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Montana Bioscience Cluster Analysis Update

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

It’s been over 10 years since RTS identified, analyzed and mapped Montana’s emerging bioscience cluster as part of a larger industrial cluster project for the Governor’s Office and Economic Development. This effort led to the creation of the Montana BioScience Alliance (MBSA) to support the growth and continued development of the cluster.

In 2012, RTS was commissioned to update its analysis of the composition and structure of Montana’s bioscience cluster and to survey the MBSA membership base to pinpoint its most pressing business issues and identify what services MBSA should offer its member companies going forward. The results of the bioscience cluster composition update and of the membership needs assessment are summarized in this edition of the MBSA directory along with a message from Montana’s new governor, Steve Bullock, a story on this year’s inductee into the Montana BioScience Hall of Fame and a review of MBSA and cluster developments by MBSA Executive Director, Sharon Peterson.

The 2013 Montana BioScience Directory and can be downloaded here.

December TA3 Connections Newsletter

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

The new TA3 Connections, the newsletter of the Trans-Atlantic Technology And Training Alliance, is available now.

Highlights include:

  • An overview of the TA3 2012 meeting, hosted by Gateway Community & Technical College in Kentucky on October 1-2, 2012. The symposium focused on the Future of Manufacturing: Implications for Education and Training.
  • The TA3 2013 meeting in Copenhagen on June 16-19, 2013 - TEC and EUC-Syd will cohost the 2013 meeting of the Trans-Atlantic Technology and Training Alliance on the theme of Workplace Learning: New Perspectives on the Dual System in a Changing Economy.
  • Community College Alliance for Sustainability Highlights including, Community Colllege Workshop on Sustainable Food Systems, and member updates for WVU-Parkersburg.
  • Miscellaneous Information and Events including The American Association of Community College’s 20th Workforce Development Institute 2013, Alfred State College’s Second Annual Sustainability Conference, RTI’s National Center for Innovation in Career and Technical Education, and German Marshall Fund’s Fellowships.
  • Member Profile of TEC, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The new TA3 Connections is available as a PDF at:

Also available at TA3’s web site at

    2012 Kentucky Science & Innovation Strategy

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

    We recently completed a project for the Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation that updated our work from 1999 that led to Kentucky’s first science, innovation and technology plan. Not much has changed in technology since 1999 except maybe Facebook, Twitter, phones that are computers, GPSs and video cameras, nano-textiles, artificial livers and hearts, the iPod, hybrid cars, YouTube, drones, personal genome maps, 3-d printers and much better golf clubs. (more…)

    Three new RTS publications available

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

    The first is our recently released report for the Appalachian Regional Commission assessing the workforce trends and needs of the ARC region’s increasingly important renewable and non-renewable energy clusters. The report, Energy Workforce Trends and Training Needs in Appalachia, also includes compelling case studies of exemplary training programs in all 13 ARC states meeting the needs of the industry.

    The second is Growth from the Ground Up: Community Colleges and Sustainable Food Systems, a conference report from the Alliance for Sustainability, a creation of RTS to network community colleges, held in September 2011 in Pittsboro, NC.

    Lastly, we’ve added a report from TA3, an international network of community and technical colleges, that details the information and best practices found during a study tour of Denmark that demonstrated their commitment to sustainability and green building and the technical training supporting it. The full report is available here.

    Blueprint Mississippi: Capitalizing on the Creative Economy

    Friday, October 14th, 2011

    The Mississippi Economic Council in cooperation with the state’s citizens and private sector is building a collaborative vision for moving the state’s economy and community forward.  The process, known as Blueprint Mississippi 2011, has led to the development of a series of goals and recommendations on education, the economy, diversity, financial resources, health, infrastructure and other key areas.

    A top focus is the creative economy.  The following creative economy strategies are based in large part on the study we completed with the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission Development. The reports are available here and more on the effort is on the Mississippi Creative economy website.


    • Support the goals in the report, Mississippi’s Creative Economy, released by the Mississippi Arts Commission with the Mississippi Development Authority:
      • Facilitate efforts that make communities throughout the state more creative and vibrant.
      • Promote entrepreneurship and small business growth among creative firms.
      • Help communities preserve and generate added value from cultural and historic heritage.
      • Enhance the competitiveness of the state’s businesses and industries through increased use of art and design.
      • Enhance the support and networking infrastructure for creative talent across the state.
      • Build capacity to grow and retain creative talent living and working in Mississippi.
    • Develop tools and strategies to support growth throughout the tourism industry.

    Mississippi Creative Economy report released!

    Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    On August 11th the Mississippi Development Authority and the Mississippi Arts Commission released our report on the state’s amazing creative economy.  Information on the strategies for the creative economy is found on the state’s new creative economy website. The report demonstrates that the creative economy generates more than 60,000 jobs within the state. You can find project director and RTS founder Stu Rosenfeld’s presentation on the report here.

    The report examines the various segments of the creative economy including visual and performing arts, design, film, literary and publishing, culinary arts and museums and heritage.  We also detail the support structure for the creative economy such as organizations, education and training, creative spaces and the investments that the state has made to build the creative economy.

    Working with the Authority and Commission, we also developed a series of recommended goals and strategies intended to help the state reap the full benefits of its creative people and creative economy.

    The report has three parts.  A short Executive Summary succinctly presents the main elements of the study. The Main Report provides all the detailed data and information on the creative economy and is a great resource. Finally we produced a series of vignettes on the state’s creative assets titled Red Hots and Deep Blues: Stories of Mississippi’s Creative Economy that provides a rich feel for the depth and variety of creativity within the state.

    Be forwarned that the files are pretty large, especially the vignettes, so be patient with the downloads!

    New TA3 Connections newsletter released

    Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

    The latest TA3 Connections focuses on the upcoming TA3 Annual Symposium scheduled for May 1-4, 2011 in San Sebastian in the Basque Region of Spain. The symposium will focus on creativity and innovation in education. The issue also provides extensive member news, discusses a recent TA3 Webinar with Julian Alssid, executive director of the Workforce Strategy Center, and profiles TA3 member Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana.

    You can download a copy of the newsletter here.

    Arkansas Final Report

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

    We are excited to announce the publication of Unveiling the Creative Economy in Arkansas: Strategies to Increase Creative Capacity and Competitive Advantage.  The report is the culmination of a three year study that RTS, along with its partner in the Alliance for Creative Advantage, Mt. Auburn Associates, conducted for the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.  This report offers recommendations on how Arkansas can build upon its impressive assets to enhance its creative economy. The report offers lessons for other states as well particularly those with large rural populations and that have traditionally depended on low-wage manufacturing.  You can download a copy of the report here.

    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.

    CraftNet Sketches

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Our latest edition of CraftNet Sketches has arrived.  Sketches is our way to keep you up to date on the goings-on of CraftNet, a network of community college’s who are collaborating together to create innovative approaches to using artisan-based strengths as a way to foster economic development.  In this issue of Sketches, we highlight Berea College’s E-Commerce program that is helping student artists find a new marketplace for their work. We also focus on the upcoming Craft Organization Development Association annual meeting in St. Paul, which will feature the public debut of CraftNet’s E-Commerce Curriculum.  We also use this issue of Sketches to welcome CraftNet’s newest member Flathead Valley Community College located in Kalispell, Montana.  You can read all about CraftNet and download past issues of Sketches here.