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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What we’re reading…

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 →

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 →

Leadership in Gainesville

The Gainesville Sun ran an editorial on Sunday, September 14, 2014 titled, "New Leadership."  Here is an excerpt and link to the full editorial. "Since Tim Giuliani was hired as president of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce in 2012, the group has become more involved in local government. The chamber has created groups to... Continue Reading →

Conversation with WWII vet

For the first time, WWII vet Russ Furnas decided to tell his story.  At the age of 92, Russ stood before our Gainesville Chamber staff for 45 minutes to share his life story with most time allotted to his WWII experience.  At times, it was clear that recounting stories of being injured, of nearly dying... Continue Reading →

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