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    Ribbon cutting and other ceremonial/honorary stuff

    Today I am attending a ceremony for a street that was renamed...it is in honor of a local developer/family...sometimes I like working in a small community I attend a lot more civic activities here like ribbon cuttings, grand openings and street renamings...They are surprisingly fun!!!!

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    I got cornered into attending a ribbon cutting ceremony once. Got to glad-hand the rotary, school superintendent, mayor, engineering firm, etc. etc. What purpose do these sorts of ceremonies serve, apart from a photo op? These sorts of events are probably more fun for extraverts I'm guessing?

    How many times have you had your picture taken standing next to someone holding a ceremonial shovel, or cutting a ceremonial ribbon?
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    The individual communities, CoCs, and DDAs here in our county are always trying to get somebody from our economic development staff to come out for ribbon cuttings at new facilities. We have a few staff members who like going and you can tell they like the attention. I have never had a desire to attend one but maybe if somebody were opening a brewery or ice cream shop within a 10 minute drive of my home, I'd reconsider.
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    I had to go to one last night. I attend out of respect. Don't eat anything and definitely don't drink alcohol.

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    Quote Originally posted by TOFB View post
    I had to go to one last night. I attend out of respect. Don't eat anything and definitely don't drink alcohol.
    If food is provided... Why not?
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    I have another meet and greet tonight for the new Chamber of Commerce President...now that is an event I wish I could miss...

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    I get invited to ribbon cuttings often. I go to the ones where the owner invites me. I am not a big fan of hob-knobing or smoozing because I have to actively filter what I say more than usual.

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    Quote Originally posted by Big Owl View post
    I get invited to ribbon cuttings often. I go to the ones where the owner invites me. I am not a big fan of hob-knobing or smoozing because I have to actively filter what I say more than usual.
    Is this because you've given them such a hard time in the office and during inspections to get a CO that you & them don't really want to see each other again?
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    Quote Originally posted by michaelskis View post
    If food is provided... Why not?
    I should have said "I don't eat anything . . . " I donno, just kind of awkward.

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    I've been to a couple of ribbon cutting/groundbreaking ceremonies for the Great Allegheny Passage. The groundbreaking ceremony celebrated the beginning of construction the last link in the trail, making a complete trail from Pittsburgh to DC.

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    I actually generally like going to ribbon cuttings. If the developer went through the process properly and got their approvals, that's something to celebrate. It's not always fun for them to go through our process and deal with unreasonable members of the public (and sometimes some difficult city staff). If they kept a good attitude during it, provided mitigation and changed their design based on comments, and didn't escalate to politicians, I am more than happy to come feel good about their project, even if it's something boring.

    The ones I don't like to go to are for the obnoxious developers who tried every trick in the book to get out of the proper process and tried to get politicians to intervene.

    As for food and drink, I will generally drink their coffee and maybe have a donut but don't generally drink their booze.

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    Working in my first EcoDev job in a smaller community I pretty much went to every ribbon cutting ceremony. I was usually the guy taking the picture of the cutting rather than one of them holding the ribbon, though. I generally liked that part of the job. Everyone was happy to be celebrating a success for the business owner/manager and the community and of course there was always a decent spread.
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    The running joke here is that I only show up to the ribbon cuttings for alcohol-related businesses... liquor stores, bars & breweries. It really was just coincidence for a while, but at this point everyone finds it so funny that it has become an intentional gag that the Chamber of Commerce director often alludes to in his remarks at the ribbon cutting.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

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    I try to go to all of them in my jurisdiction due to my position at the City and I'm usually the one taking the pictures, which is fine with me.

    And I always eat the food that is provided. It'd be rude not to.
    I'm sorry. Is my bias showing?

    The ends can justify the means.

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    I go sometimes, my boss goes more than me. Sometimes there's food, sometimes there's drink.
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