Weekly FWSR: Snacks, Bosses & Competitors

March 17, 2011

Two weeks ago, we started a new feature at the Prosperity Blog: Fun With Search Referrers! And yes, I know, we start more features here than a first run movie theater, but what can we say. If it sounds like something that can help us fill blog content, we’ll take it! So, here’s the latest Fun with Search Referrers, featuring snacks, bosses, competitors and more.

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Prosperity Blog Fun with Search Referrers

March 4, 2011

I know this guy who runs a website called Bridge and Tunnel Club, which is sort of an all-encompassing resource on New York City and its environs. Because of the comprehensive nature of the site, it often comes up in the listings when people do their internet searches (hopefully on Bing). And so he made a different website called “bridgeandtunnelclub.com Search Referrers of the Day,” where he lists, analyzes and often answers various queries that get referred to his site. I happen to think it’s laugh out loud hilarious, but you all know how weird my sense of humor is.

For a fun Friday activity, let’s play the Prosperity Blog’s version of Search Referrers of the Day. Specifically, here are some of the most interesting ones we’ve gotten this week:

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The Worst Best News

February 28, 2011

So, I was at an event on Thursday where it was announced that a new company was moving to our region that would be employing 400 new software developers and engineers. Great rejoicing occurred, especially since this was only hours after the big tanker contract announcement. And look, 400 new jobs is a lot of jobs, especially high demand jobs that will have multipliers throughout the economy.

But I might be the only person in the room who heard this news and got worried. How the heck are we going to find 400 software developers in this region?

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Weekly B-MOW: Next Week’s Legislative Session

February 11, 2011

I’ve bent a lot of rules with this feature. Some of the “Best Meeting of the Week” posts have been post titles made up entirely of acronyms. Some B-MOWs are ties between two meetings. There’s even been a B-MOW that’s a prep meeting for another B-MOW. But this is a new horizon: the Best Meeting of the Week that hasn’t even happened yet! How do I know it’s going to be so great? You’ll have to read below to find out…in the Weekly B-MOW: Next Week’s Legislative Session.

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Let’s Talk about the Washington Pledge Scholarship Proposal

February 10, 2011

Since before the legislative session began, we’ve been talking about the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force, and its proposal to increase the sustainability and accountability of our state’s four-year public higher education system. The proposal, which you can read here, is multi-faceted, but I like to summarize it as an approach to creating a “Triple A higher education system”: accessible, accountable & affordable. The accessibility (linking state support and tuition) and accountability (implementing the Complete to Compete metrics and a performance incentive fund) pieces are fairly straightforward, but the affordability piece is new and therefore harder to understand.

The Prosperity Blog is all about helping you to understand new and unfamiliar economic development related activities, so once again we’re here for you. Let’s talk about that affordability part of the proposal: the creation of the Washington Pledge Scholarship.

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Weekly C-POW: The Myth of Higher Education Efficiency

February 3, 2011

I really enjoyed my first foray into establishing the Prosperity Blog’s “Weekly C-POW: the Controversial Proposal of the Week. Our first one, proposing that we merge a bunch of economic development organizations and set up an “ArtsFund for Economic Development,” got quite the response. And so I’m emboldened to try again and see what happens. This week’s controversial proposition?

People should stop focusing on increasing the efficiency of our state’s higher education system.

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Weekly B-MOW: Legislative Hearings on Higher Ed & Clean Tech

February 3, 2011

Back and better than ever, loyal readers, it’s your weekly look at the glamorous comings and goings of the humble economic development staff here at the Prosperity Partnership – a little segment we like to call “Best Meeting of the Week.” Now, this week’s B-MOW is a tie, which reminds me of the jazz album my friend Dan always joked about making, entitled “In the Event of a Tie.” There would be a picture of a necktie on the album cover, but with the clever double entendre of the sports reference. Of course, in the sports world, a tie is “like kissing your sister,” but here at the Prosperity Blog we have no such resistance. If two meetings are equally great, we’ll B-MOW them both. Which, without further ado, is exactly what’s going to happen now with “Weekly B-MOW: Legislative Hearings on Higher Ed & Clean Tech.”

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