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Dear Lincoln Daily News:

I would like to offer special thanks to the 35 people who participated in last Saturday's Round 2 of the Economic Development Summit. I am especially grateful to Keith Ray and Dolan Dalpoas for their excellent presentations that served to both inform and inspire. I know I left the event energized and encouraged. We are facing some formidable obstacles, but as we all realized Saturday, we can tackle them together and come up with solutions and new approaches that will benefit our community and county for generations to come. I appreciate everyone who is taking this journey and commend their efforts to involve and inform as many of our fellow citizens as we can.

I'm happy to share some resources from Saturday. Attached is the PowerPoint presentation on strategic planning from Dolan Dalpoas. 

Here is a link to the Atlantic Monthly article Keith Ray mentioned Saturday on our unique American tradition of riding through cycles of despair followed by triumphant rebirths: http://www.theatlantic.com/
. To share a brief and interesting quote from the article: "If we're worried, perhaps that's a good sign, since through American history worry has always preceded reform."

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Also, Jan Schumacher has recommended that we all take a look at the book "Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard." It was written by the brothers who wrote the book "Made to Stick," Chip and Dan Heath. "Switch" talks about how the rational and emotional sides of our brain can cause enough tension to doom most change efforts. "Switch" is coming out next month, but if it is anything like "Made to Stick," it will be a fun and engaging read.

Here is a Barnes and Noble page on the book: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/Switch/

And here is the Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/

Thanks again for everyone's commitment to Lincoln and Logan County. Special thanks also to LDN for their excellent and thorough coverage of Summits Round 1 and 2. I encourage all of you to get involved with future summit meetings. We have ignited an ember here, and with all of us fanning together we can build it into a flame that will warm and revitalize this place we call home.

Keith Snyder 
Mayor, city of Lincoln 

[Posted January 29, 2010]

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