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Strategic Planning to Manage Change

Sunday, December 11th, 2011

I have been investing some time talking with people about their approach to strategic planning and have found that the majority of them engage in the process primarily to define and deploy priorities in their Organization/Department. This is certainly a great application of strategic planning, but not the only one. Strategic planning can also be […]

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You Can Avoid The Boom-Bust Cycle

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

I recently read a policy working paper authored by Susan Cristopherson and Ned Rightor entitled “How Should We Think About the Economic Consequences of Shale Gas Drilling?” . In the paper, Susan provides a description of the potential for communities to experience an economic ‘boom-bust’ cycle. To describe the driving reason for the potential, she […]

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Marcellus & Utica Shale – “Doing it Right”

Friday, October 7th, 2011

As a Board member of the Nemacolin Energy Institute, I had an opportunity to attend the 2nd Annual Marcellus Shale Conference and Golf Invitational. The program included educational talks from both elected officials and experts in the shale gas industry. The main message take-away from all of the speakers was that shale gas is a […]

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The Promise of Shale Energy

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Commercialization of shale gas is an interesting economic development challenge. As a Board member of the Nemacolin Energy Institute, I have a unique opportunity to study this phenomenon first hand. Imagine one day your community’s economy goes from 0 – 60 mph in a heartbeat because millions of years ago pressures in the earth created […]

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Avoiding Fear Based Decision Making

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

I have been doing some preliminary research regarding the impact of fear on strategic decision-making. The driver of my curiosity is the commercialization of the Utica and Marcellus shale gas, a live case study happening in my buckeye state as well as Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. It is fascinating to see how […]

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Shale Energy Industry Community Impact

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Great opportunities often present great responsibility. Commercialization of shale gas presents a great responsibility for economic development professionals and civic leaders. Without effective planning there is a risk the community could experience an exhilarating boom period followed by a destructive bust. Planning to ensure the community economy is stronger when the shale gas drilling is […]

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Managing the Jed Clampett Effect

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

I know this reference will be lost on a few of you, so let me explain. The Beverly Hillbillies is a situation comedy broadcast by CBS from 1962 – 1971. The story line centered on the trials and tribulations of the Clampett family who moved to Beverly Hills, California after the OK Oil Company discovered […]

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Shale Energy – A Unique Economic Development Challenge

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Remember the old saying – “Be careful what you wish for”? Natural gas extraction and distribution from the Marcellus and Utica shale plays are creating unique challenges for economic development professionals in a five state region (Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New York and Maryland). This is a very interesting economic development case study in the […]

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