Rausch has been the business editor since September 2008, previously serving as senior business reporter. He joined the Chronicle in April 2007. He has written for newspapers in Napoleon, Ohio, Moline, Ill., and Lima, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of science in journalism from Ohio University (1992). In 2006, he received a second place award in business writing from the Association Press in Ohio.
Posted February 21, 2013 12:33 pm - Updated February 21, 2013 12:33 pm

Local Goodwill officials to show off college concept to Goodwill execs

The chief executives for most of the Goodwill Industries territories – there are 180 of them – will be in Augusta from Sunday through Tuesday for an annual meeting.


So, while the bridal show is happening in the newly completed Augusta Convention Center, the adjacent conference center in the Marriott will be filled with 250 executives and family members.


Amongst the development and idea sharing session, they’ll also get a good look at the new Goodwill campus on Washington Road, where local Goodwill executive, Jim Stiff, will show off the Helms College, the cafe and the restaurant out there.


The Goodwill has accredited schools in Macon and Augusta and that is unique among all the territories in this country.


IN THE POSTAL FIGHT: Quad/Graphics’ chief executive testified to Congress, asking lawmakers to get the U.S. Postal Service on the right track.


Quad/Graphics prints catalogs and mailers, and does some of that in Evans.


Joel Quadracci was the only member of the print industry to testify Feb. 13 in front of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.


His message: Print is changing, but it is still viable. But if marketers lose confidence in the long-term sustainability of the Postal Service, they may choose to redirect their marketing spend to other media channels.


Without the postal service, a company that prints lots of things delivered in the mail won’t last long.


“The Postal Service is the backbone for a large portion of the private sector and plays an integral role in our economy, extending across every type of mailer and the printing, paper and technology industries that supply them,” Quadracci said.


NAMING: Office Depot is buying OfficeMax, essentially the No. 2 office supply company swallowing up the No. 3. So, if I might offer a naming suggestion, call the combined company Office. After all, the main competitor is called Staples.