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Mark Perna is a speaker, author, CEO, and all-around nice guy. In addition, he is one of the go-to resources for insight on education, workforce, and generational differences. In this episode, Dennis interviews Mark and asks him the tough question: what is it that economic development professionals need to better understand about talent and the gen…
 
All three of your co-hosts (Andy, Dennis, and Jason) return to the microphone to share their fearless predictions for the economic development industry in 2021. Will Dennis dethrone workforce as the #1 economic development issue? Will Andy give up on call centers for good? Does Jason predict doom for weak economic development groups? Tune in for so…
 
Strategic planning for your community is great, but if you can add in a layer of futurist thinking, you can put together a very meaningful plan that gets ahead of the curve. Marty Vanagas is back to give us some tips for layering in this futurist thinking. In this encore episode, Dennis gets some advice from Marty for starting this 'design thinking…
 
In this encore episode recorded in late 2019, Jason interviews Ron Starner, Executive Vice President of Conway, Inc. and Site Selection Magazine. Ron was on location at the Mid America EDC Conference in Downtown Chicago to provide his annual update to attendees on the results of the consultants survey. Ron talks big data, his affinity for the Midwe…
 
In this episode, Dennis interviews Michael Southard, Director of Economic Development for the Choctaw Nation Economic Development Partnership in Durant, OK. Mike has over 25 years experience in economic and community development and is an IEDC award winner and serves an IEDC Accredited EDO. His service territory is over 11,000 square miles, and Den…
 
This week's guest knows co-host Dennis way too well because she works with him on a daily basis. Dana Millard is the Economic Development Project Director for Lee County Economic Development Group. Dana’s responsibilities include being the lead on Workforce Development and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs, organizin…
 
Knowing that 2020 has been a crazy year, how should organizations look at budgeting for 2021? In this episode, Dennis and Jason quiz each other on estimating revenue, spending reserves, slashing programs, considering layoffs, and a number of other topics relevant in today's uncertain environment.By Develop This! Podcast
 
In this episode, Dennis interviews Brad Barth live on stage at the virtual Main Street Summit in North Dakota. Brad serves as the Executive Director of Forward Devils Lake Corporation and talks fishing, COVID-19, and living in a lifestyle community. More About Devils Lake Connect with Brad BarthBy Develop This! Podcast
 
Many projects require divergent groups to work together, so how can we reach consensus when there are very different opinions? In this episode, Dennis and Jason share tips and strategies for identifying mutual goals, navigating compromise, and utilizing clear and consistent communication.By Develop This! Podcast
 
In the current environment, economic development and community leaders are spending a lot of time on triage – trying to keep existing businesses and programs afloat, working with greater urgency, and managing with fewer resources. The depth of our uncertainty feels bottomless. Even with the promise of a vaccine, a full economic recovery feels daunt…
 
Dennis and Jason recently returned from an appearance in North Dakota. In this episode, they share insights gained from travel, share a new definition of rural, and pontificate on the unique perspective of sustainable real estate development from North Dakota's Governor Burgum. The links referenced in the show were not immediately available, but wi…
 
Dennis and Jason recently joined the North Dakota economic development community at the 2020 Main Street Summit. Although the bulk of the conference was virtual, Jason had a chance to interview North Dakota's own Governor Doug Burgum. This episode was recorded in front of a small live audience and live-streamed all across the state. Governor Burgum…
 
Tracye McDaniel and Jennifer Todd-Goynes with TIP Strategies join Dennis for continued discussion on equity and inclusion in this economic environment. See below for expanded show notes. TIP Strategies Connect with Tracye McDaniel Connect with Jennifer Todd-Goynes Why are traditional economic development models inadequate? TRADITIONAL MODEL – Focus…
 
Candi Clouse, Ph.D., assists economic developers by using IMPLAN to measure local and state economies' economic impacts. IMPLAN pairs classic input-output analysis and regional social accounting matrices (SAMs) with software solutions to provide users with the most trusted, accurate, and adaptable model for performing specialized economic impact an…
 
Tracye McDaniel and Jaclyn Le with TIP Strategies join Dennis for a thought-provoking discussion on equity and inclusion in this economic environment. See below for expanded show notes. TIP Strategies Connect with Tracye McDaniel Connect with Jaclyn Le PART 1. CONTEXT In today’s rapidly changing demographic, social, and economic environment, the ne…
 
Eric Canada is back on the podcast today with great, timely information for the economic development community. What have we learned during this pandemic? In this episode, Eric shares 7 insights from doing more with less to the continued need for community development. He also shares a word of caution for siloed organizations. Blane Candada Ltd. Co…
 
Yes - today's show has a long title, but the listen will be worth your time. The role of the economic development professional is changing, and adaptation is really the only option. In this episode, Mary Ann Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM, joins Dennis for a great discussion on all things related to the industry and your professional development. Connect with…
 
In this episode, Dennis is joined by Tracye McDaniel and Jon Roberts with TIP Strategies to discuss emerging economic development trends as a result of the pandemic such as: -Supply Chain Restructuring -Online Retail Sales -Flexible Workspace -Health & Medicine -Workforce Composition -Social Inequity In addition, they suggest ways in which EDOs can…
 
Jay Moon is a veteran of the economic development industry with roles that span a variety of key positions- including a volunteer position as the former chair of the IEDC board of directors. In this episode, Jay provides insight on disaster recovery, incentives, supply chains, and future skills needed in the economic development profession. Connect…
 
Acclaimed site selector Jay Garner, CEcD, CCE, and President of Garner Economics returns to the podcast to discuss his latest book launch: Economic Development Is Not for Amateurs!: A must-read for community leaders on how to achieve economic development success Co-authored with Ross Patten, this read is the perfect length and focuses on the one co…
 
For those organizations highly dependent on event revenue, this COVID crisis is proving especially difficult. In this episode, Jason asks for your feedback. How is your organization placing event revenue? Are you cutting back, spending reserves, or replacing it with something new? For those of you doing virtual events, what kind of revenue loss are…
 
Connectivity in America is the new currency that we are all going to be trading in. The current pandemic has highlighted the digital divide as more individuals work from home and especially as our kids try and learn from home. In this episode, Dennis shares some of his frustrations with the federal prioritization of connectivity and offers some loc…
 
One person can make all the difference. One person can demoralize a team, rally a neighborhood against your project, or veto an incentive deal. One person also has the ability to lead, to push when others aren't willing, or to articulate a vision for others to follow. Today's show is all about encouraging you to lead even when success is a bit elus…
 
Influencers have a major impact on the products we buy and the things we discuss. In our own communities, we have the ability to influence conversations, steer community projects, and encourage investment in certain sectors. In this episode, Dennis and Jason share strategies to improve our messaging and maximize our influence.…
 
The series on enhancing your skill sets continues with this episode's feature on engaging the media. Interacting with the media can make or break a career in the economic and community development business. If you aren't comfortable engaging the media, odds are that you avoid it like the plague. In this episode, Dennis and Jason offer tips for enga…
 
Many organizations have forged new relationships during this pandemic. New collaborations are exciting at first, but over time, keeping that momentum can be a challenge. In this episode, Dennis offers for tips to keep the partnership together: 1. Have defined purpose and goals 2. Rotate leadership 3. Keep meetings short and to the point 4. Look for…
 
Bridges Out of Poverty gives people a hand up not a handout. If you didn’t grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the “hidden rules” that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are largely nonexistent. If your business, agency, or or…
 
Hopefully your organization has a process for individual performance evaluations. If this is an annual process, consider having a mid-year checkpoint- especially this year. In this episode, Jason offers guidance for topics to consider during this discussion. If structured correctly, this time can be very valuable for both the manager and the employ…
 
David Aronson is the founder of Peanut Butter and was featured on Andy’s first interview as part of the Develop This! Podcast crew! Peanut Butter provides company-sponsored student loan contributions to assist in the attraction and retention of top talent. Recent legislation, as part of the CARES Act, allows employers to contribute to student loans…
 
Barry Broome is the founder and CEO of California’s only CEO lead economic development group headed by 43 CEO’s. In this interview, Barry and Andy breakdown the roots of Barry’s success and his vision for the future of economic development as a profession. Barry Broome is a “ditch digger” and is not afraid to get his hands dirty! Connect with Barry…
 
Monica Steffeck is a rock star when it comes to building strong company cultures and increasing employee engagement. As a member of the ClickStop team, she serves as the Chief Talent Enrichment Officer (CTEO). Join Andy and Monica as they discuss the COVID-19 response and the steps you can take to build relationships and connect with your employees…
 
As economic developers, we are the front lines for our communities and many times represent the force for positive change in our communities. Now more then ever, we need to find our voice and help our communities heal and find a path forward. Ron Kitchens, one of our contributing experts, says the greatest force for change is a job. As ED professio…
 
f you are a podcast listener, odds are that you believe in continuous improvement. In this series on skill sets, Jason offers suggestions for identifying skill sets that can be used in a variety of disciplines. This episode answers the question: how can I get better at conveying ideas through written communication? Here is a hint: answer the questi…
 
In your personal life, you should have a file full of important documents and instructions for your loved ones to settle your estate. That concept can also apply to your organization. Is the organization prepared to continue without you or any of your co-workers? In this episode, Dennis shares some tips for knowledge transfer that every organizatio…
 
Dennis and Jason have the week off, so please enjoy this encore episode regarding Community Foundations. Most economic development professionals aren't rich, yet we share a strong connection to the communities we serve. How can you make a financial impact on the community once your employment is complete? Consider starting an endowed fund bearing y…
 
Dennis and Jason have the week off, so please enjoy this encore episode regarding Community Foundations. Whether it is support for human services or capital dollars for big projects, every community could use more financial resources. Community foundations work tirelessly to build permanent assets in endowed funds. Earnings from those funds go to s…
 
If you are a podcast listener, odds are that you believe in continuous improvement. In this series on skill sets, Jason offers suggestions for identifying skill sets that can be used in a variety of disciplines. This episode answers the question: how do I get better at reading a room? We know that non-verbal communication is often more important th…
 
There is no shortage of opinions about the way the world works- especially now. All of these voices can affect the way you carry out your job duties and the way you lead the organization. Sometimes, you just have to block them out. In this episode, Jason provides some encouragement during this time of many strong opinions.…
 
If you are a podcast listener, odds are that you believe in continuous improvement. In this series on skill sets, Jason offers suggestions for identifying skill sets that can be used in a variety of disciplines. This episode answers the question: how do I get better at working a room? For many of us, large rooms of people you only vaguely know can …
 
The future is uncertain. It's almost like a game show, and you have no idea what is behind each curtain. So what should you do? In this episode, Dennis offers some words of wisdom for navigating through uncertain times and extends his offer to visit with you if you are struggling.By Develop This! Podcast
 
We are all working in new ways, forming new partnerships, and doing a lot of collaborating. Collaboration isn't always easy- especially in brand new relationships. In this episode, Dennis shares some of the common challenges found in new partnerships and identifies ways to overcome them.By Develop This! Podcast
 
You probably have goals around being a 'better' leader, employee, parent, or spouse. Rather than simply trying to be 'better' at these things, instead, hone your individual skill sets. Mastering skill sets allows you to improve your capabilities across multiple disciplines. In this episode, Jason kicks off a new series intended to help you identify…
 
It would appear as though the trolls on social media are in full force. Negativity, misinformation, and hyperbole seem to be amplified during this challenging times. Should your organization respond to inaccurate or misleading information on social media? In this episode, Dennis and Jason share some thoughts on the subject and offer suggestions for…
 
How should economic development organizations interact with investors during this period of uncertainty? While organizations do not want to appear tone deaf, the need for mission-critical capital has not changed. In this episode, Andy Coe (Principal with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions) joins Dennis to talk fundraising, investor relations, and strat…
 
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