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DT #100: Develop This! Turns 100

It is the show’s 100th episode, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support this crowd-sourced economic development show has received. In this episode, Dennis and Jason talk about the future of the podcast and Jason reveals the big announcement we have been waiting for.

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DT #99: Discover Your County’s Health Ranking and Improve It

Health care costs continue to escalate, and the behaviors and lifestyles of a local population are critical to a community’s economic vitality.  What can community organizations do to improve the health of its citizenry? In this episode, Jason shares some facts and figures related to population health

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DT #98: Titans of Site Selection: Jay Garner on Building Relationships

Jay Garner’s site selection firm, Garner Economics, has lead more than 165 business location projects since its founding.  It is safe to say he knows a thing or two about the site selection business. In this episode, Dennis interviews Jay to get tips on the site selection

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DT #97: Disruption in Economic Development

Disruption is everywhere- including within the economic development industry.  Sometimes disruption can eliminate entire professions, but that doesn’t have to be the case with the economic development professional. In this episode, Dennis and Jason discuss technology and change in the business attraction industry and offer commentary on

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DT #96: 5 Goals of the BRE Interview with Eric Canada

Eric Canada, known for business retention and expansion strategies, is back to talk about the goals of a successful BRE interview. In this episode, Jason and Eric break down the interview to to ensure you have a solid strategy in place before you show up on site.

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DT #95: Using a Comfort Letter to Outline Project Incentives

There are many tools in the toolbox when it comes to financial assistance for economic development projects.  Some programs are statutory and others are discretionary.  It can be confusing to a potential prospect, and nearly everything needs regulatory approval. A good comfort letter outlines applicable programs along

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DT #94: The Art of Balancing Priorities

Economic development organizations tend to have multiple stakeholder groups – each with their own priorities.  How do you balance the work plan of your organization to satisfy the needs of many? In this episode, Dennis and Jason discuss the art of balancing priorities.

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DT #93: Ron Kitchens on Leadership

Ron Kitchens is back one more time to give a behind-the-scenes look at the Always Forward leadership podcast and Catalyst University. In this episode, Dennis interviews Ron with Southwest Michigan First to learn more about his innovative approach to cultivating leadership. More About Ron Kitchens Always Forward

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DT #92: Is it Okay to Change Direction?

Sometimes a community project or initiative needs to change direction, but doing so could be an admission of failure, add months to the project, or potentially harm the credibility of the steering committee. In this episode, Dennis and Jason share a story of a community project that

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DT #91: January Roundup

January was a great month for the podcast with terrific guests and a ton of social media promotion. In this episode, Dennis and Jason summarize the month that was including big takeaways from show guests and the most popular topics from January 2019. Links: US Chamber Institute

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