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 076: Annemarie Henton | Albuquerque Economic Development
Episode 076: Annemarie Henton | Albuquerque Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Annemarie Henton joins Ron Kitchens for a conversation centered on the importance of rallying around realistic positivity. Annemarie has a background in branding and communications, and she dives into how communities can leverage their own unique selling points and getting their residents to be part of that messaging. Annemarie shares her…

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Episode 075: Bethany J. Miller | Greater Houston Partnership
Episode 075: Bethany J. Miller | Greater Houston Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Bethany Miller talks with Ron Kitchens about her journey into economic development (spoiler alert: mentors played a huge role!). Bethany dives into Houston’s status as the most diverse city in the USA and how economic development is affected. She shares insights on the importance of assessing your own disposition on a…

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Episode 074: Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Episode 074: Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Chris Camacho joins Ron Kitchens to talk economic development and leadership. Chris shares how he evaluated and strategically chose his career moves, which in the moment may have looked like a step backward but in reality gave him the platform to catapult forward. He talks about the qualities which built the…

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Episode 073: Barry Broome | Greater Sacramento Economic Council
Episode 073: Barry Broome | Greater Sacramento Economic Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Barry Broome joins Ron Kitchens for a dynamite interview. Barry talks bout letting multiple experiences in life create good leadership within one’s self and allowing that to bring a fresh approach to new challenges. He dives into the importance of connecting to your community’s culture and attaching people to the dream…

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Episode 072: Barbra Coffee | City of Tucson
Episode 072: Barbra Coffee | City of Tucson 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Barbra Coffee joins us to talk about connection, inspiration and building relationships. She shares a few of the things that she looks for during interviews which have enabled her to build a strong team. Barbra dives into her need for analytical thinkers to balance out her big-picture thinking, and she hits…

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Episode 071: Mike Neal | Tulsa Regional Chamber
Episode 071: Mike Neal | Tulsa Regional Chamber 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Mike Neal joins Nick Riashi for an energetic interview, where Mike dives into how he went from accounting to banking to political staffer to economic developer. Mike talks about the speed of change throughout this year, and how he is continuing to find joy and reward in the dance. He gives…

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Episode 070: Timothy Downs | Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Episode 070: Timothy Downs | Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Timothy Downs joins Faye Davis to talk shop. Timothy shares his biggest personal leadership challenge as this year keeps going at its relentless pace. He dives into the perceived reasons for the current deal flow trends in the greater Durham region, particularly touching on the specific industries affected. As a former…

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Episode 069: Barb LaMue | New North, Inc.
Episode 069: Barb LaMue | New North, Inc. 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Barb LaMue, Executive Director at the New North, Inc., talks about her renewed commitment to trusting her team and striving to be more patient. She dives into how her region stepped up during times of crisis to support their neighbors. Like most of us in economic development, Barb is profoundly thankful…

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Episode 068: Marva Bryan | Development Authority of Fulton County
Episode 068: Marva Bryan | Development Authority of Fulton County 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Marva Bryan shares incredible insights into having difficult conversations surrounding equity and systemic racism on today’s podcast. She talks about why compassion is her strongest quality that has enabled her to have meaningful dialogue on difficult subjects like addressing racial issues, tackling legacy poverty, and finding her inner permission to speak…

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Episode 067: David Leezer | Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Episode 067: David Leezer | Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: David Leezer joins Nick Riashi to talk about the rollercoaster that is 2020. David talks about the importance of body language and receiving non-verbal cues and how the digital space has affected those methods of communication. He shares his favorite aspects of being in economic development and dives into why he…

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