Category archive: 365 Blog

Day 114:  Have you talked to your local businesses lately?  Obviously by the number of posts I write about this topic I feel it is very important.  So, while this post may not have anything earth shattering to share, I hope it is a reminder to contact your businesses NOW!  As you know your success…

Day 113:  Public or Private?  Whether a state economic development should be public or private seems to be a hot topic in our profession right now.  Ed Burghard wrote in one of his posts about the recent privatization of the North Carolina Economic Development Department.  http://strengtheningbrandamerica.com/blog/2013/09/is-privatizing-economic-development-in-nc-a-smart-move/  I also ran across a report from Good Jobs…

Day 112: How do I raise more money?  On Day 13 I discussed this topic.  We suggest you hire a firm to raise the money for you.  Convergent Non Profit Solutions does a great job.  But let’s say you have hired them and they have raised the money.  Will this be the only time you…

Day 111: How’s your money holding up?  Smart Solutions Group spends a lot of time with smaller economic development organizations.  They tend to not have very much money to spend beyond what they pay the staff.  Does this sound like your organization?  I am perplexed why organizations accept the problem of not enough money as…

Day 110:  Can I communicate too much?   This will be a short post.  No.  ……  All right, I will expound a little more.  Back to great organizations have great plans.  Great organizations also follow the great plans.  But the best organizations tell everyone what they have done.  I fall into the trap a lot that…

Day 109:  How do I improve the lives of our residents?  In yesterday’s post I asked if you are improving the lives of the residents.  So, I would assume you would than ask how do I do that?  Historically economic development has been about creating jobs. Whenever we work with clients we tell them to…

Day 108:  Should you be concerned with your citizen’s wealth?  Today we had a conversation with Ed Burghard, CEO of The Burghard Group, strengtheningamerica.com,  Ed is the best in the country when it comes to branding.  If you want to have a clearer definition of branding than visit his website.  We economic developers are lucky…

Day 107: Team building:  This is not a talk about sitting around the fire singing.  But this is about truly working to build a team.  For your organization to be successful, you need to have everyone on your team singing the same song.  I am not saying you need people that are saying yes to…

Day 106:  What do you do when someone lets you down?  Now this may be a weird topic, but it happens to all of us.  I try to not disappoint, but sometimes things are out of our control.  And, always remember that if someone you work with disappointed you, it most likely was not intentional. …

Day 105:  Distracted again?  It is so easy to get distracted during the work day.  I don’t want to make anyone uncomfortable.  So, I promise I won’t keep harping on this.  It’s probably more for me than you.  It’s all about a plan.  If you have a great plan than you should have a hard…

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