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DT #158: The Changing Role of Economic Development Organizations

Business attraction, retention, entrepreneurship, real estate development, workforce, and community messaging.  There are just a few of the things economic development groups are charged with navigating. As if this wasn’t enough responsibility, the role of the economic development professional also continues to evolve.  The necessary skill sets

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DT #157: Facilitators Must Ask Great Questions with Michael Wilkinson

Those in the community improvement business tend to lead a lot of meetings. If you are like most of us, you probably have room to improve the effectiveness and productivity of your meetings. In this episode, Dennis brings back Michael Wilkinson who leads Leadership Strategies, Inc. –

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DT #156: ‘Just Say No’ to Bad Meetings with Michael Wilkinson

In this episode, Dennis continues with his quest to rid the world of unproductive meetings.  Michael Wilkinson, Certified Master Facilitator and founder of Leadership Strategies, Inc., joins Dennis in a discussion regarding meeting rights, the three P’s, and calling for the ELMO rule when it is time

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DT #155: The Quantifiable Metrics of Placemaking with Emily Brown

Placemaking is becoming increasingly important in the community development business.  Quantifying the results, however, can be very difficult. Emily Brown is the director of economic strategy with Fourth Economy and previously was part of the IEDC applied research team.  In this episode, Jason brings Emily on the

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DT #154: June Roundup (2019)

As is customary, the month of June concludes with your favorite podcast co-hosts sharing their updates from the month, providing some podcast news, and discussing some key takeaways from the interview shows. In addition- it is not too late to register for the Mid American EDC Best

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DT #153: It’s All About the Details When It Comes to a Site Visit

You have worked hard to submit an RFP or work an economic development lead.  Your community made the short list and now the site visit is scheduled.  It’s game time. How can your community stand out?  What are you forgetting? It’s all about the details. In this

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DT #152: Should Community Development Groups Endorse Local Candidates?

The gloves are coming off.  In this episode, Dennis and Jason square off on a debate over local politics. If you care about the future of your community, you should absolutely get involved in local elections says Jason.  Not so, says Dennis, as losing that bet can

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DT #151: Creating a Strong Peer Network

Professionals in the economic and community development space are known for being generous with their time.  While attending conferences (or listening to podcasts!) is great, the best way to learn in this business is to engage your peers. But how can you build a peer network if

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Bonus Episode: Economic Development Websites – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly!

In Episode #68, Dennis and Jason shared their best advice for creating a strong economic develoment web site: fire the committee.  So what do you do after you fire the committee? Brad Owens serves as the Director of Web Strategies and Joe Hagar serves as the Senior

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DT #150: What Happens in Vegas….is Good for Business with Jared Smith

Las Vegas attracts millions of tourists every year for entertainment, but with direct flights, great proximity to major markets, and a growing labor pool, it can be a great destination for business as well. With so much to offer business prospects, how can the economic development leaders

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