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DT #140: Opportunity Zones: Guidance for Service Providers – Part 4 of 5

In part 4 of this series on Opportunity Zones, Deborah Burns is back to help us look at this program from the point of view of a banker, attorney, or accountant.  How can service providers help their clients reap the benefits of Opportunity Funds? Get some tips

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DT #139: When the Boomers Bail with Mark Lautman Part 1 of 3

By now, we are all well aware of the workforce challenges faced by most communities.  Unfortunately, we do not yet see the light is not at the end of the tunnel.  In fact, it may get much worse before it gets any better. In this episode, Dennis

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Bonus Episode: Make Plans to Attend the MidAmerica EDC Best Practices Conference

In this special bonus episode, Dennis brings Kyle Adams on the show to provide some teasers for the upcoming MidAmerica EDC Best Practices Conference to be held in Milwaukee, WI from July 17-19. Kyle serves on the board of directors for the MidAmerica EDC and holds the

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DT #138: Good to Great in Economic Development

If you have not yet read the Good to Great book by Jim Collins, you should definitely put it on your list. In this episode, Dennis and Jason discuss the 6 key ingredients behind the successful transition from a good organization to a great organization and then

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DT #137: Opportunity Zones: Advantages for Communities – Part 3 of 5

In part 3 of this series on Opportunity Zones, Deborah Burns is back to help us look at this program from a community’s point of view. Should we start our own local Opportunity Fund? How do we compete for investment among the other 8,000 zones?  Can we

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DT #136: 5G – Jobs, Infrastructure, and Expansion with FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr

5G wireless capability is here and is rapidly expanding across the nation.  This generation of internet speed is unlike its 3G and 4G predecessors as it can be 1,000x faster and will require a very different infrastructure plan. In this episode, Jason interviews Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan

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DT #135: How Workforce is Changing Capital Campaigns with Rick Kiernan

With more than 20 years of fundraising experience under his belt, Rick Kiernan knows a thing or two about raising money.  As principal with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, Rick has worked with communities large and small to help design plans of work that are both impactful and worthy

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DT #134: Opportunity Zones: Deploying Capital – Part 2 of 5

In part 2 of this series on Opportunity Zones, Deborah Burns is back to help us look at this program from an investor’s point of view. If I have the capital an a project in mind, what do I do next?  Alternatively, if I have a qualified

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DT #133: Spending $75 Million to Attract Visitors – the Grand Park Story – Episode 1 of 2

Sports tourism is big business.  Would your community spend $75 million to build baseball, softball, and soccer fields?  The City of Westfield, IN, population 38,000 pulled of Grand Park – a 400 acre facility designed to serve thousands of competitors. In this episode, Jason interviews Amanda Rubadue

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DT #132: What Makes a Good Board Member? Insight with Andy Davis

Sometimes we may rush to fill board seats simply because they are open.  However, it is very important that we select the right board members – those that will show up and take their job seriously.  So what makes a good board member? In this episode, Dennis

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