“First Who, Then What: Get the right people on the bus, then figure out where to go. Finding the right people and trying them out in different positions.”
– Author Jim Collins in Good to Great, on what makes for great organizations
Working to create great places from once-forgotten communities can be a difficult job. Rewarding, but difficult.
What helps is having amazingly smart, dedicated, and equally motivated colleagues. As I have often stated, I am privileged to work with some amazing talented people who come to work every day looking to make a difference in the communities that we serve.
Recently a group of my peers at the Michigan Municipal League created a series of blogs dedicated to shining light on important issues for cities, villages and communities of all sizes in Michigan (and even outside of the Great Lakes state). The blogs focus on issues that the authors have particular expertise in.
If you’re interested in things like brownfield development in downtowns, the role of technology in community building, and municipal government innovation, then by all means check these out. You’ll be glad that you did.
The League’s Anthony Minghine, Associate Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer, will write a regular blog called “City Ops” about the practical things that cities deal with on a daily basis.
The League’s Rob Ferrari, Director of Digital Strategies, will write the blog “inKNOWvate” about how messaging and technology can generate stronger community engagement, identity and support.
The blog “Communities Count” by the League’s Arnold Weinfeld, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs, will focus on why it’s vital to invest in Michigan’s communities.
While these three blogs are new, the League has been blogging for years, including a legislative blog called Inside 208, and a blog about the eight assets to creating vibrant communities, called 21c3 (Center for 21st Century Communities). Samantha Harkins will continue her “running in cities” blog I Run These Towns, too.
They’re all great!