Ryan Coonerty, The Local Economy Solution, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 4, November 2015, Pages 61-62 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/the-local-economy-solution/) Abstract: Serving as mayor provides one with an array of opportunities to demean oneself on a regular basis—funny hats and dunk tanks tend to be involved. However, for me, and for most of the mayors I know, the lowest moments occur in the grandest corporate offices during economic development 'recruitment' trips. After schlepping the best and brightest ambassadors from our city to visit the target company, a mayor is given 30 minutes to make their pitch that the company will be happier, more productive, and profitable in their community. A PowerPoint presentation is given focusing on the quality of the schools, the vibrant culture, the ready and able workforce and, of course, how the city is "business friendly." The mayor wraps up with an impassioned entreaty that a good community could be made great if that company would move their offices to town. The company's senior vice president of real estate then offers his thanks and notes that your hometown is indeed a wonderful place, but is … Topics: Business; Community; Economy