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The stories remind us that getting the nation's Heartland back on track is as much a PR battle as it is a campaign to update antiquated economic, environmental, and social agendas. Want more proof? Civic leaders in Erie actually formed a task force to spread the good word during a month in which visits by presidential candidates and a convention of GE shareholders are expected to attract the national spotlight to their town.
“We would like all [the media] to write glowing reports,” John Oliver, the president of VisitErie, told the local paper. “But I don’t know that we expect that. We’ll be successful if they don’t begin their stories with a negative first sentence.”