State Leaders Come Together in Effort to Attract Amazon HQ2 to Pennsylvania

first_img October 18, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – On the eve of the deadline to submit proposals for Amazon’s second headquarters in North America, Amazon HQ2, Governor Tom Wolf today highlighted his work to build bipartisan support for a robust effort to attract the company to the commonwealth.Governor Wolf has spearheaded efforts to promote the commonwealth as the prime location for the Amazon HQ2 project, launching the Amazon in PA website, which includes joint letters of support from Pennsylvania’s congressional delegation, legislative leaders, education advocates, and cabinet officials. Additionally, the commonwealth will submit a state-level proposal to accompany the proposals submitted by Pennsylvania’s communities.“Pennsylvania continues to lead the way for successful businesses and communities with innovation and imagination. We’ve been here since before our country’s founding, and we’re equipped to support and sustain business for centuries to come,” said Governor Wolf. “Our location at the geographical center of the East Coast, rich cultural heritage, abundant natural resources, and job-ready workforce has made us a hub for commerce and a leader in technological innovation and education.”The governor’s efforts in responding to this historic opportunity have also resulted in collective letters of support from Pennsylvania’s congressional leaders expressing collective support for the placement of Amazon’s second company headquarters, cabinet officials outlining the administration’s efforts and historic investments in education, workforce development, business development, and transportation, higher education advocates representing more than 360 postsecondary institutions highlighting why Pennsylvania is the best choice for Amazon, and bipartisan state leadership expressing their full support for Amazon to select a location in the Keystone State.Amazon is expected to invest over $5 billion in construction and create as many as 50,000 high-paying jobs. In addition to direct hiring and investment, construction and ongoing operations is expected to create tens of thousands of additional jobs and tens of billions of dollars in additional investment in the surrounding community.“We believe we have the strongest proposal and are extremely well-positioned to win this project,” continued Governor Wolf. “We are proud to have coalesced all of our state leaders and partners in this effort and would be proud to be the home of Amazon HQ2.” State Leaders Come Together in Effort to Attract Amazon HQ2 to Pennsylvaniacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Osimhen Will Become a Super Star with Napoli, Says Lille’s Lopez

first_img“We have received several bids for Victor. We have exchanged many opinions,” Lopez told French media La Voix du Nord.“He asked me (where to move) and I gave him the name of the club that I think is best for him, based on his playing style, the coach and planned progress.“He has the quality to play under pressure and I believe he would have a city like Napoli at his feet, which would be a unique thing in the career of a player.Osimhen returned to France after his trip to Naples, where he met manager Gennaro Gattuso and held contract talks with President Aurelio De Laurentiis.Though Osimhen has yet to agree personal terms with Napoli, the Italian and French clubs are thrashing out a fee for the former Wolfsburg starlet.Osimhen, 21, scored 18 goals and provided six assists in 38 games for Lille this past season.He was voted the best African player in the French topflight.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lille President Gerard Lopez has given the strongest hint yet that Victor Osimhen is headed for Napoli after predicting the striker will become a super star at the Italian club and that he also advised him to move to the club.“Napoli is just below Juventus and Barcelona, but is on the same level as Atlético Madrid. If he goes there he will become a superstar,” predicted the Lille president who is keen on cashing on the youngster’s red hot value in the transfer market.The Lille boss revealed he also chose Napoli for Osimhen.last_img read more

Sales Leaders Stop Sending Lifeless Sales Reports and Do This Instead

first_imgRecently, the team at OpenView Venture Partners was fortunate enough to host former ExactTarget CEO Scott Dorsey for a day at our Boston offices. Scott — whose friendship with OpenView founder Scott Maxwell goes back more than 10 years — was incredibly generous with his time. And the highlight for most of us was an hour-long “Lunch and Learn,” during which Scott shared ExactTarget’s incredible founding story (you can see a full interview with Scott and OpenView Principal Blake Bartlett here). Scott recounted a lot of great stories over the course of that hour, but the one that struck me the most revolved around what he called “My Friday Notes” — a weekly email report that he sent to ExactTarget’s entire team recapping his week and the company’s highlights. As Scott told our team (and our founder, Scott Maxwell, wrote about in a recent post), those emails weren’t just about keeping employees informed about key goals or objectives. They also delivered much-needed color, personality, and transparency. As the business scaled to several hundred (and then several thousand) employees, the emails made Scott seem more human and personable, and strengthened his leadership.In the Era of Automation, Personalization Can Be PricelessThere’s something to be said about that level of transparency and personalization in an era of auto-generated reports — and not just for founders or CEOs. Most sales leaders send weekly (and, in some cases, daily) updates to key stakeholders that recap key performance and activity metrics, and those updates are very often automated through Salesforce (or some other CRM system). But while that data is important, it doesn’t always paint a complete picture of your customers, competitors, or market. That’s where I think sales leaders can learn a lot from Scott Dorsey. Yes, you should be sending daily or weekly reports that reflect on what you’ve accomplished and where you stand against key goals. But it wouldn’t hurt to infuse those reports with a little bit of context and color, too. For instance:What are buyers saying about your company or product?How are they responding to messaging?What are their most common objections?What kinds of content are they asking for?That kind of qualitative information may not seem like a big deal, but it can be incredibly helpful for the entire organization. For example, knowing how messaging is resonating with prospects can help marketers fine-tune the content they create, while feedback from a product demo may help the development team optimize its workflow.If Scott Dorsey Has Time for Detailed Weekly Updates, Why Don’t You?Dorsey_circleMaybe the most impressive thing about Scott Dorsey’s “My Friday Notes” is that, over the course of five years, he never missed sending one. That includes the Fridays he was on vacation, out of the country, or home sick. Think about that for a second. This is the CEO of a company that was acquired by Salesforce for $2.7 billion. His schedule was perpetually full of management, board, and investor meetings. Yet, he always found time to send a colorful, personalized weekly update to his team. So, what’s your excuse? When we work with our portfolio companies’ sales teams, we actually encourage business development reps (i.e., the most junior team members) to send daily updates to the CEO that include key insights from their conversations with buyers. That might sound crazy, but we’ve found that CEOs actually want to receive this information. So, keep that in mind the next time you prepare to send another bland, automated sales report to your senior managers or executives. Yes, activity and performance metrics are important, but there’s also room for color and context. The more you’re able to combine the two, the better informed the rest of your organization will be and the more you’ll build your reputation as a leader. For more tips on how you can create visibility, take initiative, and catapult your sales career, check out my guest post for SalesHacker on how to become a better sales leader.  Photo by: Summer Skyes 11  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more