June 2020 Wonderings

June 2020 Wonderings

By Dean Whittaker With over four decades of experience in economic development, I am hard pressed to see a clear path forward for the clients we serve. Economic development organizations are struggling to re-start their local economies after having been shut down for...
Leadership and Civil Discourse

Leadership and Civil Discourse

By Dean Whittaker The August 19, 2020 meeting of the Holland, Michigan city council was very dramatic. I watched the live stream of people speaking their truths with vulnerability and eloquence for nearly five hours. Ten years ago, the city council voted down the...
Ode to May 2020

Ode to May 2020

By Dean Whittaker What an incredible month it’s been. Webinars led, webinars attended, and an unplanned surgery. Meanwhile, stay-at-home orders remain for much of Michigan, though we are opening gradually. A webinar I gave for American Electric Power communities...