Combining Strengths to Build the Local Economy

GPIC CEO Michael Skinner on moving towards a new way of doing economy in Peterborough

Bringing together diverse local groups may hold the greatest promise for building Peterborough’s local economy.

“We’re all trying to solve (our local) problems from a different perspective,” says Michael Skinner, recently appointed president and CEO of the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC).

“If we could work on them collectively we’d be a lot further ahead.”

In a recent deep-dive conversation with Axiom News founder Peter Pula, Michael offered these and other insights on moving towards a new way of doing economy in Peterborough.

“It’s important to continue to remind people of what our successes are and to continue to elevate them and bring attention to them.”

Michael highlights that there is already much to celebrate here. “I think we’ve got some great potential and some amazing passionate people here in Peterborough.

“It’s important to continue to remind people of what our successes are and to continue to elevate them and bring attention to them.”

There are also tremendous possibilities for changing how we do things and also how we work together, whether that’s in the area of building the local food system, local investing, our approach to recruitment and even our mindset about business being “personal.”

The video clips below highlight some of those insights. (We’ll be adding a new one each Tuesday and Thursday for the next few weeks).

In the meantime, there is great interest in a long arch of conversations engaging Peterborough citizens from all walks of life and perspectives around the question of: How do we build the local, living economy?

Watch for details about those conversations on this page, as well as the Peterborough Dialogues Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“We’re really well positioned to grow this community from within,” Michael says. “We’ve got a workforce that’s here today. What we really need is to bring that workforce together with some key business people really driving an economy for those individuals.”

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