October 2011

Those of you who have read our magazine for a while have seen quite a few changes over the years. If you have been with us long enough to go back to the Managers Report days, I might say you have seen a lot of changes! Those changes have been in the form of both editorial and graphic improvements. The changes have always had purpose, and that was to deliver educational information to our readers in an attractive and easy to use format.

There are a couple of things that set our magazine apart from the competition. The first of those is that we are not an advertorial magazine. By advertorial, I mean that we don’t sell our articles to our advertisers. We are unique in that our advertisers don’t dictate what we cover in the magazine, our readers do. That will continue to be our approach.

The second thing that sets us apart is our focus on people and communities. We feel that “communities learning from communities” is the most effective way to help board members and managers learn how to better lead their communities.

In 2008 we made what we feel was the most important improvement to the editorial content of the magazine. With the introduction of the Florida Communities of Excellence Awards, we began a more systematic approach to the educational content we deliver. It really was quite simple: we just let the winning communities tell their own stories. The categories that were chosen for the awards address the major areas of challenge for most communities. And the feedback you have given reinforces this direction.

We, along with our co-sponsors Becker & Poliakoff and the Pen Group Communications, find ourselves at an exciting time in our year. The nominations are now open for the 2012 awards, and already we are getting a great response from communities across Florida. So, we would like to invite you to take a minute and go to www.communitiesofexcellence.net where you’ll find all the information you will need to enter your community for these very important awards. For more information on the categories, just turn to the center of this issue.

Let me hear from you!