I’m BAAAACK!

Friends and colleagues, it’s true. I’ve returned to my old stomping grounds.  It seems that I just can’t stay away from the Washington State Department of Commerce. Wait, I’m acting like everyone knows me – my apologies.  There are a lot of new faces and names out...

WWMD (What Would MacGyver Do?)

Take a roll of duct tape, some Post-It Notes, a couple of toilet tubes and an empty soda can and what have you got? We’ll if you’re MacGyver, you have everything you need to do in the bad guys, rescue the requisite damsel in distress, save the world and whip up a...

So you probably think this blog is about me.

I gave a lot of thought about what I should write about this month. There seems to be no shortage of topics to cover about economic development and entrepreneurship. But I feel that over the last two years I may have covered most of the subjects people beside me would...

Those who can’t follow, lead.

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately.  It’s not necessarily my fault. Hardly a day goes by when we’re not bombarded with the latest notions and pseudo-epiphanies about what a leader should or shouldn’t be. Last year alone, almost 1,500 paperbacks were...

It’s the talent, stupid!

Are you sitting down? Good. I want the world to know that I think recruiting business is the most effective economic development strategy around. What? Has Maury finally lost it? For years you’ve heard me speak and write that recruitment is the devil’s work. And now I...

Joy to the world.

I saw the movie Joy the other day. It is the story of the inventor of the Miracle Mop and the dynasty its inventor created all because she wouldn’t let go of her dreams. If you haven’t seen it yet, here is the Reader’s Digest version: “Facing betrayal, treachery, the...

Time to start a resolution!

January!! It’s the time for the thousands of years old tradition of making resolutions for the coming year. It’s the time of reflections and promises. And, for me, it’s the time to promise eating fewer chocolate chip cookies—oops, already broken—and for some, it’s a...

The 365 Days of November

I miss November. Don’t get me wrong, December is a nice month, even a great one. Everybody gets to celebrate their own holiday, how cool is that? There are the more well-known holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. And there are the less well known like St....

No such thing as a dumb question.

We don’t come into the world knowing all the answers. So, growing up, we ask a lot of questions in order to figure things out and solve the problems we face. The problems and mysteries get more complex as we get older and we ask more complex questions. A friend of...

Check it out!

As a young boy, I never liked libraries. It wasn’t because of the musty smell of a thrift store or the scowling librarian who insisted on total silence or because I could never figure out the Dewey Decimal System or the bad jokes like  How do librarians file melted...

An now, an encore…

While most people think of July as the month for family vacations, outdoor barbecues or investing in a better air conditioning unit my mind is trying to figure out Medicare enrollment forms.  Yes, this is the month I turn 65. Research tells me that I am just one of...

Which comes first…?

When I first entered into this sometimes inscrutable profession of helping communities help themselves, the name of the organization I joined was the Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development. But community developers and economic developers were...

Eat local. Shop local. Fund local.

The presidential campaign is upon us and for the next 17 months our mailboxes, our computers and our television screens  will be crammed with  requests  from candidates and supporters making promises and asking for money.  One presidential hopeful recently said that...

It’s in your court.

Watching the current NCAA basketball tournament reminded me of when I was young, and like so many young people, imagined the excitement of my team making it to the final playoffs.  I saw myself making that winning jump shot in the last second (I perfected making the...

Don’t be a sour puss.

What do you call a kitten that drinks lemonade?  A sour puss. “Where is Maury going with this?” you are asking yourself.  Well, here’s another one:  What do you call a child that makes lemonade?  An entrepreneur. While many adults spent February talking about the...

No, BRE is not a French cheese.

Here we are.  February.  The longest 28 days of the year that are usually too cold and dark with just a hint of soon-to-come longer days of light.   Also, its the month of coming to terms with your new year’s resolutions that did not even last a month.  (My chocolate...

Time to start a resolution.

January!! It’s the time for the thousands of years old tradition of making resolutions for the coming year. It’s the time of reflections and promises. And, for me, it’s the time to promise eating fewer chocolate chip cookies—oops, already broken—and for some, it’s a...

Happy sales to you…

Welcome to the holiday issue.  For many economic development professionals, especially those working with entrepreneurs and local expansion of products and services, this time of year provides for an absolute no-nonsense metric:  Sales over the course of a few short...

GEW – I’ll give it a week.

November is important to people in many different ways.  This year it caps one of the most gorgeous autumns in recent memory but there are also public and private events and celebrations of traditions that include family and friends, from football and parades to...

There’s a trick to getting the treats.

October is here! The month that children get to celebrate Halloween by dressing up in scary costumes and extorting candy from their community neighborhoods. Kids and dentists love it. I have often said that economic development is like Halloween. When kids hear that...

Getting schooled on educational pathways.

I have always hated September. Most people love September because fall is in the air, baseball playoffs are exciting, football season begins (Go Hawks!) and Bumbershoot and other end-of-summer events entertain almost everybody. But I hated September as a young kid...

Playing in the big leagues.

Football season begins this month and even though it is only pre-season, people are already talking about the Seahawks repeating their championship season.  But as you well know, they won’t get there by resting on their laurels.  Every team in the league looks for a...

A declaration of Independents.

July is my favorite month of the year and not just because it’s the month that I was born (It’s the 22nd in case you were wondering).  It’s also my favorite because it is the month we celebrate our nation’s creation of the Declaration of Independence.  It is this...