Episode 113

Encore: The Secrets of Economic Development with Novelist and Econ Dev Don Erwin


October 16th, 2023

43 mins 52 secs

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About this Episode

In this episode, host Dane Carlson interviews Don Erwin, author of the economic development thriller novel "Buffalo Hunting in Alabama." Erwin wrote the novel to make economic development more relatable and exciting to the general public, who often have negative perceptions of the industry.

The book follows a protagonist who reluctantly returns to Alabama to work in economic development, getting involved in high-stakes mega projects and talent recruitment. Erwin incorporates real economic data about Alabama to ground the fictional story in reality. He also includes insider knowledge and "secrets" of proactive economic development strategy like identifying growing companies before they have an expansion project.

Erwin and Carlson have an in-depth discussion about the writing process, promoting the unique novel, and the benefits of producing an audiobook version. Carlson compliments Erwin for innovating within a little-known genre and exposing more people to the positive impacts of economic development.

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