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By importuser at 12/2/2008 9:49 AM

Posted by:carsnfrd
Mullaly Rocks!!
He is definitely the man for the job for Ford!!!
Here is what he is going to tell congress today!

NEWS


IMMEDIATE RELEASE


FORD MOTOR COMPANY SUBMITS BUSINESS PLAN TO CONGRESS;

PROFIT TARGET, ELECTRIC CAR STRATEGY AMONG NEW DETAILS



        Based on current business planning assumptions, Ford expects both its overall and its North American Automotive business pre-tax results to be breakeven or profitable in 2011



        Ford provided initial details of an accelerated vehicle electrification plan for a family of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles.  The plan includes a Ford full battery electric vehicle (BEV) in a van-type vehicle for commercial fleet use in 2010 and a BEV sedan in 2011



        Fords plan calls for an investment of approximately $14 billion in the U.S. on advanced technologies and products to improve fuel efficiency during the next seven years



        Ford said it will sell its corporate aircraft as part of its overall cash improvement plan





DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 2. 2008 Ford Motor Company this morning submitted to Congress its comprehensive business plan, which details the companys plan to return to profitability and outlines a request for potential access to a temporary bridge loan in case the current economic crisis worsens or there is a bankruptcy of a major competitor.



In the plan, Ford said the transformation of its North American automotive business will continue to accelerate through aggressive restructuring actions and the introduction of more high-quality, safe and fuel-efficient vehicles including a broader range of hybrid-electric vehicles and the introduction of advanced plug-in hybrids and full electric vehicles. 



Ford is asking for access to up to $9 billion in bridge financing, but reiterated that it hopes to complete its transformation without accessing the loan should Congress agree to make the funds available. 



Despite the serious global economic downturn, Ford said it does not anticipate a liquidity crisis in 2009 barring a bankruptcy by one of its domestic competitors or a more severe economic downturn that would further cripple automotive sales and create additional cash challenges.



For Ford, government loans would serve as a critical backstop or safeguard against worsening conditions, as we drive transformational change in our company, said Ford President and CEO Alan Mulally, who will testify before Congress this week.



In the plan submitted to Congress, Ford reiterated that its One Ford transformation plan remains fully in place, anchored by four key priorities:

        Aggressively restructure to operate profitably at the current demand and changing model mix;

        Accelerate development of new products our customers want and value;

        Finance our plan and improve our balance sheet; and

        Work together effectively as one team, leveraging our global assets.



Ford is committed to building a sustainable future for the benefit of all Americans, Mulally said.  We believe Ford is on the right path to achieve this vision.



We appreciate the valid concerns raised by Congress about the future viability of the industry, he added.  We hope that our submission today helps instill confidence in Fords commitment to change, including our accountability and shared sacrifice during this difficult economic period.



Fords submission to Congress included new details about Fords future plans and forecasts, including:

        Based on current business planning assumptions including U.S. industry sales for 2009, 2010 and 2011 of 12.5 million units, 14.5 million units and 15.5 million units, respectively Ford expects both its overall and its North American automotive business pre-tax results to be breakeven or profitable in 2011, excluding any special items.

        As part of a continuing focus on building the Ford brand, the company said it is exploring strategic options for Volvo Car Corporation, including the possible sale of the Sweden-based premium automaker.  The strategic review is in line with a broad range of actions Ford is taking to strengthen its balance sheet and ensure it has the resources to fund its plan.  Since 2007, Ford has sold Aston Martin, Jaguar, Land Rover and the majority of its stake in Mazda.

        Fords plan calls for an investment of approximately $14 billion in the U.S. on advanced technologies and products to improve fuel efficiency during the next seven years.

        Half of the Ford, Lincoln and Mercury light-duty nameplates by 2010 will qualify as Advanced Technology Vehicles under the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act increasing to 75 percent in 2011 and more than 90 percent in 2014.  Ford said it has included these projects in its application to the Department of Energy for loans under that Act and hopes to receive $5 billion in direct loans by 2011 to support Fords investment in advanced technologies and products.

        From its largest light duty trucks to its smallest cars, Ford will improve the fuel economy of its fleet an average of 14 percent for 2009 models, 26 percent for 2012 models and 36 percent for 2015 models compared with the fuel economy of its 2005 fleet.  Overall, Ford expects to achieve cumulative gasoline fuel savings from advanced technology vehicles of 16 billion gallons from 2005 to 2015.

        Next month at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford will discuss in detail the companys accelerated vehicle electrification plan, which includes bringing to market by 2012 a family of hybrids, plug-in hybrids and battery electric vehicles.  The work will include partnering with battery and powertrain systems suppliers to deliver a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) in a van-type vehicle for commercial fleet use in 2010 and a BEV sedan in 2011.  Ford said it will develop these vehicles in a manner that enables it to reduce costs and ultimately make BEVs more affordable for consumers.

        The 2007 UAW-Ford negotiations resulted in significant progress being made in reducing the companys total labor cost.  Given the present economic crisis and its impact upon the automotive industry, however, Ford is presently engaged in discussions with the UAW with the objective to further reduce its cost structure and eliminate the remaining labor cost gap that exists between Ford and the transplants.

        As previously was announced, Ford plans two additional plant closures this quarter and four additional plant closures between 2009 and 2011.  The company also has announced its intent to close or sell what will be four remaining ACH plants.  The company said it will continue to aggressively match manufacturing capacity to real demand.

        Ford will continue to work to reduce its dealer and supplier base to increase efficiency and promote mutual profitability.  By year end, Ford estimates it will have 3,790 U.S. dealers, a reduction of 606 dealers overall or 14 percent from year-end 2005 including a reduction of 16 percent in large markets.  In addition, Ford has been able to reduce the number of production suppliers eligible for major sourcing from 3,400 in 2004 to approximately 1,600 today, a reduction of 53 percent.  Ford eventually plans to further reduce the number of suppliers eligible for major sourcing to 750.

        Ford also confirmed today that it has decided to sell its five corporate aircraft.  In addition, Ford CEO Mulally announced that, should Ford need to access funds from a potential government bridge loan, he would work for a salary of $1 a year as a sign of his confidence in the companys transformation plan and future.



Ford also reiterated that it is canceling all bonuses to be paid in 2009 for all management employees worldwide and foregoing bonuses for all employees in North America.  The company also will not pay merit increases for North America salaried employees in 2009.



Ford said it is moving fully ahead with plans it announced this summer to leverage the companys global product strengths and bring more smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles to the U.S.  The plan includes delivering best-in-class or among the best fuel economy with every new vehicle introduced.  Ford also is introducing industry-leading, fuel-saving EcoBoost engines and doubling the number and volume of hybrid vehicles.



This product acceleration will result in a balanced product portfolio with a complete family of small, medium and large cars, utilities and trucks.  Ford said it is increasing its investment in cars and crossovers from approximately 60 percent in 2007 to 80 percent of its total product investment in 2010.



Ford has a comprehensive transformation plan that will ensure our future viability as evidenced by our profitability in the first quarter of 2008, Mulally said.  While we clearly still have much more work to do, I am more convinced than ever that we have the right plan that will create a viable Ford going forward and position us for profitable growth.



To read Fords submission to the U.S. Congress and for more information about Fords plan, please visit www.thefordstory.com.

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Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Michigan, United States, manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents.  With about 224,000 employees and about 90 plants worldwide, the companys core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda.  The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company.  For more information regarding Fords products, please visit www.ford.com.





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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 12/4/2008 8:36 AM

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AN INCREDIBLE LETTER TO THE EDITOR FROM A FORD DEALER COLLEAGUE OF MINE--
PLEASE READ
As I watch the coverage of the fate of the U.S. auto industry, one alarming and frustrating fact hits me right between the eyes. The fate of our nation's economic survival is in the hands of some congressmen who are completely out of touch and act without knowledge of an industry that affects almost every person in our nation. The same lack of knowledge is shared with many journalists whom are irresponsible when influencing the opinion of millions of viewers.

Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama has doomed the industry, calling it a dinosaur. No Mr. Shelby, you are the dinosaur, with ideas stuck in the '70s, '80s and '90s. You and the uninformed journalist and senators that hold onto myths that are not relevant in today's world.

When you say that the Big Three build vehicles nobody wants to buy, you must have overlooked that GM outsold Toyota by about 1.2 million vehicles in the U.S. and Ford outsold Honda by 850,000 and Nissan by 1.2 million in the U.S. GM was the world's No. 1 automaker beating Toyota by 3,000 units.

When you claim inferior quality comes from the Big Three, did you realize that Chevy makes the Malibu and Ford makes the Fusion that were both rated over the Camry and Accord by J.D. Power independent survey on initial quality? Did you bother to read the Consumer Report that rated Ford on par with good Japanese automakers.

Did you realize Big Three's gas guzzlers include the 33 mpg Malibu that beats the Accord. And for '09 Ford introduces the Hybrid Fusion whose 39 mpg is the best midsize, beating the Camry Hybrid. Ford's Focus beats the Corolla and Chevy's Cobalt beats the Civic.

When you ask how many times are we going to bail them out you must be referring to 1980. The only Big Three bailout was Chrysler, who paid back $1 billion, plus interest. GM and Ford have never received government aid.

When you criticize the Big Three for building so many pickups, surely you've noticed the attempts Toyota and Nissan have made spending billions to try to get a piece of that pie. Perhaps it bothers you that for 31 straight years Ford's F-Series has been the best selling vehicle. Ford and GM have dominated this market and when you see the new '09 F-150 you'll agree this won't change soon.

Did you realize that both GM and Ford offer more hybrid models than Nissan or Honda. Between 2005 and 2007, Ford alone has invested more than $22 billion in research and development of technologies such as Eco Boost, flex fuel, clean diesel, hybrids, plug in hybrids and hydrogen cars.

It's 2008 and the quality of the vehicles coming out of Detroit are once again the best in the world.
Perhaps Sen. Shelby isn't really that blind. Maybe he realizes the quality shift to American. Maybe it's the fact that his state of Alabama has given so much to land factories from Honda, Hyundai and Mercedes Benz that he is more concerned about their continued growth than he is about the people of our country. Sen. Shelby's disdain for "government subsidies" is very hypocritical. In the early '90s he was the driving force behind a $253 million incentive package to Mercedes. Plus, Alabama agreed to purchase 2,500 vehicles from Mercedes. While the bridge loan the Big Three is requesting will be paid back, Alabama's $180,000-plus per job was pure incentive. Sen. Shelby, not only are you out of touch, you are a self-serving hypocrite, who is prepared to ruin our nation because of lack of knowledge and lack of due diligence in making your opinions and decisions.

After 9/11, the Detroit Three and Harley Davidson gave $40 million-plus emergency vehicles to the recovery efforts. What was given to the 9/11 relief effort by the Asian and European Auto Manufactures? $0 Nada. Zip!

We live in a world of free trade, world economy and we have not been able to produce products as cost efficiently. While the governments of other auto producing nations subsidize their automakers, our government may be ready to force its demise. While our automakers have paid union wages, benefits and legacy debt, our Asian competitors employ cheap labor. We are at an extreme disadvantage in production cost. Although many UAW concessions begin in 2010, many lawmakers think it's not enough.

Some point the blame to corporate management. I would like to speak of Ford Motor Co. The company has streamlined by reducing our workforce by 51,000 since 2005, closing 17 plants and cutting expenses. Product and future product is excellent and the company is focused on one Ford. This is a company poised for success. Ford product quality and corporate management have improved light years since the nightmare of Jacques Nasser. Thank you Alan Mulally and the best auto company management team in the business.

The financial collapse caused by the secondary mortgage fiasco and the greed of Wall Street has led to a $700 billion bailout of the industry that created the problem. AIG spent nearly $1 million on three company excursions to lavish resorts and hunting destinations. Paulson is saying no to $250 billion foreclosure relief and the whole thing is a mess. So when the Big Three ask for 4 percent of that of the $700 billion, $25 billion to save the country's largest industry, there is obviously oppositions. But does it make sense to reward the culprits of the problem with $700 billion unconditionally, and ignore the victims?

As a Ford dealer, I feel our portion of the $25 billion will never be touched and is not necessary. Ford currently has $29 billion of liquidity. However, the effect of a bankruptcy by GM will hurt the suppliers we all do business with. A Chapter 11 bankruptcy by any manufacture would cost retirees their health care and retirements. Chances are GM would recover from Chapter 11 with a better business plan with much less expense. So who foots the bill if GM or all three go Chapter 11? All that extra health care, unemployment, loss of tax base and some forgiven debt goes back to the taxpayer, us. With no chance of repayment, this would be much worse than a loan with the intent of repayment.

So while it is debatable whether a loan or Chapter 11 is better for the Big Three, a $25 billion loan is definitely better for the taxpayers and the economy of our country.

So I'll end where I began on the quality of the products of Detroit. Before you, Mr. or Ms. Journalist continue to misinform the American public and turn them against one of the great industries that helped build this nation, I must ask you one question. Before you, Mr. or Madam Congressman vote to end health care and retirement benefits for 1 million retirees, eliminate 2.5 million of our nation's jobs, lose the technology that will lead us in the future and create an economic disaster including hundreds of billions of tax dollars lost, I ask this question not in the rhetorical sense. I ask it in the sincere, literal way. Can you tell me, have you driven a Ford lately?

Jim Jackson
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 12/5/2008 10:22 AM

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december 5th 208

Congratulations to the "Christmas Open House Committee"!!! What a beautiful brisk night! Great crowd considering the cold--lots of folks out and about.
It makes me think just how fortunate we are to have each other in this community of ours.
Here are some positives as I see them
1) Our new hospital is on track and going to be beautiful!
2) Our welcome signs are up and put on a very attractive face of the community
3) The college campus has not looked this good in 20 years!!!!!
4) Illini West is coming together as 3 communitee's with one common goal--to educate our children the best we know how
5) We have young entrepeneurs looking to invest their time, energy, and money into our community
6) Carl Sandburg College has set the bar high for our community by committing to the "Charge Center"
MY Christmas Wish's are all coming true!!!
7) We are now connected to the freeway grid--how many other communities wish they were on an interstate!!!!
8) Gas is WAY under $2 a gallon!!!!!!
Yes, we can focus on the daily media garbage or we can focus on what our reality is. We live in the breadbasket of the world--we have the highest productivity hardest working farmers in the world--our swine industry is growing--we are connected to all the other communities in the Tri States---we are going to see great times!!!!!!
Happy Holiday's!
rob
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By importuser at 12/15/2008 12:39 PM

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A NEW DAY IS DAWNING!

I attended the key ceremony where Prairieland Investment Group handed over the keys to the Bryant Auditorium to Carl Sandburg College and their foundation. Although it was a rather low key affair--I believe it could have been the defining moment for our community going forward for years to come.
When that ceremonial key was handed from Dr. Groth to President Schmidt---a very positive future for the former Carthage College Campus, the community of Carthage, and Hancock county was set in motion.
What happened when that key was passed was the begining of many, many, partnerships forming to proactively shape these organizations shared futures. Where by having the sums of the parts equal to more than the whole---where each partner--PIG--CSC--City of Carthage--Cathage Park District--Carthage Fitness Center--Illini West--Carthage Primary--Hancock County and countless other entities yet to be envisioned will recieve more in return than the initial investment.
I am so proud that I was a small part of this tremendous event--in time all of us will have our moment to be a part of this shared future--please do not hesitate when called to do your part--our mutual future will be brighter because of it.
Merry Christmas
Rob
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 12/19/2008 11:46 AM

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Don't think that the current crisis is Taxpayer Bailout for the US auto
industry. The US has been aiding foreign automakers far more than they have
the domestic.

Subject: Tax Fairness or U.S. Automakers
To:
Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 1:31 PM


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tax Fairness for U.S. Auto Makers .. Recently, critics of the proposed loans
for the domestic automakers have questioned whether taxpayers should provide
temporary loans to American automakers, but have ignored one fact:  Our
taxpayers already give huge sums of financial assistance to foreign car
companies right here in the U.S.

Stephen Collins, president, Automotive Trade Policy Council, writes about
this subject in a letter published20in The Wall Street Journal today.
Collins writes:

"As proposed, the requested bridge loans represent roughly $4 billion in
assistance to U.S. auto makers, that is, the cost of a low-interest loan.
With 240,000 employees spread among the three U.S. companies, that works out
to less than $16,000 in temporary taxpayer assistance per job."
"By contrast, foreign auto makers receive far more from U.S. taxpayers in
various forms of government assistance. In Tennessee, for example, state and
local authorities offered Volkswagen $577 million in lowered taxes and other
benefits in exchange for the plants it is constructing, at a staggering cost
of $288,000 per job created."
"Similarly, Toyota is receiving $300 million in support for its plant in
Texas, or $150,000 per job created. Alabama provided Hyundai, Toyota, Honda
and Mercedes an average of $111,000 in incentives per job. The list goes on.
Unlike the temporary assistance GM, Ford and Chrysler are seeking, in almost
all the cases, U.S. taxpayer subsidies to foreign companies never need to be
paid back
And Ford doesn't even want or need the money!!!! Isn't it time we all come together as Americans
Yes, Ford--GM--Chrysler have made mistakes---but I can tell you with out a doubt--
Ford and GM are building superior vehicles to our foreign competitors
superior in styling
superior in quality
superior in corporate responsibility to the USA--and Carthage Illinois! (cruise for your school!)
Ford and Gm are not only the hometown boy they are the best kid in the fight
Isn't it time we say No to Toyoto!!!!! They don't want a dealership in Carthage Illinois--why would you want to give your money to somebody that doesn't want to be a part of your community---
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By importuser at 12/24/2008 12:17 PM

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Wednesday December 24th 2008

As I'm sitting here at my desk alone after the help has gone home to be with
their families, I can't help but feel great pride in being the local Ford/Chevy/buick/Pontiac
dealer in Carthage Illinois. Even in this very tough environment I have been
able to support 20 families, create a huge tax base for my community,
donated thousands of dollars and hours to local charities and projects,
provided transportation services in a town Toyota wouldn't even blink at and
I hope I've been a good husband and father to my family this past year.
Yeah it's been tough---but it has been worth every minute of it and I am
ready to come out guns blazin in 2009!!!
Merry Christmas to all you fine men and women!!! Be proud of what you do--we
do make a difference!
God bless you all!
Rob
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By importuser at 12/26/2008 11:24 AM

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FRIDAY DECEMBER 26TH 2008

I hope you all had a very blessed Christmas spent with family and friends! God has blessed our family greatly over the years and it is nice to be able to let him know just how much we appreciate him sending his son to be our savior! I know everyone is feeling uncertain about their future in these uncertain times
God knows what's coming--I guarantee it! If you let him take the wheel he will steer us through the mine fields. Here is a story I came across that I enjoyed--hope you enjoy it also

I want to share a story told by Sister Maria Jose Hobday, a Franciscan nun and author who has written and lectured internationally for 30 years on Native American spirituality, prayer, and simplicity. In the 1930s, her family was living on the edge of poverty:

"One Saturday evening I was working late on my homework. I was in the living room, my brothers were outside with their friends, and my parents were in the kitchen, discussing our financial situation. It was very quiet, and I found myself more and more following the kitchen conversation rather than attending to my homework. Mama and Daddy were talking about what had to be paid for during the week, and there was very little money -- a few dollars.

"As I listened, I became more and more anxious, realizing there was not enough to go around. They spoke of school needs, of fuel bills, of food. Suddenly the conversation stopped, and my mother came into the room where I was studying. She put the money -- a couple of bills and a handful of change -- on the desk. Here,' she said, go find two or three of your brothers and run to the drugstore before it closes. Use this money to buy strawberry ice cream.' I was astonished! I was a smart little girl, I knew we needed this money for essentials. So I objected. What? We have to use this to pay bills, Mama, to buy school things. We can't spend this on ice cream!' Then I added, I'm going to ask Daddy.' So I went to my father, telling him what Mother had asked me to do. Daddy looked at me for a moment, then threw back his head and laughed. You mother is right, honey,' he said. When we get this worried and upset about a few dollars, we are better off having nothing at all. We can't solve all the problems, so maybe we should celebrate instead. Do as your mother says.'

"So I collected my brothers and went to the drugstore. In those days, you could get a lot of ice cream for a few dollars, and we came home with our arms full of packages. My mother had set the table, made fresh coffee, put out what cookies we had and invited the neighbors. It was a great party! I do not remember what happened concerning other needs, but I remember the freedom and fun of that evening. I thought about that evening many times, and came to realize that spending a little money for pleasure was not irresponsible. It was a matter of survival of the spirit. The bills must have been paid; we made it through the weeks and months that followed. I learned my parents were not going to allow money to dominate them. I learned something of the value of money, of its use. I saw that of itself it was not important but that my attitude toward it affected my own spirit, could reduce me to powerlessness or give me power of soul."

Wishing you power of soul in abundance in the New Year.


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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 12/29/2008 5:22 PM

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DECEMBER 29TH 2008

2008 is almost over---can you believe it? I have never seen a year go by so fast.
I must say I really missed the Christmas Wish--but it was impossible for me to do anything this year with my new dealership.
I AM SO EXCITED ABOUT 2009!
Great things are happening in our community and many projects we have waited years for are coming to fruition. I just wish I was younger so I could put more energy and time into this area. We are positioned for tremendous growth---if we come together and plan together and work together.
God has been hinting to me about a project---when he gives me the details I'll pass it along
Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you all in 2009!
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 12/30/2008 10:27 AM

Posted by:MattDickinson
Dec 30, 2008...

Happy New Year wishes to everyone!  Carthage and the surrounding communities DO have a lot going for them, more than ever in recent years.  I can't wait to see what 2009 will bring us.  Sorrow, yes, of course as the cycle of life goes on.  But honor, pride, and prosperity?  ABSOLUTELY!!  These are based on our choices, and we CHOOSE to live, grow, and better ourselves!

Rob thinks nobody reads his posts.  Sorry to disappoint you, Rob.  I may not be the most timely reader, but I do get to them, and agree with you: Carthage Rocks!

Now, let's see how many other people we can get involved, here, in 2009...

[color=red][font=Verdana]HAPPY NEW YEAR!![/font][/color]
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 1/3/2009 8:31 AM

Posted by:carsnfrd
January 3rd 2009

Thanks Matt! Yes, I do think that many times I am talking to myself--but it does make us both feel better! :)
Happy New Year!
If we all do the right thing this year--none of us will be wrong!
RC
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 1/3/2009 8:35 AM

Posted by:carsnfrd
January 3rd 2009

By the way, in all my ramblings--if anyone disagrees with what I am saying--please log in and put in your 2 cents---I love great dialogue!
RC
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 1/19/2009 2:43 PM

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I got this email from Brenda--I think that you will agree--that this is the future for carthage.

Friends,

I have mentioned in a few different settings as well as in the newspaper recently that we want to put together a promotional video about Carthage that can be distributed to site selectors, who seek out locations for new businesses, as well as placed on websites where people who want to start a new business might go for information.  Tom Seaver, who is experienced in professional marketing, will be helping with this project. 
A good video will share the basic demographics about our town and the locations we have where people might want to locate a business, as well as the incentives we have to help them do that.  But the most important part of this video must be to show well what makes our town better than and/or different from the thousands of other rural communities, who also want to recruit new businesses. 
We believe strongly that Carthage has something to offer, which makes it special.  Having lived in ten other communities before moving here, I have said often that there is a spirit and a quality of life here that has made Carthage the best community in which I have lived.  However, it is very challenging to bring that across in a short video.  Its just something you learn after living here a while.  But identifying and articulating that elusive spirit is what will make our video advertisement about Carthage successful and make it stand out.  You know that a video has to capture the imagination of its viewers in the first few seconds in order for them to even watch it all the way through, let alone get them to add Carthage to their list of places they might want to locate. 
Our first step in developing this video will be pulling together a group of local people whose creative ideas will help us identify what needs to be included.  I am writing to invite you to be part of that group, who brainstorms and discusses the content of this video.
We are hoping to meet sometime the last week of January.  We will identify a specific day and time after hearing back from folks about their interest in participating.  Since we are inviting a couple people who are teachers to be part of this group, we will probably meet on a weekday in the late afternoon, 3:30pm or 4:00pm.
Please let me know whether you would be interested in being a part of this initial effort to look at what could be included in a video that would show the best about Carthage.  At this time you are only committing yourself to be part of the first brainstorming idea session with a possible second meeting to refine the ideas.  There will be opportunities for you and others to volunteer to be involved in the next steps after that, but those will be determined later.

I hope that you will consider helping with this.  I will look forward to hearing back from you by January 21 about your initial interest in being involved.



Brenda 



Brenda Gorrell Pyatt

Carthage Community Development

538 Wabash Avenue

Carthage, Illinois  62321

217-357-3800

www.carthage-il.com




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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 1/30/2009 3:55 PM

Posted by:carsnfrd
Jan 30th 2009

Just a short note to say that I attended the meeting to discuss the informational video for prospective business locating to Carthage. It is hard to put into words what makes Carthage such a unique and wornerful place to live, work and play.
If we can capture this on 15 or 20 minutes of a DVD it will be a major accomplishment.
This project comes at a very significant time in the fact that there are many people looking for a change--some by choice others by necessity--I believe Carthage can mean as much to these folks as it does to us.
If you have any thoughts of how this video can better display the "It's a wonderful life" we share here in Carthage--please share it with us here.
I will add more later as I have time.
RC
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 2/2/2009 11:45 AM

Posted by:carsnfrd
Monday Feb. 2nd 2009

Hi guys,
latest ramblings
All-right---totally off the wall--what do you think of setting up a youtube channel for Carthage. We can have a studio on the square--shoot local events using high school/ CSC students as cameramen and anchors--local infomercials on all the current school districts--business's--government--social clubs etc.etc...... then all we have to do for prospective business's is email them the channel and they can see for themselves how "just ahead of the curve" we are and how we  "make a life while making a living"--because "It's a wonderful life in Carthage Illinois"
just one of my random ramblings
rob
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Re: Carthage Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee

By importuser at 2/12/2009 9:53 AM

Posted by:carsnfrd
Thursday Feb 12th 2009

Wow, I have been meaning to sit down and write something about the Chamber dinner all week and finally here I am. Again, wow!!!
What a great meeting-- the food--entertainment (thanks Chenille for the coconut nightmares)--the attendance--the message
Brenda's report--outstanding
President Schmidt's address---all I can say is--if you believe in the future of Carthage hitch your pony up to this guy cause he has a hold of the reigns for the wagon. Just for a moment take a look at what Carthage could look like in just 5 years--
A new and expanding Hospital
A growing and vibrant swine veterinary science campus--with many established and upstart companies locating to the campus
A state of the art auditorium housing CSC's associate degree in the performing arts (50-100 talented young people living in Carthage and not only learning but practicing their talents to attract tourism $'s-performing in our church's and schools
the charger center--open and providing a place for the entire area to come for recreation--ball games--community  craft fairs----home CSC ballgames--as well as a full service fitness center for the community
a county courthouse and historic square filled with not only attornies offices and insurance agencies but also vibrant retail business's that meet the needs of the community and growing tourism business
a park district with hiking biking trails throughout the parks and the community connecting them all so that the people of Carthage can hike, bike , jog to the wow park--golf course--horseback riding stable--schools shopping districts-----
local school districts second to none in academics/athletics/facilities/curriculum
As I started this rant--look back at how I said--this is how Carthage "could" look in the next 5 years
It will all depend on us--once again our community has been blessed with some great good fortune--
Now what are each of us going to do as our part of "building the dream"
Are we going to look back 5 years from now and say---wow what a ride--or are we going to say well we sure missed an opportunity there---but by golly we didn't spend any money or we didn't miss that episode of "house" or we didn't take a chance on that so we didn't fail-unfortunately we didn't succeed either
our opportunity is NOW our city government--school districts--park boards--service clubs--private citizens--need to invest our dollars--time--energy--and expertise to expand on all these good things we have coming.
There will soon be a group shooting a video on why Carthage is a great place to locate your business---what a great story to tell!
I'm excited about our future--I will and continue to invest my money--time--and energy to make Carthage an even better place to live work and play--Why? because the rewards are great to those that take the chance!
here are some great new slogans for Carthage that are being kicked around let me know if you like any of them or have any of your own!
Here are some that I remember and some that I've come up with :)
Carthage Illinois "Just ahead of the curve"
Carthage Illinois "Don't just make a living--Make a life"
Carthage Illinois "The end of the Line---at the toll booth--the 1st tee--the on ramp--"
Carthage Illinois "It's a wonderful life in Carthage"--Christmas time
Carthage Illinois " A great place to live work and play"
Carthage Illinois "Grow with us"--agricultural theme


 
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