Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised New Economy

Urban and Regional Prosperity in a Globalised New Economy

Edited by Roger Sugden, Rita Hartung Cheng and G. Richard Meadows

There is currently a popular view that the world is undergoing profound changes in the fundamental relationships upon which it is organised. In particular, there is widespread talk of a ‘globalised’ economy, facilitated by and associated with ‘new’ technologies and practices. There is a further consensus that within this ‘globalised’, ‘new’ economy, regionalisation in some form is important. The aim of this volume is to address these topical issues, presenting perspectives from which they can be analysed and exploring specific aspects in greater detail. The contributors provide a framework for understanding current trends, and suggest approaches that highlight appropriate ways forward in the context of both opportunities and dangers. In doing so, they discuss specific cases and explore detailed policy possibilities, including the prospect of stimulating change through multinational engagement and debate.

Preface

Edited by Roger Sugden, Rita Hartung Cheng and G. Richard Meadows

Subjects: urban and regional studies, regional studies, urban studies

Extract

Nancy L. Zimpher UNIVERSITY IN THE COMMUNITY Over the last two years, business, government and education leaders in Wisconsin have focused on building a regional strategic plan for economic development. Led by the University of Wisconsin System and Board of Regents, Wisconsin Economic Summits were held in 2000 and 2001, drawing more than 900 leaders from business, labour, government, education and the non-profit sectors together to consider WisconsinÕs economic condition and establish a collaborative vision. The Summits served as a turning-point in thinking about the future direction of WisconsinÕs economy. Although a coordinated, vibrant and realistic business plan for economic development is yet to be developed, the work of the Summits is continued by various regional groups. The agenda for growth includes initiatives to attract, develop and retain WisconsinÕs workforce, preserve WisconsinÕs economic backbone, expand the biotechnology/biomedical sector, identify and develop other significant industry clusters, build public/private partnerships, and develop other regional solutions. Lessons learned from neighbouring states and our multinational network of academic scholars will contribute to the success of WisconsinÕs regional economic development. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has a significant role in strengthening WisconsinÕs place in the emerging global marketplace. Drawing on its unique strengths as a premier urban research university, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has an institutional commitment to serve Milwaukee and Wisconsin by providing a wide range of research and service expertise and by maintaining strong and dynamic partnerships with the various communities and organisations in the region. The scholarly...