Here is a wonderful example of unconventional and exceptional leadership by Mayor Tom Brown of McPherson, Kansas. (I write about McPherson and Mayor Brown in the book.)
In January 2010, the city was gifted the local golf course. Many thought it a mixed blessing as the golf course had never been profitable. But it was an opportunity for the city and Mayor Brown challenged the staff by saying that if the golf course turned a profit, he would jump in the lake on the first hole. For the first time ever, the golf course turned a profit in 2010 and as you can see here, the Mayor is a man of his word!
This gesture not only created news all over the city and region, it was a simple little “love note” to the community. This small gesture has had an outsized impact on McPherson and is something that people will remember and smile about for a long time.
From Palo Alto last week - they are embracing the love!
Seen yesterday at Palo Alto's city hall.
Some 'love' from Purdue!
If you've not heard Alicia Keys' soaring tribute to New York City, you need to. It's beautiful. It's a love song, really, a love song to her hometown. Keys, of course, isn't the first to write a song about a city. Not even the first one to sing about New York. Frank Sinatra told us if you could make…
Next week to Palo Alto, CA for a community workshop and talk. Alliance for Innovation
What makes Palo Alto lovable and why does that matter? Come join your friends, neighbors and community members to find out and talk more about why we connect with the place where we live and the impact it can have in terms of civic participation. Internationally-acclaimed author Peter Kageyama has…
Headed to snowy Grand Rapids, MI tomorrow for the Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. speaker series on Thursday.
Our Mission: To make Grand Rapids the most admired, emulated, attractive and well-run city of its size in the nation - with an unsurpassed reputation as a forward-thinking, bright spot to watch for how to do 'Downtown'.
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