A year after primary loss, Ed Peterson pleased to see park, library investments he lobbied for come to fruition

first_imgEd Peterson (left) lost out to Ed Eilert in the County Commission Chair primary last year — but saw one of the central points of his campaign become a reality this month.Last summer, former Fairway Mayor and then-District One County Commissioner Ed Peterson found his days packed with campaign events as he pursued a bid to unseat Ed Eilert from commission chair’s seat. The county, Peterson argued, had neglected important community assets that contributed significantly to Johnson County’s quality of life. The central argument of his campaign was that if Johnson County were to remain an attractive place to live and raise a family, it was high time to put some money into the library, parks and transportation systems.Peterson lost the primary, finishing a distant third behind Eilert and cost-cutting evangelist Patricia Lightner. At the time, it appeared the county’s appetite for any kind of tax increase to pay for maintaining and improving services was meager.But with a 4-3 vote last week, the commission passed a county budget that included a significant tax increase to pay for just the things Peterson had lobbied so strongly for. Eilert, who painted himself as a disciplined steward of the county’s finances who had held the line on taxes for years during his reelection campaign, voted in favor of the tax increase.For his part, Peterson says he doesn’t know what changed Eilert’s mind about the idea that the county needed to infuse its libraries and parks with money for improvements. But he’s happy to see the ideas he touted coming to fruition.“I wish a majority of residents or voters had agreed with me a year ago,” he said. “Sometimes it takes ideas a while to catch on. I don’t have any sour grapes about it or hard feelings. In some ways it’s good to know that all those comments and positions [I took during the campaign ]are resonating in the community as opposed to falling flat or going away.”Peterson said that based on his conversations with a number of people involved with county government, he believes the legislature’s move to limit local governments’ abilities to raise taxes likely contributed to the county’s move. The tax lid bill passed the past session goes into effect in 2018. City and county governments are concerned that if they don’t make moves to invest in their communities now, they might not be able to do so in the coming years.“I know that it’s a concern,” he said. “If they don’t act quickly, they won’t have the flexibility to act in the future.”Peterson took some time from work after the election loss, saying that having a few months off from juggling politics, a career and his family was beneficial. His father also passed away this summer, which took its toll. But, he says, now he’s exploring a couple of options that would allow him to combine his legal experience with his desire to be involved in community service.But even after a difficult summer, he says he’s been able to appreciate the county’s move toward the vision he tried to paint last year.“I think it’s a sign that people are beginning to realize that it’s important to invest in the things we have,” he said. “For elected officials to raise the mill level in face of all the noise from state about cutting, it takes some courage to do that. I think that’s a significant achievement.”last_img read more


10 Do’s and Don’ts for credit unions planning for digital success

first_imgBBVA should be on the radar of many credit union and community bank executives. That’s because BBVA, Spain’s second-biggest bank is creating a new digital banking unit as part of a shake up of its structure as they prepare for the humanized digital economy.Just a few weeks ago, BBVA invested in a digital asset with the acquisition of Simple. I believe BBVA understands the need to evolve the way they operate and generate leads for loans and new accounts in a humanized digital economy.According to the American Banker, “Gonzalez has repeatedly said he wants to use technology to make the bank more efficient and increases its appeal to clients, fending off competitors he predicts will emerge from the world of electronic commerce. In a speech to shareholders this month he likened the emergence of new digital companies to the so-called Cambrian Explosion about 540 million years ago when life forms on earth multiplied and evolved rapidly.”Evolution Followed the Cambrian ExplosionRegardless of how you believe life came to be, one thing for certain is life on this planet has and will continue to evolve.And just like in nature, organizations who have difficulty adapting to changing environments eventually die and become extinct. Just think about how established companies have fallen in commoditized industries such as film, music and books, thanks in part to the rise of Internet and an empowered consumer. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more


Nationwide: Patricia Brown

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Tschudi delivers first half of Hising Bridge

first_imgThe finished bridge will be 350 m long and will consist of 42 separate elements – 22 of which have now arrived in the Swedish city.The components were loaded onto the Symphony Spirit in Bilbao, using the vessel’s two cranes in a tandem lift. The heaviest item weighed 149 tonnes and the total weight of the shipment was 1,774 tonnes. The journey from Spain to Sweden took five days.Tschudi Logistics Denmark was responsible for finding and chartering a suitable vessel for the job; designing the transport scope; loading and discharging the oversized elements; and lashing and securing of the cargo.Tschudi Logistics Sweden (located in central Gothenburg) oversaw the unloading process, again using the Symphony Spirit’s cranes.Thomas Vestergaard, chief commercial officer at Tschudi Logistics Group, said: “We started our preparations as early as 2015 and it is a delight to see how all of our hard work is coming together in a smooth operation. To ensure optimal handling of cargo, we were present on site, both in Bilbao for loading and here in Gothenburg for discharge.”tschudilogistics.comlast_img read more


WellRed meets: Loïs Diony

first_imgSo why did you opt to leave for England and Bristol City? “I’ve come here for a fresh start and to enjoy life and my football again.”I want to have a smile on my face again. It’s a new country, new teammates and a different league. I want to play as much as possible and show what I can do.”Everyone has been very welcoming at the club and the fans have been great, so I want to say thank you to them for that support. I want to help the team enjoy success this season.” We must ask you about your hair…where did you get the inspiration from?”I’ve had it like this for two and a half years. A lot of people talk to me about it. They ask me why I don’t cut it or say I have a pineapple on my head!” How much English football did you watch growing up? “I watched a lot of Premier League football up until two seasons ago when it went to a different subscription channel.”Growing up I liked Chelsea in England; they had great players. In my own country I liked Paris Saint Germain – my dad was a PSG fan so I followed that. Further on, I supported Real Madrid.”I’ve played at the Parc Des Princes (PSG’s home ground) and I’ve watched Real live once, but not at the Bernabéu.”WATCH: DIONY’S FIRST INTERVIEW AFTER SECURING LOAN MOVE TO BS3center_img Let’s start by talking about your decision to come here. What happened at Saint-Etienne to make you look elsewhere?”I know there are supporters at Saint-Etienne who like me, but there are also those who don’t. It is very difficult for a footballer if, when they touch the ball, all the supporters scream bad things.”I’m trying to show my skills and moves for the team but it wasn’t easy. For me, it was better to change my situation and come away from France. My season is over with Saint-Etienne now and my focus is on Bristol City. I want to help the team here.”last_img read more