"To be at the heart of the community, you need to keep the community's issues at heart."

What makes small communities good–and effective?

Humans are inherently social beings. That is part of why communities exist, and it factors into why and how we are drawn to certain communities over others. Social spaces for casual and structured community interaction is a critical element of a good community. Small communities in particular have special challenges in providing these critically needed…

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VI Port Authority; so much potential- so little progress…

The forthcoming change in leadership at the Port Authority opens the door for re-engaging the Authority’s mission of providing gateway access to the Territory and functioning as an important engine of economic development for the Territory. The retiring Executive Director’s tenure is memorable for the turnover in senior staff that has occurred with the knowledge…

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SBA Disaster Lending is not the Disaster Assistance Expected

Following Maria and Irma I submitted economic assistance applications to SBA’s Disaster Assistance Processing and Disbursement Center in Fort Worth. The experience has been frustrating and eleven- months later still ongoing. There has been little effort made by the SBA staff to go beyond voicing their appreciation of the application’s challenges to translating that concern…

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The Good, the Bad and the Ill considered

The past few weeks highlighted the good, bad and ugly of where we are in our effort to get the economy back on track. The good… The opportunity to reopen the St. Croix refinery is clearly the good. If successful the reopening will revitalize St. Croix’s role in the petroleum refining industry and expand the…

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Community Leadership and Making the Most of Changing Times

The more things change, the more they stay the same­—a familiar saying, but it is hard not to feel that small communities today are facing new threats that will fundamentally change their futures due to global economic change. A unique symptom of that change is the movement of industries, jobs, and people away from small…

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Migration and Asylum-Seeking

We are all migrants. All of us are migrants unless we can trace our roots directly to the Tainos who populated these islands before the Europeans and the Africans. It is appropriate to think about this as we reflect on the issue of migration and asylum-seeking now impacting conversation and governmental behavior in the United…

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Communication begins the process for bringing about change- Powerpoint Slides

Communication Instigates Change   A presentation on Virgin Islands Capital Resources, Inc. communication portal, UndertheMarket.com, at the Recovery, Renewal and Resilience Workshop, Thursday March 8, 2018; a jointly sponsored event of  The UVI Research and Technology Park, UVI School of Business, and SEAT Caribbean. For a narrative of this presentation please see our blog post.  

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As Culture Strengthens Our Communities, We Must Seek To Preserve Our Communities’ Culture

Though its impact is often overlooked, a community’s culture plays a vital role in the area’s survival and prosperity. In fact, while initiatives to preserve and celebrate a community’s culture may seem to some a niche concern or a matter of secondary importance, these efforts help to strengthen a core aspect of community.  In a…

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