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In today’s knowledge and technology-driven economy, companies thinking of relocating are looking for cities with a highly skilled work force.  An essential ingredient, therefore, of economic development of a region is the retention of young professionals. As the economic downturn drags on, we are losing more and more of our talented workers, especially the younger… Continue Reading Commentary: 10 ideas on how to stop our ‘brain drain’

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I should have one of those “got here as fast as I could” stickers on my car, even though I didn’t arrive until I was almost 30. But Colorado Springs has got me by the heartstrings. It isn’t just that my kids were born here and that one still lives here, or that the weather… Continue Reading Replace concrete ghettos with more open space

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I have argued for what I call “simple rules” for economic development. For the most part, these rules are non-prescriptive, but they do advocate limited actions by public officials. Yet many of us want to do something to promote the economic development of the region. We have pent-up energy and some financial resources to direct… Continue Reading Let’s avoid boom-to-bust strategies

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Entrepreneurship in a down economy

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Economic growth and job creation overwhelmingly are about entrepreneurs and investors willing to undertake the risks that come with starting up and expanding businesses. The U.S. economy, of course, started to turn down in December 2007, with matters getting far worse when the credit meltdown fully hit in the latter part of 2008. After the… Continue Reading Entrepreneurship in a down economy

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Making the most of your matrix

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You can’t get there from here. Either you’re in a vertical or a horizontal. Some are in a diagonal. At one company I recently worked with, the matrix is three-dimensional. There are hard-line relationships and dotted-line relationships. And, most would admit, there are gaps — everywhere. So, like the popular movie series after the same… Continue Reading Making the most of your matrix

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Constitution fix will need strong leader

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Imagine a lovely home made out of wood. On the surface, the house looks beautiful, but, underground, termites are eating away at the foundation. The occupants of the house are unaware of the termites and the damage that is taking place. If nothing is done, at some point in the future, the house will collapse.… Continue Reading Constitution fix will need strong leader

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When the scourge of discrimination rears its ugly head and a person or group is denied equal treatment because of their race, disability, or religious affiliation — or for no particular trait at all — victims in most cities know the best place to go is their city’s Human Relations Commission. They can plead their… Continue Reading Revive the Human Rights Commission

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Healthcare tax credit offers too little

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ObamaCare was sold as a way to help the little guy, including small businesses, especially against those big, bad insurance companies. However, when this legislation was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in March, supporters failed to mention the many ills it would impose on small businesses and their employees. Wait… Continue Reading Healthcare tax credit offers too little

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Small steps to tackle a big job

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How do you change an entire culture? Especially if it happens to involve 5,000 very busy healthcare employees spread out over multiple hospitals, outpatient facilities and support offices? Adventist Midwest Health did it by starting with simple, concrete actions that could be implemented and talked about by every employee. Adventist had always been focused on… Continue Reading Small steps to tackle a big job

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Greece covers an area slightly smaller than Alabama. Nonetheless, this small nation bordering on the Aegean, Ionian and Mediterranean seas has had and continues to have a big impact. The Greeks gave us the Olympics; the foundations of philosophy through Socrates, Plato and Aristotle; and the beginnings of democracy. For good measure, the New Testament… Continue Reading Lessons from Greek financial crisis are being ignored

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