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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.

Which States Embrace Entrepreneurial Thinking?

May 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,,,,,, | Category: Measures

Which states truly value entrepreneurial thinking? Which states seem not to? Is your state listed among the top?

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Which States Are The Most Diversity Friendly?

May 12, 2017 at 10:03 am, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,,,, | Category: Measures

Strength lies in differences, not in similarities. Quote attributed to Stephen Covey There are few topics more emotionally charged than diversity. Nobody likes to see him or herself or have others see them as prejudice. In politics the subject has become a weapon to demonize opponents. Routinely, misogynistic, xenophobic, sexist, racist, homophobic, Islamaphobic are used […]

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Which States Are The Most Optimistic?

May 8, 2017 at 10:51 am, by Edward | No Comments | Tags: ,,,,,,,, | Category: Measures

Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it is more like Cha-Cha. Oscar Wilde once said the difference between an optimist and a pessimist is that the optimist sees the donut, the pessimist the hole. It is an interesting variation on the glass half […]

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Does Where You Live Impact Your Happiness?

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

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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