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Archive for the ‘Place Making’ Category

Bannon Communications President Featured in Carnegie Mellon University Newsletter Q&A

Monday, May 10th, 2010

My college years were some of the most enjoyable and most transformative of my life, and I’ve been glad to remain engaged with my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), throughout my career.  During my years working to promote the Pittsburgh region to national and international media, I was always particularly enthusiastic when I had […]

Finding Inspiration in the Passion of Regional Stewards

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Last week, I turned in my copy for a cover story I’d been asked to write for the summer edition of Chamber Executive magazine about how regions promote themselves for economic development, talent attraction and tourism.  On one level, it’s a story about branding.  At another level, it’s a story about public policy, human interests […]

Bannon Communications Featured by Vital Speeches of the Day

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Special thanks to Vital Speeches of the Day, which is currently featuring my article about improving state-of-the-village speeches on its home page. Click here to read the article on the Vital Speeches Web site.

Lackluster State-of-the-Village Speeches Suggest Alarming Decline in Quality of Leadership

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Earlier this month, David Murray, a respected voice in the field of speechwriting and leadership communications, wrote an article for The Huffington Post about the lackluster state of recent “state-of-the-village” speeches.  David is editor of Vital Speeches of the Day and is the former editor of Ragan Communications’ Speechwriters Newsletter.  He probably reads more speeches […]

Rankings, Rankings Everywhere …

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Langley Group CEO Mike Langley recently wrote an article about rankings for Chamber Executive magazine, the official publication of The American Chamber of Commerce Executives.  I worked with Mike at the Allegheny Conference on Community Development for three years, and I was proud when he called to interview me about the value of rankings in […]

Reinventing a Region: What Detroit Can Learn From Pittsburgh

Sunday, February 7th, 2010

I came across this question on LinkedIn last night, and I wanted to respond because I’ve got some relatively unique and successful experience in this particular area of public relations.  From time to time I’ll share my answers to these sorts of questions here on the Bannon Communications blog, and I invite your feedback. Question: […]

Pittsburgh’s G-20 experience offers lessons for future hosts

Friday, October 9th, 2009

As communications manager for the Pittsburgh G-20 Partnership, I spent the summer telling reporters around the world about the lessons of Pittsburgh’s 30-year transformation. And today — as we reflect upon the success of our efforts to leverage the international spotlight and to host the Pittsburgh Summit without widespread destruction — our region has even […]