GP BP7: Restructure the Future

GP BP7: Restructure the Future

As evidenced in the text, what are three ways that the leadership of Greenville-Spartanburg, SC “re-invent[ed] their future” through global partnership?

Thinking of a community with which you are familiar (feel free to use OKC or Pittsburgh from the text), how did that community diversify and restructure their future? Give 2 concrete examples.

Greenville-Spartanburg had the opportunity to create global partnerships with foreign companies. With the textile industry fading in the community, Greenville-Spartanburg remained appealing to foreign investors. Three ways they did this include: (1) modifying alcohol laws to accommodate European investors, (2) fostering a skilled workforce, and (3) fostering a low-cost of living (Morse, 2014).

Pittsburgh was hit hard after WWII when the steel industry was no longer in high demand. Even before WWII, the city was dirty and polluted. The city restructured their future when the Allegheny Conference was formed in 1944 to tackle the issues of pollution. A clean city brought new businesses to the area, forming a diverse economy of different industries. The Allegheney Conference also fostered the creation of relationships between other organizations that helped form their diverse economy. By 2012, the Brooksings Institution reported that Pittsburgh was one of three cities to make an economic recovery from the Great Recession (Morse, 2014).

Morse, S. (2014). Smart communities: How citizens and local leaders can use strategic thinking to build a brighter future (2nd edition). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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