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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  • 99: Unraveling the Jones Act with Colin Grabow

    July 14th, 2023  |  31 mins 31 secs
    eco devo, econdev, economic development, endthejonesact, jones act, ship building, shipping

    In this episode, we explore the Jones Act and its impacts on domestic trade and economic development with Colin Grabow, research fellow at the Cato Institute.

  • 98: Pawns, Kings, and Rooks: Economic Development with Karl Heck

    July 10th, 2023  |  29 mins 57 secs
    chess, eco devo, econdev, economic development, virginia

    We explore multifaceted economic development in Franklin, Virginia. Guest, Karl Heck, President and CEO of the region's EDO, touches on his unique approach to tackling industrial growth and community development while drawing occasional parallels to his passion for chess.

  • 97: A Deep Dive into a Local Business Incubator with Lina Rugova

    July 4th, 2023  |  23 mins 40 secs
    business incubator, eco devo, econdev, economic development, incubator, san antonio

    Exploring the transformative power of business incubators with Lina Rugova, founder of Emerge and Rise.

  • 96: Chambers of Commerce: From Relevant to Essential

    June 12th, 2023  |  12 mins 46 secs
    books, chamber of commerce, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode of the Econ Dev Show, Dane Carlson discusses the book "From Relevant to Essential: Five Key Insights for Chambers of Commerce" by Casey Steinbach.

  • 95: AI in Economic Development

    June 5th, 2023  |  25 mins 46 secs
    ai, chatgpt, ecdev, eco devo, econdev, economic development

    In this episode of the Econ Dev Show, host Dane Carlson shares his experiences using the AI tool ChatGPT for economic development tasks. Built for interacting with OpenAI's models, the chatbot's capacity to understand and generate human-like text has made it a radically transformative tool. Dane talks about various applications for AI technology in economic development and compares it to other automation tools often used in economic development offices.

  • 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.