April 7, 2016 – Purdue University Center for Regional Development


Ed Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor
Liz Nilsen, Senior Advisor – Strategic Doing


The mission of the Purdue Center for Regional Development (PCRD) is to pioneer new ideas and strategies that contribute to regional collaboration, innovation and prosperity. Their strategy of “economic gardening” is an Interesting approach to revitalizing a local economy

Ed Morrison has conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers all over the US. His work emphasizes the strategic value of focused regional collaborations and open innovation, network-based models in today’s global economy. Ed developed a new discipline called Strategic Doing to accelerate these collaborations that is now widely used across the U.S. and gaining attention internationally. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council.

Liz helps guide and coach individuals and groups in through the Strategic Doing Process by teaching how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. This process enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions. Liz’s specialty is developing platforms for utilizing universities to drive economic change.

Strategic Doing – Liz Nilsen
Transforming Regional Economies – Ed Morrison


Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York.


  • Laura Holmes called the meeting to order. She thanked Ed Morrison and Liz Nilsen for attending.
  • Speaker, Liz Nilsen, Senior Advisor – Strategic Doing
  • Speaker Ed Morrison, Regional Economic Development Advisor
  • Extended Q&A session followed among attendees.

Next Meeting:
The next meeting will take place on May 5, 2016 from 10:00am – 12:00pm at the Binghamton University, Downtown Center, Binghamton, New York