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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  • 94: Main Street Makeover: How CO.STARTERS Trains for Economic Revival with Jose Alfaro

    May 15th, 2023  |  26 mins 12 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode, Dane chats with Jose Alfaro, CEO of CO.STARTERS, an entrepreneurial accelerator program designed to transform creative passions into profitable businesses in local communities. Listen in as Jose shares the journey of CO.STARTERS from its humble beginnings to its current global reach, and the unique, community-focused approach it uses to foster local entrepreneurship.

  • 93: Alia Abbas Spills the Tea on the Importance of Small Businesses in Community Development

    May 8th, 2023  |  39 mins 23 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Alia Abbas discusses the importance of business continuity and the pivotal role small businesses play in building strong, sustainable communities.

  • 92: The Human Centered Approach to Economic Development with Larry Holt

    May 1st, 2023  |  33 mins 40 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode, Larry Holt, the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation Vice President of Economic & Workforce Development, shares his perspective on the challenges and opportunities of economic development in California.

  • 91: Ask Dane #1: Starship Edition

    April 24th, 2023  |  17 mins 30 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    The inaugural edition of Ask Dane. Every week, you ask, and I answer. Sometimes the questions only need short answers, and other-times they require tons of research or contemplation. This issue is a little of both.

  • 90: Gen Z Marketing in Plain English with Kathleen McQuaid Holdridge and Jessica Packard

    April 18th, 2023  |  56 mins 42 secs
    eco devo, econ dev, econdev, economic development, generationz, genz

    Dive into this engaging podcast episode where experts Kathleen McQuaid Holdridge and Jessica Packard talk to Dane Carlson and discuss marketing to Generation Z, its challenges and opportunities, and how it impacts economic development. Gain insights on authenticity, storytelling, and leveraging trends to attract and retain businesses.

  • 89: Slam Dunk Economic Development Strategies: Mark Litten's Basketball Experience Transforms Small Communities"

    April 10th, 2023  |  33 mins 53 secs
    basketball, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this action-packed episode of the Econ Dev Show, host Dane Carlson talks with Mark Litten, VP of Economic Development at Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, about his transition from basketball officiating to empowering small communities. Mark shares insights on local-level involvement, the importance of marketing for smaller communities, and the potential impact of eliminating Enterprise Florida. Tune in to "Slam Dunk Economic Development Strategies" and discover how Mark Litten's basketball experience informs his transformative approach to local economic development.

  • 88: The Pursuit of Economic Development with Professor Todd Gabe

    April 3rd, 2023  |  36 mins 56 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode, Dane talks with Professor Todd Gabe. He is a professor of Economics at the University of Maine, author of the textbook, The Pursuit of Economic Development: Growing Good Jobs in U.S. Cities and States. He also publishes content from his classes, book, and other research on Youtube.

  • 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.