3 Tips for Writing a Strong Grant Proposal

Posted on August 26, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Economic Development, Guest Blog.

At Platinum PR, we’re happy to be collaborating with Nichola Ostrander of Ostrander’s Consulting to provide grant writing support for our clients. We’ve invited Nichola to share a few tips with you today about how to write a strong grant proposal. Here’s Nichola: Right now, there are so many opportunities to get funding for communities. …

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Economic Development is Not for Amateurs!

Posted on August 5, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Economic Development.

When my colleague Jay Garner asked me to help him promote his new book, Economic Development is Not for Amateurs!, I was thrilled to help. His new book, co-authored with Ross Patten, shows community leaders how to transform local, regional, or state economies and super-charge a community’s revitalization effort to attract jobs, investment, and residents. One …

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Feeling overwhelmed? Let’s talk.

Posted on July 29, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Economic Development, Strategic Communication.

If you’re an economic developer, you’ve truly been a frontline responder during the COVID crisis. As many businesses in your community have struggled to stay afloat, you’ve had your hands full supporting them. You may be creating grant programs or unique funding solutions for businesses, which come with a huge influx of work to respond …

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Why we need more Black business owners (3 ways to help)

Posted on July 15, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Communications, Economic Development.

Today’s blog is a collaboration between PPR CEO Sandy Sponaugle and our Economic Inclusivity Coordinator, Jay Mason. Jay is a community leader in Frederick, a member of the school board, and a commercial real estate agent. He also brings his perspective as a Black business owner with a passion for creating more economic inclusion in …

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The data you need to track in a COVID world

Posted on July 8, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Economic Development.

When it comes to budget justifications, sometimes we assume that our stakeholders and elected officials know how much time, energy, and resources it takes to do a particular project.  For example, we assume they understand:  The amount of handholding you do with business owners The amount of time it takes to create and review a …

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Creating progress with economic inclusivity

Posted on June 10, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Economic Development, Video.

Today, I want to introduce you to my friend and colleague Jay Mason. Jay is a community leader in Frederick, a member of the school board, and a commercial real estate broker. We first met as students at Shepherd University 29 years ago! We reconnected for lunch this past January and got into a long …

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