Sustainability in Focus at International Conference on Cluster and Competitiveness in Portland, OR

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The Competitiveness Institute (TCI), the leading international organization of cluster practitioners will open its tenth annual conference Clusters2007 on cluster development and innovation systems on October 8 - 12, 2007, in Portland, Oregon. The theme for the conference is collaboration, innovation and sustainability.

The Competitiveness Institute (TCI), the leading international organization of cluster practitioners will open its tenth annual conference Clusters2007 on cluster development and innovation systems on October 8 - 12, 2007, in Portland, Oregon.

The theme for the conference is collaboration, innovation and sustainability.

Clusters2007 is hosted by the Oregon Economic, Community Development Department, the Portland Development Commission, and the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development at the State of Washington.

This year the focus is on collaboration, innovation and sustainability as foundations of cluster initiatives.

"This year's program is compelling and timely. Many have been struggling with social and environmental challenges for decades. At this year's conference we discuss how corporate responsibility and sustainable development can be turned from barriers to opportunities, especially in developing countries and rural areas," says Lars Eklund, President of TCI.

"Sustainability addresses innovation and cluster based competitiveness: How to inspire it, cultivate it, and protect it so the idea pipelines don't run dry. Sustainability is about collaboration among people: How to foster an innovative leadership workforce and competitive environments communities. And, of course, sustainability it is also about natural resources: How to use, renew, and account for environmental capital. Our belief hope is that collaborating on a global scale will help people, regions and all continents in the world realize their full potential, instead of relying on charity and aid."

At the conference academics, business people, policy makers, consultants, and analysts will meet to have in-depth discussions, workshops and break-out sessions on economic development and cluster-based development initiatives. They will share ideas, build alliances and explore the best practices of economic development.

Every year TCI organizes a global conference where our members meet to exchange experience, collect information and share best practices on innovation system development, cluster initiatives and competitiveness worldwide. TCI also organizes regional workshops and symposia on various hot topics. The conferences highlight the members' expertise and TCI as a facilitator for competitively challenging projects.

Information about Clusters2007 conference, contact: Amy Keiter, Cluster Coordinator,
Oregon Economic & Community Development, Amy.Keiter(at)state.or.us, 503/229-5113 - desk, 503/720-7052 - cell

The Competitiveness Institute, TCI, is an international non-profit organization for economic development professionals, cluster practitioners and policy makers within agencies that support regional development. TCI is a global leader in knowledge management, benchmarking, governance and evaluation of competitiveness initiatives. TCI provides the leading international arena where cluster practitioners meet, government agencies seek hands-on competitiveness counseling, and global companies find high-quality partners, marketing analysis and matchmaking services by clustering experts. It is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, TCI has approximately 400 members in more than 40 countries. http://www.competitiveness.org .

The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department provides economic, community and cultural enhancement throughout the state. The department administers programs that assist businesses, communities and people. Oregon's economic development system is designed to meet the state's changing economy, provide flexibility in funding statewide and regional needs, and focus on funding economic and community development services for rural and distressed communities. Visit http://www.oregon4biz.com for more information on doing business in Oregon.

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