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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Jan 26, 2022

Jeff Finkle, the International Economic Development Council's leader for its entire existance, will soon be retiring from the organization.

In this episode, Dennis asks Jeff to reflect on his career beginning with a look back at the formation of IEDC.  They talk leadership, board dynamics, disaster recovery and...

Jan 19, 2022

We have all heard of the Great Resignation, but what does that phrase really mean?  Is it possible for employers to respond with the Great Pivot?

In this episode, Dennis brings back resident workforce expert Mark Perna to discuss the year ahead and answer the question: where have all the people gone?

Mark your calendar...

Jan 12, 2022

In this episode, Jason interviews Garrett Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Woodstock, IL.  Garrett is a self-proclaimed data nerd, and they talk incentives, demographics, economic development plans and recovery act funds.

As we know, billions in ARPA funds will be flowing to local governments. ...

Jan 5, 2022

What are the tricks to leading a professional association as a volunteer board member?

In this episode, Jason interviews Karl Franzen and Agnes Masnik who both serve as the Illinois representatives on the Mid-America EDC board of directors.  They discuss board dynamics, volunteer leadership, staying relevant, and so...