Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
As an economic developer I’m constantly thinking through what attributes set my community apart from the 20,000 cities across the country. That’s an exercise that has become increasingly important with the advent of online research tools, as direct contact with a community is often delayed in the site selection process. The Golden Triangle enjoys a number of distinctive assets, but today I want to focus on one in particular — human capital.
As I write this column we are in that time period for sports nuts known as no man’s land. Football is done. College recruits had their signing day. Baseball spring training is weeks away. March madness is waiting for March. So when Charles Barkley said analytics is crap when discussing basketball, it became a major sports news story for several days. He specially mentioned the Houston Rockets and its general manager, Daryl Morey, who he never met but criticized for his apparent use of analytics for personnel decisions.