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Day 33:  How do I handle CAVE people?  I’m sure most of you know CAVE is an acronym for Citizens Against Virtually Everything.  Every community has them.  The first thing to do is to realize that they are good to have in a community.  They will challenge you.  But when you are planning for a…

Day 32:  How important is a regional group?  If you are already involved with a regional group or you are a regional group you know the answer that it is very important to be part of a regional group.  There have been regional groups in some areas of the country for many years.  It is…

Day 31:  How do I ask for a raise?  Now if you started on the job the same time I started this blog you probably should not ask for a raise after being there only 31 days!  But, if you have been on the job for over a year, a raise is something to consider. …

Day 30:  How do I handle a challenging board member.  As I have stated in several of these posts, just do what is right and it will all work out.  We will all have board members that can be a real challenge.  The cause will be everything from the personalities to mistrust.  Some issues you…

Day 29:  Put things in Perspective:  I was supposed to talk about how to deal with challenging board member situations.  But, my Uncle Harold passed away Sunday morning.  The funeral will be in a couple of days and it caused me to reflect on things.  The purpose of this blog is to help an economic…

Day 28: How do I handle politics part 2:  On day 27 I discussed how to work with elected politicians.   But as we all know there are non-elected “politics”  that we have to deal with.  It is the most frustrating part of this job, I feel.  In my mind there are no losers in economic…

Day 27:  How do I handle politics?  As an economic development director there are two sorts of politics.  Really no different than most other jobs.  But elected officials can have a bigger impact on our jobs than most other professions.  Today, I will talk about elected officials politics.  The next day, I will talk about…

Day 26: A tribute to Bill Krause: I was to talk about local politics but today I want to take a moment and say a special word about one of my mentors.  My first job out of college was the Executive Director of the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development.  I managed two…

Day 25:  How do I handle bad situations?  As I have said before a good economic developer is not doing their job if they aren’t upsetting someone.  That sounds a little crass but it is true.  The secret is to get the person upset to actually be your friend two days later.  Easier said than…

Day 24:  What should my typical day look like?  You are about a month into the new job,  you have figured out who you should be collaborating with, meeting with, keeping happy, learning about and finding the coffee pot.  So a typical day was said tongue in cheek.  There really isn’t a typical day.   That’s…

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