Archive for September 2012

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IEDC Annual Conference – Houston (Sunday Sessions)

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

        Today is the opening day of the IEDC Conference.  I am excited to catch up with friends and learn about new developments and challenges in economic development.  My schedule today is jam packed.  While I am at the Conference, my goal is to summarize my key learnings and share them with […]

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Features Tell, Benefits Sell

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I gave a lecture to an undergraduate class at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio. One of the topics I covered in my talk is the difference between features and benefits. The big point I made is the need to translate features into benefits whenever you communicate with somebody. This is the only way to reliably […]

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Utilizing The American Dream Composite Index To Identify Regional Level Performance Gaps

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

Most Americans aspire to achieve the American Dream. But, where in the nation is the American Dream being realized to the greatest degree? The most recent data available (August 2012) from Xavier University’s Center For The Study of The American Dream suggests Americans living in the Southwest Region of the United States are achieving more […]

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Time To Change The Dialogue

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I am admittedly on a mission to shift the discussion in economic development from a focus on GSP and jobs to a focus on the degree to which citizens are realizing the American Dream.  To paraphrase James Carville’s famous line from the 1992 Presidential campaign – “It’s Not The Economy, Stupid – It’s About The […]

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Tips For Creating A Strong Online Presence

Monday, September 17th, 2012

I have been spending a lot of time researching and learning about marketing online. It is really interesting to review how people are postulating on the subject. I have read an article that attempts to restructure the famous 4 P’s of marketing, and other articles that try to define the so-called “rules of the road”. […]

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Nemacolin Energy Institute 3rd Annual Shale Energy Conference

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

The second day of the Nemacolin Energy Institute’s 3rd Annual Shale Energy Conference is starting off as inspirational as the first day ended.  I continue to be impressed with the quality of thinking and vision of the industry leaders and elected officials managing the growth of the shale energy industry. The program included a bipartisan […]

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It’s Time For a National Energy Policy

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

This week I am attending the Nemacolin Energy Institute’s 3rd Annual Shale Energy Conference.  NEI is a non-profit organization of which I am pleased to be a founding Board member.  The goal of NEI is to focus attention on and catalyze the creation of a comprehensive national energy policy for our nation.  This conference focuses […]

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