About Us

Dennis Fraise

Dennis is a progressive, yet seasoned economic development professional with an eclectic background as a small business owner, public speaker, and a perpetually optimistic big idea guy. He’s led not one, but two economic development organizations in setting Guinness World Records. A self-proclaimed meeting snob, Dennis is always willing to challenge the business as usual, status quo approach to getting things done.

On four different occasions Dennis has ridden his bicycle across the state of Iowa in search of the perfect piece of homemade pie. He’s passionate about bringing  success to organizations and ensuring that communities look to the future with a clear focus on what is required to achieve success. Dennis’s non-traditional approach to economic and workforce development has led to speaking opportunities at the IEDC International Conferences in Toronto and Atlanta. As a lifelong learner, he recently completed the CEcD certification process and is excited to join with Jason to launch the podcast.

Jason Hutcheson

Although his youthful good looks are deceiving, Jason is indeed a veteran of the economic development industry.  He had the great fortune to serve as the President/CEO of the Greater Burlington Partnership where he was been part of the transformation of this Midwestern, industrial river town into one of Site Selection Magazine’s Top Micropolitans for economic development deal flow.

While his formal education was in finance, real estate, and economics, he learned early in his career that leading people with concepts and ideas was far more powerful than numbers on a spreadsheet.

His colleagues appreciate his no-nonsense leadership style as they previously elected him to serve as the President of both the Professional Developers of Iowa and the Iowa Chamber Alliance.

When not in the trenches of economic development, Jason can be found on the tennis court or renovating dilapidated houses with his brother.  He married an educator, and his young family spends most of its time following the kids activities.

Andy Sokolovich

Before lacing up his wingtips, Andy served as an air traffic controller in the United States Air Force. He relocated to Clinton, IA in 2013 and now holds the position of Existing Industry Manager for the Clinton Regional Development Corporation.

No stranger to podcasting, Andy previously hosted shows related to digital marketing and Strengths-based development. His time away from the office is spent with his two children, Adelyn & Drew, and wife, Megan.

While Andy’s early training focused on vectors, airspeed, and landing clearances, he has now shifted his focus toward earning the CEcD designation and advancing his career as an economic development professional. Andy is a self-proclaimed tech geek and hopes to connect with the Develop This! audience on social media and other digital platform