Ruth Buchanan is the Economic Development Manager, and Che Barnett is a Redevelopment Coordinator. Both work for Manatee County, Florida. There, they work together to build the local economy from the top and the bottom.
- Economic Development - Manatee County
- Ruth Buchanan, MBA, CEcD | LinkedIn
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- Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity receives Excellence in Economic Development Award | LinkedIn
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- Che Barnett | LinkedIn
- Manatee County aims to bring jobs to Samoset
- Measure | Enterprise Community Partners
From the Pre-Interview
What's been your most influential book and why?
Ruth: Howard Schultz, Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life Without Losing Its Soul. I like change management. It is what separates leaders from the rest.
Che: There have been several, too many to narrow down but two that are currently informing my work are The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein which looks at the role of government in the segregation of America’s communities. As a government employee, it’s important for me to know how my work is linked to that past, appreciate the progress that has been made over the decades, and work hard inside and outside of government to push that progress even further. The second book is Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point – How Little Things Can Make A Big Difference. Our County Administrator recommends this book. It’s been interesting revisiting it and seeing how my social role has shifted from being a Connector 20 or so years ago to a Maven in the current day.
What is your favorite productivity tool or resource?
Ruth: We created our own project management tool working with internal IT staff. I am excited as we are about to roll it out. It is our tool so its value addition should be nothing short of transformative.
Che: I’m a minimalist here – Microsoft Productivity Suite and my cell phone. Favorite resource would be the people I serve.
Ruth: Ikigai is a life model that I have been using. It is a simple way to help me achieve the several major goals in life.
Che: The Enterprise Community Partners Opportunity 360 Community Dashboard provides neighborhood level data that can help communities better understand the resources needed to make them more inclusive, equitable and connected to opportunity.
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