Archive for January, 2009

TA3 Conference Theme Announced

Monday, January 26th, 2009

The 2009 TA3 Conference will be held May 4-6, 2009 in Tampere, Finland, hosted by Tampere College.  Our proposed conference theme is “New Learning Environments & Cultural Differences.” We’ll discuss the innovative ways that colleges create learning environments that are experiential, reflect real life or work situations, and/or are immediately relevant to a student’s particular interests or background. Speakers will address topics such as entrepreneurial learning through incubators, simulated work situations or enterprises, and learning based on the characteristics of a certain sector or industry cluster.

More information will be available soon.

New NGA Report Highlights RTS’ Work in the Creative Economy

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The National Governor’s Association report Using Arts and Culture to Stimulate State Economic Development provides the nation’s governors with ” examples from states across the country to help governors incorporate the arts and culture into their long-term economic development strategies.”  RTS’ work in Arkansas and North Carolina is featured prominently in the work.  The work specifically mentions RTS’ approach of using case studies as a way to ” provide powerful insight into a state’s cultural industries, illuminating the economic impact of specific industries, the relationships between various businesses and occupations, and the needs of various economic clusters.  The report can be downloaded from NGA’s site here.

RTS: “The Next Generation.”

Friday, January 16th, 2009

No not another Star Trek spin-off, but Stuart Rosenfeld traveled to the wintry climes of Minnesota to participate in the state’s 2009 Legislative Policy Conference entitled: “The ‘Next Generation’ Economy: Areas of Dynamic and Innovative Growth.”  Stuart gave a presentation entitled “Supporting & strengthening the knowledge economy”.  In the talk, Stuart talked about where Minnesota can invest to prosper in the global economy.  His recommendations included investing in: supporting sustainable clusters; higher education, particularly  community colleges;  innovation, including user-driven activities; arts & artisan-based enterprises; amenities and distinctive places; and, extending global connections  You can see Stuart’s entire presentation here.