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4 March 2009, Brussels, Belgium The STUNS -InfoDay2009 conference, organized by Stockholm Region and Uppsala Science Park, got together many european economic development experts in Brussels.
The presentations from the 3rd Latin American Cluster Conference, 3CLAC can be downloaded here.
17 February 2009, India TCI member, Dr. Amit Kapoor, Professor of Strategy at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon and Honorary Chairman, Institute for Competitiveness, India, has elaborated the India State Competitiveness Report, which throws light on the determinants of competitiveness for the states and policymaking bodies, discerning their flaws and showcasing potential.
5 March 2009, Stockholm, Sweden The next meeting of Cluster Dynamics International "Loop Network" will take place on the 5th of March 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden, hosted by Vinnova. This international network grew from a TCI Annual Global Conference and shows the benefits of cluster practitioners getting together, agreeing to work together and moving knowledge of clusters forward. The partners, economic development agencies from Denmark, Canada, Finland, California, Sweden and Norway, are carrying out similar studies with clusters in their geographies using the same methodology around the Cluster Dynamics model.
Karlsruhe, TCI organizational member since 2006, is a leader in the field of cluster development, having established CLOE - Cluster linked over Europe, a European network of excellence for cluster management, matching and promotion.
12 February 2009, Barcelona, Spain The Minister of Innovation, Universities and Enterprise of Catalonia, Josep Huguet, together with the CEO of 22@Barcelona, Josep Miquel Piqué, and the President of TCI, Juan Manuel Esteban, inaugurated the III Conference on Urban Clusters. The conference was organized by TCI organizational member 22@Barcelona, and the City Council, in cooperation with ACC1O agency and the Ministry of Industry of Catalonia, supported by TCI Network.
12 February 2009, Barcelona, Spain , in collaboration with TCI Network, ACC1Ó (Center for Innovation and Business Development - Catalan Government) and the Barcelona City Council, will celebrate the 3rd Symposium on Urban Clusters at Barcelona International Convention Center (CCIB) on 12th February, 2009.
27 January 2009, Europe Prepared under the framework of the European Cluster Alliance (ECA), the report provides an overview of existing good practice examples of different tools and analytical methods used during the cluster-making process.
Deadline for submission: 12th February 2009 Europe INNOVA has launched a program called European Innovation Platforms for transnational cluster cooperation, knowledge-intensive services, eco-innovation and the promotion of novel tools and service concepts for innovation support.
The International Economic Development Council is currently promoting its Technology-Led Economic Development Conference in partnership with the International Association of Science Parks' World Conference on Science and Technology Parks.
Within de global strategy of TCI Network, some regional initiatives are emerging in order to respond to local and regional challenges and specificities.
<a href"http:="" www.22barcelona.com="" index.php?lang="en"">22@Barcleona is one of TCI organizational members. From September 2008, this innovation district that concentrates and develops knowledge intensive activities in the city of Barcelona, Spain, is also home of TCI headquarters. Read more about the interesting 22@Barcelona project as the "engine" of economic development in an urban area.
Every month, information about TCI organizational members will be published in TCI Newsletter. If you are interested in contributing, send us your article. This month, Mike Crowe sent us this interesting article about Desert Knowledge Australia.
The initiative on India was started on behalf of TCI by Amit Kapoor, Professor of Strategy and Industrial Economics, MDI, Gurgaon, India & Chairman of the Institute for Competitiveness in 2008.
Singapore, 20-24 April 2009 The Asia Competitiveness Institute is organizing its Executive Programme on developing clusters and national competitiveness, designed for senior executives like national or local government, business managers with responsibilities for government relations or leaders of trade and business association. The Programme aims to inform decision-makers about the importance of microeconomic policy and the role of location in economic performance.
The Institute for Competitiveness India has carried out a study in which the 2008 City Microeconomic Competitiveness Index maps the competitiveness of 10 leading cities on a highly evolved framework of multiple dimensions encompassing 225 indicators.
Michael E Porter, one of the world's most influential thinkers on management and competitiveness, was interviewed by Amit Kapoor, Professor of Strategy at Management Development Institute, Gurgaon.
Orkestra-Basque Institute of Competitiveness is TCI organizational member since it was founded in 2006 with the objective of providing support to public bodies, socio-economic agents and all the higher education centres in the Basque Country in aspects related to competitiveness. Through this interaction with different agents, Orkestra combines scientific and real-world knowledge in 'orchestrating' the Basque Country towards sustainable competitiveness. Research is focused in four key areas: Clusters, Regional Development and Innovation, Entrepreneurship, Strategy and Welfare.
A parallel session on "Hot Topics in cluster" chaired by Michael Enright took place during the 2008 TCI Annual Global Conference in Cape Town. Participants discussed about some key cluster related issues or "hot topics". This session provided the opportunity for cluster practitioners to share their experiences in small groups around key topics facing the success of clustering projects. The session was planned to define subjects to bring forward to TCI discussions and future conferences.
Many agencies and organisations involved in cluster work have begun to evaluate cluster programmes. More and more people are interested on the challenges that the evaluation process involves. This was reflected on the "Evaluation Workshop" in TCI Conference in Cape Town, which was followed with great interest by participants.