United States – European Union Workshop on Cluster Mapping and Cluster-Based Economic Development Policies

Submitted by Lowri Brown on 01 November 2015

From November 17 through 19, 2015, the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness (ISC) at Harvard Business School (HBS) and the U.S. Department of Commerce collaborated with the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth) of the European Commission in hosting a workshop on cluster mapping and cluster-based economic development policies in Boston, Massachusetts and Washington, D.C.

77 national and regional cluster policy-makers, experts and researchers from both the United States and the European Union gathered in Boston and Washington for a workshop to exchange experiences and best practices on cluster mapping, cluster portals and cluster-based economic development policies. The workshop sparked rich discussions and insights into how to benchmark innovation clusters and how to get cluster policies right. It marked the beginning of efforts to intensify transatlantic cluster cooperation by the European Commission and the U.S. Department of Commerce. 

This event was the first carried out under the EU-U.S. Cooperation Arrangement on Clusters signed in April 2015 between the European Commission's Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH) and the United States Department of Commerce (US DoC). It was carried out with additional support from the Harvard Business School, who is involved in both the US Cluster Mapping initiative and the European Cluster Observatory

Both the European Union and the United States were well represented with additional participants from Canada, India, Mexico, and South Korea as well as multilateral organisations (OECD, World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank). European experts included representatives from theEuropean Cluster ObservatoryEuropean Cluster Collaboration Platform, European Secretariat for Cluster Analysis and the European Foundation for Cluster Excellence, among others. 

Find more information in the workshop report.

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