Incremental Dismantling of Communities

Working with and in communities in the capacity of economic development for over two  decades I’ve seen the subtle, incremental dismantling of good economic development practices.  Incremental dismantling of a community is created and fueled by poor public administration, misguided policy, and ego driven behaviors. Economic development in many communities is taking place at theContinue reading “Incremental Dismantling of Communities”

Three Things That Won’t Solve Workforce Challenges

Ten or so years ago workforce development was the job of professionals within the workforce development field. Now, workforce development has morphed into an effort that for some reason more people and professions than needed are trying to contribute to. The issue in many cases is “what” the non-workforce professionals are trying to contribute. HereContinue reading “Three Things That Won’t Solve Workforce Challenges”

Integrity Sometimes Means Breaking Commitments

I saw this post from a friend on social media this morning.  It really rang my internal bell.  He is currently at Everest, and if that isn’t inspiring enough the insight he shared (below) is critical. In a world that seems to be polarizing more and more, do what’s right, even if it means changingContinue reading “Integrity Sometimes Means Breaking Commitments”

Quit Treating Economic Development Like A Game Show

Economic development projects are not something you win.  Economic development projects are something you first have a community plan for, along with collaboration and engagement with community partners, and then when an opportunity rises you have the economic intelligence to go after what fits your community culture and future, and pass on what does not.Continue reading “Quit Treating Economic Development Like A Game Show”

Public Spending & Efficiency

I had a conversation which was focused on manufacturing and efficiency today.  Efficiency, when speaking of technical production equates to measuring and comparing the useful work completed by the machine/process in relation to the total energy expended or heat taken in. The measure of efficiency within the technical dynamic is very quantifiable. But is efficiency inContinue reading “Public Spending & Efficiency”

Government Is Not Business

So often we hear people say government should be run more like business.  Perhaps in the past, up until the 1960s or so, it might have been more relevant as the majority of business was still run with a community-corporate culture.  Over the last several decades the majority of businesses have seen their culture change fromContinue reading “Government Is Not Business”