Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Market Street CEO J. Mac Holladay receives Legacy of Leadership Award from Leadership South Carolina

By Kathy Young, Director of Operations, on behalf of the Market Street staff.

Last Thursday, as our staff returned from trips to client communities, held project meetings, and put the final touches on research deliverables and strategies for our Steering Committees, Mac Holladay, our CEO, was on the road, like he is much of the time. However, this trip was a little different in that Mac did not bring any reports or make any presentations about the state of the economy or the challenges that face today’s economic developers. The event was hosted by Leadership South Carolina (LSC), which has invited Mac to speak as the featured presenter during LSC’s Economy session for nearly 20 years.

On Friday, instead of speaking to LSC participants as he does every February, Mac received the Dick and Tunky Riley Legacy of Leadership award and was named the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year. The Legacy of Leadership Awards were established to recognize exemplary leadership to the state and local communities as demonstrated by LSC graduates and others.

The Honorable Dick Riley presents Mac with Legacy of Leadership award.

The Honorable Dick Riley, former South Carolina governor and award namesake (and first recipient), presented the award to Mac, prompting Mac to observe that of all the countless Mayors and Governors he has worked for and with, "the very best are both named Riley and live in South Carolina." The former governor, with business leaders from across the state, helped create Leadership South Carolina in 1979. He was U.S. Secretary of Education under President Bill Clinton and the 111th governor of South Carolina. He also was in the South Carolina House of Representatives.

LSC, now in its 32nd year, is one of the oldest statewide leadership programs and highly respected nationally. The goal of LSC is to provide its participants with the opportunity to advance their leadership abilities while broadening their understanding of issues facing the state and its regional communities. To date, the program has graduated more than 1,300 individuals.

In addition to graduating from the LSC program in 1981, Mac was the President of the Charleston Trident Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, South Carolina from 1979 to 1985 and the State Director of the South Carolina Development Board from 1985 to 1988. He served as President of the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Executives and was Chairman of the Board of Regents of Leadership South Carolina from 1984 to 1988. Mac was South Carolina's representative on the 1986 Commission on the Future of the South - that position and the LSC chairmanship were appointments made by Governor Riley.

Mac’s service to South Carolina is distinguished, and not unlike his service in each of the communities and states he has worked in since entering the field of community and economic development. His experience, unparalleled perspective, and passion have made Market Street the company that it is today, and the honor bestowed by Leadership South Carolina is a fitting reminder of that. Congratulations, Mac!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Live It and Give It: Social Capital

By Ellen Cutter, Director of Research.

I recently moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana for my husband’s job, and I’ve been truly taken with how easy it has been to meet friends and get involved.  Neighbors stopped in with food to introduce themselves when we moved in, others often take up the invitation to sit on the porch with a beer.  As we all know, not every place is this way. The notion of being an “open” community is an important concept in today’s economic development landscape in which communities compete for young talent. But, in the world of economic development research, it has, in the past, been difficult to gauge which communities excel at this and which fall behind. 

The Urban Institute’s National Center for Charitable Statistics recently expanded its content to include some interesting measures of social capital. Made popular by Robert Putnam and his books Bowling Alone and Better Together, social capital are the collective organizations, relationships, and actions that build communities by knitting people together and cultivating understanding and cooperation. The new NCCS data allows users to search by community for summary and detailed outputs relating to nonprofit and private foundation capacity, bonding social capital, and congregations. A quick search revealed that Fort Wayne has 12.28 social bonding organizations per 10,000 residents compared to only 3.84 in Chicago, my hometown. I was blown away – Fort Wayne: who knew? It’s great stuff, check it out. 

On that note, here is a list of 150 things you can do to build social capital, from Robert Putnam’sBettertogether.org at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Social capital is built through actions big and small every day, from connecting with neighbors to supporting local businesses. Ask yourself if you’ve done any of these things over the course of the last year. I’ve bolded my actions in the list below and have made a few mental notes for things I’d like to get involved in in the future.

Have fun!

1. Organize a social gathering to welcome a new neighbor
2. Attend town meetings
3. Register to vote and vote
4. Support local merchants
5. Volunteer your special skills to an organization

6. Donate blood (with a friend!)
7. Start a front-yard/community garden
8. Mentor someone of a different ethnic or religious group
9. Surprise a new neighbor by making a favorite dinner–and include the recipe
10. Tape record your parents' earliest recollections and share them with your children
11. Plan a vacation with friends or family
12. Avoid gossip
13. Help fix someone's flat tire
14. Organize or participate in a sports league 
15. Join a gardening club
16. Attend home parties when invited
17. Become an organ donor or blood marrow donor

18. Attend your children's athletic contests, plays and recitals
19. Get to know your children's teachers
20. Join the local Elks, Kiwanis, or Knights of Columbus
21. Get involved with Brownies or Cub/Boy/Girl Scouts
22. Start a monthly tea group (EC commentary: do margaritas also count)?
23. Speak at or host a monthly brown bag lunch series at your local library
24. Sing in a choir
25. Get to know the clerks at your local stores
26. Attend PTA meetings
27. Audition for community theater or volunteer to usher
28. Give your park a weatherproof chess/checkers board
29. Play cards with friends or neighbors
30. Give to your local food bank
31. Walk or bike to support a cause and meet others
32. Employers: encourage volunteer/community groups to hold meetings on your site
33. Volunteer in your child's classroom or chaperone a field trip
34. Join or start a babysitting cooperative
35. Attend school plays
36. Answer surveys when asked

37. Businesses: invite local government officials to speak at your workplace
38. Attend Memorial Day parades and express appreciation for others
39. Form a local outdoor activity group
40. Participate in political campaigns
41. Attend a local budget committee meeting 
42. Form a computer group for local senior citizens 
43. Help coach Little League or other youth sports – even if you don't have a kid playing
44. Help run the snack bar at the Little League field
45. Form a tool lending library with neighbors and share ladders, snow blowers, etc.
46. Start a lunch gathering or a discussion group with co-workers
47. Offer to rake a neighbor's yard or shovel his/her walk 
48. Start or join a carpool
49. Employers: give employees time (e.g., 3 days per year to work on civic projects)
50. Plan a "Walking Tour" of a local historic area
51. Eat breakfast at a local gathering spot on Saturdays
52. Have family dinners 
53. Run for public office
54. Stop and make sure the person on the side of the highway is OK
55. Host a block party or a holiday open house 
56. Start a fix-it group–friends willing to help each other clean, paint, garden, etc.
57. Offer to serve on a town committee
58. Join the volunteer fire department
59. Go to church...or temple...or walk outside with your children–talk to them about why its important
60. If you grow tomatoes, plant extra for an lonely elder neighbor – better yet, ask him/her to teach you and others how to can the extras
61. Ask a single diner to share your table for lunch
62. Stand at a major intersection holding a sign for your favorite candidate 
63. Persuade a local restaurant to have a designated “meet people” table
64. Host a potluck supper before your Town Meeting
65. Take dance lessons with a friend
66. Say "thanks" to public servants – police, firefighters, town clerk…
67. Fight to keep essential local services in the downtown area–your post office, police station, school, etc.
68. Join a nonprofit board of directors
69. Gather a group to clean up a local park or cemetery
70. When somebody says "government stinks," suggest they help fix it
71. Turn off the TV and talk with friends or family

72. Hold a neighborhood barbecue
73. Bake cookies for new neighbors or work colleagues
74. Plant tree seedlings 
75. Volunteer at the library
76. Form or join a bowling team
77. Return a lost wallet or appointment book
78. Use public transportation and start talking with those you regularly see
79. Ask neighbors for help and reciprocate
80. Go to a local folk or crafts festival
81. Call an old friend

82. Sign up for a class and meet your classmates
83. Accept or extend an invitation
84. Talk to your kids or parents about their day
85. Say hello to strangers
86. Log off and go to the park

87. Ask a new person to join a group for a dinner or an evening
88. Host a pot luck meal or participate in them
89. Volunteer to drive someone
90. Say hello when you spot an acquaintance in a store
91. Host a movie night
92. Exercise together or take walks with friends or family
93. Assist with or create your town or neighborhood's newsletter

94. Organize a neighborhood pick-up – with lawn games afterwards
95. Collect oral histories from older town residents
96. Join a book club discussion or get the group to discuss local issues
97. Volunteer to deliver Meals-on-Wheels in your neighborhood
98. Start a children’s story hour at your local library
99. Be real. Be humble. Acknowledge others' self-worth
100. Tell friends and family about social capital and why it matters
101. Greet people
102. Cut back on television
103. Join in to help carry something heavy
104. Plan a reunion of family, friends, or those with whom you had a special connection
105. Take in the programs at your local library
106. Read the local news faithfully
107. Buy a grill and invite others over for a meal

108. Fix it even if you didn’t break it
109. Pick it up even if you didn’t drop it
110. Attend a public meeting
111. Go with friends or colleagues to a ball game (and root, root, root for the home team!)

112. Help scrape ice off a neighbor’s car, put chains on the tires or shovel it out
113. Hire young people for odd jobs
114. Start a tradition

115. Share your snow blower
116. Help jump-start someone’s car
117. Join a project that includes people from all walks of life
118. Sit on your stoop
119. Be nice when you drive

120. Make gifts of time
121. Buy a big hot tub 
122. Volunteer at your local neighborhood school
123. Offer to help out at your local recycling center
124. Send a “thank you” letter to the Editor about a person or event that helped build community
125. Raise funds for a new town clock or new town library
126. When inspired, write personal notes to friends and neighbors
127. Attend gallery openings
128. Organize a town-wide yard sale
129. Invite friends or colleagues to help with a home renovation or home building project
130. Join or start a local mall-walking group and have coffee together afterwards
131. Build a neighborhood playground
132. Become a story-reader or baby-rocker at a local childcare center or neighborhood pre-school
133. Contra dance or two-step
134. Help kids on your street construct a lemonade stand
135. Open the door for someone who has his or her hands full
136. Say hi to those in elevators

137. Invite friends to go snowshoeing, hiking, or cross-country skiing
138. Offer to watch your neighbor’s home or apartment while they are away
139. Organize a fitness/health group with your friends or co-workers
140. Hang out at the town dump and chat with your neighbors as you sort your trash at the Recycling Center
141. Take pottery classes with your children or parent(s)
142. See if your neighbor needs anything when you run to the store
143. Ask to see a friend’s family photos
144. Join groups (e.g., arts, sports, religion) likely to lead to making new friends of different race or ethnicity, different social class or bridging across other dimensions 

And….the list stops there asking you to fill in more suggestions. Here are mine:

145. Socialize at the dog park
146. Strike up a conversation with the person next to you on your flight home

147. Support the ice cream man or food truck nearest you
148. Join a flash mob
149. Get involved with your young professionals organization
150. Attend a literature reading