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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  • 87: Rural Rescue: Small Town Solutions with David Thornell

    March 20th, 2023  |  25 mins 21 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, small towns

    A conversation with David Thornell, author of Small Town Solutions: An Economic Development Guide for Small Communities with BIG Dreams

  • 86: Building an Outdoor Economy with Thomas Salley

    March 13th, 2023  |  31 mins 5 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, north carolina, outdoors, tourism

    Dane talks with Thomas Salley, the director of tourism for the City of Wilkesboro, North Carolina. He's an integral part of a team working to create a community-led vision and 15-year roadmap to grow the outdoor economy and encourage active living in Wilkes County.

  • 85: Dane Talks to Himself... On Video

    March 6th, 2023  |  8 mins 37 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Dane wants to start producing video content for the Econ Dev Show Podcast, but first, he must get comfortable on camera. And the best way that he's found to get over his fear is to just do it!

  • 84: A 20 Minute Business Attraction Strategy with Tom Wengler

    February 27th, 2023  |  22 mins 25 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, marketing, retargeting

    In this episode, Dane talks to Tom Wengler. In just 20 minutes, they explain how the best economic development marketing teams stay in front of site selectors and business executives who've visited their websites.

  • 83: Childcare as an Economic Development Priority with Cody Morrison

    February 20th, 2023  |  35 mins 19 secs
    childcare, daycare, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode, Dane talks with Cody Morrison about childcare as an economic development priority. Cody is the Executive Director of the Monadnock Economic Development Corporation in Keene, New Hampshire. The MEDC has taken a leading role in working to improve the number of childcare providers in their region.

  • 82: Rebuild Made in America with Wendy Rosen

    February 13th, 2023  |  32 mins 13 secs
    art, eco devo, econdev, economic development, made in america, made in the usa, manufacturing, president biden, small scale manufacturing

    Last week, Wendy Rosen wrote an open letter to President Biden calling on the federal government to help rebuild Made in America. Her letter "Dear President Biden, Rebuild Made in America," struck a cord with Dane, and he brought her on the show to talk about it, and her experiences and insight.

  • 81: Climate Change: An Opportunity for Economic Developers with Martin Vanags

    January 30th, 2023  |  38 mins 17 secs
    climate change, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    According to Martin Vanags, climate change is the single biggest challenge we face as humans... however it can also be the single greatest opportunity for economic developers to reframe their attraction, retention and workforce strategies for a positive outcome.

  • 80: Economic Development and Tourism in Canada with Colin Holloway

    January 23rd, 2023  |  39 mins 28 secs
    canada, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Colin Holloway is the Economic Development and Communications Officer for the town of Clarenville in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

  • 79: Europe and European FDI with W Ford Graham

    January 16th, 2023  |  40 mins 21 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, europe, fdi, geopolitics

    W Ford Graham is an expert on investment from Europe into the United States. In this episode, we pick his brain on this timely geopolitical economic development topic.

  • 78: Joe Sayre Married His Passion and Profession in Economic Development

    January 9th, 2023  |  30 mins 51 secs
    community development, eco devo, econdev, economic development, new york

    Joe Sayre has only been an economic developer for about six months, but he's found the profession a marriage of all that he's done before and his love for community service.

  • 77: The Work Starts at Home: Business Attraction with Lenora Fisher

    December 19th, 2022  |  30 mins 35 secs
    business attraction, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Dane talks business attraction with Lenora Fisher, the Director of Business Attraction at Greater Peoria Economic Development Council.

  • 76: Dane Asks a Question About Site RFIs

    December 12th, 2022  |  8 mins 47 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode, Dane talks to himself about site RFIs, and why we don't figure them out in advance?