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Thursday, April 02, 2015
Adding New Volunteers to the Mix

Last week, I had a volunteer pull me aside after a community development planning or update session to share an amazing story of new activities and accomplishments she and just four other inspired residents achieved in under six months!  When reflecting back on that brief conversation, one point became clear.  While she was obviously dedicated to her town and very committed to completing her projects, her passion, why she ran up to me after the meeting, was the momentum of progress that her small group was starting to ride like a surf board!

Expanding the circle of individuals typically engaged in your community and economic development efforts he... Read More

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Your intern just showed up for her first day…now what?  EDO’s, chambers, CVB’s and Main Street organizations are ripe with opportunity for college and high school students to gain real world experience and build their professional portfolios.  While you undoubtedly get that your constant flow of projects, reports, meetings, events, proposals, site visits and business calls has much to offer your new protégé, slowing down to make assignments, explain processes and mentor may seem more stressful than it is worth.  Here are six tips to help get your relationship off on the right foot and make sure the internship is beneficial to all parties involved.

Prepare for your intern – Before you... Read More
Thursday, August 14, 2014

No relationship within an EDO is more vital than the one between developers and their Board Chairs. Consider these five tips for getting off to a good start.

Seasoned development professionals understand the importance of cultivating strong relationships with their Board Chair for the benefit of the organization and their careers. While you may have had a great working relationship with your outgoing chair, don’t assume that their strengths, preferences, communication style and priorities will carry over. Taking time to clarify roles/responsibilities and establish communication preferences and protocols is an investment with high ROI.

Consider scheduling an annual “orienta... Read More