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Can We Achieve The American Dream In a COVID-19 World?

Saturday, August 1st, 2020

The Hill decided to address this question in their article “Can we keep the American Dream alive during COVID-19?”. It is an opinion article, and like most opinions needs to be read with a cautious eye. The basic conclusion of the article is “Every American deserves the chance and opportunity to experience the American Dream, […]

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Better Enabling The American Dream

Monday, July 27th, 2020

The American Enterprise Institute has published a report titled “The American Dream in 2020: How to Strengthen It”. It is definitely a good read. The report focuses on ways to leverage public policy to create increased economic opportunity. It shares a wide range of ideas, but focuses on local level policies and community initiatives. In […]

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What Students Say About the American Dream

Sunday, July 19th, 2020

I was doing some online research into the American Dream to better understand how different demographics perceive it. I have done a reasonable amount of studying the Dream, but find it is always good to proactively seek diverse thoughts on the subject. My passion for continuing to learn about the American Dream stems from my […]

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The Relationship Between The American Dream And Opportunity

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

The Atlantic published (August 2019) an article about the work of Raj Chetty, PhD.  Raj is studying the effect of place on generational social mobility.  The essence of his work is that place matters.  I would encourage every economic development professional to read this article.  It will give you cause for pause.  While Raj can identify where opportunity for […]

Missed Opportunity

Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity Quotation attributed to H. Jackson Brown Jr.   Life is full of missed opportunities.  I remember in 1980 when Apple sold for $22/share in its initial public offering.  If you had invested $1,000 in Apple stock at the time, it would be worth $450,000 today.  A lot […]

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Civic Illiteracy Threatens The America Dream

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

The American Dream is personal, not public or institutional, in its execution. Attributed to Michael F. Ford It is frustrating to read articles in which the author misrepresents the American Dream.  It is equally frustrating to listen to politicians who refer to the American Dream in speeches, but have no clue what it really is. […]

The American Dream Is Our Nation’s Brand Promise

Monday, February 26th, 2018

The American dream is not that every man must be level with every other man. The American dream is that every man must be free to become whatever God intends he should become. Ronald Reagan   Place branding is a strategy many communities, regions, states and even nations are adopting to help attract and retain […]

Elected Officials Need To Focus More On Enabling The American Dream

Saturday, January 27th, 2018

“The American Dream is inextricably bound to America’s ideals of freedom, equality, justice, and opportunity for all Americans.  … The American Dream is part of our soul.  Without it, America will lose its vitality.” attributed to Roger Fortin (professor Xavier University) I have been working for a number of years to increase awareness of Xavier […]

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Having Tough Employee Performance Conversations

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

I have always found that if you handle a problem in a benevolent and transparent way, and involve other people so it is not just your opinion, people get to the other side of these conversations being more enthusiastic. Quote attributed to David M. Kelley One of the most challenging things about being a leader […]

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Which States Are The Happiest?

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. Quote attributed to Aristotle What is happiness? Researchers tend to think of it as being satisfied with and having meaning in your life. It is a measure of personal positivity. There are a number of studies that confirm the […]

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