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 155: How Will Your Organization Navigate the Prosperity and Inclusivity Paradigms? | Chris Camacho, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Episode 155: How Will Your Organization Navigate the Prosperity and Inclusivity Paradigms? | Chris Camacho, Greater Phoenix Economic Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The regions that can adapt to change by producing the next generation of talent, along with addressing equity and inclusion, will have more balanced and prosperous economies.” –Chris Camacho Economic recovery is on a fast track, and the greater Phoenix area is running full steam ahead. Having recovered over 80% of the jobs lost in…

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Episode 154: How Has Maryland Nurtured Impactful Networks for Effective Economic Development? | Jayson Knott, Office of Business Development at the Maryland Department of Commerce
Episode 154: How Has Maryland Nurtured Impactful Networks for Effective Economic Development? | Jayson Knott, Office of Business Development at the Maryland Department of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Having experience in most of the roles I now oversee, I have become a player-coach to my team.” –Jayson Knott How will your experiences today play into your future? Have you ever tried to reframe your perception of your role today in terms of how the skills you’re learning now will shape the career path…

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Episode 153: Do You Let Your Personal Qualities Drive You Forward Professionally? | Quentin Messer, Jr., Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Episode 153: Do You Let Your Personal Qualities Drive You Forward Professionally? | Quentin Messer, Jr., Michigan Economic Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Economic development, at its best, brings people together” –Quentin Messer, Jr. Do you step into opportunities with enthusiasm and passion? Do you allow your unique attributes to play into your daily leadership and work? On this episode, Carla Sones talks with Quentin Messer, Jr. about personal qualities that drive you professionally. Quentin lets us in…

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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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