Blue Ridge Outdoors Ultimate 100 List

The finest free magazine you will ever find is Blue Ridge Outdoors. Seriously, I’m not just saying that because of a bet made while bowling with the publisher. The magazine thoroughly covers outdoor and related topics in Virginia, West Virginia, the Carolinas,...

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2013 – Year in Review

In a year when the news was dominated by a website that wouldn't work right, we managed to launch several without so much as a hiccup or any other pre-existing condition. We're not here to bash the famously flawed site that spawned a thousand congressional...

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Virginia’s Blue Ridge leaders are a Shining Example

For a moment it was a Blue Ridge Day in Jacksonville, Florida. On Tuesday, November 5, the Southeast Tourism Society held its annual Shining Example Awards banquet honoring the best in the industry. Friends and colleagues who I have known and admired over the years...

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Not suggesting another name change, but…

In 2005, the International Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus (IACVB) changed its name to Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI). This made the organization more inclusive of all entities promoting their destination, such as chambers of...

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Mountains of research, but little creativity

I work with some highly creative people and also with some serious researchers. I've always been fascinated by the way research and creativity work together. My business partner and I even co-authored a paper on the role of creativity in brand building in which we...

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Good News Monday — Building Character at Philmont

Today’s good news appeared in Sunday’s Roanoke Times. The highlight of the entire newspaper was this excellent article on a group of local scouts and leaders who participated in a high adventure program n New Mexico. The writer does a great job of describing how a big...

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Good News Monday – “Sir will you run with me?”

Those of you who have been reading Good News Monday for a while could probably see this choice coming from a mile — or as much as five kilometers — away. This blog has written extensively about great stories of perseverance, role models, the achievements of young...

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Tourism is non-partisan. Support Brand USA

Can we please all agree that tourism is non-partisan. Considering that tourism is among the largest industries in the world and that even in our sluggish economy, the travel and tourism sector is outperforming nearly every other sector, you would think there would be...

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