Archives : Redevelopment Works

  • The Relativity of Failure

    Published first on the Progress News, March 1, 2021 Today I’d like to talk a bit about something that most of us try to avoid, even though it’s a perfectly normal and natural part of life.  Something that some people will go to great lengths to hide or cover up, even though we all do […]

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  • Local Perspective on Rail Trails

    Published first on the Progress News, February 22, 2021 Anne Schleiden loves our local rail-trails.  After moving to the Chicora area from Cranberry Township more than twenty years ago, Anne settled into the relaxed rhythm of rural riverside life.  Walking and biking trips along the rail-trails in the area have become a staple activity for […]

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  • Small Business Success

    Published first on the Progress News, February 15, 2021 All around the globe, people have been stepping up, responding to the challenges brought about or highlighted by the events of the last year.  Small businesses, too, have been doing what they can, both to help their communities and to help themselves survive these tumultuous times.  […]

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  • Baby Steps

    Published first on the Progress News, February 8, 2021 Last week I shared the tale of a very successful Redevelopment project that sparked the transformation of an entire region.  As I alluded to, though, the process is neither instantaneous nor cheap.  As we get fully underway with our current EPA Brownfield project, I’d like to […]

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  • Redevelopment Success

    Published first on the Progress News, February 1, 2021 I’d like to tell you a story about a town with a challenging history.  This is a town that was built up on 19th century industry and became the home of a landmark industrial complex.  Times changed, though, and the town saw its industry, jobs, and […]

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  • Joseph Croskey’s Journey

    Published first on the Progress News, January 25, 2021 Like so many of us, Joseph Croskey’s journey has been a winding road, part strategy and intention and part luck and circumstance.  Continual life redevelopment, one could say!  He originally studied engineering as a cadet at the United States Military Academy at West Point, and then […]

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  • A Team Sport

    Published first on the Progress News, January 18, 2021 Last week we talked about the importance of perspective for redevelopment work.  Quite simply, no one person, no matter how well they think they might understand a problem, is going to be able to see every side.  This is why redevelopment is a team sport, and […]

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  • Celebrating the Challenges

    Published first on the Progress News, January 11, 2021 I work in an interesting field, where change is celebrated, challenges are embraced, and differing thoughts are not just invited but needed.  Redevelopment, after all, implies that what is currently developed is not working as well as it could, and some sort of change is required.  […]

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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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