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  • Looking Forward

    Published first on the Progress News, January 4, 2021 Last week, we explored how the ORA has adapted and evolved over the last decade and a half.  To start off the New Year, we’re looking forward.  Organizational redevelopment never truly ends, after all, and CEO John Phillips stressed the importance of being willing to “get […]

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  • Evolution of the ORA

    Published first on the Progress News, December 28, 2020 The ORA looked very different fifteen years ago than it does today.  I sat down recently with current CEO John Phillips to talk about the last decade and a half, and how the ORA has evolved.  “I came on board in November of 2005,” Phillips noted, […]

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  • Putting Theory into Practice

    Published first on the Progress News, December 14, 2020 We’ve been talking a fair bit about the theory of redevelopment – what it’s about and what sorts of activities it can entail.  Today, though, I’d like to focus on the practical side of redevelopment: what it will actually be doing in one of our towns. […]

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  • Ways to Get Involved

    Published first on the Progress News, December 7, 2020 In this time of all-things-virtual, it can feel…challenging, to say the least…to find ways to get involved in the community.  Many of our local projects have been put on hold, and a lot of us are reaching online-meeting overload.  Redevelopment, though, is all about looking challenges […]

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  • Giving Thanks

    Published first on the Progress News, November 30, 2020 With the holiday season now officially underway, we are continuing the conversation on being involved in the community through ideas, action, and support.  Last week we focused on the importance of ideas, and this week we’ll look at action and support, which feels especially relevant right […]

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  • Good Ideas

    Published first on the Progress News, November 23, 2020 Last week I encouraged everyone to get involved in redevelopment, and this week I want to offer some specific examples of how.  There are three main ways to get involved in your community: ideas, action, and support.  Without ideas, there is no action.  Without action, nothing […]

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  • EPA Project Kick-off

    Published first on the Progress News, November 16, 2020 Thursday, November 5th, was a momentous day for local Redevelopment.  After a year of grant-writing, waiting, strategizing, more waiting, and logistical planning, we finally had boots on the ground for the official kick-off of our EPA-funded Community-Wide Brownfield project.  Joining me on the day were the […]

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  • It’s All About People

    Published first on the Progress News, November 9, 2020 As I’m sure is abundantly clear by now, redevelopment is all about People.  Sure, we work on the places and things around us, but the reason for the work is to create the best life possible for as many people as possible, now and into the […]

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  • What Redevelopment Really Means

    Published first on the Progress News, November 2, 2020 This week, I’d like to get personal.  I’d like to talk about what Redevelopment really means for me, and for you.  It’s all well and good to talk about ‘effectively utilizing resources’ and ‘creating beneficial change’…but what does that actually mean for our daily lives?  What’s […]

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  • The Potential of Collaboration

    Published first on the Progress News, October 26, 2020 We’re wrapping up our focus on the A-C Valley School District by looking at collaboration, and the potential it holds for our community.  Collaboration is an integral part of the concept of redevelopment because, no matter how skilled, no one person or entity can do everything […]

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