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Strong Regions Smart Business Vital Communities 2005 Annual Convening February 17-18 Miami, Florida.

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1 Strong Regions Smart Business Vital Communities 2005 Annual Convening February Miami, Florida

2 MetroBusinessNet Action learning network of business-led civic organizations formed in 2001 Forum for exchanging information and learning from expert practitioners Develop and implement public policies and business practices that support sustainable growth and development at a metropolitan scale Document lessons and promising practices

3 Organizing Business Leadership Promoting Competitive Regions Seeking sustainable development MetroBusinessNet

4 Focus on traded sector, knowledge intensive industries Nurture and support emerging and established industry clusters Offer rich network of qualified suppliers Foster innovation and accelerate diffusion through university-industry partnerships Produce, attract and retain highly skilled, creative people Offer high quality of life for residents Promoting Competitive Regions

5 Business draws on regional resources that cross municipal boundaries Labor market, housing market, land use and transportation policies directly impact business performance No single business can drive system change Collective action required at regional level Business-led civic organizations galvanize business leadership on critical regional issues Organizing Business Leadership

6 Concentrate development Coordinate development with transportation and housing Promote municipal cooperation and coordination Better connect city and suburbs Invest in urban core Seeking Sustainable Development

7 Convening Outcomes Deeper understanding of issues Innovative ideas and approaches Prioritize strategies/agenda setting Contacts with leaders in other regions Renewed commitment

8 Convening Outcomes What do business-led civic organizations need to advance their work in these areas? Is there demand for a national peer learning network?


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