Midtown Wednesdays: Moving Forward: Building Criteria for the Midtown Innovation Zone

Submitted by Betsey Merkel on Mon, 03/27/2006 - 15:48.

Date: Wednesday, March 29

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Place: Myers University, Chester Campus

3921 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH

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The world is changing and with it our perceptions of what it takes to build an entrepreneurial culture. What kinds of places do we need to support a climate for business innovation? How can we move quickly toward new collaborations? What are our standards for leadership?

Innovation zones offer small networked hubs for entrepreneurial activity. Entrepreneurs look for places where information and resources move quickly. Innovation today depends on proximity to dark fiber, cafes with delicious food, access to support services, and comfortable places to network.

In Transforming our Regional Economy: Action Plan 2006 led by the Cuyahoga County Board of Commissioners, innovation zones are one of five transformative initiatives designed to create focus and bring to scale grass roots initiatives to transform Northeast Ohio.

Join us this week to create criteria for building innovation zones around our colleges, universities and libraries in Brainpower, Dialogue and Inclusion, Innovation Networks, Marketing and Branding and Quality, Connected Places.

Coming Up: Wednesday, April 5: Building Global Innovation Networks

Time: 5:00 P.M. - 6:45 P.M.

Place: Myers University, Chester Campus

Cleveland, OH 4411

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Follow up to last week's forum "Marketing and Branding Innovation Zones" is available on the Midtown Wednesdays Blog. Connect to new opportunities and next steps in a working group:

Date: Thursday, April 6

Time: 5:30-6:30 P.M.

Place: Nead Brand Partners

3635 Perkins Avenue, Suite 6a

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Questions? Contact:

Betsey Merkel, Network Development

The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open)

Cleveland MidTown Innovation Center

4415 Euclid Ave., Suite 310

Cleveland, OH 44103 USA

Tel. 216-246-2447

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