Learn to Make your Community Great at Upcoming Speaker Series


Doug GriffithsHIGH RIVER, AB: Carrying on with the success of the Town of High River’s business speaker series, author Doug Griffiths will be coming to town on October 1 to speak to his book “13 ways to kill your community.” His presentation identifies challenges and opportunities that all communities face and shares lessons on how to make a community great.

“High River is going through a tremendous amount of change right now as we continue to create a people-first community that is better than ever,” said Mayor Craig Snodgrass. “It is important that we continue moving forward with this change to create an enviable quality of life for residents and an environment where businesses succeed.”

Griffiths takes a unique approach to his presentation by describing 13 actions that many communities are doing, often without knowing it, that will ensure they fail to meet their goals.

“Many communities want success, make plans for it, and work hard to be successful, but daily they make decisions or display attitudes that work counter to their long range goals,” says Doug Griffiths. “If we simply stop doing what encourages failure, and ensure our attitude is aligned with our goals, our communities can and will prosper well into the next generation.”

Some examples of Griffiths’ 13 ways to ensure a community’s failure include not attracting new businesses, shopping elsewhere, living in the past, and ignoring youth and seniors. Griffiths will share practical tools that can be used to address challenges and find success.

The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 at the Highwood Golf and Country Club in High River. Networking, cocktails and appetizers will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the presentation to start at 7 p.m. A question and answer period with Griffiths will follow.

This event is funded by a grant from The Calgary Foundation and ticket proceeds will be used to support future business events.

Tickets for the event are $40 and include a copy of the book “13 ways to kill your community,” a beverage voucher and appetizers. They can be purchased online at www.highriverbusiness.eventbrite.ca.