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“Study Tours” – My type of tourism! September 28, 2006

Posted by Tom in Community, Economic Development, Innovation.
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Sure, I like the beach as much as the next guy, but this Inspire Nation company in Liverpool England has developed a nifty niche in tourism: Study Tours. If it’s all that it portrays itself to be, Inspire Nation takes this idea to another level. For the relentless community builders and insatiable learners, this looks like a dream vacation. To learn how the best of the best approach community development, economic development, workforce planning, innovation…that would be great.

I’ve seen community groups traveling to other cities to learn how they successfully solved common problems for a while. A great recent example is Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Invent Tomorrow, who took a group to Greenville, South Carolina to look at downtown development last year and is preparing to take their tour to Providence, Rhode Island to investigate innovative riverfront development. South Bend, Indiana’s Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County took a group to Lousiville, Kentucky for similar leadership exposure and development purposes.

For a nice overview of their service, check out the Flash presentation on this page.

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