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DT #178: Indisputable Rule #2 – Shake the Hand that Feeds You

Do you want a successful career in economic development?  If so, then this series is for you: The Indisputable Rules for a Successful Career in Economic Development. Yes- it is a bold claim, but listen before you judge. Rule #2: Shake the Hand that Feeds You.  Whether

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DT #177: Are You Trying to Do Too Much?

Project overload is common in the economic and community development space.  Each year, our organizations launch new initiatives- typically without clearing things from the plate first. “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do,” said Michael Porter. The key to managing this work load is

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DT #176: When the Ball Gets Dropped

Economic and community development groups are catalysts.  They take an idea, put a game plan together, raise the money, launch a project, and then hand it off.  That is the way it is supposed to work, right? What happens when there is no one to take the

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DT #175: Indisputable Rule #1 – Know Your Purpose

Do you want a successful career in economic development?  If so, then this series is for you: The Indisputable Rules for a Successful Career in Economic Development. Yes- it is a bold claim, but listen before you judge. Rule #1: Know your purpose.  Know your role.  Know

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DT #174: Attract Talent to Your Community with Peanut Butter

There are 45 million student loan borrowers in the United States.  Employers (and therefore communities) that do not act soon to provide assistance with paydown programs have the potential to be less competitive in the marketplace for talent. Early adopters to a student loan paydown program can

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DT #173: How Does Your Salary Compare?

How does your salary compare to your peers in the industry?  We are in a war for talent, and it is in the interest of economic and community development groups to attract strong talent to the organization. In this episode, Dennis argues that you should know where

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Encore Episode: Jay Garner on Building Relationships

Your favorite podcast co-hosts are on vacation this week, so some of the best content from the past is up for a repeat presentation. Jay Garner’s site selection firm, Garner Economics, has lead more than 165 business location projects since its founding.  It is safe to say

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Encore Episode: Didi Caldwell on Community Readiness

Your favorite podcast co-hosts are on vacation this week, so some of the best content from the past is up for a repeat presentation.   How can your community best prepare for an economic development attraction project?  Who better to ask than Didi Caldwell, chair of the

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DT #170: Being a Catalyst for Your Community

There is a limit to how much we can accomplish on our own.  The most effective leaders and organizations of the future will convene, plan, inspire, and then then engage others to create a multiplier effect. In continuing our recent theme of leading effective meetings, Dennis and

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DT #169: To Annex or Not to Annex – That is the Question

Annexation could be a major component of your community’s growth plan, but few things could become more contentious within a neighborhood. In this episode, Jason brings David Toyer with Toyer Strategic Consulting back on the show to discuss the merits of annexation and the process of getting

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