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Dr. Delore  Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Dr. Delore Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Co-Founder, President & CEO

An economic development strategist with over 30 years of domestic and international experience, Delore works with local and regional economic development groups, technology-driven companies, and universities. 

He co-developed the High-Performance Community Initiative while a Senior Fellow at the Denver-based Center for the New West. He has spearheaded its ongoing development and deployment for over 15 years with regional development organizations, universities, and business leaders to create innovative, technology-based economies.

Delore is a co-founder of Praxis Africa, a multi-media agricultural information services and farm development enterprise in Accra, Ghana. 

As a research principal investigator, he has been awarded eight Small Business Innovation Research awards from USDA to develop leading-edge practices and tools, designed for development professionals and community leaders in "micropolitan" and urbanized rural regions to work more effectively with entrepreneurs and to build competitive, innovation-based economies in the global, networked economy.

Delore holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of North Dakota and a doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University, where his work focused on the mobilization of territorial-based alliances for economic development.

Delore serves as the executive director for the Red River Valley Research Corridor, an initiative launched by former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan to build world-class research centers and to provide support to the region's growing technology sector.

Delore served as the lead consultant for the Business Development Workgroup of the Northern Great Plains Rural Development Commission, formed by Congress in 1997 to develop a five-state regional strategy.

He has worked in Wales, England, and South Korea, advising regional technology and development organizations. He has also worked with business groups from Russia in agricultural processing and construction, advising them on productivity and competitive strategies.

Delore authored The Mobilization of Territorial Alliances to Enhance Economic Development and co-authored High-Performance Communities: New Economy Ideas into Action with Phil Burgess. He also co-authored Redeveloping America's Productive Capacity: A Heartland Development Strategy with Joel Kotkin.

He is the publisher of, an independent media website that that publishes global news, articles, and information on a daily basis about economics, demographics, and policy.

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