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Community and Economic Development

Community and Economic Development

General

New Partnerships for a New Economy

NEW PARTNERSHIPS FOR A NEW ECONOMY: DRIVING INNOVATION IN CITIES
RICHARD J. DALY GLOBAL CITIES FORUM
2010 CONFERENCE SUMMARY

The sixth annual Global Cities Forum explored the role of public and private partnerships as a key tool to help municipalities, businesses, industries and community leaders deliver innovative programs and services. The conference presented three panel discussions that allowed local, national and international leaders to express their concerns and outline strategies for creating thriving urban environments.

Conference Key Points
Know How to Form Effective Partnerships:

  1. It is critically important to forge partnerships because neither national nor local government can do it on their own. Metropolitan areas need to let go of division of resources; pooling complementary services such as policing, and environmental justice issues. Also, be aware of urban as well as rural growth and how it impacts each other.
  2. The key to making partnership work is leadership that has mutual engagement and mutual institutional vision. This means commitment of private and public capital and resources; and corporations and small businesses must have social responsibility as a core value.
  3. Technology can be used by municipalities to create a since of partnership by giving access to information; being able to see where, when and how their money is being spent, development of new policies, and giving input in decision making processes.
  4. Encouraging partnerships with the arts can work to transform communities because artistic activities (events, galleries, artisan's communities) are often a way to create a culture that encourages more development in the area.

Professional, social, business leadership skills must be developed:

  1. The big task is to have access to leadership processes that are cohesive to urban goals.
  2. Effective leadership means to have good systems that make communication easy and accessible; and creating democratic processes.
  3. Must stress the development of 'soft skills' when developing professionals; such as how to communicate, collaboration principles, how to develop missions visions and goals. Clear communication formats, inclusive processes, building trust.

Partnership projects must have measurable impacts:

  1. Collaboration is encouraged when you can identify the biggest impact; sustainability, values of organization, long-range or multi-year projects, matched priorities, evidence that that the community built relationships that resulted in significant transactions.
  2. Form measurable indicators that result in crafted solutions to bring resolutions.
  3. Understand the need for demographic analysis to identify current issues and to stay ahead of emerging issues. Must assess the distinct needs of your urban environment.
  4. A university in the community provides intellectual expertise – an incubator for innovation and think-tanks to sort out what can be or must be done. Also, universities attract young minds and can serve as a synergist to encourage public and private partnerships.

Young adults and education – key to the future:

  1. Have programming and movements that attract young adults such as environmental initiatives because they are attracted to living and working in metropolitan areas that have an emphasis on education, environment and community movements. Do this by revising the focus for urban development initiatives.
  2. Education is the greatest equalizer; considering global competition it is crucial to expand math, science and technology education for our youth.
  3. Rethink the delivery methods for education; current limited resources can encourage innovative approaches for delivery, subject matter, curriculum formats, and instructional presentation.
  4. Training and education should support new businesses and emerging opportunities and evolve to be more sensitive to workforce needs. This means stronger partnerships between educational institutions and industry. Funding for education should be closely tied to job training initiatives; employers must be at the table when job training programs are developed.

The Sixth Annual Richard J. Daley Global Cities Forum. For more details about the forum go to www.rjdurbanforum@uic.edu . This site will provides information about the forum as well as access to the briefing paper: The 2010 Forum White Paper: New Partnerships for a New Economy.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Community and Leadership University of Missouri Extension has a website dedicated to community and economic development with various modules such as: diversity and inclusion, economic viability, leadership development, organizational development, planning and public policy http://extension.missouri.edu