Praxis Strategy Group We plan, develop, and execute initiatives to help you grow and determine your own future. Our economic development experts provide clarity to bring plans to life and life to plans. Mon, 23 Jan 2012 16:44:17 +0000 Praxis Research Featured in Report on the Economic Future of New Orleans praxis-research-new-orleans-regional-economic-growth Research by Praxis Strategy Group Inc., was featured in a new report on the economic future of New Orleans released on Feb. 14, 2014.

Authored by Joel Kotkin for Greater New Orleans Inc., Sustaining Prosperty: A Long Term Vision for the New Orleans Region “captures the factors that have contributed to Greater New Orleans’ economic recovery and resiliency, identifies challenges that could gate growth, and makes recommendations for sustaining prosperity.”

The study identifies five key points the New Orleans area can utilize on to build sustainable, long-term growth, including its cultural heritage, location on highly important transportation and shipping routes, expanded energy development, improved environmental remediation, and investment in infrastructure.

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Praxis STEM Analysis Highlighted in Indianapolis Business Journal praxis-stem-indianapolis

“Indianapolis is somewhat of a sponge city for the whole region,” said Mark Schill, vice president of research at Praxis Strategy Group, an economic development consultant in North Dakota.

The situation in Indiana, Schill said, is common throughout the United States: States with one large city typically see their engineers, scientists and other high-tech workers flock to the urban areas from smaller towns."

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Praxis Trade Mission to Ghana Receives Media Attention praxis-north-dakota-ghana-trade Fargo Forum article discussing North Dakota's efforts to strengthen economic connections to the rapidly growing Ghanaian market. According to the Forum,

"The North Dakota Trade Office is leading a multi-sector trade mission Jan. 16-23 to Accra, Ghana, to introduce North Dakota products to potential Ghanaian food producers...

The trade delegation will include manufactures of ag equipment, grain storage and handing, and agricultural technology such as GPS systems as well as pulse crops producers.

North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will lead the delegation, which will include representation from North Dakota State University. They will join with another delegation led by North Dakota companies AdFarm and Praxis Strategy Group, Gorder said.

“This relationship could be quite significant for North Dakota, as it encompasses many of our food and commercial industries,” Gorder said. “The country is working diligently to improve its agricultural practices in order to feed its people. At the same time, North Dakota can provide healthy food products that are not grown in the West African climate. The country is changing quickly, and we want North Dakota to be on the front of their radar when they need agricultural products.”

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Richelle Matthews in The Futurist Magazine Richelle-Matthews-Futurist Richelle was recently inteviewed by The Futurist for a piece about agricultural R&D and farming practices in Africa. Here's and excerpt:

"And there is much room for improvement, according to Richelle Matthews, an associate with the Praxis Strategy Group, whose initiatives include working with farmers in Ghana. Many farmers in Africa’s underdeveloped parts unknowingly undermine their own productivity by using the wrong pesticides or fertilizers, for example, or by relying on outdated methods of planting and growing. Developing better farming practices and teaching them to farmers would help, she explains.

“There are all types of information deficits and capacity deficits, so that farmers either don’t have the types of relevant information to make decisions or they don’t have skills with which to increase efficiencies,” Matthews says.

Matthews is concerned, however, that even the African countries that have increased their funding might not be able to sustain them in the long term. In most of the countries, substantial sums of the funding for R&D comes from outside investors and donors, she says. The governments will have to make much larger increases in their commitments in years to come, or else many projects could collapse once the donor funds cease.

Often what happens is that donor agencies come along [with] some funding, and it goes to funding streams,” says Matthews. “You end up with a lot of projects that fail once the donor agency leaves.”

Download the attached .pdf at the link below to read the full article.

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Praxis Great Lakes Report Featured in the Wall Street Journal great-lakes-report-wall-street-journal The Wall Street Journal featured an excerpt from our recent report on the Great Lakes Region.The excerpt comes from another piece at The American featuring some of our migration analysis of cities in the region, titled "Right in the Middle: The Midwest’s Growth Lessons for America."

The piece ran in the April 26th edition of the Wall Street Journal.

 The report was also featured on RealClearPolicy.com, as sister site of RealClearPolitics.

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We're organizing the Red River Valley Research Corridor's  Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Action Summit 2012 May 22-23 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota. This is the 6th UAS Summit since 2006 and the 22 Action Summit the Research Corridor has hosted since 2004.

Our Action Summits are organized to create new technology partnerships for businesses and universities and build new trade linkages for regional economies.

This year’s UAS Summit, “From Battle Field to Farm Field” will examine an entire spectrum of important measures our nation and the industry must consider and prepare to meet the ongoing use and growth of unmanned, or remotely piloted, systems within the national airspace. The UAS industry is rapidly changing with focus shifting from military to commercial and civil applications. This UAS Action Summit will provide a forum and continue to generate linkages and connections between partners in industry, university, military, and government sectors. 

Find out more about the 2012 UAS Action Summit .

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