A mission statement for a region

Nothing wrong with stealing good ideas. From Boston.com and writer Scott Kirsner:

1. Attract, educate, and retain the smartest people in the world.

2. Support them in solving important problems, developing innovative products, and building successful businesses.

3. Share what we’re doing with the rest of the world.

4. Keep getting better at Items #1-#3.

via My proposed mission statement for New England – Innovation Economy – Boston.com.

Since, I’m obviously not ready to represent you- I’m asking you if you have a better idea than the four above?

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From Karri O’s comment on the FICO thread:

An effective, streamlined one-stop shop for small business startups is a great indicators that a city is going to be effective in attracting new businesses.   Would be great to see a city level department that could actually be integrated and cooperative with the county and state Development Departments.

I’d hate to see growth in government overhead, so my emphasis would be on streamlined (maybe even consolidation, or the most dreaded ism: reagionalism).


1.  Have a thriving area with no crime

2. Get everyone healthy and in shape

3. Have the smartest kids in the world.

4. Make up pointless lists.

It’s not the “what” that’s important, it’s the “how”. I did actually RTFA, and there is absolutely nothing on how to accomplish that.

Rob in Cbus
Rob in Cbus

That is very similar the mission statements of some of the biggest and most successful companies in the world.  The difference is these corporate giants have lots of money to attract this talent.  Dayton does not.  Dayton needs a few smart people that start with a simple and great idea that grows into something world class.  Just like it did all those years ago when Ritty invented the cash register, when the Pats started NCR, and when Kettering invented the starter.   A few people, with great ideas and passion to make it real.  The reason Dayton is here is because people like this, not because some giant company moved in and offered jobs.
Dave, you certainly have the passion and you are clearly very good at technology.  Instead of railing against the “man” all day, put that passion to work, create a cool iPad / iPhone app and grow that into something someone else can complain about you on their blog.  “That Esrati Corp is just evil, blah blah blah”.  That would be soo much better for Dayton than some big successful company put Dayton over a barrel to “entice” them to move to southwest Ohio, or Uh hiii uh as one of my friends calls it.
I understand people all over this planet are looking for great ideas to capitalize on and finding that niche is not easy but it is done every day, all around this country.
I must say the one negative about your “Mission Statement” is that it sounds an awful lot like you think that talent does not already exist in Dayton.  And from the people I know in Dayton, I know there is plenty of talent there.
All the best.


How about my mission statement:
1) We will protect your private property rights.
2) We will protect your person against assault, fraud, and extortion.
3) We will not interfere or intervene in any other activity.
4) Enjoy your freedom!

Bruce Kettelle
Bruce Kettelle

My one line mission statement:
You will have fun living here!
for example this experiment in a Philadelphia farmers market: