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DT #121: Don’t Just Pay it Forward, Pay it Back to Your Hometown

In this business of economic and community development, we often talk about the value of placemaking and strong communities.  While this sense of ‘community’ is important within our service territories, it is just as important in our hometown. Have we repaid our hometowns for the education, the

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DT #120: Leaders Can Always Improve with Dan McCarthy, Executive Coach

Improving your leadership skills is a life-long journey.  Dan McCarthy is an executive coach and expert in all things leadership.  He runs a blog called Great Leadership. Do you fail to delegate?  Dan says failure to delegate could be a result of your need for control.  The

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DT #119: Exiting Military Members as a Workforce Strategy with John O’Toole

With full employment, we all know the challenges in filling open positions.  Should your community consider military recruiting? There are three military bases in the Beaufort County, South Carolina area, and the local economic development group has launched some interesting strategies to keep members of the armed

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DT #118: Are You Addicted to Being Busy? Part II with Katy Trost

Being busy should not be the goal.  Productivity is a much better target. Activity flows to fill the available time.  It is important to schedule your day, protect your calendar, and work hard to condense the time available to complete a given task. In this episode, Dennis

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DT #117: Imagine a Robust Workforce Pipeline

There is no shortage of workforce programming initiatives, but are any of them actually moving the needle?  To our stakeholder groups, many of the various programs sound very similar, and it can be difficult to discern the differences between initiatives. Maybe we should consider using an illustration

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DT #116: March Roundup (2019)

In this episode, Dennis and Jason summarize the month that was including their takeaways from interviews with Marty Vanagas, Dr. Keith Sawyer, and Katy Trost.  They also talk a bit more about trade shows and stress on the job.  Hear some feedback from Wayne in Iowa and

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DT #115: The Future of Economic Development with Jay Garner

The economic development profession is continuing to evolve due in large part to political forces, but it is difficult to know exactly how it will change. Jay Garner with Garner Economics is back one last time to provide some thoughts on the future of the economic development

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DT #114: Creating Stretch Goals for Your Organization

It is important to set aggressive yet achievable goals for your organization.  But what about stretch goals?  How do they differ from ‘regular’ or ‘traditional’ goals?  Will they cause panic or will they motivate your group to achieve more than anyone thought possible? in this episode, Dennis

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DT #113: Using a Recruiter to Fill Key Positions

If you are looking to make a critical hire, consider using a professional recruiter.  The work we do in this business is vitally important, and having the right talent on the bus is key. In this episode, Jason provides some tips and strategies for working with a

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DT #111: Is the Weight of the World Resting on Your Shoulders?

The economic and community development profession is incredibly rewarding.  The job presents extraordinary opportunities, but sometimes, if can feel as though the weight of the world is resting on our shoulders. How you cope with that pressure? In this episode, Dennis and Jason share their experiences in

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