Archive for August 2013

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Place Branding Consultant Short List

Monday, August 19th, 2013

CONSIDERING A COMMUNITY BRANDING EXERCISE? I give presentations across the U.S. on the use of place branding as a strategy for economic development.  There is a great interest within the profession about how to differentiate communities for the purpose of both capital and skilled labor attraction.  There is also a lot of confusion and misinformation […]

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Measuring Elected Official Accountability

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

“People are going to ask themselves, ‘How do I feel about my life?’ If they feel good, they’ll vote for me.  If they do not, they will not.”  … Ohio Governor John Kasich The Cincinnati Enquirer, 18 August 2013 edition, ran a story about Governor Kasich’s Administration.  The above quote caught my eye, because I […]

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How Does The Economic Development Profession Increase Its Relevance?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

“Don’t Confuse Activity With Performance” – John Wooden The Albuquerque Business First ran an article about the 2013 Rural Forum entitled “New Mexicans Have High Hopes About Achieving The American Dream”.  It shares perspective on Xavier University’s American Dream Composite Index.  New Mexico is ranked #2 nationally, and with some work to close the performance […]

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Resources To Make You A More Effective ED Professional

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

“We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn. ”  Mary Catherine Bateson This week I found a series of PowerPoint presentations that provide some good insight into city branding.  There are a couple general overviews and several real world case studies. I believe you will find some good information in […]

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New Mexico 2013 Rural Forum Thoughts

Friday, August 9th, 2013

I was invited to give a keynote talk at the 2013 Rural Forum presented by the New Mexico Rural Alliance and New Mexico IDEA, Inc. The Forum was a great educational experience for attendees. I witnessed people freely sharing success models and developing even deeper trust relationships with professional colleagues from other communities across New Mexico. As an outside observer, I would judge the Forum to be a major success and would encourage every economic development professional in a rural New Mexico community to consider attending the 2014 program.

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The American Dream – Guest Post

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

I thought you might like to read my guest post on Bulldog Drummond’s website. THE AMERICAN DREAM BY EDWARD BURGHARD Posted on August 5, 2013 by Bulldog Drummond I recently read Bulldog’s post entitled “What Next, Brand America?” with great interest. Shawn Parr’s personal story of immigrating to the United States with the dream of achieving his aspirations […]

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Is Job Growth A Good Measure For economic Development?

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Democracy is “government of, by and for the people”. Abraham Lincoln For those of you who have been regularly reading my posts, you know I advocate the economic development profession shift focus from measuring performance as year-over-year job growth to better enabling their residents to achieve their American Dream.  There are three core arguments for […]

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Where Can You Most Easily Achieve The American Dream?

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

“All of us do not have equal talents, but all of us should have an equal opportunity to develop our talents” One way I like to look at data is to evaluate the extremes and look for patterns.  To that end, I have color coded the Top 10 (Green) and Bottom 10 (Red) states based […]

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Will Media Coverage of Positive Automotive Industry Results Impede Detroit From Creating a True Renaissance?

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” — John F. Kennedy In my last post about Detroit’s decision to file for bankruptcy, I shared the thought that the city leadership needed to let go of the past in order to create […]

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