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Amazon’s HQ2: 3 Ripple Effects for Associations

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Competition for business and personal space may heat up too: Amazon is widely expected drive up already-expensive real estate prices in the region, making both office space and housing harder to come by. Those trends might lead some organizations to look for homes in other nearby regions that didn’t get the nod from Amazon.

After Merger Shifts Membership, Publishers Group Doubles Down on Education

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Currently the head of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, she entered the spotlight last year for keeping open a branch during violent protests over the death of Freddie Gray, who died in police custody. When mergers happen between associations, the combined organization may keep one of the original names, but quite often it takes on the fabric of both associations. Consequently, the organization’s lobbying work has become more focused on the needs of such publishers.

What We Can Learn From Sermo – and What We Can’t

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The biggest threat to associations today is the internet pure play – the web-only organization that delivers the core value of associations, without any of the financial or cultural baggage. Sermo’s chief marketing officer, Gina Ashe, spoke on a panel with me at ASAE and the Center’s Healthcare Association Conference last week in Baltimore. Some reasons why: Sermo works hard to keep technology in the background.