Posts Tagged ‘Phil Hardwick’

10 responsibilities of a nonprofit board

by Published: May 29,2011

Tags: MBJ column, nonprofit, Phil Hardwick

If you have been asked to serve on a nonprofit board of directors it is now more important than ever that you understand what such service involves and that you treat seriously your responsibilities. First, did you know that most nonprofit organizations are now required to file a Form 990 with the Internal Revenue Service […] [...]

Apathy and civic engagement

by Published: May 1,2011

Tags: civic engagement, MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

When it comes to civic engagement — voting, participation in town meetings, political involvement and the like — apathy is often cited as the primary reason that most people do not get involved. Dave Meslin, a community activist and self-described “rabble-rouser” in Toronto, Canada, says that we need to redefine apathy not as some internal […] [...]

Product placement at City Hall

by Published: April 17,2011

Tags: advertising, MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

Advertising is now so ubiquitous that no one in any place is spared from messaging by commercial interests. It is estimated that the typical person will be exposed to 300 to 700 messages per day. And that is for people who do not surf the Internet. Will city hall be the next hallowed ground to […] [...]

Mississippi: A state of change

by Published: March 20,2011

Tags: MBJ Columns, Phil Hardwick

Communities are constantly changing. Some change relatively slowly, as the decennial census data is revealing. Others change rather rapidly as exemplified by the civil uprisings in the Middle East. Still others change almost instantly because of natural disasters, as evidenced by recent earthquakes and floods. As census data comes out it is apparent that the […] [...]

A census question and answer

by Published: March 3,2011

Tags: MBJ Columns, Phil Hardwick

(1) What is migration, and what is the difference between in-migration and out-migration? The 2010 census data are resulting in a plethora of local news articles about population growth and decline.  Many community leaders are cheering because their communities had a population increase. As sports commentator Lee Corso would say, “Not so fast my friend.” […] [...]

Newspapers and an online strategy that doesn’t always pay

by Published: February 20,2011

Tags: newspapers, online strategy, Phil Hardwick

For a news junkie like me these are the best of times. For newspapers, especially small town ones, these are times filled with apprehension and opportunity. And it is all because of technology and the Internet. Today, people in rural communities and smaller towns, especially those that lack affordable high-speed Internet access, will most likely […] [...]

Saving the post office, or not

by Published: February 6,2011

Tags: MBJ Columns, Phil Hardwick

The U.S. Postal Service is in chaos. That is not necessarily a bad thing because it must change. And for fundamental change to occur in an organization there must be chaos, which is defined as a state of disorder or confusion. Let us look at some examples of the chaos and the ways that the […] [...]

Are you a geographic genius?

by Published: January 23,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

Community leaders seem to love the idea of capturing the essence of their city, town or village with a motto, slogan or moniker. Sometimes these words of description bring pride and enthusiasm. Sometimes they outlive their usefulness and become the brunt of jokes. Whatever the case, it is a fascinating exercise to attempt to connect […] [...]

Let’s make a deal is key concept

by Published: January 9,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

The other day I was talking with a CEO who had moved his rather large business (over 200 employees) from downtown to the suburbs. There were many factors involved, he said, but the thing that made the decision easy was that, “I was offered a deal that I could not refuse.” Conversely, a real estate […] [...]

‘Coopertition’… The new strategy for working together

by Published: January 2,2011

Tags: MBJ column, Phil Hardwick

Economic development is a competitive business. States, in particular, are often pitted against each other in an effort to land major job-creating prospects. And yet in this age of regionalism it is sometimes necessary for states to cooperate with each other. At a recent luncheon sponsored by the Mississippi Economic Development Council two of the […] [...]

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