As the world struggles to emerge from economic recession, national, regional, and local governments are seeking new, cost-effective ways to stimulate growth and job creation. One of the most interesting strategies is the development of economic clusters of innovation. Traditionally, these clusters have been defined by specific geographies and colocation. The Cisco® Internet Business Solution Group (IBSG) hypothesizes that with the advent of new communication and collaboration technologies, geography need not be the overriding factor for a successful cluster. By bringing together stakeholders, opportunities may exist to create new global partnerships, accelerating the success of these economic clusters through enrichment of the ideation process and an increase in implicit exchanges. These exchanges of ideas and information would not necessarily be conducted to create explicit transactions, but instead to support the greater community.