 Conference (Northeastern Economic Developers Association)
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March 19-20, Washington, DC:  CDVCA Annual Conference (Community Development Venture Capital Association)  Learn more

March 22-25, Washington, DC:  Washington Policy Conference, "NADO on the Hill" (National Association of Development Organizations)  Register

March 23-24, Washington, DC:  SelectUSA Investment Summit  Learn more

March 26-27, Washington, DC:  Training Course: Technology-Led Economic Development (IEDC) Register

March 29-31, Arlington, VA:  2015 Federal Economic Development Forum (IEDC)  Register


March 20-27, New Orleans, LA:  New Orleans Entrepreneur Week (Idea Village)  Learn more

April 8-10, Palmetto, FL:   3.0 Leaders Conference (Spark Growth)   Learn more

October 24-27, New Orleans, LA:  NADO Annual Training Conference (National Association of Development Organizations)  Learn more
April 10-11, Omaha, NE:  Midwest Entrepreneurship Conference  Learn more
April 19-24, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois:  The Third Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Inter-American Competitiveness Network) Learn more
April 26-28, Chicago, IL:  Great Lakes Economic Forum (Council of the Great Lakes Forum)  Register
May 13-15, Omaha, NE:  Best Practices Conference (Mid-America Economic Development Council)  Register

June 7-9, Madison, WI:  IEDC Economic Future Forum (International Economic Development Council)  Register

October 26-28, Oklahoma City, OK:  SSTI's 19th Annual Conference (State Science and Technology Institute)  Register

April 26-29, Denver, CO:  NBIA 29th International Conference on Business Incubation (National Business Incubation Association)  Learn more

April 28-30, Denver, CO:  FLC National Meeting (Federal Laboratory Consortium)  Learn more

June 8-12, Portland, OR:  C2ER Annual Conference and LMI Institute Annual Forum (The Council for Community and Economic Research, Labor Market Information Institute)  Learn more

June 19-21, San Francisco, CA:  83rd Annual Conference of Mayors (United States Conference of Mayors)  Learn more

October 4-7, Anchorage, AK:  IDEC Annual Conference (International Economic Development Council)  Learn more


March 25-26, Dabrowa Gornicza, Poland:  Cluster World Congress  Register


March 4, 8:45 AM - 12:30 PM EST:  Can Forces Align to Use Health IT to Improve Care and Lower Costs? (Brookings Institution) Register

March 5, 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM EST:  Can the Financial Sector Promote Growth and Stability? (Brookings Institution) Register

March 10, 2:00-3:00 PM EST:  
PatentsView:  A New Patent Data Visualization Tool (The Council for Community and Economic Research, Labor Market Information Institute) Learn more

March 10, 2:30-3:30 PM EST:  Showcasing Excellence in Your Community:  IEDC Awards Program Webinar (International Economic Development Council) Learn more

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Inspire Collegiate Clean Energy Entrepreneurs

The Energy Department announced $2.5 million in available funding for the Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech UP), which aims to inspire the next generation of clean energy entrepreneurs. This funding opportunity will support the commercialization of promising technologies for sectors such as solar and wind that reduce carbon pollution and grow the clean energy economy. Learn more
EDA's Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs

Under the Planning program EDA assists eligible recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more
BusinessUSA's Access Financing Wizard

To help you identify what government financing programs may be available to help you start or expand your business, check out the "Access Financing" Wizard from BusinessUSA. In a few quick steps, this wizard will guide you to government resources to access financing for your business! Learn more

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Massachusetts Technology Collaborative - 
University of Minnesota, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Oregon Business Council - New Carolina - STATS America - Regional Innovation Acceleration Network