Official Blog of Bannon Communicatons President and CEO Shawn Bannon

Speechwriting and Public Speaking in the Genes?

April 2nd, 2011

I’ve written speeches professionally for the better part of the last 15 years. In a career that’s been blessed with tremendous opportunities, I’ve written words that have been spoken by a dozen Fortune 500 CEOs; three U.S. presidential candidates (including one winner); two governors; five U.S. senators; six members of the House of Representatives; four […]

Birmingham News: Pittsburgh Blueprint Helped Transform City

September 26th, 2010

Leaders in Birmingham, Ala., publicly released Blueprint Birmingham this week.  It’s a five-year strategic plan to improve quality of life and economic development efforts in the region and to change the way Birmingham is perceived by business leaders, young professionals, families and tourists around the world.  Click here to read my op-ed about the plan […]

Catchy Slogans Highly Overrated

August 29th, 2010

Click here to read my column in today’s Calgary Sun about recent controversy over that city’s efforts to rebrand for economic development and tourist attraction.

PR lessons from Pittsburgh

August 14th, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed in this week’s issue of the Cincinnati Business Courier.  The full text is only available to Bizjournals.com subscribers for the first month but will be available to the general public on September 13. Update: This op-ed has been picked up by the Sacramento Business Journal and is available online […]

Mobile Press-Register: Pittsburgh offers lessons for Mobile leaders

July 29th, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed in the Mobile (Ala.) Press-Register about regional promotion and how communities across the Gulf region can turn the BP oil spill crisis into new economic opportunity.

Bannon Communications President and CEO to Speak at 2011 Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference

July 27th, 2010

Just agreed to speak at the 2011 Northwest Chamber Leaders Conference next March in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.  Northwest Chamber Leaders is a group of chamber executives, staff and private-sector leaders from across Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan.  I’ve been asked to talk about how regions market themselves for economic development in […]

Regional Reinvention — My Cover Story for the Summer Edition of Chamber Executive Magazine

July 15th, 2010

Thanks to the good folks at the American Chamber of Commerce Executives, who gave me the opportunity to write the cover story for the summer edition of Chamber Executive magazine.  The article takes a look at how communities across the country are working to brand and promote themselves for economic development, talent attraction and tourism in difficult […]

Crisis May Hold the Key to Gulf Region’s Economic Future

July 8th, 2010

As oil continues to pour from BP’s ruptured pipeline into the Gulf of Mexico, beaches, wetlands and wildlife are under siege.  Industry – from tourism to commercial fishing – is taking a beating.  The anger and frustration this crisis has caused are understandable; the pain is real.  But suggestions that this catastrophe underscores a need […]

Pittsburgh Transformation Teaches Importance of Regional Promotion

June 7th, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed in this week’s issue of Business First Louisville (Kentucky).

Promotion A Vital Component in Community Turnaround: Pittsburgh’s transformation is a lesson in public relations as much as public policy.

June 3rd, 2010

Click here to read my op-ed about regional promotion and place making for economic development and talent attraction in today’s Dubuque (Iowa) Times-Herald.

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