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standard transportation map


A standard map generally depicts an area . . . using cartographic symbology and objectively proportioned features (source of quote). An abstract for a article, A Collaborative Process for Developing Map Symbol Standards, published in Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences (Journal), Volume 21, 2011, Pages 93-102, states: Map design inherently involves generalizing reality, and one method by which mapmakers do so is through the use of symbols to represent features (source of quote). The abstract indicates that the article zeros in on . . . challenges associated with supporting mapmakers who need to work together to reach consensus on standardizing their map symbols.

Most transportation maps have map keys, aka map legends that depict symbols for routes and other map elements. Information about distance and travel time between places is often included. Map orientation is generally provided by compass directions.

A transportation map is generally included in a location package.

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search and find


Journalist and skilled interviewer, Charlie Rose, and educationalist, Ken Robinson, once talked online about search-and-find being analogous to detective work — to investigating. Rose suggested the phrase has to do with . . . solving a puzzle.

Rose and Robinson have given us (about us ) enough to make the point that this share network you are using is for searchers willing to solve puzzles that can lead them to what they want for their interest or involvement in enterprise and economic development.

In that regard you should think of the network as a storehouse of puzzle pieces. You search, find the pieces you need, and put them together, essentially, on your own. Our only involvement is to provide resources and links to resources (puzzle pieces) without looking over your shoulder. Your use of the network is free. You are not monitored. We do offer to be of service without cost or obligation should you elect to call upon us to help you avoid getting stuck at a search dead end.

The network mission was . . . to bring people together so that they can make the kind of enterprise development that leads to economic development happen . . . when we go started in 1996. For that we created the Global Registry of Contacts. We soon realized that the network's purpose was actually to support the numerous missions of its core users as they organized and carried out projects. The network purpose was also to support a global interest in enterprise and economic development as well as business solutions by providing a comprehensive informational resource and learning tool.

We need you to help us build the network with resources and contacts. In the latter case, we need help identifying contacts in position to provide information about locations seeking enterprise and economic development — easily done by sending a priority email

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marker search and find resource and service providers
marker search and find locations seeking enterprise and economic development opportunities

network mission statement saying that it was about the top of this page, The Enterprise & Economic Development Library has a resource of it reference material section dedicated to search-and-find related-information.

To search and find suggests a successful search. Here, however, the focus is on the expression as a commend. Find is a . . . a component of a (browser) menu bar application (source of quote). As such, it typically facilitates page search.

Example of a search and find command related to site selection: A business decision maker acting in the capacity of enterprise developer puts a team together and initiates a search project as he points to a map and says we need to . . . search and find a location for our new facilities within an hour's drive from this city's commercial airport (source of quote). The site selection team has just been given the charge to investigate location options and shortlist those possibilities for matching a set of selection criteria.


the Internet as a site selection resource


Every three years, DCI surveys corporate executives with site selection responsibilities to collect insight on the best ways to engage with them . . . (source of quote).

In 2005 DCI reported that 65% of executives surveyed indicated that they would likely use location data from websites. As more and more of the under-40 age group at the time of the 2005 survey correlatively reach reach executive status the reported percentage using the Internet as a site selection resource is sure to increase.

Facilitating site selection projects by building and maintaining relationships via the Internet has paralleled the progress of gathering information. . . Since 1996, over 50 percent of corporate executives have ranked “dialogue with industry peers,” as the leading source of information influencing executive perceptions of a community’s business climate (source of quote). Today peer groups virtually meet and exchange information through Websites such as Linkedin which as a site selection group.

Business Xpansion Journal once published an article titled Positives and Negatives of the Internet in Site Selection stating that site selectors . . . researching communities, will find a profusion of information sources to get started. This information, which can be purchased or licensed, as well as free information, has allowed site consulting groups such as Donovan's to build proprietary databases. The Donovan referred to in the article is Dennis Donovan, a site location consultant.

The Business Xpansion Journal article quoted Donovan as saying . . . This (an Internet positive) has greatly facilitated our ability to conduct the up front part of location analysis very efficiently. When you start reaching out to the communities -- that is when the process gets time consuming. Donovan further stated in the article that the early project stage focuses on . . . speed and efficiency; however, the process features far less efficiency, effectiveness and timeliness during the middle (stage) due to weak economic development Web sites.

A separation of site selection projects into three basic stages serves as a guide for those who want to know how to gather location data for analysis by sharing selection criteria.

The Internet helps us gather information to both eliminate and include areas until we get down to the final choices (Donovan, Expansion Management Magazine, 2003) . . . We can use a combination of sources to identify the best-looking communities.

For more about the corporate site selection field from Dennis Donovan, CLICK HERE


access / use customized Google / .network search engine


Customized versions of Google Search are provided by the company through its advertiser support program called AdSense, a scheme for promoting Google Search advertisers.

This enterprise and economic development network you are using is privileged to offer a customized Google Search which allows you to choose either to Google the Web as usual or to search only the websites of the network.

Offering what we (who we are) call the Google/.network search engine increases support for our core user group. And, we provide only the customized search engine; i.e., we do not publish AdSense advertising on our network webpages. You will, however, see the advertising conspicuously placed on Google's own Search Engine Results Pages.

Our operating policy is to provide access to online resources. In that regard, we do not limit search and find services of the network to that which is available only in our websites. We take a neutral position in providing search tools and resources. We avoid getting in the way of your searches. We believe the fact that we do not monitor searches or other user activities clearly show that our intent to be objective and unbiased.

The network's search results help button (show me the button) is not available after you Google. Nor is it available on other search engine results pages; nevertheless, the free assistance we offer to help .network users avoid getting stuck at search dead ends still stands after they move on from our websites (source of quote).

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This enterprise and economic development network you are using is for sharing.

Among the resources that users have suggested through the years are the search tools listed below. The list is not monitored; therefore, we ask that you report broken links or other problem. You are also welcomed to suggest additions to the list or offer a critique. Before doing so you should know that we reject yellow pages and other directories that simply promote advertisers and/or seek to charge for accessing their information.
AllTheWeb / about
Alta Vista / about
Ask / about
Bing / about
Blenko / about
Clusty / about
Cuil / about
Dogpile / about
EntireWeb / about
Excite / about
Global Registry of Contacts / a special .network search tool
GoodSearch / about
Google / Google/.network search engine / about
Info.com / about
Infospace / about
international search tools and search engines
Ixquick / about
Lycos / about
Mamma / about
MyWebSearch / about
Open Directory (DMOZ/AOL) / about
Search.com / about
WebCrawler / about
Yahoo / about

jobs and just-in-time politics


The term, just-in-time politics, comes from the book, Free Agent Nation, by Daniel Pink. The definition starts out by stating that just in time politics means . . . delivery of a compromise of public policy in a timely manner (source of quote).

In times of down economic cycles politicians, it seems, have a tendency to simply throw taxpayer's money at problems in such areas as jobs retention and jobs creation without regard for how those things really work in terms of economic development. One can argue the this might be an example of just-in-time politics, even in cases where the results are not satisfactory.

We (who we are) recently searched the Web for arrow spacer "public sector" "private sector" jobs "economic development" arrow spacer copy italicized search term with quotation marks and paste to a search engine of your choice to see what you get.

We got the following from a United Nations / Economic and Social Council webpage:

In addition to the challenges associated with the 200 million people out of work globally in 2012, some 400 million new workers will enter the job market over the next decade . . . (source of quote). Another website referred to the UN resource, adding that about 600 million new jobs will be needed in the next 15 years and that . . . large portions of our national populations will be left behind: unproductive, unhappy and posing an increasing financial burden on social welfare programs (source of quote).

A conclusion drawn from the above is job creation must be accomplished through private sector investments rather than through the public sector where social welfare programs draw funds from working people and the reserves of those who have worked or invested and saved?

A 12/2013 U.S.News & World Report opinion article titled, If You Want More Jobs, Help Job Creators / Small businesses are surprisingly consistent about how to solve the economic crisis, stated: If the policy target is job creation, new business formation is the bull's-eye – that was a conclusion of John Dearie, the executive vice president at the Financial Services Forum in Washington and Courtney Geduldig, who heads Standard & Poor's Washington office . . . Dearie and Geduldig co-authored Where the Jobs Are / entrepreneurship and the Soul of the American Economy — Note: that the Enterprise & Economic Development Glossary definition of enterprise development states that entrepreneurs are as much a part of enterprise development as companies on the move with expansion projects locally as well as those that require site selection.

The Harvard Business School website, http://hbswk.hbs.edu, offers a document that explains an economic downturn in four stages. Instead of politics it mentions policymakers. The latter includes all involved in manipulating jobs and the economy.


downtrodden workers . . .


They are the oppressed whose efforts and exertions are rewarded only to the extent that they have jobs. They are generally recognized as the working class treated cruelty and unjustly, typically without regard for human dignity. Their condition ranges from being the laboring poor (peasants) to being slaves of a factory system or something economically similar. They have little choice other than to be submissive in their condition.

the factory system . . .

It is the product of industrial revolution and industrial development as indicated by the link in the above paragraph. The website, eHow.com, has an article which states ... As a result of the rapid industrial development in the 19th century, many employers made successful ventures in which their workers were exploited. The article also states: Labor unions began in the United Kingdom as a way for the downtrodden workers to band together and achieve a measure of equity for themselves (source of quote). The UK is the focal point for the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.

An article from a different source states that it was the event of the Russian Revolution ... (in 1917 when) for the first time millions of downtrodden workers and peasants took political power into their own hands (source of quote).


This page is a resource document of the Enterprise & Economic Development Library aka .network resource center. The focus of this share network is on helping you search and find. A link at the top of this page takes you to a suggestion that you page search to find what you may have already searched for. The pull-down menu below takes you from item to item of information on this page A help button is available should you have a question at this point or in case you reach a search dead end and want assistance. If you want more information about using the network, CLICK HERE

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