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Ed BurghardThe Strengthening Brand America blog category is to be a forum where economic development professionals and marketing professionals can share their experience with and thoughts on place branding so as a community we have a better appreciation for how to successfully apply the principles for job growth and economic prosperity.

The From the CEO category is to be a forum where I can share thoughts on successful reapplication of private sector product and corporate branding principles in place branding.

Does Where You Live Impact Your Happiness?

April 24, 2017 at 10:32 am, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,,, | Category: Image

Now and then it is good to pause in our pursuit of happiness and just be happy. Quote attributed to Guillaume Apollinaire   What is happiness? According to Psychology Today it is an elusive state of well-being that encompasses living a good life of meaning and deep satisfaction. Maybe not surprisingly, money is important to […]

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The American Dream Seen Through Senior Eyes

April 12, 2017 at 2:32 pm, by Edward | 1 Comment | Tags: ,,,,, | Category: Measures

Age isn’t important unless you’re cheese. As you grow older, you stand for more and fall for less. How Are Seniors (age 65+) Feeling About the American Dream? I will admit having been born in the 50’s I have a personal interest in the viewpoint of “seniors”. But, seniors also have the benefit of life […]

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What is Blocking the American Dream in Ohio?

February 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,,,, | Category: Strategy

The Buckeye State Roughly 11.6 million people live in Ohio.   Ohio is a major agricultural state and an industrial powerhouse. The State’s 5 top industries include: trade/transportation/utilities, healthcare, education and manufacturing. Ohio has a corporate tax structure designed for companies interested in serving consumers around the world. Interestingly, 8 Presidents have come from Ohio earning […]

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What is Blocking The American Dream In Pennsylvania?

February 15, 2017 at 4:08 pm, by Edward | 1 Comment | Tags: ,,,,,, | Category: Strategy

The Keystone State Roughly 12.8 million people live in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.   Pennsylvania is a major agricultural state and an industrial powerhouse. The State’s 5 top industries include: industrial machinery, fabricated metal, food, chemicals and publishing. Although lately, with the decline in coal and discovery of shale gas, the energy sector has been getting […]

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What Is Blocking The American Dream In Illinois?

February 4, 2017 at 12:57 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,, | Category: Strategy

The Land Of Lincoln   Roughly 13 million people live in Illinois. The state’s economy relies mainly on agriculture, manufacturing, energy and services. It is hard to think of Illinois without Chicago coming to mind. In part, that is because Chicago is the only city in Illinois with a population greater than 1 million (~2.7 […]

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What Is Blocking The American Dream In Florida?

January 24, 2017 at 2:25 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,, | Category: Strategy

The Sunshine State Roughly 20.6 million people live in Florida. he state’s economy relies mainly on tourism, agriculture, and transportation, which developed in the late 19th century. Florida is also renown for amusement parks, orange crops, the Kennedy Space Center, and as a popular destination for retirees. Florida has four MSAs with a population greater […]

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What is Blocking The American Dream in New York?

January 18, 2017 at 1:00 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,, | Category: Strategy

The Empire State Roughly 19.8 million people live in New York.   Whenever anybody thinks of New York, images of New York City (the most populous city in the nation) come to mind. But, New York actually has two other MSAs with population greater than 1 million: Buffalo-Niagara Falls, and Rochester. I believe the most appropriate […]

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How To Start A Blog For Your Community

January 16, 2017 at 10:54 am, by Edward | 1 Comment | Tags: ,, | Category: Promotion

Don’t focus on having a great blog. Focus on producing a blog that’s great for your readers Blogging – The Opportunity For People To Get To Know Your Community Why Blog One of the biggest complaints from elected officials is that their community is the world’s best-kept secret. Paradoxically though they are reluctant to allocate […]

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What is blocking the American Dream in Texas?

January 10, 2017 at 12:16 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,, | Category: Strategy

The Lone Star State Roughly 26.5 million people live in Texas.   Texas is a major agricultural state and an industrial powerhouse. It is second only to Alaska in landmass. It leads in the commercial categories of oil, cattle, sheep and cotton. Texas has 4 MSAs with population greater than 1 million: Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, […]

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What Does Leadership Look Like In Economic Development?

January 7, 2017 at 12:16 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,, | Category: FDI

When I talk to managers I get the feeling they are important.  When I talk to leaders I get the feeling I am important. One of the challenges for economic development professionals is to understand how to become an effective leader in a work environment where you have little directive control. Facilitation and relationship building […]

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