From the Biz Journal

I ran into Business Journal publisher Doug Copeland during yesterday’s Men Can Cook fundraiser.  He was giving out free copies of his publication.  I get their online updates but rarely am able to read all of their print edition – I need to change that habit.


An opinion piece written by frequent contributor Ian Joyce was of interest to the blogger in me. Entitlled, where mainstream media falters, bloggers rush in, Joyce laments the lack of in-depth reporting on economic issues by “big media”.  He then gives some cautionary advice to the traditional news outlets:

“… many established journalists look at bloggers in the same amused way that an anthropologist might observe “less civilized” societies, totally unaware that they are being sized up as a meal.”

The article is a good read, so I suggest you do so.


On the front page in the weekly Triad Talk column, associate editor Justin Catanoso talks about the leadership void that may be shaping up (again) in Greensboro. 

The trio of foundation heads who spearheaded Action Greensboro have said all along that their goal was to be a catalyst for change in Greensboro – not a permanent fixture.  Catanoso correctly points out that The Weaver Foundation’s Skip Moore, Cemela’s Priscilla Taylor and The Bryan Foundation’s Jim Melvin, “voluntarily stepped up to fill the city’s leadership vacuumin 2001. 

Say what you will about Action Greensboro, but you must include the fact that they have made things happen around the Gate City.  But the problem is, now that the foundation’s leadership and dollars are drying up… we will probably be facing the same dearth of leadership that spurred them to take the reigns in the first place.  Catanoso again:

“… the foundation trio has contentedly occupied center stage for so long that they’ve let traditional leaders off the hook while usurping some of the authority of organizations such as the chamber, the Greensboro Economic Development Partnership and Downtown Greensboro Inc.” 

“… Also, the fact that both Greensboro and Guilford County are without a single elected official who has the ability to galvanize the public and rally a large constituency to a particular cause could also prove a drag on Action Greensboro’s future progress. The foundation trio, using their own money, has largely worked around council members and commissioners.”

From my view, Catanoso has nailed it.  Our elected officials continue to follow insead of lead.  The closest thing we have to a governmental leader is Greensboro City Manager Ed Kitchen – who, of course, serves at the pleasure of the City Council.  By all indications, Kitchen not only pleases our City Council – they would be lost without him.

I am sure that an initiative or two has actually been added to our City Council’s agenda by a member of that body, but it was probably more in keeping with authorizing a study to discern if the sewers need upgrading than how to insure Greensboro’s future economic viability.

In Greensboro, we have elected officials, what we desparately need are elected leaders. 

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