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Presentation for a Strategic Doing workshop in Scotts Bluff, NE.

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  • STRATEGIC DOINGFOR CONNECTINGWESTERN NEBRASKALEVERAGING BROADBAND

    Ed MorrisonEconomic Policy AdvisorCenter for Regional Development | April 2012

  • What are the opportunities forrural innovation in Western Nebraska?

    How can we leverage broadband to improve the quality of life?

  • 90

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    1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 2002 2004 2006 2008 2010

    Population Index 1990=100

    Nebraska

    Western Nebraska

    Over the past 20 years, the state has gained a little over 15% in population; the Western region has lost a bit less than 5%

  • 50,000

    62,500

    75,000

    87,500

    100,000

    1981 1983 1985 1987 1989 1991 1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003 2005 2007 2009 2011

    Western Nebraska Population

    Population in the region has declines about 10% over the last 30 years...most of the decline came in the 1980-1990 decade

  • $0

    $12,500

    $25,000

    $37,500

    $50,000

    2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

    Per Capita Income

    Nebraska

    Western Nebraska

    Per capita income in the Western region has tracked the growth in the state...

  • 81%

    84%

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    91%

    2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010

    Western Region Per Capita Income as % of the State

    A closer look shows that the Western region has improved relative to the state...

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    1.131.38

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    3.32

    Agribusiness MiningPrimary Metal Mfg Biomedical/Biotechnical (Life Sciences)

    Location QuotientsCluster Employment

    The region has some economic strengths to leverage

  • County Agribusiness Mining Primary Metals BiomedicalElectrical

    Equipment Arts Energy Education ITAdv

    Materials Printing Logistics ChemicalsDefense/Security

    Banner X X

    Box Butte X X X X X X

    Cheyenne X X X X

    Dawes X X X X

    Deuel X X X X X

    Garden X X X

    Kimball X X X X X X

    Morrill X X X

    Scotts Bluff X X X

    Sheridan X X X

    Sioux X X X

    Relative economic strengths within the region create opportunities for collaboration

  • Innovation and knowledge are linked to widespread Internet usage for individuals and businesses. Federal Communication Commission (FCC) provides data on the level of Internet penetration, or broadband density. This measure is residential broadband fixed connections per 1,000 households in 2009, a new data series the FCC first released in early 2010.

    Innovative and efficient companies replace outdated establishments, or those firms unable to modernize techniques and processes. Average churn is a measure of total establishment births and deaths, and expansions and contractions, relative to the total number of firms in a region for all years available.

    Establishment Churn

    Broadband Penetration

  • The sizes of establishments provide an indication of a regional economy's structural composition. Small establishments with fewer than 20 employees are flexible and not overburdened by a bureaucratic organizational structure enabling rapid changes to implement new ideas and evolve with technology. On the other end of the spectrum, large establishments with more than 500 employees have both the capital and labor resources to fund research and other innovative activities.

    Establishment Size

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    This workshop reflects a growing interest across the country in new ways for building collaborations quickly...

    What could we do

    together?

    What will we do

    together?

    What should we

    do together?

    What is your 30/30?

    The Strategic Doing

    Cycle

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    What could we do

    together?

    What will we do

    together?

    What should we

    do together?

    When will we get back together?

    The Strategic Doing

    Cycle

    How will we get there?

    Where are we going?

    Strategic doing is a managed process for building collaborations quickly, guiding them toward measurable outcomes, and adjusting along the way

  • Thinking differently Behaving differently Doing differently

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    We start our journey with a clear definition of economic development

  • Regional food systems

    Regional energy systems

    Tourism clusters

    Innovation hubs

    Education innovations

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    That means abandoning old ideas of industrial recruitment and developing new approaches to rural innovation and entrepreneurship...

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    In our Grandfathers economy, regions functioned with clear boundaries

    Counties

    Cities and Towns

    Federal Agencies

    State Agencies

    K-12 SchoolsHigher Education

    Institutions

    WorkforceBoards

    Social ServiceOrganizations

    Chambers of Commerce

    Economic DevelopmentOrganizations

    Foundations

    Regional Planning Organizations

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    Counties

    Cities and Towns

    Federal Agencies

    State Agencies

    K-12 SchoolsHigher Education

    Institutions

    WorkforceBoards

    Social ServiceOrganizations

    Chambers of Commerce

    Economic DevelopmentOrganizations

    Foundations

    Regional Planning Organizations

    As our Grandchildrens economy is emerging, regions are not responding all different.

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    Our rural regions are covered with invisible fences that no longer work...but continue to constrain us

  • Thinking differently Behaving differently Doing differently

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    Collaboration requires that we learn to behave differently....

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    We are heading to our Grandchildrens economy which is full of networks

    A global map of Internet connections

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    The iPhone production

    network

    Question: Who makes the iPhone? Answer: A network led by Apple

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    Question: What is a regional food system?

    A regional food system as one that supports long-term connections between farmers and consumers while meeting the economic, social, health and environmental needs of the communities within a region.

    Iowa State University

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    We need new thinking about rural regions in terms of the networks that sustain them...

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    With deeper regional collaborations, new horizons of emerge for rural regions as networks connect assets in new and different ways....

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    Vermilion Advantage in East Central Illinois is an example of a community building new networks....

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    Ponca City, Oklahoma is another region that is using networks to build its economy....

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    The story of Greensburg, KS, wiped out by a tornado in 2007...now rebuilding as a model of sustainability....

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    Then, theres Fairfield, IA with more restaurants per capita than San Francisco....

  • Thinking differently Behaving differently Doing differently

  • Rule 1: No Whining

  • Rule 2: Guide Conversations

  • Rule 3: Create new networks of collaboration

    Brainpower21 Century Talent

    InnovationEntrepreneurship

    Networks

    New Narratives

    Quality, Connected

    Places

    Collaboration

  • Rule 4: Dont look for permission

    Welcome toThe Permission Room

  • Rule 5: Close triangles...relentlessly

    Bill

    You

    Cathy E-mail introductions take 5 minutes

    100 people3 triangles a week per personequals15,600 new links per year

  • Rule 6: Go slowly now to go faster later: Dont start by boiling the ocean

  • Rule 7: Walk across the invisible fences

    (They dont work on humans)

  • Rule 8: Take the Shanghai perspective

  • Rule 9: Learn and practice Strategic Doing

    What could we do

    together?

    What will we do

    together?

    What should we

    do together?

    What is your 30/30?

    The Strategic Doing

    Cycle

  • Rule 10: Dont forget to have fun

  • Rural regions that prosper will uncover a new approach to leadership

    Grandfathers Leadership

    What we need today

    Centralized Distributed, Shared

    Single Leader Many Leaders

    Command and control Link and leverage

    Lead from the front Lead from front and rear

    Lightbulb: We are the leaders we have been waiting for

  • If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

    John Quincy Adams

  • Network MembersNetwork MembersNetwork Members

    Name Organization e-mail

    Western Nebraska BroadbandStrategic Doing PackDescribe our focus area for conversation:What broadband opportunity brings us together?

    Strategic Doing Pack Completed By:

    Todays Date:

  • What could we do

    together?

    What will we do

    together?

    What should we

    do together?

    What is your 30/30?

    The Strategic Doing

    Cycle

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    2

    3

    4

  • What could we do

    together?

    What will we do

    together?

    What should we

    do together?

    What is your 30/30?

    The Strategic Doing

    Cycle

  • Strategic Doing Question 1: What could we do together?Map our assets...Connect them to define new opportunities

    What assets do we have in our networks?

    People? Organizations? Resources? Experience?

    What opportunities emerge when we connect these assets in new and different ways?

    Guide the conversation toward connections...What opportunities emerge that con