Wage growth of workers [bottom 80%] and supervisors [top 20%]

The supervisors have a long term increase and workers a long term decline. Wage growth of workers and supervisors

Henry Ford said; “The owner, the employees, and the buying public are all one and the same, and unless an industry can so manage itself as to keep wages high and prices low it destroys itself, for otherwise it limits the number of its customers. One’s own employees ought to be one’s own best customers. We increased the buying power of our own people, and they increased the buying power of other people, and so on and on,” Ford wrote. “It is this thought of enlarging buying power by paying high wages and selling at low prices that is behind the prosperity of this country.” Todays owners and supervisors ought to take this to heart. For source click here

Henry Luke 2/13/2018

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The Best Cities in the United States–By National Geographic

Ratings reveal unexpected travel surprises in 30 smaller cities. I have been honored to provide strategic planning services to 8 of these 30 cities during my career:
Greenville, SC; Charleston, SC; Spokane, WA; Rapid City, SD; Asheville, NC; Lakeland, FL; Pensacola, FL; and Columbia, SC.


All Cities and Regions where Henry Luke provided strategic planning services click here.

Henry Luke 1/27/2018

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Innovation in Flagler County, Florida

Flagler County is the next county south of the Jacksonville Metro area. They have developed an innovative program that is addressing the national talent concern. See article: http://www.expansionsolutionsmagazine.com/010218_flaglerco

In about 1971, I was called to New York to initiate a project with my firm RS&H to develop a master plan for about 100,000 acres that has now become Palm Coast in Flagler County. There are now 100,000 people in Flagler county. I retired from RS&H in 1996. See link for current RS&H with over 50 offices: http://rsandh.com/

Henry Luke 1/24/2018


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Polk County Sits in the middle of Florida’s Super Region

Tremendous article on Polk County, Florida as “Florida’s Powerhouse Center for Ecommerce and Fulfillment Centers”  http://www.expansionsolutionsmagazine.com/010218_centralfl

I facilitated Polk Vision in 2004. Click for a complete list of visioning communities: https://henrylukeblog.files.wordpress.com/2015/04/visioning-communities.pdf

Henry Luke 1/24/2018

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Five Maps and Charts That Tell the Story of 2018

For 5 maps click here.

The commentary on the maps is short and easy to understand. It will enhance your understanding of geopolitics on the world stage.

I believe that Map #3 that demonstrates the price of oil will probably average below $60 per barrel may be the most important for the USA.

Henry Luke 1/15/2018

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Rapid City Celebrates Strongest Construction Year

January 2018

Rapid City Celebrates Strongest Construction Year

RAPID CITY | The Rapid City Economic Development Partnership is celebrating myriad major projects that contributed to the strongest construction year for the city on record.
Among the major projects at or near completion are Black Hills Energy’s new $70 million multi-state corporate headquarters at Horizon Point, Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s near-$19 million corporate offices on North Plaza Drive, Regional Health’s new $55 million orthopedics and sports medicine facility at Buffalo Crossing, and RPM Innovation’s new $7.35 million building, at 500 Turbine Drive off Elk Vale in the Rushmore Business Park.
“There are developmental benefits to all of these big projects,” said Benjamin Snow, president of the Rapid City Economic Development Partnership. “The story of Black Hills Federal Credit Union and Black Hills Energy speak to our community’s continued expansion, each entity leaving a smaller shell to move into a larger one. I like to refer to as the hermit crab concept. The same thing has happened with all of the car dealerships who have relocated to exit 60 on the freeway.
“For us, it’s actually a good thing in the big picture because it represents growth, allowing other organizations to move into those vacated downtown locations,” Snow added. “These provide opportunities for someone to move into larger downtown facilities and they represent overall economic growth in the community. It just so happens that downtown Rapid City has experienced a renaissance over the past 10 years and this is the new wave in improvements with new tenants moving to these sites.”
Construction on Black Hills Energy’s new headquarters, located at 7001 Mount Rushmore Road, began in fall 2015, and consolidated employees from five separate locations in Rapid City to its new facilities. Since 2005, the company has added more than 300 corporate support jobs, and currently serves 1.25 million electric and natural gas customers in eight states.
According to Black Hills Energy, the new 225,000-square-foot building will accommodate some 750 employees, but is designed with the option of adding a third wing in the future.
Construction continues on Black Hills Federal Credit Union’s new corporate headquarters in Fountain Springs. The project began in June and, when completed in 2018, the 110,000-square-foot, three-story addition will provide office space for the credit union’s support services.
Regional Health’s new 114,850-square-foot Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute at Buffalo Crossing broke ground in June and remains under construction. The 10-acre site is located at the southeast corner of U.S. Highway 16 and Catron Boulevard and the new facility will enhance athletic and sports performance while promoting and restoring the physical abilities of patients, according to Regional Health.

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The Topeka Community Foundation is launching an initiative to address community health, taking on a leadership role to coordinate and collaborate with local organizations.

Marsha Pope, TCF president, said the nonprofit had been through a period of self-examination after she became president in March 2016. She spent 90 days visiting with business and nonprofit leaders, as well as donors. For more click here.

Henry Luke 1/7/2017

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