Viable options to inappropriate grid solutions exist

Fighting climate change is economic development. It is national security. It is a central innovation target for quality civilization. “A complex issue like climate change requires a collaborative, multipronged approach that involves all stakeholders. We must continue to work together in forums, act on market trends and incorporate innovative technologies that we cannot even imagine […]

Innovating the process determining future Asheville city council members

There are more than enough serious questions facing cities like Asheville to the point that I’d like to see what risks, opportunities, and strategy incumbent council members and candidates can come up with in collaboration with citizens in a new teamwork formula. I suggest testing the candidates in a CoLab (collaborative strategic innovation laboratory) environment. […]

What is our Top Ten list of things to change and how?

I see folks introducing a lot of causes and new initiatives. Feel free to create a Top Ten list of things to change and how. Post in comments and I will synthesize what everyone posts. Grant Millin’s Strategic Priority Master List   1. Expand and enforce President’s Climate Action Plan and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan […]

Asking questions about trickle-down economics in Asheville is okay

Setting the community, state, and national bar too high worries folks. We know this one. I was recently asked why I would ‘criticize’ the Eblen Charities-Buncombe Schools-NCSECU teacher housing project. As a repeatable path to really dealing with our housing and poverty issues, do we have that now with the Eblen teacher housing project? Guessing… maybe? […]

Community innovation isn’t about subjective guesswork

As an innovation expert I can tell you simply increasing experimentation on poverty programs is not responsible. All the low hanging fruit is gone. The thousands of folks in Asheville actually experiencing poverty or hovering near poverty need responsible leaders at all levels of government.   For example, the idea of some in local leadership […]

Asheville’s affordable housing challenge won’t get solved with magical thinking

We are loading in hotels where affordable housing could go… and more higher paying white collar, ‘green collar’, and ’no collar’ jobs to help pay for higher quality housing for each citizen. People in poverty in Asheville have emergency level needs. Increasing net worth by cutting housing costs and increasing SNAP funds while raising the Federal […]

Buncombe tourism advertising needs to be an industry expense versus public expense

Here’s my email on the occupancy tax and BCTDA: Subj: Buncombe tourism advertising needs to be an industry expense versus public expense, 6/28/15 Greetings to those with local fiscal and legislative control over Buncombe County’s Tourism Development Authority, Heather Rayburn is right that factors at BCTDA’s inception in 1983 no longer apply. I wish the […]

Teamwork and an open source approach to our challenges can replace AdvantageWest

I have talked about the old A-B Vision program Citizen-Times supported around 2002-2003 with Citizen-Times managing editor ‪Josh Awtry and how that kind of forum is needed again. This new ‘community conversation’ program should take up where GroWNC left off. I think asking what’s next after AdvantageWest closed—and I also say GroWNC should be included […]

Asheville’s Economic SWOT

While not a be-all and end-all solution, a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis is a classic strategy tool is often a helpful outline of status. I’ll be adding more to this post, including a preliminary Asheville SWOT analysis. Here’s a few notes about changes in June 2015 to our entrepreneurial ecosystem. I use the term innovation and […]

A New Strategy for Asheville

While there will always be another real estate development project for city council to decide, I look forward to also assisting in raising our expectations for today and tomorrow. While not my only agenda item, I feel certain a powerful anti-poverty strategy can be developed for Asheville. Next, Asheville has a range of initiatives related to […]