From VT KnowledgeWorks:
The early years of the 21st century have brought us several significant changes in economic behavior. Among them:
- globalization of most markets
- self-adaptive networks replacing rigid hierarchies, and
- internally coherent geographic regions competing and cooperating as units.
Cities with strong universities are particularly well-positioned to be among the globally competitive regions as the economy of the 21st century evolves.
To do so, they must:
- pro-actively embrace globalization
- expand their regional brand recognition by deliberately creating multi-layered global networks, and
- act in a regionally coherent manner at every opportunity.
The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership is a three-layered, ongoing cooperative association of regions building permanent social, academic, and commercial relationships with each other, honoring their mutual best interests.
By means of this permanent connection, the members amplify the value of their various personal, academic, and business relationships via one-to-one or several-to-several cooperative activities.
The VT KnowledgeWorks Global Directory mobile application offers all members of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership community a way to find and connect with each other.
VT KnowledgeWorks has announced its second annual Global Partnership Week August 21 – August 27, 2011. University students, faculty, and business professionals from all over the world will congregate, collaborate, form partnerships, and build their global networks.
Sponsors of the VT KnowledgeWorks Global Partnership Week include Allegheny Brokerage Company, Inc., CCS-Inc., Economic Development Authority of Montgomery County, VA, G.J. Hopkins Inc., Interactive Achievement, Inc., LeClairRyan, LewisGale Hospital – Montgomery, Northrop Grumman, Novozymes, Rackspace, Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), StellarOne, TechLab, Third Security, The Branch Group Inc., and VPT, Inc.