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What is Blocking The American Dream In Pennsylvania?

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

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 […]

What Is Blocking The American Dream In Illinois?

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

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?

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

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 […]

What is Blocking The American Dream in New York?

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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 […]

What is blocking the American Dream in Texas?

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

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, […]

What Is Blocking The American Dream In California?

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Eureka! ; The Golden State Roughly 38.8 million people live in California.   It is the most populous state in the United States. If it were a country, California would be the sixth largest economy in the world. There are 482 cities and towns in California. The majority of these are within one of 5 MSAs […]

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Emotion – The Secret Tool For Economic Development

Sunday, March 6th, 2016

If your community does not have an emotional benefit in your brand promise, you are going to lose. I appreciate that many “old school” economic development professionals will disagree.  Instead of leveraging an emotional benefit, they prefer to focus on traditional quantitative numbers requested in RFPs and cash incentives to succeed.  They will tell you […]

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American Dream – RNC Debate

Friday, August 7th, 2015

I was struck and disappointed by the lack of discussion in the RNC debate about the American Dream.  It is true the candidates spoke about topics that can impact resident attainment of their American Dream, but there was little overt connection between their proposed actions and the American Dream. For example, any action on turbocharging the […]

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SWOT Made Easy

Friday, July 10th, 2015

“Working hard doesn’t necessarily mean being productive, unless it is accompanied with an effective strategic plan of action.” ― Edmond Mbiaka One of the things I love is when experts send me useful information to share with you.  It is a win:win situation.  I get some good material to blog about and you get some great […]

American Dream Insights – December 2014

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Interview with Xavier University Professor Dr. Gregory Smith Job environment and satisfaction with job benefits and security are part of the ADCI Economic sub-index. What do the December ADCI data suggest about people’s sentiment with respect to their job situation? Dr. Greg Smith: The job area continues to be a strength. Both the job environment […]

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