Report from America: Chicago

By September 23, 2006Report from America

Report from AmericaAlways good to get outside the Washington Beltway for a day or two. Went to Chicago on Thursday, saw some good American manufacturing companies — Illinois Tool Works, USG and PepsiCo, on Thursday. On Friday, spoke to a nice and patient group at the Ragan Communications 10th Annual Strategic Public Relations Conference about — what else? — blogging.

All our manufacturers appear to be doing well, in spite of some of them facing long odds in the form of legal costs and challenges from an ambitious — and often unscrupulous — trial bar, but man, do these manufacturers soldier on. They make stuff, they make prosperity.

As for the blog conference, it was a lot of fun, got a ton of questions. Thanks to Kirsten Lambert of Watermark Communications for getting us the gig and to Ragan Communications for their hospitality.