PPNB Supercluster and Innovation
The northeast Wisconsin PPNB industry supercluster (pulp & paper, printing, nonwovens and bio-refinery) holds great promise for innovation in the next five years.
Innovation needs a driving force. In this region's PPNB supercluster, the following factors are working together to provide that driving force:
- A strong PPNB ecosystem was built up over the past fifty years in northeast Wisconsin.
- Global economy pressures created both a need for jobs and a surplus of smart, experienced PPNB supercluster workers.
- The New North, area Technical Colleges, and other organizations are encouraging and enabling networking and collaboration in northeast Wisconsin.
- The knowledge economy provides new effective tools for information gathering, information sharing, and inexpensive and quick global communications.
- The intersection of each of the four PPNB industry sectors brings to the individual sectors new ideas, new ways of looking at opportunities and challenges, transfer of appropriate technologies and development of hybrid technologies and products.
- Emerging technologies, such as nanotechnology, result in products and manufacturing processes that were not possible ten years ago.
If you have ideas to share or want to work with others to strengthen, expand and innovate within the PPNB supercluster, please consider contacting me or one of the following people:
- Dave Hollenberg, director of the Paper Industry Resource Center in Green Bay (http://www.uwgb.edu/pirc/)
- Jerry Murphy, executive director of New North (http://thenewnorth.com/)
- David Yegihiaian, chair of the New North Small Business & Entrepreneurial Council, (http://finance.groups.yahoo.com/group/newnorthsbef/)
- Kurt Waldheutter, regional director for Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network, (http://wenportal.org/)
- Drew Fleck, executive director, Center For Innovation, (http://cfiportal.org/)
Here's to the upcoming explosion of innovation in Wisconsin's PPNB supercluster!