Regional Economic Development: "Greater Than the Sum of Our Parts"

By Michael R. Morgenstern, Chief Development Officer, MAGNET

MAGNET Donor Wall

The next time you stop by MAGNET’s Manufacturing Innovation Center (MIC), I hope you will take a minute to linger in our lobby and view our new Donor Wall acknowledging the many partners and supporters that make MAGNET’s work possible.

This floor-to-ceiling display recognizes the dozens of organizations and individuals who have helped bring manufacturing success to Northeast Ohio by supporting MAGNET in many ways over the years. See the complete list on MAGNET’s web site.Donor Wall

The new Donor Wall in MAGNET’s Manufacturing Innovation Center lobby recognizes the dozens of organizations and individuals who have contributed to fulfilling the vision of Manufacturing Success for our region.

As I reviewed the many entities listed on the wall, the phrase “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” came to mind. I wondered where the phrase originally came from. The phrase’s etymology goes back to Aristotle, has been incorporated into Gestalt theory, and is even used as a fundamental assumption of Buckminster Fuller’s “Synergetics” theory about geometry and design.

“Greater than the sum of its parts,” perfectly describes the way MAGNET and its economic development partners work together. Our joint innovation efforts advance the mutual goals of growing jobs and transforming the region’s economy. Put simply, no one organization can do it alone. Together, we are so much greater than just the basic impact of our individual programs.

In fact, the successful collaboration among the economic development partners in Northeast Ohio–including MAGNET and its partners–has garnered significant  media attention and major funding from state and federal agencies. The most recent examples include:

We at MAGNET are very encouraged to see this support from our Michael Morgensternphilanthropic and government partners. It’s clear we all share a common vision to make Northeast Ohio a leader in manufacturing innovation and education.

The whole will always be much greater, and stronger, than the sum of the parts which comprise it.

Thanks again to our partners and supporters.

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