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Takeaways From the 2021 Select USA Investment Summit Virtual Conference

This month I had the opportunity to participate in the five-day Select USA 2021 Virtual Investment Summit on June 7-11, 2021. The event is designed to facilitate direct foreign investment into the United States. There were 3,000 attendees, including 1,200 business investors from 80 international markets and 200 speakers. Here are a few of my takeaways. President Biden addressed the conference...

Using Creativity to Solve Community Issues

Artist and activist, Matthew Mazzotta, has been helping communities around the world create public art projects that bring together locals to address concerns specific to their town. In his TED talk, he showcases a few of his projects that transform public spaces into usable art to highlight issues such as climate change, waste, disinvestment, loss of social life, and more.  Each project starts...

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Here are a few of my takeaways from the May 12th and 13th, 2021 Mid-American Economic Development Council Best Practice virtual conference.  Thanks to Tim Robinson, chair of the event, the host committee, and the 26 speakers for their efforts in putting on a great conference and avoiding death by PowerPoint.   From the opening session by a panel of the Michigan utility economic development...
Using Creativity to Solve Community Issues

Using Creativity to Solve Community Issues

Artist and activist, Matthew Mazzotta, has been helping communities around the world create public art projects that bring together locals to address concerns specific to their town. In his TED talk, he showcases a few of his projects that transform public spaces into...

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Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Avoiding Death by PowerPoint

Here are a few of my takeaways from the May 12th and 13th, 2021 Mid-American Economic Development Council Best Practice virtual conference.  Thanks to Tim Robinson, chair of the event, the host committee, and the 26 speakers for their efforts in putting on a great...

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Traveling while waiting on the world to change

Traveling while waiting on the world to change

I recently took two weekend trips for the first time in almost a year and a half. The first trip was to what we Michiganders refer to as “up north.” The second one was to Chicago. Since I have not traveled or done much of anything for so long, I have to say it made me...

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A Lost Companion

A Lost Companion

I never understood the true relationship between me and my dog until very recent. I have a vague memory of my mom bringing a small white fluffy puppy home in the summer of 2007. I was really not fond of the idea of owning a dog and having to stay under the same roof....

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“That” Friend

“That” Friend

The older I get, I realize it’s more difficult to find friends with which to develop meaningful relationships. Growing up, it was easy to meet new people when every day was a new experience. Our friend groups consisted of other neighbor kids, children of our parent’s...

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Concern, Gratitude, and Joy

Concern, Gratitude, and Joy

Spring's sprung here in Holland MI. It is a delight to see the tulips blooming, the green leaves emerging on the trees, and the brown grass turn green again as I experience the last vestiges of winter followed by a cool spring. The Tulip Festival here is spectacular...

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Now More Than Ever!

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Now More Than Ever!

“Teamwork makes the dream work.” It is such a simple statement, yet it evokes ambition, hope and positivity. It is such a wonderful feeling to work in an environment that promotes teamwork. From the outside, it is easy to spot a workplace where employees are happy and...

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Using Creativity to Solve Community Issues

Artist and activist, Matthew Mazzotta, has been helping communities around the world create public art projects that bring together locals to address concerns specific to their town. In his TED talk, he showcases a few of his projects that transform public spaces into...

read more
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