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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…
 
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…
 
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