Have you given much thought to the trees in your community? Trees are a major component of the urban forest and provide a variety of benefits to our local communities.
Did you know that efforts to build trust in your community can strengthen your local economy? A range of recent social science research strongly identifies trust-building as a viable economic development strategy that holds the potential for substantial economic gains - for the organizations, communities, and regions that invest the time and resources required.
In a past newsblog I talked about a place that I called Community A-venue, and about other transportation corridor designations. Let's take this line of thinking a few steps further.
If you live in one of Pennsylvania’s 2,561 municipalities you can thank a municipal secretary for making sure the government runs smoothly.
Our younger generations are making great career strides but an area of expertise simply isn’t enough. If we pay attention to folks at work, often we see that etiquette which reflects civility, the ability to get along with others, good manners, and making others feel comfortable is lost in the shuffle as our world continues to change at a fast pace.
Let’s say you want to open a business, say a coffee shop where you hope to attract young professionals as customers. There’s retail space in the downtown that appears to have a lot of that age group. Is this a good location for your business?
Libraries provide a wealth of information and resources to local communities.
Are your community streets places, or simply transportation corridors? Are they spaces to love? Spaces for entertainment and enrichment? Spaces for commerce?
Just understanding how the state talks about local government is a challenge.
Do you live in a community where people spend time walking, playing recreational games, biking or jogging? Are you one of those people? Is your community supporting you to get outside and be active?
Ethics are the rules or values influencing the conduct by which we live our lives and make decisions. There are 10 Work Ethic Traits Employers consider important.
Land use planning should place a greater emphasis on improving public health by preventing mosquito concerns and potential disease risks.
Have you taken time to celebrate successes?
Realizing ways we can contribute to others can be a great motivator.
What we say and how we say it can send a powerful message to members of our communities to work with us – or to stay away.
Technology is here to stay and is a valuable tool but too many of our young people find difficulty in communicating in the most natural manner: talking, oral communication, person to person, face to face.
Have you ever been somewhere and noticed a public space or gathering place grabs your attention and just draws you in? Maybe it’s a small urban park, a plaza, a town square, marketplace, or a water feature. It could be almost anything but it is usually full of life, buzzing with people, and seems to be the place everybody wants to be.
It’s amazing how important a single word can be in our conversations, thought processes, decisions and actions.
Successful small businesses are essential to many local economies and account for 60 percent of the new jobs created since the end of the recession in 2013.
Is your community struggling to find the financial resources it needs to invest in its future? The recently released Wealth Transfer in Pennsylvania 2016 report highlights that those resources may be closer (and more substantial) than you think.