Elements Group attended the GMSP annual meeting hosted at Orchestra Hall in downtown Minneapolis. The event was widely attended and featured several songs by the a quartet. A host of speakers shared updates on their initiatives throughout the evening. After the presentation, there was food and networking. The comments after the event were most interesting.
Some of the common post meeting viewpoints included:
- Seems like most of the initiatives are lead and implemented by corporate or 3rd party stakeholders and it is was unclear what value GMSP was adding.
- Given the vast number of sponsors and size of board, it is surprising to see such tactical initiatives in general that primary benefit only a few organizations.
- Now in its seventh year, GMSP is starting to work on an organizational strategy for themselves. Raises the question how much longer will they be funded?
- There is no vision or long-term plan for regional development anywhere much less near what competitive regions are doing around the world to aspire.
- Seems like industry needs to drive regional development more.
I thought the event was well executed and was surprised by the after event conversations from people who have been to many of the events or more involved in the initiatives. Compared to other, more progressive cities, we seem to actually be lacking a number of key regional organizations that are actually the strategy and implementation arms of regional development. The construction of a regional advantage based model is an ecosystem integration strategy. This was more a basic funding, measurement and tactical projects approach.
See pictures of the event in the photo gallery