Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Community Localism: Adding Dreamers to The List

Steve Layman was the spark to Licking County's Community Capitalism effort a few years back. That effort has had a quiet but significant role in everything from a better downtown in Newark and stronger schools to STEM education partnerships and incubator space.

Steve upped the ante with remarks at a Newark Rotary Club program yesterday.  Steve suggested adding "Dreamers" to the list of essential elements needed when one sets about improving one's community.  He cited Newark area "dreamers" from Rev. Charles Noble, inspired by the needs of several of his parishioners to uplift their housing, to Gib Reese, "the biggest dreamer of all time" who strategically has uplifted Newark and Licking County in countless ways.

Steve punctuated his point with aerial photos from the past and old photos mingled with current shots in an impressive lesson for all on how Newark is Newark today.

Rotarians rightly pointed out.  Steve, humbly, left himself off the list.  In addition to Community Capitalism, he's dreamt of a self-sustaining Port Authority able to keep having an economic impact even in the face of adversity, past and future. That dream hits close to home for this author.

He's really written a new chapter on Newark's version of Community Capitalism.  Call it Community Localism now.

His conclusion was an appropriate quote from John Lennon (who knew people who live in Liverpool are Liverpuddlians?) and a call to action from the audience to be dreamers, "Our community needs you."

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Uniting Behind Pragmatic, Local Policymaking

Richard Florida (left) and Joel Kotkin at a recent joint appearance.
When Joel Kotkin and Richard Florida can pen an article together.  It's time to notice.

It's a must-read.

The message is summed up in the piece:
The issue isn't just the dysfunction of our national government, but how we can best and most efficiently address our economic needs and challenges.  The United States is a geographically varied place.  No top-down, one-size-fits-all set of politics can address the very different conditions that prevail among communities.
They cite the need for pragmatic local policy making as the key to getting America reunited.

Right on.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

On This Date, 23 Years Ago. . .

. . . I was watching the Cleveland Indians lose their home opener to the New York Yankees for the last Opening Day in old Cleveland Stadium.  I ended up with a souvenir--the Canton Repository ran a front page photo from that game.

One of my favorite personal stories of all times bears repeating and explains how I  went from no ticket to get in to the game to on the front page the next day.

See my Opening Day column from April 12, 2010 for the story.