About the show

We explore the strategies, ideas, and insights that are driving economic development forward into the future. You'll hear new insights from passionate ED's about their successes and struggles, and you'll learn from attraction and retention experts about how to apply actionable strategies inside your EDO. We'll help take your organization, your community, and your career to the next level.

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  • 133: True Economic Development Provides an Opportunity for Everyone to be Successful with Ken Chapa

    June 17th, 2024  |  23 mins 39 secs
    arizona, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Dane Carlson sits down with Ken Chapa, the Director of Economic Development and Tourism for the City of Avondale, Arizona, a thriving community in the Phoenix metropolitan area.

  • 132: Championing Rural Economic Development with Lorie Vincent and Stand Up Rural America

    June 10th, 2024  |  34 mins 46 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, rurall

    Dane Carlson interviews Lorie Vincent, founder of Stand Up Rural America. They discuss Lorie's experience in rural economic development and her creation of the summit, which provides practical tools and fosters collaboration among rural communities.

  • 131: Economic Analytics Made Easy: Eric Trevan's Innovative Approach

    June 3rd, 2024  |  31 mins 47 secs
    ai, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode of the Econ Dev Show, Dane Carlson interviewed Eric Trevan, PhD, an investor, economist, and business and the President and CEO of aLocal Solutions.

  • 130: Talking Economic Development in Alabama with Greg Canfield

    May 27th, 2024  |  31 mins 23 secs
    alabama, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Dane Carlson interviews Greg Canfield, the former Secretary of Commerce for the state of Alabama. Their conversation covers Greg's career journey, and his take on the complexities of economic development.

  • 129: Supporting Spanish-Speaking Entrepreneurs with Amber Tarrac

    May 20th, 2024  |  31 mins 56 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode of the Econ Dev Show, Dane Carlson interviews Amber Tarrac, CEO of Founder Fuego.

  • 128: Getting Radically Rural with Julianna Dodson

    May 13th, 2024  |  25 mins 36 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode of the Econ Dev Show interviewed Julianna Dodson, the Deputy Executive Director at the Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship and the director of Radically Rural.

  • 127: Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development: A Conversation with Rob Williams of SourceLink

    May 6th, 2024  |  24 mins 24 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, entrepreneurship

    Dane Carlson interviews Rob Williams, director of SourceLink, a not-for-profit organization that collaborates with economic development agencies to promote entrepreneurial-led economic growth.

  • 126: 1Berkshire's Wraparound Approach to Economic Development with Ben Lamb

    April 1st, 2024  |  29 mins 58 secs
    berkshires, community engagement, demographic shifts, eco devo, econdev, economic development, innovation, post-pandemic recovery, regional prosperity, strategic partnerships, tourism, wraparound strategy

    Dane Carlson talks with Ben Lamb of 1Berkshire, exploring the integration of economic development and tourism in the Berkshires. Lamb shares the innovative concept of 'wraparound economic development' that addresses jobs, business growth, and vital community needs, emphasizing the post-pandemic demographic shifts and the area's growing diversity. Highlighting the importance of cross-sector collaboration and strategic partnerships, the episode positions the Berkshires as a beacon of innovation and cultural richness, offering valuable strategies for economic developers to foster community resilience and regional prosperity.

  • 125: Beyond Numbers: The Rise in Productivity Shapes Our World

    March 25th, 2024  |  17 mins 54 secs
    1990s, eco devo, econdev, economic development, economics

    Dane dives into the resurgence of labor productivity growth in the US, marking an end to years of standstill. This isn't just economic jargon; it's about how these changes affect our daily lives, enhancing our overall quality of life.

  • 124: Talking About Sitehunt

    March 18th, 2024  |  8 mins 49 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, sitehunt

    I'm my absence I've been busy developing Sitehunt.

  • 123: Startups and Corporates: Bridging the Gap with Adam Berk

    January 16th, 2024  |  37 mins 14 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, startup

    Adam Berk, co-author of "Startup Program Design," discusses innovative strategies for bridging the gap between startups and corporate entities, offering insights into successful collaboration and program design.

  • 122: Tax Increment Financing with Emily Blaylock (Encore)

    December 18th, 2023  |  19 mins 26 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, tax increment financing, tif

    Dane talks with Emily Blaylock, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Northwest Bank about Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Northwest Bank & Trust Company is an entrepreneurial bank that has built an Economic Development Division to help developers and municipalities get projects done around the US. They utilize Tax Increment Financing (TIF) incentives designated from the municipalities to give developers funds upfront. These funds can be used to provide gap equity, expansion of existing sites, investment in other projects, working capital needs, or tenant improvements. Currently, they have completed projects in 8 states and over $400 million in funding. Their team has over 100 years of combined education in economic development and banking to help structure these loans.