Bringing jobs back — do you believe?

Henry Ford said, “If you think you can or think you can’t you are right?” Mr. Ford understood that success starts with the belief that you can. As a high school soccer coach for over 20 years most of what I have to do is to convince my players that they can. They usually have the skill. If a player believes he can be a great goal scorer he will work even harder to make it happen. I have been fortunate to help coach five Teams to State Championships. Their journey always started with believing that they could. Then they had the courage to write down their dream. Finally, they practiced accordingly.

As a business leader, I have learned that convincing adults that they can is far more difficult than teens. Maybe this is because many adults have heard for years all the reasons that they can’t. At Walt Disney World we had always heard, “If you can dream it you can do it.” I really didn’t believe it until I started working with teens. The successful business and community leaders that started Shale Crescent USA absolutely believe that high wage jobs can be brought back to the Mid-Ohio Valley. They are backing up their belief with financial support and work.

The big question is, do you believe this is possible? For the past eight weeks, I have been sharing with you all of the reasons that we believe high wage jobs and prosperity can return to the MOV. I having been trying to get you to believe that this is possible because we need your help. I know that if you don’t believe you won’t be effective convincing others that this area is a great place to live and bring a business.

Here is what you can do to help;

* First put your doubts aside and believe this is possible. This is essential. Try it!

* In your conversations with others outside our region be positive. You never know when you may be talking to a prospect who is on our expense paid trip or a site selection consultant. Tell them what a great community we have. If you don’t believe this, others can tell. Better to say nothing than something negative.

* If you haven’t been there yet, check out the Shale Crescent USA website It opens with an award winning 3.5 minute MOV video.

* Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.

* If you feel inclined we always appreciate financial support.

* Keep your property tidy and well maintained. How we maintain our property tells visitors how much pride we have in our community.

* In any social media discussions you have, promote the Shale Crescent Region (MOV) You have enough information to do that. You never know who will see your comments.

* One of our goals is to talk to every major industry that uses energy on both sides of the Ohio River. We have had some success but it is difficult to just walk in and see the manager of a large plant. We want to make sure that they know about the cheap and abundant energy we have here. We want every local industry to know that if they ever decide to expand, this is the best place to do it and why. If any of you have contacts that will help us to get in to see key decision makers please call or email us.

* Finally, keep your attitude positive. It is contagious. People may not always remember what we say but they always remember how we made them feel. Leave everyone you meet including visitors to the area better than you found them.

My daughter is a runner. She runs in a lot of distance races like marathons (26.2 miles) or half-marathons (13.1 miles). Nine years ago she called to tell me that she had signed me up for the Shamrock Half Marathon in Virginia Beach, VA. I protested, “The furthest distance I had ever run was 5 miles a few times.” She said, “You can do it, Dad.”

At Christmas, I got a watch and a training schedule. She started me at 3 miles. The long training runs were on weekends. After I completed them I had to call my daughter. She became an accountability partner. Most important my daughter believed I could do it and she convinced me that I could do it so I did the required training. I ran that first race on St. Patrick’s Day and finished with a decent time. This May at Morgantown I ran my 30th half marathon with my daughter. It has been really great to spend uninterrupted father-daughter time together. The point is, if an old guy like me could run a half marathon because my daughter believed I could do it and convinced me that I could do it. What can we all do working together toward a common goal of creating jobs and prosperity in the MOV again! Our children’s future is in our hands.

Greg Kozera is the Director of Marketing for Shale Crescent USA He has over 40 years of experience in the energy industry and is a leadership expert with a Masters in Environmental Engineering and the author of four books and numerous published articles.