Saturday, June 19, 2010

U.S. Economic Development Agency Offering Grants for Regional Innovation Clusters

One of the problems of the "tech" economy right now is that there are hundreds of cities, counties, and states fighting to be in the top 10 places for greentech and biotech. This has done a lot for photographers who sell stock photos of lab coat techs starting at test tubes, but has done little for the communities trying to get their message to stand out.

The U.S. Economic Development Agency has a plan that will help counter this, and is now offering grants to help municipalities and states identify some of their unique strengths through its Regional Innovation Clusters Mapping Project. This is a great opportunity for localities with blurred messages about "life sciences" to develop a more precise message that will resonate with prospective employers.

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