Whine and ye shall receive.
Just a couple of weeks ago I was lamenting how there is nobody in the area doing comprehensive market research on the local economy and how that lack of research prevents business leaders, local policy makers – and lowly business journalists – from gauging the true state of economic affairs.
A few days later, my phone rang. It was Marc Miller, the dean of Augusta State University’s Hull College of Business, telling me that my lament (on economic research, anyway) would soon be a thing of the past.
Networking is becoming increasingly crucial to having a successful career these days.
That’s largely because:
A: The media are always doing stories on how networking is “increasingly crucial” to your career.
B: Consultants, self-help book authors and career consultants (if they are to be believed) are more up- front about saying what most of us have suspected all along: Success in many industries largely hinges on your likability and who you know.*
Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable.
– Bobby Bragan
As a homeowner, parent and taxpayer who’s in pursuit of a good “quality of life,” I enjoy the fact that the Augusta-Aiken area is a midsize city.*
As a business journalist in pursuit of facts, figures and statistics and other telltale economic clues, that same fact is often frustrating.
There are several things I grapple with on a fairly regular basis:
Can I get another two years out of my 1997 Taurus?
Is all the homework my kids do actually making them more intelligent?
Am I too young to wear a tweed jacket?
Should I own a Lynyrd Skynyrd album?*
Is Augusta's economy good or bad?
I've been giving more thought to that last one since the federal Bureau of Economic Analysis came out with its list of market-specific gross domestic product data two weeks ago.
I like the Better Business Bureau, but I’ve always had a problem with the organization. It’s quite likely the same problem you have with the organization: It’s too … I’m struggling for a word here ... benign?
In other words, the BBB seems afraid to call a spade a spade.
Changes are afoot that could make the business watchdog have a bite that equals its bark, though.
What’s going on with Mullins Crossing Phase II? Zilch.
What’s going on with the Village at Riverwatch? Zip.
What’s going on at the Forum site: Nada.
What’s going on at Marshall Square: Bupkis.
The lack of (visible) activity in many of the market’s major retail projects* has many people wondering whether the developments are in a holding pattern because the huge buildup at Augusta Mall has temporarily rendered the market “overretailed.”
This week, I have more questions than answers. That’s just how it goes sometimes – some days are diamonds, some days are stones.
Although this week’s musings lack utility, they are consistent in that they all involve Columbia County (except for the pork brain recipe at the end).
So, without further adieu, it’s time to let the Scuttlebiz flow. Like a mountain stream.
GOODBYE, RUBY TUESDAY? A reader recently asked whether I knew what’s going on at the Ruby Tuesday site at the southeast corner of the Interstate 20-Belair Road interchange.
A canal on Ellis Street – that’s a bold proposition. I like bold propositions. Augusta Commissioner Andy Cheek’s idea to turn the downtown street into a tourist-attracting waterway is perhaps the most audacious public works pipe dream to come down the, uh, pipe, since I advocated the construction of a Seattle-style space needle along the riverfront in the late 1990s.
The (somewhat) official Augusta Chronicle Pork Brain Recipe Contest I launched last week is, so far, a dud.
My musings on canned pork brains in the previous installment of Scuttlebiz has yielded no recipes. At this point, I can only assume that a) The prospect of a free Augusta Chronicle golf shirt is not enough swag on which to base a recipe contest, or b) There really are no actual “recipes” for pork brains.