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 152: How Do You Keep the Momentum Going After Wins?
Episode 152: How Do You Keep the Momentum Going After Wins? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Celebrate what you want to see more of.” –Tom Peters Do you consider yourself a ‘deal junky’? Does your adrenaline kick in when that RFI shows up? Do you feel the excitement at every ribbon cutting? Today, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones about keeping momentum going after wins. We all know the feeling of…

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Episode 151: Do You Work to Bring All Companies Together On Your Business Initiatives? | Cristina Paredes, Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality
Episode 151: Do You Work to Bring All Companies Together On Your Business Initiatives? | Cristina Paredes, Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“I like being able to see the change that were making, one job at a time, in our community and the impact that makes.” –Cristina Paredes How do you creatively bring in other companies to partner with your strategy efforts? When you’re working on an initiative, do you try to involve your whole community? Do…

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Episode 150: Do You Utilize Your Natural Talents to Drive Informal Authority?
Episode 150: Do You Utilize Your Natural Talents to Drive Informal Authority? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Leadership is an action, not a position.” –Donald McGannon Do you ever find yourself looking to a coworker for leadership or advice on a project? Do you see yourself stepping into that role for your teammates? As economic developers, we often find ourselves in roles of authority that shift with project needs. Today, Faye Davis…

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Episode 149: How Is Your Daily Performance Fueling Energetic Partnerships? | Brandon Simmons, REDI Cincinnati
Episode 149: How Is Your Daily Performance Fueling Energetic Partnerships? | Brandon Simmons, REDI Cincinnati 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Performance and partnerships, I think, are the most important for any profession.” –Brandon Simmons Do you remember the energy and passion that drew you into economic development? Do you bring that energy into relationships that attracts businesses and partnerships to you? Do you still have the competitive endurance to run the marathon of economic development?…

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Episode 148: Is Lack of Intentionality in Workplace Culture Threatening Your Organization’s Longevity?
Episode 148: Is Lack of Intentionality in Workplace Culture Threatening Your Organization’s Longevity? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Be passionate about the culture and the business, and remain positive because it inspires others.” –Barry Liber Did the last 18 months have a negative effect on the way you and your team experience work together? Is the culture feeling a little crunchy right now? And do you have a plan on pulling the train…

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Episode 147: Do You Bring Together Your Key Companies That You May Be Overlooking? | Michael Looney, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce
Episode 147: Do You Bring Together Your Key Companies That You May Be Overlooking? | Michael Looney, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Industrial and economic development is extremely noble work. Everyone gets to that position a variety of different ways. It saves families.” –Michael Looney Do you work in a very industry diverse community? Do you know how to draw on your local talent and the talent coming in? Do you know how to partner with your…

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Episode 146: Lead Your Team Through Effective Change in These 8 Steps
Episode 146: Lead Your Team Through Effective Change in These 8 Steps 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The people must have ownership in the vision. They need to be enabled to accomplish it. If there is one investment you should make, it is in people.” –Modesta Lilian Mbughuni Can you think of a time where you knew something had to change, you were impassioned to lead the charge, but somehow the momentum was…

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Episode 145: Prosperous Regions Know These 3 Things Are Crucial | Matt McQuade, One Columbus
Episode 145: Prosperous Regions Know These 3 Things Are Crucial | Matt McQuade, One Columbus 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Despite our success, there is consensus in the community that we can accomplish so much more and include more people in the region’s growth and success.” –Matt McQuade How do the top performing organizations stay on top? What is it about their strategy that simply clicks with their communities and allows the work to move…

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Episode 144: Are You Thriving From the Lessons You Learned in Your Failures? | Matthew Slotwinski, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Episode 144: Are You Thriving From the Lessons You Learned in Your Failures? | Matthew Slotwinski, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“What did you learn through the process? In year 2? In year 4? In year 6? How can you apply that to the next project?” –Matthew Slotwinski When you don’t land the project, what is your first step away? Is it learning from the process? Is it getting prepared for the next opportunity? There could…

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Episode 143: How Do the Real and Perceived Pains of Change Affect Your Team?
Episode 143: How Do the Real and Perceived Pains of Change Affect Your Team? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have to understand what you’re asking of people when you’re asking them to change.” –Ronald Heifetz What is it about change that has people digging their heels in and holding onto the status quo? Are you able to get yourself on the balcony to understand the dynamics at play? When navigating hurdles that may…

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