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Posted in Client Service | Communities | Innovative Solutions | Leadership | Marcellus Shale | Natural Gas by Keith Kuzio (CEO) on May 4, 2011
A memorable poster hung in my 11th grade English class room. It was a cartoon illustrating a group of panic stricken hippos piled high in a rowboat. Water was lapping at the top of the boat’s gunwales as additional hippos prepared to jump in from a nearby dock. The poster caption boldly declared, “More is not always better!” Our teacher, Mr. MacDonald, constantly stressed that in writing, fewer words were often more powerful and effective than abundant verbiage.
The same might be said regarding pursuit of abundant opportunities. More is not always better. Over the past several years, it seems like a day hasn’t passed without LDG staffers reporting on new and exciting opportunities for innovative engineering, architecture or surveying services, particularly relating to the Marcellus Shale resource that exists within our geographic market region. You might wonder, “What’s wrong with pursuing abundant opportunities associated with the Marcellus boom?”
The many opportunities themselves aren’t the issue, and LDG is pursuing its share of them. But, an indiscriminate “feeding frenzy” on over-abundant opportunity is a threat. History has given us many examples of how boom and bust cycles have negatively affected the long term sustainability and welfare of companies that develop “mono-vision” on opportunities that suddenly no longer exist. Take the recent housing boom and bust as a great global example.Comments (2) | Permalink |
Posted in Alternative Energy | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Leadership | Marcellus Shale | Politics | Sustainable Design | Water/Wastewater by Marty Muggleton (VP Client Development & Marketing) on March 29, 2011
A couple of major media sources have tried their best to show the worst of the Marcellus. For what my view is worth, it’s been done on purpose. Most notable is the recent work by the New York Times (2/27/11) and an item carried by the Associated Press.
I’m an employee of Larson Design Group, and you would be correct to gauge my objectivity. But when it comes to the work by Ian Urbina of the New York Times, PA DEP Acting Secretary Krancer, and former PA DEP Secretary John Hanger offered up some major corrections. I know a bit about John and trust his rebuttal.
I have affection and respect for the media and I’ve worked with these folks for years, but I question the media’s action when they focus on historical practices, downplay increased compliance, use quotes that are out of context, and can’t get the facts correct or in the proper order. The diplomat in me would say the truth lies somewhere in middle. But in this situation, I think it’s closer to Krancer and Hanger than the New York Times. For a quick summary, see this letter to the Editor of the New York Times. Even Tim Gough’s graphic that accompanies this letter is misleading. Nice.Comments (3) | Permalink |
Posted in Codes & Regulations | Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Energy Conservation | Marcellus Shale | Natural Gas | Water/Wastewater by Marty Muggleton (VP Client Development & Marketing) on March 22, 2011
Marcellus is a global topic. It is far stronger than any brand or presence we have in our region. When I first traveled on business for Larson Design Group, I would mention Little League Baseball in order to place Williamsport in the mind of the person or group I was talking with. Now I mention Marcellus and the geography becomes clear.
As our region tries to define the Marcellus experience, discussions are becoming more defined. The leaders, influencers, and citizens I spend time with are constantly searching for that single topic that makes their story, opinion, or set of facts superior. This is a necessary process, but it gets buried as the media races to publish more, quicker, and in some cases less accurately.Comments (3) | Permalink |
Posted in Architecture | Building Systems | Communication | Communities | Economic Development | Innovative Solutions | Marketing | Project Management by Brad Breneisen (Graphic Design) on March 17, 2011
As I sat in a nearby fast food restaurant underneath a suspended 750+ hp NASCAR enjoying a meal that was prepared with the speed of a pit crew it seemed somehow…unbelievably appropriate! As I searched for an explanation, I kept coming back to core values, brand relevancy, and successfully exposing common ground between a global brand and a local community.
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Posted in Communities | Current Events | Economic Development | Politics by Steve Muller (Manager of Client Development) on January 26, 2011
Image: © Svilen Milev
There are a lot of ‘economic forecast’ events happening this time of year. One year is ending, another one is beginning, and we have the added interest of new politicians taking office in 2011 as well. While there are many views on where the economy is, where it will be going, and whether we will all thrive or merely survive in 2011, I’ve been compelled by one overriding thought: economic growth comes from certainty.
While I know that statement to be true, in my gut, I heard it convincingly shared by an economic development leader in our area several months ago, and it really struck me. That’s it… that’s the solution we need to turn our economy back toward growth, increased employment and prosperity. In a word: certainty. He expanded on the thought to say that all economic development is local, and where there is certainty, there is growth and economic development. Where there is uncertainty, there is economic stagnation with no growth or activity.No comments yet | Permalink |