Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hardwick’

Assessing is the first step in leadership

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

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 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 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. […] [...]

Marketing your home for rent

by Published: September 4,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

In today’s real estate market many home sellers who must move are facing some tough choices. They can take a lower price for their property in the hope that it will sell sooner than later, they can wait in the hope that the market will improve or they can rent. For sellers who do not […] [...]

Rural libraries: The lifeblood of small towns in Mississippi

by Published: August 7,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick, rural libraries, small towns

Recently I had the opportunity to visit eight libraries in rural towns in Mississippi during the course of one week. These libraries ranged from a two-room facility smaller than some master bedrooms to a full-service, modern library that offered a full range of activities for the community. Below are 10 things that I learned about […] [...]

Dealing with neighborhood life cycles

by Published: July 24,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

The 2010 census served as a wake-up call for more than a few communities. Many local officials saw the numbers and realized that even though their cities might be growing overall there were parts that were changing in ways that were not anticipated. It became time to learn about neighborhood life cycles. Most things have […] [...]

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