“In an Information Age, leadership, not location, is the most important factor in community survival,” is the first of 100 more 101 Quips, Quotes and Concepts for Sustainable Small Town Development, a new publication that Allan Hooper just published. Allan is the dynamic head of ED for Consumers Energy in Jackson, MI and also on the Rural Partners of Michigan board.
He first talked to me about this project when I gave several talks in Michigan and encouraged Allan to develop his ideas into a book and talk. He has done a great job of putting this project together and there are loads of great ideas for anyone involved in rural ED.
You can download a PDF file of the publication at the Rural Partners of Michigan website. Allan told me, “We want people to have access to the range of ideas in this book. Our experience is that people in small towns "get it", that is, they readily understand their challenges and the need to work toward a better future. Unfortunately, sometimes it just "doesn’t get to them"... small town leaders often don't get exposed to some of the best ideas and concepts. We want "101+ Concepts" to be that conduit to bring a range of new ideas to a community along with the confidence that they are doable and they work.”
You also can communicate directly with Allan at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope that you will check out his work.