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The value of breakout groups

Breakout groups are a useful tool for businesses and other organizations to solve problems, promote team building, involve employees or members, and plan for the future.  This column will explore some of the benefits and advantages of breakout groups. A breakout group by definition is a subset of a larger group. It is a staple of conferences, retreats and large ...

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Stages of community leadership programs

Successful communities often have community leadership programs.  Such programs are designed to identify, train and engage emerging leaders to improve the quality of life in their communities.  Community leadership programs are not new.  Leadership Philadelphia (Pa.), which claims to be the oldest community leadership program in the country, held its first class in 1959-60.  Leadership Stockton began its program in ...

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Krista Bower — Ballet dancer, teacher, administrator, entrepreneur

Most experts believe that the key to economic development in the Mississippi Delta will occur as a result of individuals creating new businesses. It is known as entrepreneurship.  I doubt the experts would have included the subject of ballet in their discussion about economic and development in the Mississippi Delta.  But then those experts probably have not met Krista Bower. ...

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Is now the time to buy real estate?

In March 2007 the average price for a new house in the United States was $329,400.  By Jan. 2009, the average price had plunged to $245,200.  In March 2010, that price had climbed to $258,600.  So, is now the time to buy real estate? As always, the correct answer is “it depends.”  It depends on one’s personal situation, the local ...

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Healthcare from an economic developer’s viewpoint

From an economic developer’s perspective, healthcare in a community is a positive, highly desirable activity. It creates jobs, provides a better quality of life and usually grows the local economy. One need only consider the impact of two of the most highly-regarded medical institutes in the world. First is the Mayo Clinic, headquartered in Rochester, Minn., with other locations in ...

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Mississippi manufacturing counties now in focus

There are eight counties in Mississippi that have more than 30 percent of their jobs in the manufacturing sector.  Do these counties have anything in common?  Are there any trends among them?    What are their futures?  A quick review of some of the economic data reveals some interesting insights.   One of the most memorable field trips of my ...

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Finding the real meaning of happiness

Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.   — Aristotle   There seems to be a lot of interest and discussion about happiness these days.  There is now a Gross National Happiness Index, the Happy Planet Index, MainStreet.com’s Happiness Index, a field of study called “The economy of happiness” and, of ...

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Does your community have any value

Real estate gets appraised, diamonds get appraised and businesses get appraised.  Have you ever thought about appraising your community? Nowadays, there is a lot of attention paid to economic development and community revitalization.  The current trend is something called asset-based economic development, which refers to the process of identifying assets contained in a community that might be capitalized on.  It ...

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Some trends and tidbits for 2010

This is the time of the year when there is a lot of looking forward and backward, or perhaps it is better to say that there is a lot of reflecting and forecasting.  It happens at the end of every calendar year, but it gets more attention during the so-called decade years.  What struck this writer about such lists this ...

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Goal-setting, strategic planning season in effect

Actually, it has been in effect for several months for many organizations. Budget discussions often start in August even though the company operates on a calendar year.  But there is something about this time of year that causes people tend to look forward.  It probably has a lot to do with New Year’s resolutions and the turn of the calendar. ...

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