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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Tom Still: States and metros to watch: Examples from which Wisconsin can learn


By Tom Still
If there's a flaw in Wisconsin's cultural DNA that should be targeted for knock-out genetic treatments in one of our leading laboratories, it would be our reluctance to occasionally learn from others.

Our inbred insularity may stem from the fact we're off the nation's beaten paths on the East and West coasts, or that so many of us come from northern European "don't-ask-for-help" stock, or that a populist political tradition means people react poorly to things like public officials taking legitimate trips outside the state – events invariably described in news accounts as "junkets."

Whatever the reasons, the same parochialism that makes most of us loyal Packers and Badgers fans sometimes closes our eyes to the possibility that people living elsewhere can also be smart, productive and inventive. We can love it here and still admit we don't know everything.

An example of looking beyond Wisconsin for best practices took place Aug. 27 when the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce organized a leadership bus trip to Chicago – a metropolis that influences the Wisconsin economy in major ways – to tour the "1871" digital co-working space. Opened less than two years ago in the Merchandise Mart with support from a major private donor and state government, it's a place for designers, coders and entrepreneurs to build companies.

There are similar, albeit much smaller, spaces and accelerators in Wisconsin, so the purpose of the trip wasn't to expose participants to something entirely new. Rather, it was aimed at learning how others have approached an issue – company formation and entrepreneurship – that is top of mind in most states and cities.

What are other states and metros worth watching? Many people know about the Silicon Valley, Boston I-28 Corridor and Austin, Texas, as well as major states such as California, Pennsylvania and New York. However, it may also be instructive for Wisconsin to track best practices in states of similar size. Here are a few examples from our experience at the Wisconsin Technology Council and related national groups.

Colorado is a hotbed of activity for reasons that range from its enduring frontier mentality, its pro-growth political culture (the governor is an entrepreneur) and its approach to young businesses. In the latest report by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation on high-tech starts, five Colorado cities made the list of the nation's top 25 startup hubs. Not only was metro Denver on the list, but Boulder, Fort Collins-Loveland, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.

Other Rocky Mountain or western states with similar activity include Utah (Salt Lake City and Provo-Orem), Idaho (Boise City-Nampa), Montana (Missoula), Oregon (Portland-Beaverton and Corvallis) and even Wyoming (Cheyenne). The reasons can't all be explained by ski slopes and mountains.

Minnesota has long been a leader in medical device companies and remains so, but recent political changes there have some businesses rethinking the state's allure. The Research Triangle of North Carolina remains a historic example of what can happen when public and private interests intersect, although that state has also taken some curious steps backwards of late.

Maryland is home to a number of technology and life sciences companies, with proximity to Washington, D.C., and Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University being major drivers. Among other less-known places that show up in many rankings are Huntsville, Ala., Trenton, N.J., Columbus, Ohio, and Ann Arbor, Mich., Wilmington, Del., and Des Moines, Iowa.

What do they have in common? Many are homes to major research universities or federal laboratories, which spin out ideas. Others are health-care hubs. Almost all have strong information technology infrastructures, including broadband but also high-speed networks.

They're also places where public and private differences are overcome, entrepreneurs are encouraged and common regional interests are stressed, whether within a metro area or across state lines. Yes, tax structures and incentives help, but those often work hand-in-hand with other non-government factors.

Wisconsin has much of what it takes to compete, but it won't necessarily find all of the answers within its borders. Sometimes, it pays to learn from others.

-- Still is president of the Wisconsin Technology Council. He is the former associate editor of the Wisconsin State Journal in Madison.


Comments: 1

At August 12, 2017 at 5:31 PM, Blogger قمم التميز said...

شركة عزل اسطح
افضل شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض
خدمات عزل الاسطح من الخدمات التى فى حاجة الية فى المكان فاذا اراد ان تقوم باعمال العزل لاى اسطح فى المصانع – المنازل – الفلل ... وغيرها وتبحث عن افضل الخدمات التى تساعد فى الوصول الى افضل ما تتمنى ان ترى علية النتائج فعليك ان تتعاون مع شركة قمم التميز التى تحقق اعلى مستوى من العزل بالاعتماد على افضل المواد المخصصة فى القيام باعمال العزل والتى استطاعت ان تتاكد ان اعمال العزل التى تتم بالخيش المقطرن والسيلتون من افضل الخدمات المثالية المميزة التى تحقق اعلى مستوى من العزل دون ان يؤدى الى ظهور اى عيب فى اعمال العزل . شركة عزل اسطح بالرياض
لا تكتفى شركة قمم التميز بالقيام باعمال العزل فى منطقة معينة بل تسعى الى الوصول الى اى مكان فى شرق الرياض – جنوب الرياض – غرب الرياض – وسط الرياض من اجل ان تحقق خدمات العزل لجميع عملاء الشركة الكرام . عزل اسطح بالرياض
تهتم شركة عزل اسطح بالقيام باعمال العزل الحرارى من خلال الاعتماد على افضل الطرق المثالية وافضل الخدمات المميزة فى القيام باعمال العزل بالاضافة الى ان الشركة تهتم باعمال الكشف الدورى من فترة الى اخرى من اجل ان يتم التحقق ان اعمال العزل تمت كما هو مطلوب فى المكان . شركة عزل اسطح
العزل الحرارى يساعد فى حماية الاسطح من التعرض الى ارتفاع فى درجة الحرارة وتسربها عبر الجدران فى فصل الصيف بالاضافة الى التعرض الى التصدعات وعوامل المناخية المختلفة التى تتعرض الية فى فصل الصيف نتيجة لشدة الحرارة التى تظهر التشوهات فى المبانى ، بالاضافة الى ان لدينا خدمات العزل المائى من خلال الاعتماد على خدمات العزل المائية التى تتم من خلال افضل خدمات متواجدة والتى تسعى الى تحقيق افضل مستوى من الخدمة والعزل بالفوم ايضا من اهم الطرق الحديثة التى استخدامت فى العديد من الدول الاوربية لانه يساعد فى حماية المبنى من التعرض الى الحرارة المرتفعه او التعرض الى التسربات للمياة والحفاظ على المبنى من اى مشاكل وعوامل مناخية ، فاعمال العزل للفوم اختصار لكل طرق العزل والتى تساعد فى الحفاظ على المبنى .
كشف تسربات المياه
عزل اسطح
تسربات المياه مشكلة تؤدى الى التعرض الى عدد من المشكلات الاخرى ، فالاهمال فى تسربات المياه يؤدى الى التعرض الى الكثير من المشكلات التى نحن فى غنى عنة فاذا تعرض الى التسربات وتعرضت الى ظهور عدد من المشكلات الاخرى مثل سقوط الدهانات والتعرض الى مشاكل الرطوبة فعليك ان تتواصل وتتعاقد مع شركة قمم التميز المخصصه فى اعمال الكشف عن تسربات المياه والتى تحقق افضل ما تتمنى ان ترى علية المكان من خلال القيام بالاتى :-
1- الاهتمام باحدث الاجهزة المخصصة فى اعمال الكشف وبالاضافة الى التعرف على اساليب الكشف التى تتلائم مع مكان التسرب .
2- الاعتماد على العمالة المدربة الكاملة التى تحقق افضل مستوى من النتائج من خدمات التنظيف والكشف والاصلاح والتى تحقق افضل ما تتمنى ان ترى علية المكان .
3- الاهتمام بخدمات التنظيف بعد ان تتم اعمال الاصلاح
اذا اراد ان تقوم باعمال الاصلاح والتخلص من التسربات المتواجدة فى المكان بالاضافة الى البحث عن الاسباب التى ادتت الى التعرض الى تلك المشكلة حتى لا تحدث مرة اخرى فعليك ان تتعاون مع شركة قمم التميز المتخصصة فى اعمال
عن تسربات المياه والتخلص من مشاكل التسربات .

 

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