By Dean Whittaker

Economic development professionals are well aware of how valuable creativity and innovation are to corporations and communities. In the global economy, a company’s commitment to innovation gives it the competitive edge, and the creative workers such companies need like to live in lively communities that celebrate the creative spirit.  

Of course, economic development practitioners also have to school themselves in creativity and innovation for another reason: their livelihood depends on it as they continually look for new and better ways to accomplish their goals.  What sparks the creative impulse? Can it be stimulated or does it just happen? What can we do to enhance our own creative energy and that of our organizations?  These and other questions are answered in an interesting website (  This site provides a portal to a number of useful resources on creativity and innovation.