Clusters Rather than Regionalism

Research, technology and economic growth comes from cooperation among connected industries more so than competition. A cluster of industrial companies in the same business can join in the quest of international competition.

The problem of regionalism is when Tupelo does not recognize the benefits of surrounding communities to attract the middle class. Tupelo needs to have a different benefit than single family homes on good size lots. The advantage of urban living is not needing an automobile or lawn mower. Many young professionals with intellectual skills have a passion for new ideas and changing the world. When they are saddled with a mortgage or children they can not take the risks needed to make that change come about. The entrepreneurial spirit requires a different kind of thinking rather than what has worked in the past in Tupelo. What will the regional gurus do when the 3D printer replaces manufacturing?

Tupelo needs a mixture of skills with people willing to take risk and donate their time for a part of the action. Such as attorneys willing to be part of a start-up with only stock in the start-up as pay. We have buildings that could be used by start-ups but they have no cash to pay rent. We having landlords that want to flip buildings and make cash. Without a change in the way things get done Tupelo will continue to go down hill. Zoning laws have to be changed as well as regulations. A cluster of star-ups needs new ways of doing business rather than control of a region which the government is doing.

2 Responses to “Clusters Rather than Regionalism”

  1. jnewman says:

    There is a need for the creative thinkers to be encouraged to locate in the Tupelo area. As for locating in Tupelo some feel that the city governmental structure/leaders are not so very receptive to what sometimes is considered radical change. Thinking and doing outside the box really causes older people some discomfort and difficulty handling change. When new ideas cause us to look at things differently our response is “Am I loosing my position of authority?” and if so how can I regain control. Many times it is thru new regulations to control via legislative action.

    • Lisa says:

      People who walk to work are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes and 17 percent less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who drive, according to a new study.

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