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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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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…
 
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 …
 
Do you dress for success or do you dress to do you? Although Dennis and Jason have never been called upon for fashion advice, in this episode, they wax poetically about the value of attire in both confidence and in making first impressions. Tune in for strategies to consider when selecting your attire as well as discussion of the post-pandemic envi…
 
What is your appetite for risk? Do you play it safe - never putting your career or the organization's credibility on the line? Have you taken too large a risk in the past only to wind up polishing your resume? Which is worse - never taking a risk to taking too many risks? In this episode, Jason makes the argument that risk taking is essential if yo…
 
'Now Hiring' signs can be seen everywhere. From entry-level jobs to trades to professional occupations, companies are scrambling for employees. Although this problem isn't new, the stress level is at an all-time high. In this episode, Dennis and Jason have it all figured out. Well- not really. Although there are no easy answers, the duo does offer …
 
In this episode, Dennis shares his very personal story of writing an obituary - his own. If you had the opportunity to write your obituary, what own you include? What would you omit? What do you want to be sure to get done before that day comes? How would you like to be remembered? Slow down today and a take a moment to listen. You'll be glad you d…
 
Building a business isn't easy, and a great idea is not enough! It takes discipline, accountability, and a solid network of support behind the scenes. Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of Embarc Collective and in this episode, host Andy Sokolovich engages Lakshmi to discuss what it takes to ensure entrepreneurs succeed. The staff of executive advisors and …
 
2020 seemed like it would never end. But this year is going quick. If your organization operates on a calendar year, you are running out of time to do some very important things. In this episode, Dennis and Jason offer suggestions for things to get on your calendar NOW. Don't wait until tomorrow - get these things on the calendar today to make sure…
 
How do you know when it is time to change positions or take on a larger role? In this episode, Dennis is joined by Alyssa Byrd, economic development director for the Town of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. They talk about building skill sets, life balance, leadership, and public criticism. Connect with Alyssa Byrd More about Fuquay-Varina…
 
Do those in the economic and community development space get involved in negotiations? Only like every day. Tune in to this episode as Dennis and Jason discuss strategies for improving your negotiations skills on everything from incentives and regulatory policy to land options and salary negotiations. Book: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss …
 
Can your organization raise money when the future is uncertain? Should you wait for the 'right time' to launch a capital campaign? In this episode, Jason interviews Rod Crider and Carlotta Ungaro about their experience with a campaign in Rowan County, North Carolina during the midst of the pandemic. Rod Crider is the CEO of Rowan EDC in Salisbury, …
 
It is one of life's simple truths: we work better when someone we trust holds us accountable. In this episode, Dennis and Jason pontificate on the value of finding accountability partners - which may differ during various stages of your life. Do you have the courage to let someone in?By Develop This! Podcast
 
In this episode, Dennis chats with his good friend, Mike Norris, Executive Director of the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission. What are planning organizations and what is their role in helping communities thrive? Mike Norris has the answers for those questions and more as they dive into federal programs, organizational structures, and tech…
 
Should private, non-profit EDOs consider purchasing land or buildings as part of the organizational work plan? In this episode, Jason explores the pros and cons of doing so. 3 Reasons NOT to Purchase Land It could go badly It may tick off private developers in your community The buyer will compete with other businesses in your market 3 Reasons to C…
 
In this episode, Andy interviews Eli David, CEO of StartupBlink.com. StartupBlink is the world's most comprehensive startup ecosystem map and research center. They provide dozens of public sector startup ecosystem developers with mapping, analysis, and promotion modules. Once a year, StartupBlink releases the Startup Ecosystem Rankings Report with …
 
Selecting the right chair of the board for your non-profit organization is very important. This 7 part series is all about selecting the right individual for that position. Today's episode is #3 in the series....never have a board chair that will only tell you what you want to hear! It is nice to surround ourselves with members of our personal fan …
 
Are you envious of great public speakers? Are they simply born with the natural gift to entertain audiences? In this episode, Dennis chats with Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks, director of The Speaking Studio at the University of Alabama. Tune in to learn some tips and tricks of the trade to become a better speaker. About Dr. Adam Sharples Brooks Dr. Adam…
 
Selecting the right chair of the board for your non-profit organization is very important. This 7 part series is all about selecting the right individual for that position. Today's episode is #2 in the series....never have a board chair that is too busy for you! When you need to bend the ear of your board chair - you need them. Not after the next b…
 
Economic developers are wired to ask the question: what's next? While that question can often relate to projects or the organization, it can also relate to your career. Drew Kamp has recently been named the President/CEO of the Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce in Iowa. Prior to that, he had a variety of roles, duties, and opportunities at th…
 
Selecting the right chair of the board for your non-profit organization is very important. This 7 part series is all about selecting the right individual for that position. Today's episode is #1 in the series....never have a board chair that makes less money than you! Okay- perhaps never is a bit harsh, but here's the deal: you want a board chair t…
 
Where is the intersection of arts and economic development? In this episode, Dennis interviews Taneshia Nash Laird, CEO of the Newark Symphony Hall. She talks revitalization, fundraising during a pandemic, and working with a team of millennials. She also identifies three steps needed to succeed. Connect with Taneshia Nash Laird Newark Symphony Hall…
 
In this episode re-run, Jason caught up with the folks from Golden Shovel Agency at the Mid America EDC Conference in Downtown Chicago in late 2019. Warren Westcott and Greg Kolbjornsen talk about website pet peeves, virtual fam tours, and more. More About Virtual Tours Connect with Warren Westcott Connect with Greg Kolbjornsen…
 
What would you do if a natural disaster hit your community? Ever heard of the term 'derecho'? In this episode, Dennis interviews Nick Glew, President of the Marion Economic Development Corporation. Nick's community was hit hard by the derecho storm in Iowa last summer, and he shares his experience in dealing with the aftermath. Connect with Nick Gl…
 
The economic development industry has both challenge and opportunity ahead. In this episode, Dennis digs in deep with IEDC board chair Tom Kucharski, President and CEO of Invest Buffalo Niagara. Learn more about Tom's four key priorities: -Assist our members and their communities as they thrive to help their economies recover and prosper as the pan…
 
There is no shortage of obstacles that can get in the way of your economic development project. Do yourself a favor- stack the deck. In this episode, Dennis and Jason swap war stories about projects that were ambushed because commission volunteers or local elected officials didn't see the long-term vision. Your EDO should work behind the scenes to …
 
For many of us, January brings new members to our board of directors. We can either have them begin service wandering in the dark or prepared for their term. In this episode, Jason offers advice and suggestions for board orientation as well as following-up after the first board meeting to take a quick temperature check. This week's episode sponsore…
 
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…
 
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