To give local economic developers and entrepreneurs a vast advantage when working to bring 21st century jobs and prosperity to our area, our local government and economic development partners should research building a 20 megabit-1 gigabit (symmetrical) public broadband network.
— Bob Page, chairman and CEO, Replacements Ltd., in this morning's N&R feature on big ideas for the local economy (the article is hidden from prying eyes in the GPV).
Education at various levels was mentioned a few times, perhaps most interestingly by Action Greensboro's April Harris, who talked about a town/gown partnership called Opportunity Greensboro: "Imagine the vibrancy that a downtown university district with 1,000 or more graduate students could bring to our city."
Hard to argue with Cone Health System CEO Tim Rice that health care is Kind of a Big Deal. Good to see native son Jeb Brooks mention quality of life as an econ-dev tool; I wish someone had developed that idea in terms of sustaining and marketing a green, livable city.
And it's a blogging professor for the win! David Wharton:
I have no idea what the Next Big Thing will be, but whatever it is, I predict that its boosters will claim that it will “revitalize ” something [...] and its detractors will claim that it is a dark plot led by a former Greensboro mayor, nefarious members of government staff, and the devil....I hope that instead of a Next Big Thing, we get a hundred Next Small Things — another neighborhood watch formed, an historic landmark preserved, better police protection in rough neighborhoods, new small businesses launched — that you will probably never read about.