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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:
doc/201001/american-decline/. 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
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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:
And here is the Amazon page:
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.
Mayor, city of Lincoln
January 29, 2010]
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