Tartu Science Park and Tartu City Government in cooperation with Estonian Ministry of the Interior are organizing an international conference, which will take place on May 10-12th, 2010 in Tartu under the title: New Ways to Competitiveness – from European Cooperation to Local Actions.
In the article “Regional Knowledge Ecosystems: Laying the Groundwork for Future Technology-Based Economic Development”, published in the newsletter of the International Economic Development Council, Dr. Anthony Townsend, Research Director of the Institute for the Future, writes about the growth of regional approaches to technology-based economic development.
For 2008, the LEED Programme is implementing several transversal and cutting-edge studies on the themes of partnerships and local governance, entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment and local development, skills upgrading for the low-qualified, the integration of immigrants into the labour market, women entrepreneurship, integrating employment, skills and economic development, and city and regional development agencies.
Countries, regions and cities are invited to express their interest in participating in these projects, which include:
The conference “Futures & Regions: Making Futures Work for Regional Development” has brought together leading futures experts from the corporate sector, public sector and academia concerned with improving the way public bodies plan successfully for regional development in Europe.
This study, carried out by the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis, finds that with the exception of SMEs, innovation policy is most effective at the European level.
The European Commission has tabled a 10 point programme for action at national and European levels to foster innovation as a main asset of the EU economy. The programme points the way forward to accompany industry-led innovation with public policies at all levels as a core element of the renewed Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs.