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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  • 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.

  • 121: Beyond Traditional Education: Nate Clayberg's Vision for Tomorrow's Workforce

    December 11th, 2023  |  30 mins 20 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, education, workforce

    Nate Clayberg, an economic developer embedded within the CAPS Network working to make an impact on our future workforce, advocates for a transformative approach to education that prepares students for future careers, emphasizing adaptable skills, early career exploration, and alignment between educational institutions and evolving industry needs.

  • 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)