I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed spending time with loved ones. I enjoyed relaxing and recharging my batteries and reflecting on the many things I have to be grateful for, not the least of which are a job I love, a team I treasure, and the best partners anyone could hope for.

I am grateful for the generosity of some of our peer organizations as well. This week, Mike Flynn, Jay Francis, and I will visit two peer markets to do a best practices exchange. Our Board of Trustees has asked us to do some organizational planning, and we are looking forward to benchmarking against our counterparts. We appreciate that they are willing to carve out the time for us to share insight into their operations and strategies.

I look forward to reporting back. I’ve said in other forums that this is the golden era for smaller markets, such as ours. We have a great value proposition for smart, motivated people. That attractiveness will lead to corporate investment and that will attract smart people. It’s a virtuous cycle. I’m excited to visit a few similarly-situated markets who are also incredibly vibrant to see what we can learn from them.