I was just thinking about that previous story of Dubuque, Iowa and 1,300 IBM jobs and wondering what would be the best way to get a detailed analysis of how that happened. What is the backstory? How did IBM get interested in such a small town? Was there some connection? Who led the sales effort? How did they make the case? Did the Iowa Governor woo the IBM CEO?
It seems to me that a good investigative journalist would be best positioned to skulk around and get this type of information.
We should look at setting up some kind of fund – independent because journalists want to go where the story takes them for good or bad – that would give NB journalists the opportunity to go out and do this kind of story or series of stories on how podunk places like Dubuque, Iowa are able to attract such large ED projects and what are the lessons for pudunk places like New Brunswick.
Remember the CBC’s Jacques Poitras’ series of stories from India a few years back on back offices and offshore outsourcing and the implications for New Brunswick? Could we institutionalize this kind of thing? Imagine if we could get 7-8 deep background stories per year on how ED gets done but folks who are trained on how to research and write this type of story.
Now we just need a non-governmental entity and a hundred grand or so to get it done.
Ideas. I’m just throwing ideas around to see what might stick.