Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hardwick’

HARDWICK: Why do people run for public office

by Phil Hardwick Published: March 29,2013

Tags: Phil Hardwick, Politics, public office, statewide elections, Stennis Institute

The qualifying deadline for local elections in Mississippi has passed. On May 9 voters will go to the polls to select the political party nominees for mayors, alderpersons and councilmembers in most of the Magnolia State’s villages, towns and cities. It is time again to ask the question: Why do people run for public office? […] [...]

Read February 1 issue of MBJ

>> FEAR THE OKRA Mad Genius ad campaign helps Delta State reintroduce the toughest vegetable in higher education— by Stephen McDill Also in this week’s paper: >> LEGISLATURE Move state offices to Capitol Complex — by Ted Carter >> SPORTS New kiosks make for a better visit at sports hall— by Frank Brown >> ENERGY […] [...]

Where do economic developers come from?

by Phil Hardwick Published: August 5,2012

Tags: economic development, Mississippi Economic Development Council, Phil Hardwick

Having been in the field of economic development for more than 25 years I have seen many changes in the characteristics of those involved in the profession. One change in particular was that it seemed that those involved in economic development and chamber of commerce work were becoming more professional, or at least were coming […] [...]

Assessing is the first step in leadership

by Phil Hardwick Published: January 8,2012

Tags: leadership, MBJ column, nonprofit organizations, organization, Phil Hardwick

A new leader’s first task is to assess the organization and determine what needs to be done. It is often referred to as surveying the environment. Some organizations need the new leader to take the organization to the next level; some organizations need to be shut down. Although these ideas presented here are primarily directed […] [...]

Asset mapping a big deal

Tool helps put Hernando on map A journey of a thousand miles might begin with one step, but it is important to know in which direction to step. Asset mapping is one good way to help determine which way your community should begin the journey. It is an especially good tool for discovering things that […] [...]

Considerations before buying residential investment property

by Phil Hardwick Published: December 11,2011

Tags: Phil Hardwick, residential investment property, residential real estate market

The residential real estate market is in a state of flux. Residential values are declining in some areas while moving slightly up in others. Foreclosed properties are at record levels in some cities. Investors have cash looking for a place to invest. They are told that investing in hard assets is a good idea and […] [...]

Mississippi’s economic development evolution

In the 1930’s Mississippi marketed itself to manufacturing companies to relocate or expand to the state in return for incentives to do so. Since then economic development in Mississippi has evolved into a comprehensive activity involving numerous government and nonprofit organizations whose purpose is to increase the wealth of the state and its communities and […] [...]

Maddening robocalls for voters

by Phil Hardwick Published: November 13,2011

Tags: election, Phil Hardwick, Politics, robocalls

The election is over and the robocalls have stopped. Well, at least the political robocalls have stopped. Those annoying, but effective, calls are just another example of how technology is influencing our lives, making businesses and other organizations more productive and having an effect on the unemployment rate. During the week before the recent election […] [...]

Companies ‘moving on up’

by Phil Hardwick Published: October 2,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

When a large company makes it known to the local community that it is considering relocating to another state or closing its facility the local public officials go into action. They figure out ways to offer incentives of every kind to keep the company in town. But what happens when a family decides to move […] [...]

Costs, impacts of incentive deals

“Gov. Haley Barbour has asked the Legislature to approve $175 million in incentives for California-based Calisolar and start-up HCL CleanTech to open facilities in Mississippi — projects expected to create direct jobs for 1,800 people.” Clarion-Ledger, Sept. 1, 2011 When this writer read that sentence he immediately got out a calculator and did the math. […] [...]

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