Now, I begin (again)

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First post. Start a blog. One of the items on a list of things I’ve wanted to do but haven’t had the time. It’s not perfect yet. Building in progress.

Also on the list is learning to ride a motorcycle. This is a new thing that came about after working with Diane Norton (cool, smart lady at Idaho Division of Tourism) and Harley Davidson last summer on a Selkirk Loop trip for female writers/bikers. We named the trip Cruising the Loop and had some fun with it online. Diane is working with Harley on Cruising the Loop 2010, and I’ve been invited to ride! More on that later.

Right now, I want to explain why I have time to get to my list. Starting today, I am working independently as an Idaho public relations practitioner, and a writer. I will continue to work for Drake Cooper on a contract basis, as the agency will no longer have an in-house PR team but will continue to offer PR services. This allows me and the agency greater flexibility, and frees me up to chase some dreams and desires I have yet to fulfill.

I will continue to teach at BSU, serve on the board of the Idaho chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and provide PR consultation and services to the Idaho Division of Tourism, Idaho Dept. of Agriculture, and Keynetics, Idaho’s largest privately held tech company, and its subsidiaries. Hopefully, there will be others but that’s a good start! And, as always, I’ll spend as much time as possible hanging out with my daughters.

New things on the horizon include Cruising the Loop, which I mentioned earlier, and a community project I’m working on called “Refresh Boise Public Schools” to benefit the Boise Public Schools Education Foundation. This project is related to the “Pepsi Refresh Project” that this year will award millions of dollars in grants to local, non-profit programs. More on that later, too. For now, check out Pepsi’s project and come up with an idea for something you want to fund.

Thanks for taking time to read about my goings on…  Basically, what you’ll find on my blog is bits and pieces about PR, marketing and advertising, and some news commentary and analysis. Guest bloggers are welcome, so if you have something to say about related topics, chime in.

My new contact info is on the site, so you know where to find me.

Until the next time….


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