Episode Archive

121 episodes of Econ Dev Show Podcast - Economic Development since the first episode, which aired on May 3rd, 2021.

  • 120: Empowering Young Innovators in Indiana: The Story of the STARTedUP Foundation with Don Wettrick

    December 4th, 2023  |  31 mins 16 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, ecosystem, education, entrepreneurship, indiana

    How Indiana is empowering students to turn their entrepreneurial visions into real-world innovations.

  • 119: From Sick Cities to Thriving Communities with Jeff Siegler

    November 27th, 2023  |  24 mins 26 secs
    civic pride, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Jeff Siegler, author of "Your City is Sick" and a civic pride expert, discusses the critical role of sustained, internal efforts and high standards in healing and rejuvenating community health and pride, as opposed to quick, superficial fixes.

  • 118: Wilkesboro Unveiled: A Deep Dive into Economic Evolution with LeeAnn Nixon

    November 20th, 2023  |  34 mins 28 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, northcarolina

    Dane interviews LeeAnn Nixon about Wilkesboro, North Carolina's economic development, highlighting key industries, agricultural strengths, and technological advancements in the community

  • 117: The Art of Starting Up: David Ponraj's Vision for Easier Entrepreneurship

    November 13th, 2023  |  30 mins 52 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship

    David Ponraj, CEO of Economic Impact Catalyst, discusses the challenges and strategies of starting and supporting businesses, emphasizing the role of diverse skills, evolving demands, and the integration of technology in economic development.

  • 116: From English Roots to Economic Fruits: Thomas Cox's Journey Economic Development in Sauk County

    November 6th, 2023  |  33 mins 56 secs
    childcare programs, community engagement, eco devo, econdev, economic development, housing initiatives, strategic planning, workforce upskilling

    Explore Thomas Cox’s transatlantic journey from England to Executive Director in Sauk County, Wisconsin, fostering economic vitality through strategic partnerships and community-focused initiatives.

  • 115: Change from Within: Deb Brown's Blueprint for Rural Prosperity

    October 30th, 2023  |  33 mins 56 secs
    bottom-up approach, community assets, community engagement, eco devo, econdev, economic development, grassroots action, inclusivity, positive mindset, rural economic development, storytelling, testing ideas, youth involvement

    Deb Brown discusses strategies for community and economic development in rural areas, emphasizing inclusive community engagement and testing small ideas.

  • 114: Economic Gardening: Nurturing Local Businesses for Community Growth with Chris Gibbons

    October 23rd, 2023  |  33 mins 11 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Chris Gibbons, creator of the economic gardening concept, explains how he pioneered the idea in Littleton, Colorado in the 1980s to help local companies create jobs after major layoffs. Economic gardening focuses on providing research and insights to growing stage two companies, not basic business assistance. Gibbons discusses the sales window concept they use to efficiently find the best prospects, and their move into leveraging AI like ChatGPT. He also shares his passion for helping communities and people prosper through economic development.

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

    October 16th, 2023  |  43 mins 52 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development

    Author Don Erwin discusses his economic development thriller novel "Buffalo Hunting in Alabama" in this encore episode from September 2021.

  • 112: Encore: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing with Ilana Preuss

    October 9th, 2023  |  37 mins 51 secs
    downtown, econdev, economic development, made in, main street, manufacturing

    In this episode, Dane speaks with Ilana Preuss, author of Recast Your City: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing. (Originally aired June 2021)

  • 111: The Great Outdoors as an Economic Engine with Noah Wilson and Bradley Spiegel

    October 2nd, 2023  |  39 mins 38 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, recreation

    Noah Wilson and Bradley Spiegel discuss the outdoor recreation economy in Western North Carolina, including the annual Outdoor Economy Conference and Building Outdoor Communities program.

  • 110: Counting What Counts: A Data-Backed Path to Community Revival with Jon Maynard

    September 25th, 2023  |  30 mins 30 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, local

    A longtime economic developer discusses his people-first approach to growing local economies based on caring about the community and using data to guide strategic decisions.

  • 109: Recruiting the Best Economic Developers with Anthony Michelic

    September 18th, 2023  |  33 mins 18 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, executive recruiting

    Dane interviews Anthony Michelic, President of The Pace Group, from inside and old bank vault. The executive recruiting firm discusses the job market, hiring trends, and advice for economic developers and job seekers in the industry.