The way the Amazon.com HQ2 fiasco turned out raised one question that leaders of lots of cities and states have to be thinking about, including in the clear loser of the first round of Amazon’s process, the Twin Cities. Are we big enough to compete? Amazon concluded its national search for a “second headquarters,” whatever that was supposed to be, by announcing two new campuses on the East Coast. One of the planned sites lies in suburban Virginia across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., and the other is in New York. Neither place needed an economic shot in the arm. In fact, that’s what made them attractive in the first place to Amazon, which will be looking to recruit from a deep and wide talent pool that already exists in those regions, made up of folks attracted by opportunity and lifestyle. New York needs no introduction as a business hub, but Washington, D.C., has been coming up fast. Greater Washington now has more than 6.2 million people, an … [Read more...] about Twin Cities investment in people is the right move
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It will be interesting, if the Minnesota Vikings’ season collapses, if Mike Zimmer is retained as coach. The Vikings have a young, innovative, energetic offensive coordinator in John DeFilippo who is expected to receive serious consideration for several head coaching jobs after the season. If the Vikings make a head coaching change, they could already have their guy. Zimmer is 62. DeFilippo is 40. It’s too early to determine that Zimmer is no longer effective. But owner Zygi Wilf, impatient for a Super Bowl, has invested heavily in this Vikings team, and it seems unlikely that he would accept a non-playoff team. If the Vikings lose to the favored Eagles in Philadelphia next Sunday, they would be 1-3-1. That’s a difficult hole from which to dig out. The NFL trend is to go with young, bright, offensive-minded head coaches who appeal to young players. Sean McVay, whose Rams are a legitimate Super Bowl contender after defeating the Vikings 38-31 Thursday night, is … [Read more...] about Charley Walters: Could Vikings replace Mike Zimmer with John DeFilippo?
THE person charged with leading the £1m Gaelfast plan is set to be revealed this evening – and The Irish News understands that St Paul’s clubman Paul Donnelly will be confirmed as the new regeneration manager. Donnelly, who played for Antrim hurlers in the 1990s, is currently the policy, planning and research manager at Sport NI. He has worked for the organisation since 2002, and is not expected to take up his new post until November. When the £60,000 per year job was advertised by the Antrim County Board back in April, it stated that the successful candidate should have a minimum of three years senior and financial management experience. They should also have previously managed at least 10 staff or more, while it was seen as desirable to have “knowledge of the Association”. Donnelly’s brief is to ensure Belfast gets value for the £1m that Croke Park will invest over the next five years in a bid to increase participation levels among primary … [Read more...] about Antrim’s new Gaelfast regeneration manager revealed
Tony Paul The Detroit News Published 7:00 p.m. UTC May 22, 2018 Saturday's Detroit City FC match, its first to be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit, drew about 13,000 viewers combined between the traditional broadcast and live Internet streaming. That number is expected to rise by about 10 percent in the coming days, once FSD gets DVR numbers, the network said Tuesday. Between the sellout crowd of 7,264 that watched DCFC play Germany-based FC St. Pauli at Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck, more than 20,000 watched the match. "Let's put it in a little bit of perspective," Greg Hammaren, senior vice president and general manager for FSD, told The News. "This is an amateur team, at the college level, and a niche sport — so it did exactly what we expected it to do. "That's about on par with our high-school football (state-championship game) streaming." While the number may seem low on the surface, Hammaren pointed out that most of DCFC's passionate fan base was in … [Read more...] about Detroit City FC-FC St. Pauli match on FSD draws 13K viewers
In St. Paul, failing to keep up a historic home could soon come with fines — or worse. St. Paul’s nine historic districts have kept hundreds of century-old houses preserved since the 1970s. Anything requiring a permit — from a porch demolition to a new garden fence — may come before the city’s Heritage Preservation Commission for approval, adding time and cost in the name of history and aesthetics. Now, at a time when some housing advocates want to reduce the commission’s powers, a series of proposals could greatly expand its reach. Instead of mostly overseeing demolitions and new construction, the 12-member commission — whose members are appointed by the mayor — also would gain authority to require that owners of historic properties maintain them, or face potential penalties. Among the proposals: Reviews before St. Paul’s Heritage Preservation Commission would cost $500. In construction cases where the state currently requires an … [Read more...] about Better home preservation in historic districts — or St. Paul overreach?