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DT #110: Add Some Futurist Thinking to Your Strategic Plan with Marty Vanagas

Strategic planning for your community is great, but if you can add in a layer of futurist thinking, you can put together a very meaningful plan that gets ahead of the curve.  Marty Vanagas is back to give us some tips for layering in this futurist thinking.

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DT #109: Strategic Foresight with Marty Vanagas

According to Marty Vanagas, the business of economic development tends to be reactionary.  He should know.  Marty is an economic development professional but is also self-described futurist.  He serves as the President of the Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership, an economic development group in the State of New

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DT #108: Key Differences Between Chambers of Commerce and Economic Development Groups

Most residents of your community are likely familiar with the terms ‘chamber of commerce’ and ‘economic development’.  The differences between these organizations, however, aren’t always clear.  Often times, anything related to business, industry, and job growth will be lumped together as though it is all done by

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DT #107: Building Your Organization’s Brand

Every company and organization has a reputation whether they know it or not.  A brand is more than a logo and can include your identity, your successes, your failures, and your story. When was the last time your worked on your organization’s brand? In this episode, Dennis

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DT #106: Group Genius with Dr. Keith Sawyer

We all believe in the power of groups, but how do you ensure the genius of the group emerges instead of groupthink? Dr. Keith Sawyer is one of the country’s leading scientific experts on creativity and author of Group Genius, and he joins Dennis for an inspiring

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DT #105: Trade Shows Suck

Trade shows sound like a worthy addition to your economic development marketing plan, but unless you execute well, they can be a total waste of time. In this episode, Jason shares stories from the trenches including some best practices for maximizing your trade show attendance. 

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DT #104: Global Attraction Strategies with Jay Garner, Garner Economics

Jay Garner with Garner Economics is back to talk about launching successful international trade missions.  He has a ton of experience traveling internationally and has led a number of global business attraction initiatives. In this episode, Dennis asks Jay for some tips regarding international trade missions including:

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DT #103: February Roundup

In this episode, Dennis and Jason summarize the month that was from February 2019 including their thoughts on interviews with Eric Canada, Jay Garner, Faye Davis, Ron Kitchens, and a bit more on the business of economic development incentives.

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DT #102: The Best Ways to Deal with CAVE People

Citizens Against Virtually Everything Critics Not In My Backyarders How should you handle these folks in your community? In this episode, Dennis and Jason discuss the difference between constructive criticism and the politics of destruction.  Learn from some great examples of dealing with local critics.

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DT #101: Faye Davis, Master of Productivity

Faye Davis with Southwest Michigan First loves doing the things that give many people headaches.  She is a master of productivity and detail, and in her support role, she adjusts her style to fit the communication needs of her fellow team members.  If you need something done,

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