Sunday, December 13, 2015

The Silver Creek Recreation Complex (SCRC)...


"If you build it, they will come..."
-Field of Dreams, The Movie


(The following is an outline for discussion about the benefits, funding and building of a Silver Creek Recreation Complex "SCRC" in our community.)


How Can A Silver Creek Recreation Complex (SCRC) create more prosperity for our community now and in the coming years?


Quality Family Life


One of the most compelling advantages families consider when choosing a community to call home is the amenities and benefits it offers.  High on their list are well-planned recreation facilities and programs; facilities and programs that offer a variety of activities for growing families and promote prosperity in family life.


The SCRC would provide residents with a state-of-the-art facility to provide a number recreational activities as well as family and community oriented activities.


The following are some of the features and services recreation centers throughout the country have included in their facilities:


Features
Indoor Water Park - Indoor Running & Walking Tracks
Indoor Playground - Weight & Exercise Gym
Indoor Tennis & Basketball Courts - FlowRider Surf Machine
Simulated Golf - Birthday Party Rooms - Instructional Kitchen, etc.


Services
Swimming Lessons/Teams - Personal Training
Child Sitting - Cooking Classes - Crafts Classes
Fitness Classes, etc.


In designing the facilities of The SCRC, variety would be a guiding principle.  This would insure the recreation needs of the majority of community residents would be met.  Services could be added or discontinued according to need.


Economic Impact


Although the investment of funding to build, operate, and maintain the facility and its services would be significant, the return to community residents in terms of quality of life would be greatly enhanced.


Furthermore, the economic benefits to the community would be compelling.  The following are just a few of the ways our local economy could benefit:


Attract non-residents to visit our community
(From around the state as well as Residents of the White Mountain Region)


Enhance our "community value proposition"
(For current and prospective residents)


Enhance our "community value proposition"
(For current and prospective businesses)


It would be a key element in creating and bringing better jobs/careers not only to our community, but the entire White Mountain Region.  Thereby promoting greater economic opportunity and prosperity for families.


Complement Our Commitment To Strengthen Families


Strengthening families has been a cultural constant since our Silver Creek Community was settled in the late 1800's.  A key element of that cultural heritage is wholesome family recreation.  For many of those raised here coming back has always meant "coming home".  Families are the basic unit of society and their well-being is essential to the well-being of our community.


The SCRC would complement this cultural heritage and help strengthen families currently living in our community and families desiring to make it their home in the future.


It would definitely have a positive influence not only in our community but on families throughout the White Mountain Region.  It would contribute to our efforts to provide well-rounded learning/education experiences and help individuals realize their inherent potential.


Funding, Operation & Maintenance


Most projects of this nature are funded by debt financing such as issuing municipal bonds.  The SCRC could be funded using a different, more affordable, innovative model.  There would be no debt financing; it would be pay-as-you-go.


To bring the recreation complex to fruition, Partnering Technologies*, a local learning & development company, is prepared to partner with local residents who are willing to work as Referral Partners (RP's) and/or Online Partnering Interns (OPI's) in their Strategic Partnering Program.


*(The focus of our company is helping rural communities across the country and throughout the world build and maintain prosperous, thriving local economies through the systematic application of innovation principles and methodologies).


RP's will find and refer candidates to enroll as OPI's in The Strategic Partnering Program.  Successful candidates will be individuals who pursue learning and applying new skills/ideas with a passion; innovation skills and ideas that are in high-demand and highly-paid by organizations worldwide.  


Although most OPI candidates referred to the program will live outside our community, a significant number of local residents may be found who want to build rewarding, high-paying, innovative careers. As OPI's they will find the opportunity to do so in a variety of industries that complement their interests, strengths and abilities.


These positions (RP's and OPI's) are well-paid and will significantly impact our local economy in a positive way.  


In addition, Partnering Technologies will contribute liberally to the funding, operation and maintenance of the complex and other projects that strengthen and enhance our "community value proposition".  (A percentage of company revenues equal to the earnings of local RP's for their work in the The Strategic Partnering Program will be dedicated to these projects on an ongoing basis).


The goal for funding and building this project is 18 to 36 months.  Although ambitious, this project is one of Partnering Technologies' top priorities in paying-it-forward to the community.  


This project will greatly add to the compelling amenities our Silver Creek Community offers residents, businesses, and visitors.  Furthermore, it will attract others who can strengthen and enhance our community in a variety of ways in the years to come...


"If you build it...they will come!"


"Your Prosperity is Our Priority"


What Do You Think...?


As always, your constructive comments are encouraged and welcomed.


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The Silver Creek Economy blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company.  Their focus is helping rural communities across the country and throughout the world build and maintain prosperous, thriving local economies through the systematic application of innovation principles and methodologies.  Its founder is Jim Sanderson. Contact him at madison85937@yahoo.com.


Visit their website at www.partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out how their Strategic Partnering Program can help you build a more prosperous career now and in the coming years.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Economic Opportunity for Our Community...(Part Two)
A Recipe For Rural Economic Prosperity


Three key technologies are opening doors for economic opportunity in rural communities everywhere.  Through these technologies individuals and organizations are connecting with resources to create and deliver compelling value in the marketplace regardless of geographic location, experience, or education.
Consider these three...

1) The Internet
2) Virtual Internships
3) Business Model Innovation

The Internet provides the platform; virtual interns the brain power; and business model innovation the framework.


Work Anywhere, Anytime With Anyone?

Since its inception, the Internet has made it increasingly easier for individuals and organizations to communicate with one another, access timely information, and network in ways that were impossible prior to its advent.  

What once took days or weeks to communicate, now takes only a few keystrokes.  Our ability to communicate with anyone, anywhere in the world at anytime is almost instantaneous.  It's amazing, we can now text/talk in this manner, while just a decade ago we were, for the most part, limited to communication systems that were time consuming, expensive and and not widely available to the general public.  

Strategic information is now available to people through search engines such as Google, Bing, etc.  In his bestselling book, The World Is Flat, journalist Thomas L. Friedman identified the Internet as one of the game changing technologies helping greater numbers of individuals access key information.  (See https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World_Is_Flat#Ten_flatteners).  Information vital to creating valuable innovations and accomplishing what's important to them.

Moreover, the Internet through its growing number of applications makes it possible for individuals to network and collaborate globally with others.  This partnering of talent worldwide is available to anyone connected to a mobile device or desktop computer via the Internet.  With a few keystrokes it's possible to work with others who can provide the missing links for completing important projects that provide prosperity to communities large or small, the world over.

With the Internet, rural communities have access to the resources needed to thrive economically.


What About Experience?

One of the most perplexing dilemmas for individuals in the world of work is getting the experience needed to advance in their chosen careers.  No experience often closes the door to many for a rewarding career.  Whether just out of high school, in college, or making a career change, acquiring the valued experience for advancement is a formidable barrier.

Internships have been a move in the right direction, but more needs to be done; the concept and practice is still in its infancy.  Some have benefited, yet for a majority, balancing education, work, family and other social responsibilities requires a highly flexible interning experience.  One that blends the needs of the work to be done in organizations with satisfying the needs of those wanting and needing a rewarding internship.  

A promising development is gaining notice in the form virtual internships.  This next generation of interning provides a number of viable options to overcome the drawbacks of traditional interning.

Among others, it offers extreme flexibility, good compensation, and the opportunity to gain valuable experience in any industry.  Barriers to geographic location and work schedules are eliminated.  Desired results are defined, understood, and delivered in a timely manner through meaningful projects and mentoring.  The need to work a job on the side is eliminated.  It is an internship model where valuable career experience is acquired while being well paid for contributing to desired results.

With the multitude of technical capabilities for working online, virtual interns prepare for the future of work in the present.  They gain core skills that will survive and help them thrive in the ever changing world of work.

On the flip side, organizations of all types can benefit by embracing the changes in the interning process as they evolve.   As they pursue internships with a Win/Win mindset, virtual interning gives them access to the unlimited brain power of promising interns worldwide.  Those companies who nurture positive relationships will reap ongoing dividends now and in the decades to come.


Why Business Model Innovation?

When combined with the Internet and Virtual Internships, Business Model Innovation (BMI) completes a triad of technologies opening the door to economic prosperity for rural communities.

In today's world of rapid change, BMI helps organizations transition smoothly through uncertainty in the marketplace with as little friction as possible.  With shifting customer needs and wants it provides agility to meet those demands.  As the supply and cost of available resources ebbs and flows, suitable options are identified and acquired.  In a number of situations, new business models emerge and create a needed competitive edge.

It's a simple framework.  According to Harvard Economics Professor, Henry Chesbrough, the function of a business model is value creation and value capture.  (See http://cms.sem.tsinghua.edu.cn/semcms/res_base/semcms_com_www/upload/home/store/2008/7/3/2982.pdf).  In other words, creating value for the customer, whether a product or service, and capturing some of that value (compensation/profits) for each of the stakeholders who contribute to creating and delivering it to the end user.  

The innovation element of the framework is an adaptive process that delivers value to customers that keeps pace with their demands and expectations.

To better understand BMI as a working process, Alex Ostenwalder created the Business Model Canvas (BMC).  It consists of nine building blocks, each representing a function vital to creating and delivering value to the customer.

The are as follows:

1) Customer Segment
2) Value Proposition
3) Distribution Channel
4) Customer Relationship
5) Revenue Streams
6) Key Resources
7) Key Activities
8) Key Partners
9) Cost Structure


BMI lends itself to organizations of all kinds, not for profit as well as for profit, large or small, rural or metropolitan.  Creating innovative business models is becoming a high-demand skill/discipline in the world of work.  It lends itself to virtual interning.  It is a discipline that can be learned and applied anywhere (rural/metropolitan), anytime and a discipline that will continue to be in high demand for organizations who want to prosper in the coming years.  As it has been said, "innovate or perish".


Conclusion

This triad of technology (the Internet, virtual Internships and BMI) is a viable solution to creating greater economic prosperity and career opportunity for rural communities.  It provides our Silver Creek Community a way to substantially improve our economic well-being.  It can provide meaningful training and work for a number of our local residents and serve as a catalyst for economic prosperity for all residents.


What Do You Think...?

As always your constructive comments are encouraged and welcomed.


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The Silver Creek Economy blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company.  Their focus is helping individuals and organizations learn, consistently apply, and master a skill-set that is always in high demand, always highly valued, and always highly paid.  Its founder is Jim Sanderson. Contact him at madison85937@yahoo.com.


Visit their website at www.partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out how their Strategic Partnering Program can help you take advantage of this triad of technology now and in the future..

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Economic Opportunity for Our Community... (Part One)
An Introduction


"Our most significant opportunities will be found in times of greatest difficulty."
-Thomas S. Monson, President LDS Church


Communities nationwide are searching for opportunities to grow and strengthen their local economies.  Efforts to position themselves in a favorable light to attract businesses that create high-paying work for residents and increase the tax base for municipalities to fund basic services and desirable amenities are just a few of the accompanying advantages.


Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Such efforts can be fruitful and are worth the pursuit.  Incoming businesses and ideas that promote innovation and entrepreneurship strengthen the economic engine of any community.  Whether in rural or metropolitan settings, innovation & entrepreneurship increase the capacity of local residents to create and deliver continuous, compelling value to markets outside their region (the lifeblood of economic prosperity).  

Moreover, companies and ideas that harmonize with core community values (principled values that shape the character and culture of community life) strengthen the overall desirability (education, healthcare, shopping, recreation, etc.) of community living.

These positive influences enhance residents' capacity to "act" instead of "being acted upon" in all matters relating to individual and community prosperity.


Creating Compelling Value

This capacity links directly to the talents and abilities of local residents as they network with others inside and outside their region. It is through applying this value creating capacity that local economies are strengthened and revenues generated to fund services and amenities which contribute to desirable communities.

As local residents focus on identifying and applying their strengths to develop and master economically valuable skills, they gain greater confidence in their ability to prosper in any economic climate and make meaningful contributions important to them and the communities in which they live.


Part Two... The Opportunity

In Part Two, I outline one such opportunity.  An entrepreneurial opportunity to create and deliver ongoing value to markets outside our region; one that empowers our local residents to act rather than being acted upon.  An opportunity consistent with community values that develops local talent.  One that can create rewarding, high-paying work for a number of local residents in virtually any industry and strengthen our local economy now and in the coming years...



What Do You Think...?

As always your constructive comments are encouraged and welcomed.


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The Silver Creek Economy blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company.  Their focus is helping individuals and organizations learn, consistently apply, and master a skill-set that is always in high demand, always highly valued, and always highly paid.  Its founder is Jim Sanderson. Contact him at madison85937@yahoo.com.


Visit their website at www.partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out what they are doing to build a more prosperous economy for our community now and in the future..

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Building Block for Economic Prosperity

The Silver Creek Campus


"Learning is a key to prosperity in all dimensions of life.  
Therefore, creating and growing a culture of lifelong learning is an 
essential element to achieving enduring prosperity."
-Unknown


Question:

How can we maintain the NPC Silver Creek Campus as currently constituted to benefit not only our local residents, but residents of the entire White Mountain Region?


Prosperity

The make-up of any community is vital to its prosperity, including rural communities, like Snowflake & Taylor.  Whether in a formal or informal setting, one key institution that contributes to that prosperity is education or facilitating lifelong learning.  The NPC Silver Campus currently provides our community a platform to acquire formal, programmed learning leading to certifications and degrees requisite for entry into desired careers.  In addition to providing those programs and current services to our community, the campus could become a hub of self-directed learning for the entire White Mountain Region, with little or no additional funding.


An Entrepreneurial Learning Community

The purpose of this post is to propose the benefit of maintaining the Silver Creek Campus and current staff to facilitate self-directed, just-in-time learning; learning initiated and directed by individuals to help them resolve pressing challenges and take advantage of opportunities to prosper.  In particular, build and grow a culture of entrepreneurship and economic prosperity for our community, and moreover, the White Mountain Region.

In a previous post (http://thesilvercreekeconomy.blogspot.com) it was suggested the compelling benefit of the NPC Silver Creek Campus Library is to be found in it's possibilities.  That observation not only applies to the Library, but to the entire Campus.  It can become an economic driver by serving residents of our region as a resource for developing and growing an entrepreneurial mindset and culture; an accelerator for innovative business models that create and deliver products and services that address the pressing needs of individuals worldwide.

Facilitating self-directed learning projects would add a dimension to learning that can apply to a number of disciplines and answer the learning needs of residents throughout our region.  For example, a creative focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning.  

Such projects could be initiated by anyone in the region and the Library could serve as a clearinghouse for directing individuals to resources and projects they could learn from and contribute to.  Even projects on what self-directed learning is, how to learn and apply the skills involved, and why it is so important to prosperity now and in the future in the world of education and work.  

A core of volunteer, learning mentors and coaches could be assembled, eliminating the need for additional paid staff while multiplying the learning resources and capacity of the college.  NPC could become a leader and model for providing meaningful lifelong, self-directed learning for residents of rural communities throughout the nation.

Moreover, high school students could be introduced to the process of self-directed lifelong learning to compliment their formal, programmed learning.  It could serve as a key portal for them to post high school education.


Self-Directed Learning Internships

Learning Internships could be offered to high school & college students to boost available work in our region through entrepreneurial projects; good-paying internships offering the opportunity to learn while introducing them to the world of work.


Conclusion

1) Developing the campus as a center for entrepreneurship & lifelong, self-directed learning would jumpstart a sustainable economic recovery for prosperity in our community and throughout the White Mountain Region (including a funding source for the college).

2) It would be a resource in our region to facilitate lifelong learning that addresses the pressing needs and wants of our residents, and

3) Allow NPC to become a leader and model of providing meaningful lifelong, self-directed learning throughout the nation in rural communities.



What Do You Think?

As always, your constructive comments are welcomed.

Next Post

The NPC Silver Creek Campus:
Self-Directed Learning & Internships


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The Silver Creek Economy blog is sponsored by Partnering Technologies, an Arizona-based Learning & Development Company.  Their focus is helping individuals and organizations learn, consistently apply, and master a skill-set that is always in high demand, always highly valued, and always highly paid.  Its founder is Jim Sanderson. Contact him at madison85937@yahoo.com.


Visit their website at www.partneringtechnologies.blogspot.com and find out what they are doing to build a more prosperous economy for our community now and in the future..