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.
There are a number of ways local governments and economic development organizations can support local entrepreneurship without spending lots of public dollars.
The natural resources that are a part of our surroundings provide many benefits. They contribute to items such as scenic beauty, economic development, and recreation. In addition, they can also provide essential life sustaining elements. Such is the case for our water resources.
If you serve on the board of a community organization, faith-based group, service club or social service agency, you expect to give your time and expertise to support the good work and mission of your organization. But too often, the good work takes a back seat to tension, conflict and open hostility.
Many of the communities we live in strive to provide a clean environment to their citizens including clean water, green recreation areas and parks, agricultural fields and tree-lined commercial areas. Green infrastructure – a natural approach to managing rainfall with trees, rain gardens, wetlands and other natural areas can protect our water quality while also providing green space which attracts residents, visitors and commercial businesses.