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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Nov 30, 2022

Mark Perna joins Dennis after a summer of traveling the United States, speaking to national, state, regional, and local organizations on the importance of understanding the difference in generations and their impact on workforce issues. 

  • How to go beyond the rhetoric and create action
  • Turning enthusiasm into progress...

Nov 22, 2022

Dennis is joined by Joi Cuatero Austin, Senior Program Officer, Economic  Vitality - Main Street America. Dennis and Joi discuss the Transformation Strategy of Main Street America.

  • Main Street America Four Points Approach
  • What is a transformation strategy?
  • Measurable outcomes 

Nov 21, 2022

In this episode, Dennis is joined by Angee Shaker, Economic  Development  Director for the City of Solon, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Dennis and Angee discuss improving the public transit experience for bus riders. 

  • Paying attention to the obvious
  • What you can learn by listening 
  • How to build a coalition to solve a...

Nov 16, 2022

Dennis is joined by famous pie baker, entrepreneur, adventurer, and author Beth Howard. Beth is the author of four books, including Making Piece: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Pie and the cookbook Ms. American Pie. Join us for a discussion of life, love, loss, and the healing powers of pie. Beth talks about starting a...

Nov 11, 2022

Dennis is joined by Nicole Sedlacek from the Mid-America Economic Development Council to discuss the 2022 Mid-America EDC Competitiveness Conference held November 30 - December 2nd in downtown Chicago