The Brag Basket is open! This one is for October 9-11, 2015. Bring your sweet good news, big or small, to share with everyone.
What can you do in the Brag Basket?
- introduce yourself
- share some great news from this week
- congratulate a friend
- applaud for each other
- confess your undying love for rural places
How do you join in?
Below this post is the comment section. Add your good news there.
Reading this in your email? Hit reply.
Don’t like to brag? Just share some good news for yourself or a friend.
Just don’t make it an ad. I delete the ads that people stick in here. If you talk more about the people involved than the things, you’ll be fine.
It’s a conversation with friends. So jump in. And remember to cheer for each other.
Becky McCray says
Our good friend Kat Long from Ponca City, Oklahoma, was excited to share that this great recognition:
Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) received two Silver Excellence in Economic Development Awards for its 2015 project in the categories of Sustainable & Green Development and Business & Retention Programs for communities with populations of 25,000-200,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 6th, during the 2015 IEDC Annual Conference, which was held October 4-7, in Anchorage, Alaska.
“From localized community projects, to large scale endeavors, economic development efforts have played a vital role in the global economy,” said JoAnn Crary, CEcD, Chair of the International Economic Development Council and President of Saginaw Future Inc. “As we address new and longstanding challenges, these efforts continue to take on even greater importance. The award serves as a salute to pacesetting organizations like The Ponca City Development Authority (PCDA) for leading the charge.”
The Lighten the Load Project is a lighting upgrade project for local Ponca City industries to participate in upgrading old T-12 florescent, high pressure sodium or metal halide lighting to the newest T-8, T-5 fluorescent and LED technology. These upgrades have saved as much as sixty five percent on lighting energy usage. Each participating company in this program is given a free lighting audit to assess usage and lighting needs. After the audit, a presentation to the company includes lighting schematics, energy rebates being offered by the City of Ponca City and Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority (OMPA) for energy reduction and total cost of the project for the company. If the company does not have the upfront capital for the project, a local bank offers project loans based on the future energy savings as collateral. These lighting updates, to date, have cut six million Kilowatt hours and saved our companies over $500,000 in utility costs.
Kat also pointed out that several other Oklahoma towns were honored by IEDC, including Ada, Broken Arrow and Oklahoma City. Cheers to all the winners for what you do to make your towns better places.
Carmen Rath-Wald says
I recently needed an auction item for benefit. I found the perfect item from a couple of home-business entrepreneurs. It is two handmade outfits for an 18″ doll. The outfits are perfect for my Bison Nation crazed state, one being a NDSU cheer set and the other a Bison headband with tunic top and leggings. The handmade outfits were made by, It’s a Girl Thing Doll Boutique, owners, Angie Benz, and her mom, Sandy Schlegel. Sandy says, “As I was sewing these it brought back memories of 4-H and my leader, waiting to critique and remind me to fix those mistakes!” Wow, ladies you are awesome, and I want to brag about your business!
Becky McCray says
What a sweet item to offer, Carmen! And cheers to Angie and Sandy from It’s a Girl Thing for making it!
Marc A. Pitman, TheNonprofitAcademy.com says
Love getting call from reporters for stories on an urgent deadline. Yesterday it was a reporter from the International Business Times on MSF/Doctors Without Borders hospital being bombed, the call for an international inquiry, and if they should see if this will also boost fundraising.
You can’t control what they put in print, but it’s nice to be called:
Becky McCray says
Marc, you’re right, it’s great to be called. At least you get a chance to put your best helpful knowledge forward. Sweet!