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Edward J. Blakely

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Edward J. Blakely

Blakely argued that the traditional elements of regional science focused on location and local assets, the comparative advantage of place of Christaller, and the competitive advantage approach have been supplanted, to a significant degrees, by the concept of global innovative places. A truly innovative space is one that is inclusive of disadvantaged communities, competitive spaces as suggested by Tremblay, creative entities need proximity, government must serve as a facilitator and utilize planning and financial levers in support, public-private partnerships are vital, and government also needs to facilitate data-driven solutions to pressing urban challenges.