The good news is tempered knowing a third of our children locally are living in poverty. What is good is that policy has been shown to impact the numbers. It may appear a departure from our usual NWCCOG newsletter focus on local government issues & policy, or economic development trends to focus this month on child poverty. Child poverty down the block and across each county is a nearly invisible issue of more importance than many better-known issues.
Hosting a major event is like planning for a disaster.
There is a saying among emergency managers that during an incident is no time for introductions, meaning you should know people you will need to know in a crisis well before a disaster is declared.
Build your relationships before an incident. The accumulation of deliberate connections, finding common ground and mutual interest, “breaking bread” or whatever you choose to call it can look like a waste of time to some. It is not.