Monday, March 9, 2009

Some good economic news

It's good to see some positive economic news now and then. The following is from an aricle on the Cincinnati Enquirer website.

"Site Selection magazine has ranked Cincinnati fourth in the country, behind Houston, Dallas and Chicago, in its list of the top metro areas in the U.S. for new and expanded corporate facilities in 2008

The ranking focused on areas with a population of one million or more and was based on data submitted by the Cincinnati USA Partnership, the economic development initiative of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

This is Cincinnati’s seventh consecutive year on the top 10 list of Site Selection, one of the top trade publications in the corporate real estate and economic development field.

The State of Ohio also fared well in Site Selection’s yearly analysis, winning the 2008 Governor’s Cup Award for the most new and expanded facilities. This is the third year in a row that Ohio has held this position."

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Back to School

Many years ago, I made a series of decisions that I later came to regret. Among the most significant of these decisions was the choice to drop out of college. I had lots of reasons for doing so, including not having a clue about what I really wanted to do with my life. Nonetheless, as the years went on I realized that it was a hasty and ill-informed choice to make.

Some years later I was able to go back to school for a couple of years and earn an Associate Degree in Audio/Video Production. That was a great thing because I finally found a vocation that I really enjoyed and had passion for. And it put me on a weird journey that led to where I am today. But even while I've been incredibly grateful for that education and how God has used that on my journey, I've still had a nagging itch of sorts in the back of my brain that bugs me every now and then for not having finished a four year degree.

But now I have a chance to scratch that itch once and for all. In a few weeks I'll be heading back to school. I'll be enrolling in Cincinnati Christian University to (hopefully) finish a Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry and Leadership. I'll be going to school one night each week for about 4 hours. And providing all my previous credits transfer, I'll be able to finish in two years.

I'm incredibly excited right now. This is one of those things that I always hoped for but never really thought would come about. I'll probably be considerably less excited in six months, but for right now it's a great feeling. I think Vicki's nuts for letting me do it. She's already put up with two years of VLI. But then again, I thought Vicki was nuts for marrying me and I still think she's nuts for staying with me. So since her sanity is already in question I might as well make the most of it.