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Explore topics related to transformational community leadership including economic development, non-profit engagement, organizational management, and policy development. It's a candid conversation with veterans of the economic development profession along with inspiring interviews of today's thought leaders.
 
Down at the Crossroads features one on one discussions with today’s most influential Pagan artists, authors, musicians, teachers, leaders, bloggers, podcasters, and more! We will attempt to push the community forward and take devil’s advocate to a whole new level all while hearing some great music by today’s greatest Pagan and Pagan inspired musicians and bands. **Formally known as The Infinite and the Beyond.**
 
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There is no substitute for experience. Yet in this episode, Dennis and Jason share some concepts they wish they had known earlier in their career. Whether you are new in the economic development profession or an industry pro, this show is for you.By Develop This! Podcast
 
As the leader of a nonprofit organization, what do you need to know about insurance lingo? In this episode, Dennis and Jason give a high level overview of some basic terms and coverages that most organizations may need to consider. Also- tune in for some key questions to ask your insurance professional. This show sponsored by Convergent Nonprofit S…
 
Do you have an industrial client who needs a building but doesn't want to manage the construction process or own the facility? Kyle Adams with RDC National can help. RDC builds industrial properties to suit and then leases them back to the end client. In this episode, Jason and Kyle talk at the Mid-America EDC Conference about all things real estat…
 
The Bloomington-Normal, Illinois area is home to Rivian Automotive's manufacturing facility. This was a massive economic development deal which anticipated 500 jobs but actually created 3,500. In addition, they have added 1 million in SF to the existing facility. Patrick Hoban serves as the President & CEO of the Bloomington-Normal Economic Develop…
 
As the Mid-America EDC Conference in Chicago a couple of months ago, Jason took several pages of notes regarding emerging trends in economic development incentives. In this episode, Dennis and Jason provide their thoughts and context around some of the emerging trends shared at the event. Mid-America Economic Development Council…
 
The International Economic Development Council has a new chief executive. In this episode, Dennis interviews Nathan Ohle to learn more about his background and his take on the future of IEDC. Tune in for this exclusive one-on-one with the new leader of the economic development industry. More About Nathan Ohle Connect with Nathan Ohle…
 
How do you build an economic development program that is helpful, simple to understand, and one that also has a significant impact? Brandon Marshall, who serves as the Business Development Division Director for the Wyoming Business Council joins Jason to discuss that very question. They talk building state programs, having a funnel of relevant offe…
 
Jay Garner is a name well known in the economic development and site selection business. His firm, Garner Economics, uses data to help companies and communities make better decisions and strategic action plans. In this episode, Dennis asks Jay about his new book, Economic Development is [Still] Not for Amateurs co-authored with Ross Patten. The fir…
 
Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and toni…
 
Declaring that education is about to reach a crisis of epic proportions is a bold statement. In this episdoe, Dennis brings back resident expert Mark Perna to provide the context and support for such a bold statement. We’re at a major tipping point in education. According to a recent survey, 48% of teachers admitted that they had considered quittin…
 
There is something special about our United States Capitol building, and professionals in the community development space often find themselves visiting at some point. In this episode, Dennis brings on Jane Campbell, President and CEO of the United States Capitol Historical Society. The organization was chartered by Congress to educate the public o…
 
In this episode, Dennis brings on the current board chair of the International Economic Development Council, Todd Greene. Todd Greene is an Institute fellow and the executive director of WorkRise, a research-to-action network on jobs, workers, and mobility hosted by the Urban Institute. Economic developers are resilient which means they often embra…
 
Each organization and each community approaches business retention and expansion efforts in a slightly different way. In this episode, Jason is joined by Eric DeKorne, Business Rentention & Expansion Manager with the Greater Green Bay Chamber in Wisconsin. They talk outreach to companies, survey questions, knowledge transfer, and the aggregation of…
 
Although Jack Gottfried, EDA Planner with the Upper Minnesota Valley Regional Development Commission, is in the early stages of his career, he is not afraid of big projects. His regional organization tasked him with the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) as one of his very first projects. Tune in as Jason asks him about planning, ga…
 
Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and toni…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews Nathan Schneider, CEcD, Vice President at Bismark Mandan Chamber EDC in North Dakota. They talk people attraction, the value of wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, and placemaking. In particular, Nathan draws a clear distinction between the terms 'quality of life' and 'placemaking'. This episode was recorded on s…
 
Jeff Finkle, the International Economic Development Council's leader for its entire existance, will soon be retiring from the organization. In part two of this short series, Dennis turns Jeff's attention to the future. They talk diversity and inclusion, AI, training, and bold predictions. More about the International Economic Development Council Co…
 
Jeff Finkle, the International Economic Development Council's leader for its entire existance, will soon be retiring from the organization. In this episode, Dennis asks Jeff to reflect on his career beginning with a look back at the formation of IEDC. They talk leadership, board dynamics, disaster recovery and more. You won't want to miss this show…
 
We have all heard of the Great Resignation, but what does that phrase really mean? Is it possible for employers to respond with the Great Pivot? In this episode, Dennis brings back resident workforce expert Mark Perna to discuss the year ahead and answer the question: where have all the people gone? Mark your calendar NOW for these upcoming events:…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews Garrett Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Woodstock, IL. Garrett is a self-proclaimed data nerd, and they talk incentives, demographics, economic development plans and recovery act funds. As we know, billions in ARPA funds will be flowing to local governments. How should communities and adjace…
 
What are the tricks to leading a professional association as a volunteer board member? In this episode, Jason interviews Karl Franzen and Agnes Masnik who both serve as the Illinois representatives on the Mid-America EDC board of directors. They discuss board dynamics, volunteer leadership, staying relevant, and so much more - recorded on site at t…
 
Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame and we usually cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers, but tonight that’s not happening because it’s film club…
 
What is the value in attending an economic development conference? That depends on how you decide to work it. There can be far more to a conference than simply attending the sessions and taking a few notes. In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 great ways to maximize your time at an industry conference. This week's episode sponsored by Converge…
 
Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame, and we usually cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers, but tonight that isn't happening because it's minisode…
 
If you could simplify the tagline for your community's improvement strategy, it could be this: have more cool shit. That's the message from John Hall, President/CEO of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce. It doesn't have to be complicated. In this episode, Jason caught up with John at the Mid-America EDC conference. As communities, we must be…
 
In this episode, Lenora Fisher, Director of Business Attraction at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council joins Jason live at the Mid-America EDC conference to talk all things related to regional business attraction strategies. They talk property inventory, debate whether or not the term 'Shovel-Ready' is outdated, and discuss some unique …
 
Let's get real for just a minute. Solving workforce challenges is a bit like herding cats, isn't it? In this episode, Dennis brings back resident expert Mark Perna to offer tips and tricks to get education, business, and economic development to all speak the same language. Mark your calendar NOW for these upcoming events: EDUCATION WITH PURPOSE: CA…
 
In this episode, Jason chats with Rick Kiernan with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions about the scope and variety of fundraising campaigns that can occur in a community. As an EDO, should you be concerned about being involved in multiple fundraising efforts? If you raise money for a new community building, will that dry up dollars for economic develop…
 
In this episode, Jason interviews economic development magnate Janet Ady with Ady Advantage. Jason brought Janet on the show to talk about the upcoming Mid-America EDC conference in Chicago (along with the generous scholarship program) but the discussion quickly took a left turn when she began talking about economic development strategies that will…
 
In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 ways your organization should consider engaging in legislative advocacy. In addition, they offer 3 do's and 3 don'ts should your organization launch a new advocacy program. Don't forget to register for the Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference in Downtown Chicago the first week in December: https://www…
 
In this episode, Dean Dziedzic, board president of the Mid-America Economic Development Council, joins Jason to give a preview of the upcoming Competitiveness Conference held in Downtown Chicago December 1-3. This year's event boasts a new format, a variety of relevant information, the ability to connect with site selectors, and more. In addition, …
 
Can you imagine being married to an economic developer? The erratic hours, the public persona, and the mental bandwidth required by the job can take a toll on family life. In this episode, Jason encourages those in the field of economic and community development to take a moment to appreciate the support of their spouse. This week's episode sponsor…
 
In this episode, guest host Tracye McDaniel, President of TIP Strategies and former IEDC Chair, joins Dennis again to finish part two of this series on wealth inequality. Two guests from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis are back: Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and Assistant Vice President of the Institute for Economic Equity Nishesh Chalise, Dire…
 
In this episode, guest host Tracye McDaniel joins Dennis to interview two very special guests from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis: Ray Boshara, Senior Advisor and Assistant Vice President of the Institute for Economic Equity Nishesh Chalise, Director, Community-Based Policy and Analysis at the Institute for Economic Equity Two key topics for…
 
In this episode, Mark Perna - speaker, author, Forbes Contributor, and international expert on all things workforce is back. This time, he is here to provide some insight on Millennials and Gen Z and help us connect the dots to why they can be the solution for today's workforce crisis. Show Links: Education with Purpose: Call to Action Event Connec…
 
Words matter. The phrases you choose to speak, write, or text can have an profound impact on the receiver of those messages. In this episode, Dennis shares a recent experience where things got personal. He was the receiver of poorly-chosen words that will very likely have lasting effects on a professional relationship. Choose your words wisely, fol…
 
Jason has long been an advocate of chambers of commerce and economic development groups merging into a single organization. However, a recent impromptu conversation has posed a really good argument for keeping them separate - the ability to pay attention to the small mom and pop business. Tune in to this episode as Dennis and Jason share the merits…
 
It's no secret that Dennis is a movie buff. Although many of us have stories fit for tv, Marvel has not yet dedicated a series to the local economic developer. So until Hollywood releases a film where the local economic developer is the hero, this eclectic list of 11 movies about founders, entrepreneurs, documentaries, and large companies will have…
 
Do you need to expand your creativity? In this episode, Jason explores his love/hate relationship with ideas and shares a tool he recently discovered (thanks to James Altucher) to help the brain be more creative: idea lists. Before you roll your eyes at the idea of creating a list of ideas (that's exactly what Jason used to do!) tune in to learn ab…
 
Sometimes, bad things happen in your community. As an economic development professional in the field, it is easy to get down when a project goes south, an employer closes their doors, or a community endeavor fails. What you have to remember is this: Control What You Can Control What is within your power? In this episode, Jason and Dennis discuss th…
 
Hello and thank you once again for joining us down at the crossroads for some music, magick, and Paganism. Where witches gather for the sabbath, offerings are made, pacts are signed for musical fame, and we cross paths with today’s most influential Pagans, occultists, and deep thinkers. I am your bewitching, bald headed, host Chris Orapello and ton…
 
Recruiting and training talent consumes time and resources. Why would any leader invest in talent knowing that, someday, the talent may walk out the door? In this episode, Dennis interviews Dan Culhane, President & CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce. Dan has a history of identifying talent and then nurturing and developing members of his team. Som…
 
In this episode, Forbes contributor Mark Perna is back to discuss the current state of the US workforce and what the economic development community can do about it. This show is also your invitation to join Mark on the upcoming 2021 Education with Purpose: Call to Action live virtual event on October 21, 2021 at 2:00 PM EST. Register Here To thrive…
 
Are you new to the business of economic and community development and wondering how to get started? Whether you are brand new to the business or a seasoned economic developer looking to get back to basics, this episode is for you. Dennis and Jason share the 7 rules you need to follow to have early success in your career. This week's episode sponsor…
 
In this episode from the archives, Amanda Mack shares her thoughts about placemaking efforts and aligning those efforts with other essential government services. Although she recently left the City of Spenser, Iowa for a position in Watertown, SD, this is one of the most popular episodes in the Develop This! archive. Jason and Amanda talk city fina…
 
Your job is to build, maintain, and engage a network of leaders to make things happen in your community. However, people and positions often change as new folks come to town. What is your process for engaging with newcomers? In this episode, Jason share why his old strategy failed and why a different approach can be far more successful. This week's…
 
Can economic development organizations raise money in small towns? You bet. Small towns have a unique ability to rally around cause - be it economic development plans, community projects, or community festivals. With the right plan in place, more money can often be raised than anyone thought possible. In this episode, Mark Bergethon, Capital Campai…
 
Getting a project over the finish line can test your patience and those around you. When your project hits a wall, you have two options: give up or find another path forward. In this episode, Dennis shares his experience with going all in on a project- in this case, joint education center. He refused to give in and was willing to push his chips to …
 
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