I'm joining Automattic

One of the main reasons I get excited about Internet technologies is that they amplify the power of the written word and other kinds of creative publishing. Modern online tools enable bloggers, software developers, poets, journalists, novelists, chefs, filmmakers, marketers, photographers, artists, scientists, organizers and many other kinds of people to bring their creations to … Continue reading I'm joining Automattic

Blogging about economic development in Wayne County

I'm excited to see that Valerie Shaffer, the new President of the Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County, has started a blog about her activities in that role.  The blog is complemented by a "frequently asked questions" section on the EDC website, which tries to address some of the common questions (and misperceptions) about the … Continue reading Blogging about economic development in Wayne County

Wayne County 2012 election candidate information

(This blog post has been updated since the original publishing - see details below.) This coming Wednesday at the Wayne County Area Chamber of Commerce candidate debates I'll be participating in some post-debate analysis with my colleagues on the Palladium-Item Editorial Board. As a part of researching for that and for my own voting, I … Continue reading Wayne County 2012 election candidate information

Sunshine Week: disclosure's benefits justify potential sting

As a pat of my role on the Palladium-Item editorial board, I have a viewpoints piece in today's paper about Sunshine Week 2012, a national initiative to promote a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include news media, civic groups, libraries, nonprofits, schools and others interested in the public's … Continue reading Sunshine Week: disclosure's benefits justify potential sting

A Pledge to Voters

As a part of conversation amongst candidates for office in this election, some of us found that there was a common theme emerging about our emphasis on and commitment to honoring and upholding basic principles of elected office. That conversation has resulted in the creation of "A Pledge to Voters" - a promise that myself … Continue reading A Pledge to Voters

A Plan for Richmond

A recent editorial in the Palladium-Item again called for candidates in this City election to provide more detail about the specific changes and tasks we will take on if elected to improve City finances and the community as a whole. I feel confident that in my own campaign I've provided a thorough look at how … Continue reading A Plan for Richmond

Chris responds to public access questions for candidates

The Times of Northwest Indiana published an editorial at the end of August, reprinted in today's Palladium-Item, noting the importance of screening candidates for office on their views about public access laws.  Since increasing the transparency and accessibility of the work done by Richmond's City Council is a primary part of my own interest in … Continue reading Chris responds to public access questions for candidates

Post-primary analysis

Now that we're a few days out from the primary election win, I thought I would share some reflections and analysis of the election.  Some of these may be obvious, especially to political veterans, but it's helpful for me to put them out there and see what other comments and analysis comes up. On the … Continue reading Post-primary analysis

Sunday Links for the Week - October 14 2007

Rest in peace, Rachel Burrell: friend, encourager, piano teacher, visionary, comfort to grieving children everywhere, and an amazing woman. Seven principles of community building: don't try to control the message, transparency is a must, participation is marketing, concept of audiences is outdated, build value, inspire with real information, manage distribution media to grow. A new … Continue reading Sunday Links for the Week - October 14 2007