Archive for February 2013

American Dream case Study – Pennsylvania versus New York

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Pennsylvania – Stimulating Job Creation and Business Growth (PA Department of Community & Economic Development website) New York – The Center of The Global Economy (New York State Business First website) Case Study This is one in a series of case studies to illustrate how you can use the 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report data […]

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Control Chart – 2012 American Dream State Ranking Data

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

  One of my favorite ways to look at data is by using a control chart. Typically control charts are used to evaluate data over time generated by a specific process. It is one of the Total Quality Management tools used in manufacturing to assess if a production line is in or out of control. […]

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American Dream Case Study – Indiana versus Michigan

Monday, February 25th, 2013

Indiana – Mid-Best. (Indiana Economic Development Corporation website) Michigan – Pure Michigan. (Michigan Economic Development Corporation website)   Case Study This is one in a series of case studies to illustrate how you can use the 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report data to identify the comparative strengths and weaknesses of your state for use […]

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American Dream Case Study – Florida versus North Carolina

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

“Florida – The Perfect Climate For Business.” (Perfect Climate For Business website) “North Carolina – Thrive.” (Thrive in NC website)   Case Study This is one in a series of case studies to illustrate how you can use the 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report data to identify the comparative strengths and weaknesses of your […]

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American Dream Case Study – New York versus New Jersey

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

    “New Jersey. A State of Resilience.” (Choose New Jersey website) “New York – The Center of The Global Economy” (New York State Business First website)  Case Study This is one in a series of case studies to illustrate how you can use the 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report data to identify the […]

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Case Study – Florida versus Maker’s Mark

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Sometimes a lesson in effective branding comes along and it is hard to not take notice. Recently, two brands I love faced similar challenges and made different choices on how to respond. I believe one got it right, and one may not have. The purpose of this post is twofold. First, to illustrate that as […]

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American Dream Case Study – California versus Texas

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

“California May Be Dreaming, But Texas is Working”* *Quote from Chuck Devore       Case Study This is one in a series of case studies to illustrate how you can use the 2012 American Dream State Ranking Report data to identify the comparative strengths and weaknesses of your state for use in a SWOT […]

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2012 American Dream State Ranking Report

Sunday, February 17th, 2013

The American Dream “That dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for every man, with an opportunity for each according to his ability or achievement”. James Truslow Adams,The Epic of America  It is the Dream that attracts over 1 million immigrants a year to the USA. It is […]

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FAQ – Strengthening Brand America Project

Monday, February 11th, 2013

  I have been asked a number of questions about the work I am doing with the Strengthening Brand America Project and the American Dream Composite Index™. Here are answers to the five questions I get asked most frequently.     What is the Strengthening Brand America Project? It is a website based educational initiative […]

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Special Report – February 2013 Progress Report: U.S. Metros Wage Growth & Trends

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Absolute wages and year-over-year growth are indicators many people look at to assess the general health of an economy. The press routinely reports the national numbers. For perspective, between 2010 and 2012, the non-inflation adjusted national wages have increased +4.7%. But the national trend is not always a valid measure of what is happening locally. […]

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