SCORECARD & MANAGEMENT NOTES
Money Magazine Best Places to Live - Utah
Top 100 finalists
City Rank Population
- Sandy 23 89,700
- Orem 38 89,700
- Layton 41 61,800
- Ogden 79,891
- Provo 115,141
- Salt Lake City 180,377
- St. George 59,938
- Taylorsville 59,010
- West Jordan 73,286
- West Valley City 116,900
National Income per Capita
||Income per Capita (USD)|
Percentage of Voting Age Voting
|| Share of individuals that cast a ballot
election, in % of the voting-age
Prison Population (rate per 100,000 pop)
|| Prison population rate (per 100 000 pop.)
Suicides per 100 000 persons, all
||Suicide rate (per 100 000 pop.)|
Life Expectancy - Women
||Women's Life Expectancy - Years|
Life Expectancy - Men
||Men's Life Expectancy - Years|
Source: OECD, 2007
The Role of
- When companies experience organizational
their first response is often a structural
fix, such as
decentralizing, breaking down silos, or
shifting to a
- Many such efforts have only limited success
because formal organizational charts mask the
invisible networks that employees use to get
- Investing time and energy to understand
can help companies measure the effectiveness of
major initiatives and make organizational
- In many cases, a key to success is focusing
on "brokers," who serve as bridges across a
of subgroups in a network and are easy to
because they occupy the "white space" of
- The number of relationships brokers have
small compared with those of influential
- focusing on eliminating bottlenecks and
connections among key employees, one company
increased the ratio of employee ties that
to their functions by 13 percentage points.
- Analysis can help employees understand how
they compare with peers on dimensions such as
information sharing, mentoring, and social
Source: McKinsey & Company
Source: An excerpt from Thinking for a
to Get Better Performance and Results from
Knowledge Workers, by Thomas H. Davenport
Public Private Partnerships
What is the role of
business in advancing economic development and
The challenges in our world cannot be met by
governments, business or civil society alone.
UN's Millennium Development Goals of 2015
will be a
challenge to meet, but business partnerships
significant potential for accelerating progress.
The Centre for Public-Private Partnership
combines the thought leadership of research
institutes with the practical perspectives of
from business, government and civil society
Harnessing Private Sector Capabilities to
Public Needs: The Potential of Partnerships to
Advance Progress on Hunger, Malaria and Basic
This report shows that there is
for the private sector to help meet the
Development Goals on hunger, malaria and basic
education. It identifies priority actions for
take and presents over 45 examples of ongoing
corporate efforts on these three issues.
In what ways can the private sector
The private sector develops new technologies,
provides essential goods and services, and
large-scale operations efficiently. Business
competencies can improve the effectiveness of
Multinationals have a particularly
important role to
play in upholding and advancing principles on
rights, labour, environmental and
practices in countries with weak regulatory
Public-private partnerships between
and other stakeholders, such as NGOs or
governments, can apply the resources and
competencies of business for social gain.
Corporate philanthropy is growing, but only a
small portion of this is directed towards
countries. Corporate foundations can target more
funds towards MDG-oriented programmes and also
help to fill the financing gaps that often
Business can help to improve governance
MDGs. Involving business in policy dialogues
enables stakeholders to work together more
effectively on implementation. And businesses
also help build public awareness and support
MDGs, through media outreach and consumer
Companies and organizations wishing to work
with the Centre for Public-Private
contact Richard Samans, Managing Director, or
Associate Directors Lisa Dreier and Pratik
Telephone +41 (0)22 869 1212
Fax +41 (0)22 786 2744
- Best Places to Live in Utah
- National Rankings - Income, Voting, Prison,
Suicides, Life Expectancy
- The Role of Networks in Organizational Change
- Public/Private Partnerships
- Oil and Gas Inventories
- Crude oil inventories soared by 5.6
million barrels for the week ending May 4,
according to the Energy Information
Administration, well ahead of the 400,000
barrel build expected. Gasoline stocks rose
by 0.4 million barrels, in line with
expectations. Refinery activity improved
modestly to 89%. Soaring imports helped crude
and gasoline stocks rise. Distillate
inventories rose 1.7 million barrels. This
release will likely help extend the bearish
pressure seen in oil prices in the past two
days, although gasoline prices will remain
under bullish pressure.
- MBA Mortgage Applications Survey
- Mortgage demand increased 3.6% in the
week ending May 4. Purchase applications
increased 2.6% and refinance applications
increased 4.9%. The numbers reflect both a
concerted effort from many homeowners to
refinance out of adjustable rate mortgages
and that this is a time in the spring housing
market where potential buyers are finding the
homes they would like to bid on.
- Chain Store Sales Snapshot
- Chain store sales fell 0.6% in the week
ending May 5. Year-over-year growth slipped
to 1.7%, the weakest in nine weeks. High
gasoline prices were mentioned as drags on
- ABC News/Washington Post Consumer
- After being on a downward trend since
early March, consumer confidence is showing
signs of stabilizing. The ABC News/Washington
Post consumer comfort index rose two points
to -3 in the week ending May 6. The details
were decent with a four-point improvement in
the personal finances component leading the
overall charge higher.
- Employment Situation
- April nonfarm payrolls rose by 88,000,
in line with our forecast. Job growth was
held back by the two inventory corrections
the U.S. economy is working through now,
namely the housing inventory overhang and the
manufacturing inventory overhang, as well as
rising energy prices lately and the
intensifying negative housing wealth effects.
Construction, retail and manufacturing
payrolls all fell significantly and payrolls
for prior months were revised down, the first
downward revision in years.
- Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report
- Underground storage of natural gas
increased by 96 billion cubic feet during the
week ending May 4. This was just slightly
above expectations for an injection of about
90 Bcf. Inventories are now 20.5% above the
five-year average. This report is likely to
have a slightly bearish impact on prices.
- Productivity and Costs
- Nonfarm business productivity growth in
the first quarter of 2007 came in at 1.7%
annualized growth, far above consensus, but
below the 2.1% rate in the fourth quarter.
Unit labor cost growth was a weak 0.6%, down
from 6.2% from the fourth quarter. Given the
weak GDP numbers, the productivity number was
a pleasant surprise, and the unit labor costs
number was good news on the inflation front.
- Real GDP growth slowed to a 1.3%
annualized pace in the first quarter of 2007,
down from 2.5% in the fourth quarter of last
year. This is well below the 1.9% consensus
expectation for the first quarter. Real GDP
has increased 2.1% over the past year, far
less than the economy's potential of about
3%. The weakening in growth was due to a
worsening in trade and reduced federal
government spending. Housing remains a severe
weight on growth.
|This Weeks Leads:
- Food Lion
- Delhaize America, Inc. trades as Food
Lion at 1,200 locations in DE, FL, GA, KY,
MD, NC, PA, SC, TN, VA and WV.
supermarkets occupy spaces of 28,000 sq.ft.
to 38,000 sq.ft. in freestanding locations in
addition to strips and power
- Plans call for 50 openings in the
existing markets during the coming 18 months.
- Preferred cotenants include home
- A vanilla shell is
- A land area of 3.5 to 4.5
acres is required for freestanding locations.
- Rack Room Shoes
- Rack Room Shoes operates in excess of 400
stores in 22 states throughout the Midwest,
Mid-Atlantic, South and West regions of the
- The stores occupy spaces of 5,500
sq.ft. to 7,000 sq.ft. in lifestyle, outlet,
power and strip centers.
cotenants include Target, T.J. Maxx,
Marshalls, Old Navy and regional department
- Typical leases run five years
- A vanilla shell plus a
tenant improvement allowance are required.
- Preferred demographics include a
population of 100,000 in a seven-mile radius
earning an average household income of
- Competition includes Famous
Footwear, Shoe Carnival and DSW.
more information, contact Kent Gonnerman,
Rack Room Shoes, 8310 Technology Drive,
Charlotte, NC 28262; Email:
email@example.com; 704-547-9200, Fax
704-547-8158; Web site
- Gander Mountain
- Gander Mountain operates in 106
locations throughout AR, CO, IA, IL, IN, KS,
KY, MD, MI, MN, NC, ND, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA
- The sporting goods stores occupy
spaces of 30,000 sq.ft. to 35,000 sq.ft. in
- Plans call for 12
openings in the eastern, southern, and
midstate regions of the U.S.
- The company
will occupy existing space providing that
outdoor selling space is available.
more information, contact Tom Brisinski,
Gander Mountain, 180 East Fifth Street, Suite
1300, St. Paul, MN 55101, Fax 651-325-2001;
- The Limited Too
- Tween Brands trades as The Limited Too
and Justice at 727 locations nationwide.
The stores, specializing in apparel,
swimwear, sleepwear, sportswear and footwear
for young girls, occupy spaces of 4,100
sq.ft. in malls and outlet centers.
Growth opportunities are sought nationwide
during the coming 18 months.
- For more
information, contact Alan Hochman, Tween
Brands, 8323 Walton Parkway, New Albany, OH
43054; 614-775-3500, Fax 614-775-3942; Web
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Bob back from Japan
Still suffering from "Jet-Lag"! For some reason it
is a lot harder to fly east!
Gwen and I had a wonderful time visiting with our
children and our long time Matsumoto friends.
Matsumoto is in the Japanese Alps - close to the
sites of many of the 1998 Winter Olympics.
Thanks to Jon for doing a grea job covering all the
issues and client questions that came up.
The "Japan Alps" contain the highest peaks in
Japan after Fujiyama, and are very similar to the Alps
of Central Europe both in character of the landscape
and in the abundance of snow in winter.
The Alps attract large numbers of walkers and
climbers in summer and skiers in winter.
Matsumoto is at the "gateway" of the Japan Alps.