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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Dec 30, 2021

What is the value in attending an economic development conference?  That depends on how you decide to work it.

There can be far more to a conference than simply attending the sessions and taking a few notes.

In this episode, Dennis and Jason share 5 great ways to maximize your time at an industry conference.

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Dec 23, 2021

If you could simplify the tagline for your community's improvement strategy, it could be this: have more cool shit.

That's the message from John Hall, President/CEO of the Marshalltown Area Chamber of Commerce.

It doesn't have to be complicated.

In this episode, Jason caught up with John at the Mid-America EDC...

Dec 15, 2021

In this episode, Lenora Fisher, Director of Business Attraction at the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council joins Jason live at the Mid-America EDC conference to talk all things related to regional business attraction strategies.

They talk property inventory, debate whether or not the term 'Shovel-Ready' is...

Dec 8, 2021

Let's get real for just a minute.  Solving workforce challenges is a bit like herding cats, isn't it?

In this episode, Dennis brings back resident expert Mark Perna to offer tips and tricks to get education, business, and economic development to all speak the same language.

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Nov 24, 2021

In this episode, Jason chats with Rick Kiernan with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions about the scope and variety of fundraising campaigns that can occur in a community.

As an EDO, should you be concerned about being involved in multiple fundraising efforts? If you raise money for a new community building, will that dry up...