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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Sep 15, 2021

Words matter.  The phrases you choose to speak, write, or text can have an profound impact on the receiver of those messages.

In this episode, Dennis shares a recent experience where things got personal.  He was the receiver of poorly-chosen words that will very likely have lasting effects on a...


Sep 8, 2021

Jason has long been an advocate of chambers of commerce and economic development groups merging into a single organization.  However, a recent impromptu conversation has posed a really good argument for keeping them separate - the ability to pay attention to the small mom and pop business.

Tune in to this episode as...


Sep 1, 2021

It's no secret that Dennis is a movie buff.

Although many of us have stories fit for tv, Marvel has not yet dedicated a series to the local economic developer.

So until Hollywood releases a film where the local economic developer is the hero, this eclectic list of 11 movies about founders, entrepreneurs, documentaries,...


Aug 25, 2021

Do you need to expand your creativity?

In this episode, Jason explores his love/hate relationship with ideas and shares a tool he recently discovered (thanks to James Altucher) to help the brain be more creative: idea lists.

Before you roll your eyes at the idea of creating a list of ideas (that's exactly what Jason...


Aug 18, 2021

Sometimes, bad things happen in your community.  As an economic development professional in the field, it is easy to get down when a project goes south, an employer closes their doors, or a community endeavor fails.

What you have to remember is this: Control What You Can Control

What is within your power?  In this...