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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Fort Thomas Creates

I get on kicks where I'll read a book a week, and no, I have not read any Nicholas Sparks so you can stop with the jokes there. Who Moved My Cheese was one I was wanting to get around to for awhile so I could actually be involved in a conservation about the book, instead of faking my way through it like I did during Senior Year English with Catch 22. My apologies to my teacher, Teri Foltz.

I think we can agree that most of us have all been affected by this economy in one way or another. We've had to be creative in our businesses to keep our heads above water, we've had to adapt our spending and saving habits and in some cases, we've had to start from scratch.

Change is never easy, which in a roundabout way, brings me back to Who Moved My Cheese. Even though the book was written over 10 years ago and at the precipice of the tech bubble, the theme holds true, especially today.

People are reverting back to home businesses, people are looking for supplemental income or simply trying to replace income. Change is occurring here in Fort Thomas and we can accept it and try to progress or we can crawl into our basements and try to wait this thing out.

When I talked to Jane Pompilio a few weeks ago we talked our way around a website - loosely termed - Fort Thomas Creates - which would showcase local talent and advertise services. Had I not known Jane, I would have never known about her art or books as I'm sure most of you did not.

That got me wondering, how many more citizens are creating things, trying to sell services or advertise their businesses? Growing up here, I know there are a lot of self made men and women here who proudly stand by their work and now, more than ever, may need a little boost to get over this lull.

I'm sure there are websites that do an okay job at encompassing everything Fort Thomas, but what if we really made a go at it? One website. Everything Fort Thomas. Your one stop shop. Word of mouth is great and especially effective in a small town like this. But for newer businesses or older businesses that need a push, I really feel Fort Thomas Creates could be the start of something great.

I'm ready to volunteer (and by "I," I also mean Darrin - even though I've barely talked to him about this. Sorry man).

Fort Thomas is a tight knit community. How difficult would it be to start a grassroots campaign to not only "Buy American" but to make a concerted effort to "Buy Fort Thomas?" Maybe I'm being naive or just overly positive, but we can pull ourselves out of this mess of an economy.


Post Script: Sorry, but the picture above is hilarious.


  1. When I first started with P&G 10 years ago at one of our manufacturing facilities, "Who Moved My Cheese" was required reading for all new hires. Being straight out of college, what did I really know about change? Despite being an extremely easy read (fyi...the animated movie is equally entertaining), I thought it was one of the most powerful books I was ever "forced" to read. To this day, I still quote that book and preach its teachings at work and at home. Once you accept that change is inevitable, you can really find the silver lining with any change.

    In regards to a Fort Thomas "one stop shop" website, I'm all for it. We are building a house in Villa Grande and I looked everywhere for just that website. I stumbled across "Fort Thomas Matters" and it has served my purposes thus far. When my wife and I move into our new place, I would definitely like such a website in order to learn more about the city.

    With that said, I imagine such an endeavor is easier said than done. I wish you the best of luck and if there is anything I can do, let me know.

    Jimmy Guerra
    Florence (soon to be Fort Thomas) resident

  2. Thanks Jimmy. We'll keep on it. Keep reading and spreading the good word.