The Brag Basket is open! This one is for August 14-16, 2015. Bring your peachy good news 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
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jerry johnson says
Starting to get somewhere on educating myself on “small town reinvention ” . Joined bc Workshop ( as a design mentor) a Dallas based non-profit architectural/urban planning firm. bc Workshop is involved in building ” community thru design ” projects in Dallas, Houston , and Brownsville, Tx. My first effort with them will be working on “good neighbor” guidelines for large developments in older neighborhoods in Dallas. Meet this weekend with “Strong Towns ” for a workshop on small project infill development strategies. In September I will attend a workshop on Public Design Initiatives ( how design can influence community growth and interaction ). Design work includes a project in 3 unit”co-housing “concept study for a local investor. Busy time ….hope to have lots to share. Jerry
Becky McCray says
Jerry, congratulations on your life-long learning. I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts.
Becky McCray says
Teri Haler, with the Conyers Convention & Visitors Bureau, sent this brag by email:
I wanted to brag a little on a local restaurant in my town:
Gyro at Tavas Pizza has been named one of Georgia’s “100 Plates that Locals Love”
Tavas Pizza was awarded the “100 Plates That Locals Love” distinction by Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Tourism division (GDEcD) as part of its “100 Plates that Locals Love” which is featured in the state’s new culinary guide, Georgia Eats.
“It’s Georgia’s outstanding local restaurants that truly showcase the state’s rich flavors that locals and visitors love,” said Kevin Langston, deputy commissioner for tourism at the Georgia Department of Economic Development. “Each dish on our list of “100 Plates that Locals Love” epitomize Georgia’s culinary scene with locally made and grown ingredients. These are the best of the best in Georgia and we can’t wait to share them with our visitors.”
The Georgia Department of Economic Development Tourism Division is celebrating the state’s culinary greatness this year. One of the initiatives selected the dishes that make our state’s food unique, inspiring, and just plain good eatin’! As a part of this designation, each restaurant is featured in the Georgia Eats official culinary guide, which is being distributed by the 11 Visitor Information Centers statewide; on the state’s consumer tourism website ExploreGeorgia.org; and on ExploreGeorgia.org’s 14 social media channels.
Congratulations to Tavas Pizza!
Becky McCray says
Our friend Jeanette Nance from Keep Oklahoma Beautiful sent this brag by email:
Keep Oklahoma Beautiful loves the great work you and your team do to promote local business in Oklahoma, and we want to brag on local businesses throughout the state who are teaming up to make a difference in their communities through our Fresh Paint Days Program. Through this program rural communities are able to aesthetically renovate and restore their Main Street businesses to spur economic growth.
Fresh Paint Days is an amazing program started with the partnership and support of local business H.I.S Coatings. The owner, a native Oklahoman, grew tired of seeing buildings in downtown communities falling in disrepair, and he wanted to make a difference. Fresh Paint Days was born.
Now businesses and community organizations across the state have applied to receive free paint and a stipend from PSO (Public Service Company of Oklahoma – a local utility) to tackle blighted buildings in their community to give them a much needed facelift. I know from your work and recent announcement of SaveYour.Town you recognize what an impact unsightly, empty businesses can have both the economy and morale of small towns.
This year the pot was made even sweeter with the contribution of another local business. CL Boyd, one of Oklahoma’s oldest locally owned companies, has donated pressure washers to select projects. Talk about local businesses coming together to support a statewide effort! There are 40 projects happening statewide over the next month, but a few we’d like to especially brag on:
– El Reno Chamber of Commerce and Evans Cleaners
– Clayton Chamber of Commerce and Simple Simon’s Pizza
– Neighborhood Solutions (Guthrie) and God’s Food Bank
– Apache Pride and Designs by Debbie
You can find amazing before and after photo’s of past projects on our website: http://www.keepoklahomabeautiful.com
We’ll be announcing the winners of these community transformation projects at our 25th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards ceremony in November. As Keep Oklahoma Beautiful celebrates our 50th year, we could not do so without the support and partnership of businesses and community leaders in small towns throughout Oklahoma. Thanks for all you do to support them!
Thank you for sharing, Jeanette! And congratulations to every Oklahoma town that participated in Fresh Paint Days!
By the way, this is a great project idea that any region or state could borrow.