"Saul Alinsky uses the example of the American Declaration of Independence to elaborate on this statement: To the Colonists who drafted it, the Declaration was self evidently true; to the British, it deliberately ignored the benefits of the British presence. The colonists recognized at the time that the document was not balanced and was to some extent propaganda." http://www.infed.org/thinkers/alinsky.htm
Here's our local development association and their mission statement. I've been keeping tabs on their website since I built kennylake.com in February 2007. It's still under construction and has next to nothing at the site. What's almost funny is this is the group that helped write the Marketing and Branding Plan which said a website of the area would be a good idea couldn't manage it. They had a website making workshop, maybe even more than one. But their website remains so benignly empty... as if they're barely active at all. I'll base our mission statement on theirs, getting a feel for the lingo now. My comments are in red.
Our mission is to facilitate partnerships to improve the quality of life in Alaska's Copper Valley through economic development while protecting our natural and cultural resources. We serve the Copper Valley as an Alaska Regional Development Organization and Resource Conservation and Development Council.
Our mission is to restore confidence in the American work ethic and provide real jobs so people can eat all winter through building businesses based on profits while protecting all our right to be part of the local economy. We serve Kenny Lake and Chitina as an Alaskan owned operation, we don't have any affiliation with the federal or state government and do not survive off grants.
Copper Valley Development Association, Inc. is a non-profit (501(c)3) organization that serves the region as an Alaska Regional Development Organization (ARDOR) and Resource Conservation and Development Council (RC&D). CVDA is funding primarily through the ARDOR program, with federal support from RC&D Program with USDA Natrual Resources Conservation Service. Funds are also leveraged through various donations and fundrasing projects.
CVDA Helps Bring Economic Opportunities to the Region by:
Assisting Small Businesses (I have yet to see any evidence of this.)
Supporting Community Groups to Build Capacity and Develop Projects (Ohhhhhh.)
Coordinating Community Events and Workshops (Like the new nobiz tourist maps?)
Leveraging Funds to Provide Needed Infrastructure, Training, and Services in the Region (???)
Building Partnerships to Improve Communications and Share Resources (Partnerships with me?)
Providing Enviromental and Leadership Education for Area Youth (Enlightenment for all!)