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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.
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Finding Your Path in Economic Development Dennis is joined by Develop This! contributing correspondents Joi Cuartero Austin CEcd, Senior Program Officer, Economic Vitality with Main Street America, and Sean M. Maguire, AICP CEcD Economic Development and Planning Executive. Together, they discuss finding Your Path in Economic Development. Economic d…
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What does it take to become an Accredited Economic Development Organization? The St. Tammany Corp in Mandeville, LA, recently completed the process. There are over 5,000 economic development organizations, and fewer than 80 have achieved this prestigious designation. In this episode, Dennis is joined by Chris Masingill, CEO, and Ashley Llewellyn, S…
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Dennis is joined by Jonas Peterson, the CEO of Southwest Michigan First and IEDC's Immediate Past Chair. Jonas also talks about his economic development career journey and his current role as the CEO of Southwest Michigan First, his time as the chair of IEDC, and the growth and future of IEDC.
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Dennis is joined by Mark Perna, who discusses ten habits that can keep us from reaching our full potential. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey Be Proactive Begin With the End in Mind Put First Things First Think Win-Win Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood Synergize Sharpen the Saw What are the habits that keep us fr…
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Dennis's organization, Lee County Economic Development Group, recently became an AEDO - Accredited Economic Development Organization through IEDC. Dennis is joined by Bill Murphy - President & CEO of Ardmore Development Authority in Ardmore, OK, and Jim Fram - Consultant and Economic Development Leader - of Community Growth Strategies, and they dis…
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Working on the Other Side: From Elected Official to Economic Development In this episode, contributing correspondent Joi Cuartero Austin is joined by Kyle Moore, President of the Great River Economic Development Foundation in Quincy and Adams County, Illinois. Kyle discusses his journey from elected official to economic development professional. Go…
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Dennis is joined by IEDC President and CEO Nathan Ohle, and they discuss the growth and changes at IEDC over the past year. They also discuss the future of IEDC and the economic development profession. New IEDC Strategic Plan Economic Recovery Corps Fellowship $1 million research initiative Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation…
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In this episode, contributing correspondent Joi Cuartero Austin is joined by Jackie Swihart, Program Officer with Main Street America. Joi and Jackie discuss Leadership and board burnout Economic development is challenging, with a lot of responsibility in building community prosperity, which is why you need a strong vision, good planning, and even …
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Do you ever wonder how extremely busy people get so much done? Dennis is joined by Mark Perna and they discuss tips and strategies to be more effective at work. They also discuss the difference between activity and productivity. Email strategies How to empower others Effective onboarding Spending your time effectively Silence internal negative talk…
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Dennis is joined by Mid America Economic Development Council's immediate past president, Horton Hobbs, to discuss the recent MAEDC Competitiveness Conference in Indianapolis. Dennis and Horton talk about highlights from the conference, Mid-Amercia EDC, and upcoming 2024 conferences.
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Dennis is joined by Keith A. Gillenwater, CEcD, MEDP, MPA, President & CEO of Grow Wabash County, and Jeff Pipkin, Economic Development Manager at Hoosier Energy, to discuss the Mid America EDC Competitiveness Conference. Dennis, Keith, and Jeff discuss what makes the Competitivness Conference special. The conference is designed and planned by work…
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Dennis is joined by generational expert Mark C. Perna. Mark has spent 2023 speaking to 100's of education, community and economic development groups and organizations with 10,000's of people. Mark gives his insight into the trends, opportunities, and challenges he see's working with the generations and organizations involved in workforce developmen…
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Winning Ugly In this episode Dennis talks about how we measure success and why being flashy may not always yield the best results. Iowa Football Statistics Iowa's offense is currently ranked 133 of 133 in the FBS. Through 7 games, they have 13 total offensive TDs and have punted the ball 47 times. They average less than 250 total yards per game. De…
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PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR SOLVING HOUSING SHORTAGES IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA Bethany Quinn - Vice President of Strategy and Content Development for Golden Shovel Dennis is joined by Bethany Quinn from Golden Shovel, and they discuss PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR SOLVING HOUSING SHORTAGES IN COMMUNITIES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA, a Golden Shovel white pap…
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Ron Kresha - COO & CFO Golden Shovel Creating a Marketing Plan Ron Kresha, Chief Operating Officer, is a founding member who helped start Golden Shovel Agency on the premise that every community deserves to be recognized and to have the tools needed to compete for businesses and jobs. He is committed to providing services that improve communities a…
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Aaron Brossoit – Golden Shovel Dennis is joined by Aaron Brossoit, the CEO of Golden Shovel. In this episode, they discuss the changes in digital marketing and what the future holds as we enter the metaverse and AI takes hold Aaron Brossoit, Chief Executive Officer, was a founding member of Golden Shovel and has been with the company since Septembe…
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Dennis is joined by IEDC Presdent and CEO Nathan Ohle to discuss the upcoming IEDC 2023 Annual Conference, September 17 – 20th, 2023 – in Dallas, Texas Dallas, TX, is one of the country's most economically and socially diverse cities. The 1920s were an age of dramatic political, technological, and social change for some, yet not for others. In Dall…
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Joseph Stefko, ROC2025 President and CEO, joins Develop This! contributing correspondent Sean Maguire. Sean and Joe talk about what's changed in Rochester for the better and how it's shaking off the rust belt of the past. Fun and interesting things about Rochester include food, museums, wine, and more. Economic Development in Rochester Today More t…
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In this episode Dennis discusses the conundrum many economic development professionals find themselves in trying to deal with stakeholders on both sides of a controversial project. Some of these types of projects can incldue. The use of eminenet domain Utility franchise fees Utility rate cases for rate increases Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Dennis…
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Responding to RFPs is a Team Sport Dennis and Broderick discuss the sometimes intense process of responding to a request for a proposal with a tight deadline. RFPs many times come on short notice and successfully completing the RFP requires being prepared and having a team of rapid response partners. RFPs can come from a variety of sources · State …
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Friend of the show Mark Perna joins Dennis and they discuss Mark's experience in taking the IEDC Basic Economic Development Course in Nashville. Why did Mark Perna decide to take the IEDC Basic Economic Development Class? What was Mark's impression of the class? How can the IEDC Basic ED Course help others better understand economic development?…
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“Making semiconductor chips in Upstate New York” with Develop This! Contributing Correspondent Sean Maguire and guest Nick Bruno from MV EDGE. Sean and Nick discuss their love of Utica and semiconductor projects in upstate New York Tomato pie, chicken riggies, and Utica Club beer How’d you get here? How did you get into semiconductor work? Overview…
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Dennis is joined by Mark Perna and they discuss how economic development professionals can help our business and industry partners connect with students. In a time of full employment, worker shortages, and a skills gap business and industry partners are increasingly looking to economic development professionals to help bridge the gap with their fut…
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Economic Gardening: No Green Thumb Needed Economic Gardening is an economic development model that embraces the idea that entrepreneurs drive economies and places a laser-like focus on creating jobs by supporting existing companies in a community. It originated in the late 80s in Littleton, CO when the state was in a recession and the community los…
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Nathan Ohle – President and CEO of IEDC Economic Recovery Corps - Program launched on May 11th The Economic Recovery Corps Program (ERC) is a multi-year, $30 million collaborative initiative designed to accelerate recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in distressed communities and regions throughout the U.S. by connecting organizations with the talen…
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2023 Economic Development Week – May 8 - 12, 2023 In this episode, Dennis and Broderick discuss Economic Development Week and why economic developers are not always great at telling their stories. Economic Development Week gives economic development professionals a platform to showcase to their community the contributions made to their local econom…
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Walking the Economic Development Tightrope For many of us, there has been a fundamental shift in how we approach economic development. As the job market has tightened the challenge of bringing in a new project has increased exponentially. How do we continue to look for opportunities when our current employers can’t fill their staffing needs? Everyo…
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In this episode Dennis as the question what do you want to be when you grow up? Whether economic development is your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th career it's never too early or late to decide what you want to be when you grow up. Are you following your childhood dream or has your career been a series of twists and turns? Now is the time to take a look in …
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How do others understand economic development? Does AI understand our work better than others? In this episode, Develop This! contributing correspondent Sean Maguire checks in from OUEDI and draws inspiration for this show from both real life and entertainment and starts asking AI about economic development. Sean engages with ChatGPT to ask questio…
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Sometimes Doing the Right Thing is Hard Caution! This is the cynical and bitter version of the Develop This! podcast! In this episode, Dennis vents his frustrations about the difficulty of building coalitions even when you're trying to do the right thing. Dennis has made a conscious decision to be less like Neville Chamberlain and more like Winston…
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Dennis and Broderick discuss how to assemble a dynamic board of directors for your organization. No matter what your role is in an economic development group the quality of your board of directors directly impacts the quality of your organization. How do you attract high quality people to serve on your board of directors? Run a quality meeting Star…
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Dennis is joined by Mid Amercia EDC board member Brad Reams to discuss the upcoming Mid Amercia EDC Best Practices Conference May 10 - 12 in Kansas City. We hope you can join us in Kansas City May 10-12 for the 2023 Best Practices Conference! The Best Practices Conference is the annual spring/summer conference for Mid-America EDC. This conference r…
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Equitable Economic Development: Does Anyone Care? Background - “Equity” has been used a lot over the last few years Definition: “The quality of being fair and impartial” Last year, the IEDC released its “Equitable Economic Development Playbook” which examined structural racism in ED and promotes equitable practices and standards. The report highlig…
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How Economic Development is Like the NCAA Tournament. March Madness: Cinderella’s Buzzer Beaters, & One Shining Moment Broderick and Dennis discuss their love of basketball and how March Madness and the NCAA basketball tournament have parallels to the work economic development professionals do in their communities. Broderick calls this the "Most Wo…
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Movie fans Dennis and Broderick reimagine the Oscars as economic development awards. They ask the questions are You and Your Organization Oscar Worthy? Entering the annual IEDC awards is a great way to measure your organization against your peers. Plus Broderick and Dennis reveal their favorite movies and which Marvel character they would be! Produ…
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How do we work together more effectively with so many generations in the office? In this episode, young baby boomer Dennis is joined by generational expert Mark Perna to discuss working with multiple generations in the Office Can we find a middle ground on the way our offices run? Some Baby Boomer traits Punctuality Put in what ever hours are neces…
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If you’re in a position or with an organization long enough, you will more than likely encounter a professional relationship that becomes stained or broken. In this episode, Dennis offers some tips and ideas to help reset a broken relationship. Take some time to cool off Refrain from email and social media Reflect on your actions and role in the si…
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Economic Development and Higher Education Background - One of the more interesting changes in the last two decades has been the intersection of economic development and higher education. Universities are becoming important players in 21st-century economic development. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (representing 238 members) …
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In this episode, Dennis is joined by Laura Farley Digital Curation Librarian at the People’s Archive at DC Public Library to discuss organizing and preserving your organization's digital files. Laura shares her digital preservation mantra, start small, start now. https://www.linkedin.com/in/lauramfarley/ What is digital preservation? Best practices…
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