WE ARE AMERICA’S JOBS TEAM.

America’s future relies on people like you to foster a dynamic economy. It’s a big responsibility, but you are not alone in shouldering the weight. You are part of America’s Jobs Team!

You know—as do we—that the business of creating jobs is hard work, requiring more than just a little bit of elbow grease. You’ve got to have: deep industry knowledge; community and workforce familiarity; an ability to form deep relationships and create unity; perseverance; and the drive to keep growing.

Over the years, the Consultant Connect team has seen many amazing economic development warriors battling for their communities. We are connecting with these fellow community champions to dive into how they got to where they are, what lessons they have learned along the way, and what inspires them daily. We firmly believe that when leaders get better, communities thrive!

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Episode 175: Do You Use Your Tools in Non-Traditional Ways? You Might Want To! | Joe Agostinelli, Grand Rapids Area Revitalization
Episode 175: Do You Use Your Tools in Non-Traditional Ways? You Might Want To! | Joe Agostinelli, Grand Rapids Area Revitalization 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“If you can think of the project through a different lens, there is often a way you can leverage a non-traditional tool to fit the project you’re working on.” –Joe Agostinelli The cost of materials and goods for projects is a topic we are all too familiar with right now. It often seems that incentive…

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Episode 174: How Can You Continue Leveling Up Your Leadership Skills?
Episode 174: How Can You Continue Leveling Up Your Leadership Skills? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” –Barack Obama As this year comes to a close and a new year looms, lots of people are thinking about new year’s resolutions, setting goals for next year, and working on strategies…

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Episode 173: Why You Need to Identify What Makes Your Leadership Tick | Heather Ennis, Northwest Indiana Forum
Episode 173: Why You Need to Identify What Makes Your Leadership Tick | Heather Ennis, Northwest Indiana Forum 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The biggest part of learning anything is taking your ego out of it. Nobody has all of the answers.” –Heather Ennis Gathering knowledge and building expertise are cornerstones of the work economic developers do. We have to be lifelong learners, always keeping abreast of new developments and trends within industries. So how can you continue…

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Episode 172: How Can You Employ Professional Vulnerability to Build a More Effective Team?
Episode 172: How Can You Employ Professional Vulnerability to Build a More Effective Team? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“What we know matters but who we are matters more.” –Brené Brown Before you click away, stick with us for just a minute; we know that the word “vulnerability” can alienate people quickly. When we are talking about needing to be more vulnerable in our professional lives, we don’t mean sitting around in a circle…

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Episode 171: Creating an Entrepreneurial Support System Will Pay Dividends in Talent | Kim Grant, Invest Buffalo Niagara
Episode 171: Creating an Entrepreneurial Support System Will Pay Dividends in Talent | Kim Grant, Invest Buffalo Niagara 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Buffalo, as a whole, has been involved in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and its innovation for a long time.” –Kim Grant Why should economic development organizations implement a strategy for supporting entrepreneurs? Can these efforts make a difference in attracting talent? And if so, what elements should be part of the support network for start-ups?…

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Episode 170: What Role Does Trust Play in Balancing Transparency and Confidentiality?
Episode 170: What Role Does Trust Play in Balancing Transparency and Confidentiality? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Confidentiality and transparency are not mutually exclusive, but rather they are two sides of the same coin.” –Thomas de Maiziere In business these days, there is an ever-increasing amount of conversation around transparent relationships. And for good reason; employees working for companies with high levels of transparency report higher engagement and commitment, as well as…

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Episode 169: How Can Formal Trainings Boost Communication and Partnership Efforts? | Kenny McDonald, One Columbus
Episode 169: How Can Formal Trainings Boost Communication and Partnership Efforts? | Kenny McDonald, One Columbus 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Most economic development leaders have something to say and are good people to say it within their communities; they’re trusted entities. It’s important to be able to communicate clearly about where you stand and what the focus is.” –Kenny McDonald Project announcements are happening left and right in most communities, and one thing that can…

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Episode 168: Why Putting the Mission Ahead of Our Ego Will Create Positive Momentum
Episode 168: Why Putting the Mission Ahead of Our Ego Will Create Positive Momentum 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Maturity is humility. The mature person need not experience the satisfaction of ‘I told you so.'” –Ann Landers As economic developers, we often have an inkling about the direction our communities need to be moving way before it becomes mainstream knowledge. Sometimes, we spend years attempting to teach community partners about impending developments and needs…

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Episode 167: Five Reasons Why Econ Dev Research Is Critical to Attraction, Retention and Expansion | Emily Jerkins, Birmingham Business Alliance
Episode 167: Five Reasons Why Econ Dev Research Is Critical to Attraction, Retention and Expansion | Emily Jerkins, Birmingham Business Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The shift facing our community and communities across the nation means economic developers must be agile and cultivate assets, like workforce, policy and brands, like never before. “ –Emily Jerkins How are research professionals becoming increasingly vital to economic development work? Why is their time and effort foundationally critical to understanding regions and guiding future…

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Episode 166: 4 Ways to Keep Perfectionism from Killing Productivity
Episode 166: 4 Ways to Keep Perfectionism from Killing Productivity 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of productivity.” –Alice Boyes We’ve all been there. A big project is due, the pressure is mounting, you have the whole thing basically ready to go but it’s missing a few of those final details. There’s a hard deadline looming for the whole deliverable, and yet you can’t seem…

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