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 003 | Ann Petersen (Cushman & Wakefield)
Episode 003 | Ann Petersen (Cushman & Wakefield) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Nick Riashi and Ann Petersen discuss Ann’s leadership journey through the years. Ann is a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield, where her primary responsibilities include negotiation with state and local economic development officials and implementation of incentives. Ann also provides complex financial analysis to her clients which…

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Episode 002 | Chris Schastok (CBRE)
Episode 002 | Chris Schastok (CBRE) 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Carla Sones talks with Chris Schastok, First Vice President at CBRE. Chris is one of the national leaders of CBRE’s Location Strategy & Incentives practice. He has over 12 years of experience in aligning location decisions with business strategy and represents clients in various areas, including corporate headquarters,…

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Episode 001 | Jeff Finkle (IEDC)
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This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast: Welcome to the inaugural episode of the America’s Jobs Team Podcast! Every week, you will hear leadership insights from an economic developer or site consultant. Our belief is that when leaders grow stronger, communities thrive. Today, Ron Kitchens talks with Jeff Finkle, President and CEO at the International Economic Development Council…

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