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Weird Web Radio explores the mind expanding world of the Paranormal and Occult. The host, Lonnie Scott, interviews Ghost Hunters, Paranormal Investigators, Witches, Occultists, Pagan Leaders, Authors, Film makers, Tarot Readers, and more! Weird Web Radio will also feature people just like you telling your stories of paranormal encounters in your own life. We will uncover secrets of the trades, and experience tales of the bizarre!
 
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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…
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! This episode features long time friend Morgan Daimler making their return to the show! I'm your host, Lonnie Scott! The discussion starts with a quote from Morgan's recent Pagan Portals Living Fairy book. That lights the flame for a chat all about Witchcraft in recent history, acceptance politics, social media, TikToc cu…
 
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 …
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! This episode is the launch of a new special series called Road Spirits! This series will be all about magical people having magical adventures and what they discover along the way. Why? We all travel. We all go on vacations. Well, we try and hope. Maybe this will inspire you. Traveling as magical people takes on extra de…
 
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…
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! I'm your host Lonnie Scott. This episode features the Strategic Sorcerer himself, Jason Miller! This return makes it a hat trick for Jason. Three episodes! It's no secret I count Jason among one of my own greatest teachers. It's always good to pick his brain some more. This time we focused on moving to a new home magical…
 
'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…
 
Hey Gang! Welcome to Weird Web Radio! I'm your host, Lonnie Scott. This episode features Ivo Dominguez making a return to the show! Ivo and I cover his new book The Four Elements of the Wise: Working With the Magickal Powers of Earth, Air, Water, Fire. We also take a deep dive into devotional practice vs magical practice, the nature of spirit, and …
 
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…
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! This episode features one of my favorite humans and dear friend, Catherine Heath aka Cat. She has been exploring all the magical possibilities of Heathenry and more for a long time. As she says in the show, Cat also shares what she finds in the hopes that others will discover more and share it as well. We cover Cat's jou…
 
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…
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! This episode features Cory Hutcheson from the New World Witchery podcast! That's not all Cory does though. He has a new book about to hit the shelves titled New World Witchery, and an excellent book already in the world on divination with playing cards titled 54 Devils. Go get his books! Subscribe to his show! Cory's Off…
 
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…
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! As always, I'm your host Lonnie Scott! This episode features one of my all time favorite humans, Patrick Keller. Patrick is the host of one of my favorite podcasts titled The Big Séance Podcast. We cover how Patrick got started podcasting and paranormal investigating while we also dig into his own personal spiritual beli…
 
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…
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! This episode features our great friend John Beckett! This is the third appearance on the show for John, and once again he delivers with excellent insightful discussion. We spend a great deal of time discussing Tower Time. This is a term John uses to describe the way we are facing serious challenges in our world while als…
 
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
 
Welcome to Weird Web Radio! I want to let you all know that I and my family are fighting off the Covid virus. As of today - November 23rd - I'm on day 10. Covid has a real nasty way of letting you think you're winning and roaring back even harder than before. That was yesterday and last night. I appreciate all the well wishes, blessings, and even m…
 
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
 
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