If the concept of communication is so basic to everything we do, why do we struggle so much with it?
Effective community engagement – whether it is focused on a specific project or challenge or creating a more engaged organization – is more than simply talking to, or informing our citizens or constituents about the things we want them to know about.
PA DCNR is taking the lead on strategic planning, driving economic impact and supporting local municipalities.
Your local annual fair. It's more than corn dogs, funnel cakes, animals and rides. It's Economic Impact!
Are we preparing our youth for the 21st Century workforce?
When you are taking care of an elderly parent, no one prepares you ahead of time for the onslaught of health, emotional, financial and legal challenges that go along with caregiving. This can be even a greater challenge if your parent lives a great distance from you.
Being a part of a well functioning team is important at any stage of life.
At any time something can occur and disrupt the routine business of government. Do you have a plan to reduce the impact on key services?
Funders want to use their dollars to make the biggest impact they can towards meeting their mission.
Have you ever driven past that old big box store sitting vacant or that abandoned industrial complex in your community? Do you sometimes wonder whether these structures will ever be used again?
A relatively new concept for fund raising known as crowdfunding is becoming a preferred tool to get new projects accomplished.
Is your community using all available media to the fullest?
Community features should be something that not only make people want to visit your community, but stay as well.
We talk about needs assessment when planning our programs, policies and activities, but do we know what our customers want?
As we move into the summer season, the lack of fresh, locally grown food is replaced by a bounty. Many of us will be heading to farmers markets or participating in CSA’s (Community Supported Agriculture), which are fun and social ways to stimulate the local economy and bring home the freshest and tastiest fruits and vegetables.
Firefighters and EMS still make house calls. How fast they respond is dependent on local volunteers being involved in their communities.
How does growing up in your county impact how much a child will earn across their life time? A recent New York Times article reported that research conducted by two Harvard professors found that where children grow up has a large impact on future income, and upward mobility of children. The research provides estimates of how much living in a county adds or takes away from the future incomes of kids growing up in poor, average-income, rich and the top 1% family income homes.
Grants are important for not only those that receive them but those that give them as well.
I love face-to-face learning. I want to be in a real room with real people having real conversations. But that is so old school.
If you would like to see change for the better in your community it's time to get involved in the Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania.