Cluster-based development has become an important strategy for states and localities interested in promoting regional development. This strategy involves supporting a geographically close collection of similar or related firms. In this article, we examine some of the successes and problems faced in promoting a plastics cluster in Wisconsin. This case study demonstrates the importance of the role of public sector organizations in initiating and facilitating clusters but the need for the private sector to take ownership in the program. We conclude with some specific recommendations for professionals involved in cluster-based initiatives.
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Goldsith, J., & Green, G. P. (2009). Wisconsin's Plastic Valley Association: A Cluster Based Development Strategy. The Journal of Extension, 47(4), Article 8. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol47/iss4/8