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Planning for Success

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development It’s September already!  Where did the year go?  We usually ask ourselves that question around this time of year and look back to see how were we so busy that another year has slipped away from us, where has the time gone and more importantly what have we…

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September is National Preparedness Month: 7 Tips to Make Sure Your Family Is Ready for an Emergency

By Carol Obando-Derstine, Regional Affairs Director, PPL Electric Utilities We can’t choose when a disaster is going to strike. But knowing what to do when an emergency happens—and having a plan ready—can make all the difference. September is National Preparedness Month. PPL Electric Utilities recommends using these tips to develop a plan for your home…

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What Is Economic Development

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development What is Economic Development?  I recently asked that question of high school students and was not at all surprised to get blank stares and crickets.   People have many different ideas of what economic development is and some have no idea at all. Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of…

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Look at the Opportunities

By Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC I read an article in Bloomberg recently by Claire Ballentine about the “Rust Belt” and ways that the local communities are turning around abandoned manufacturing plants.  An excerpt from her article sounds a lot like what some of our towns in Carbon County have become. Ms. Ballentine…

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The Ribbon is Cut… Now What?

The red ribbon and oversized scissors appear at local businesses two to three occasions per month. So, what is a “ribbon cutting ceremony”? How does this type of event help businesses and why do we spend our time planning such events? We’ve had the pleasure of working with a number of business owners throughout the…

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What is Custom Picture Framing?

By Guest Blogger, Carla Binder, Creative Framing by Carla What is Custom Picture Framing?Custom picture framing is basically a package that to enhances, protects and displays your art or cherished mementos.  Although the definition makes it sound simple enough, there are many things that must be taken into consideration. Don’t be mistaken, there’s a big difference…

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Be Kind to Your Customer

I was encouraged to be nice and friendly at a very young age thanks to my mom, my grandparents and a few great teachers. In addition, my participation in basketball, track & field, and field hockey helped give me that competitive edge thanks to the many coaches who inspired me throughout my life. In today’s…

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Innovation as an Absolute Imperative

By Guest Blogger, Carol Obando-Derstine, PPL CLICK HERE to Learn More About PPL “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower” is an often-repeated quote attributed to Steve Jobs. But how is this playing out and helping to create the grid of the future? Innovation requires all of us to make honest and, at times, difficult assessments of disruptive…

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Investing in Human Capital

By Marlyn Kissner, Executive Director, CCEDC Let’s talk about Human Capital. What is it? Human capital is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “the skills the labor force possesses and is regarded as a resource or asset.” As a business owner, the success of your organization depends upon the work productivity of your staff.…

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What’s Next for Carbon County?

By: Kathy Henderson, Director of Economic Development, CCEDC Looking at our evolution as a society we have gone from hunters and gatherers to an agrarian society to an industrial society and now our latest iteration of technology.  What’s next? Alexander Graham Bell would not recognize the wireless communication technology of today. Nor could Charles Babbage,…

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