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Bill George

Harvard Business School Professor, former Medtronic CEO

Op-Ed Highlights Charlotte’s Role in Competitiveness

Harvard Business School is undertaking a major initiative on improving U.S. competitiveness.  This is being led by Professors Michael Porter and Jan Rivkin.  A key element is to encourage business executives to take the lead in their local communities to form clusters and to strengthen their competitiveness often by forming industry clusters.

Last week we were in Charlotte with Duke Energy Chair and CEO Jim Rogers to study Charlotte’s initiative around the energy cluster, and we met with over 150 local leaders to talk about our initiative and Charlotte’s efforts.  Jim Rogers and I have written an op-ed in the Charlotte Business Journal examining the decisive actions Charlotte has taken to create sustainable jobs in this region.  Full piece here.

This op-ed draws upon the case entitled Envision Charlotte: Building an Energy Cluster.