|Henry Luke- Newsletter #18-COMMUNITY VISIONING
SPOKANE, WA-The Spokane Terabyte Triangle marketing strategy for recruiting new business into the downtown core is attracting widespread interest. The concept is to turn old buildings and downtown into a high-tech center with enhanced technology. Details at www.terabytetriangle.com
The Riverpoint Higher Education Center has its third building going up-$36 million Health Science Center by WSU and EWU. The Riverpoint Master Plan anticipates 7,000 commuting students and 1.5 million square feet in facilities.
Spokane inaugurated its 42nd Mayor on January 12, 2001 John Powers. His inaugural address began with a thank you to Rich Hadley, President of the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce.http://www.spokane.org/chamber/newcentury.html
HARRISBURG, PA- ENVISION Capital Region elected Jim Grandon as Chairman and Keith Clark as Vice-Chairman for 2001. Congratulations to David Shankweiler who completed a three-year term as Chair.
ENVISION has set March 27th as their annual Town Hall meeting date. Progress will be reviewed, Benchmarks updated, and twelve Strategic Alliances will be established for 2001.
The Harrisburg Leadership trip will be to Memphis in April.http://www.harrisburgregionalchamber.org/
MEMPHIS, TN-February 7-9, 2001, MEMPHIS 2005 will begin to establish the first five Strategic Alliances following their five-year revision. Memphis, Shelby County, Memphis Chamber of Commerce, over 500 Strategic Partners and other organizations have produced great results in the first five years of MEMPHIS 2005 including:
LAKELAND, FL-In a recent article reviewing area activities, the Lakeland Ledger said, "Lakeland Vision has built up more than two years of research and has built a network of people with expertise in a variety of subjects. Done properly, its work could be among the most important accomplishments of the year." http://www.lakelandvision.com/
MOBILE, AL-The Mobile Community Foundation conducted a survey to address philanthropy goals resulting from strategies in ENVISION MOBILE-BALDWIN, the areas Strategic Plan. Categories included arts and culture-$31.2 million, education-$19.5 million, health and human services-$13.6 million, and economic development-$6.6 million.
ENVISION MOBILE-BALDWINs annual Town Hall meeting is March 1. The Mobile Register is again providing a tabloid insert for the annual report.
Mobile-Baldwin is going to Seattle in September for their Leadership trip. http://mobilechamber.org/development/
SCHUYLKILL, PA- Schuylkill County lost a 1,135 job distribution center and dot.com facility to Montgomery County in upstate New York. The competition was intense, as apparently, the New York site was tax-free along with other incentives. Montgomery County is planning a $5 to $10 million bond issue to help with the water, sewer and telecommunications. Schuylkill Townships and the School District agreed to phase in property taxes over ten-year period. This is another example of the intense competition for investment and new jobs.
The Pottsville/Schuylkill Technology Incubator received a $100,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture. The grant will provide computers and high-speed Internet connection lines. http://pottsville.koz.com/servlet/randhsite_ProcServ/DBPAGE=cge&GID=00038000000961353781155409
DALTON, GA-Four recent wins for Dalton-Whitfield County- 1) On November 7, 2000, voters approved a $85 million special purpose local option tax for infrastructure development including water service expansion in the county. 2) Whitfield County is participating in a DOT T21 grant for a Trail System that runs from North Georgia to Savannah. 3) The US Congress appropriated $650,000 for the Georgia project. The project helps assimilate the Hispanic population in the school system by Monterrey University interns spending the school year in Dalton and Dalton teachers going to Mexico in the summer. 4) Duke Energy is building a $500 million wholesale merchant generation plant in Murray County adjacent to Whitfield. Duke is leasing land and buying treated waste water as steam feedwater from Dalton Utilities
MINOT, ND-The Minot Vision Steering Committee identified 13 additional strategies to increase efforts on achieving the four Key Benchmarks of private sector earnings, job growth, AG and manufacturing growth, and Minot Air Force Base expansion/retention. The Vision Foundation teams will form alliances to work on these identified strategies.
"Its important to note that these are not the only strategies being worked on," said Ed Steckler (Farm Bureau-Nodak Mutual Insurance). "Last year, we also prioritized 12 strategies and they, as well as others, are being worked on. These additional strategies will increase efforts to achieve our Key Benchmarks."http://visioning.minotchamber.org/
TUSCALOOSA, AL-CHALLENGE 21 will begin a community dialogue on race relations in 2001.
HAMPTON ROADS, VA-A delegation of 73 business and community leaders went to San Diego on October 21-25, 2000 for the fourth annual Inter-Regional visit.
LUKEVISION.COM-In 2000, our web page had 7,733 total visits. Many people are finding this is a useful resource for community Vision driven Strategic Planning. Visit www.lukevision.com
OAK RIDGE, TN-The Oak Ridge National Laboratory has opened the "National Prototype Center". The center allows customers to take advantage of the vast resources of the laboratory to rapidly develop precision prototypes. The Center has helped with many technology applications, but we like the one helping Crafters of Tennessee produce banjos that ring true to the product heritage. E-mail George Fisher at email@example.com for information or an "In Company presentation." http://orcmt.oakridge.org/npc.html
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