Research shows how to get things done in a city or region

Important changes and big initiatives can succeed or fail based on the underlying structure and organizations involved. Looking back at different initiatives I had a role in leading (see Alachua County Education Compact in Gainesville, FL and Moving Wake Forward, a successful transit referendum in Raleigh, NC), it is clear that the greatest successes come... Continue Reading →

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The world has changed. The economy has changed. The nature of work has changed. Our political makeup has changed. In this time of increasing disruption, change and uncertainty, many cities and regions are re-evaluating how they define success, how they clearly identify new challenges and opportunities, and what type of approach will work now and... Continue Reading →

Big win for new chamber export program

In 2014, the Gainesville Chamber launched an export program for members in partnership with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Commercial Service.  One of the first participants was a small business from Newberry, FL, Endoscopy Replacement Parts.  John Hartnett, VP of Global Business Development, made full use of the Chamber's resources, staff and programs.  John quickly... Continue Reading →

7 lessons for my younger self

Do you wish you knew then what you know now? The link below is nearly the full text of a speech I gave today to 350 young professionals in Raleigh.  Our Great Raleigh Chamber's Young Professionals Network is impressive and many of the participants are already emerging in leadership roles throughout the Triangle.  Here is... Continue Reading →

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