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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Sep 27, 2022

In this episode, Dennis is joined by a friend of the show Mark Perna and a special guest Dr. Erin Slater superintendent of the Fort Madison school district. Erin and Dennis have worked together extensively to launch the Lee County Career Advantage Center. 

Mark, Erin, and Dennis discuss the trials and tribulations...


Sep 21, 2022

In this episode, Dennis shares his thoughts on the 2022 IEDC National Conference in Oklahoma City. He talks about the sights and sounds of Oklahoma City and the conference programming.


Sep 14, 2022

In this episode, Dennis shares his struggles to unplug during a week-long vacation. During his vacation, one of the towns in his county was rocked by not one but two major facility closure announcements. How do you react when you are trying to unplug but the wheels are coming off the bus at home? Listen to how...


Sep 7, 2022

In this episode, Dennis discusses remote workers and their impact. There are different opinions around the country and among companies as to what the right approach is for each organization. Dennis also admits his assumptions about which generations liked or disliked remote working was off base. (Hint, Boomers like...


Aug 31, 2022

Do you have what it takes to be the next co-host of America's #1 economic development podcast Develop This!? Dennis is searching for someone that wants to be almost famous. 

Here's what it takes to be the next Develop This! co-host

  • Passionate about community and economic development 
  • A sense of humor
  • Intellectual...