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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April 9: Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 9: Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO at REDI Cincinnati, talks with Ron Kitchens about how her three-state region is reacting to the pandemic impacts, and how her organization is navigating governmental direction from those three states. A founding member of the REDI Cincinnati leadership team, Kimm engineers practices and strategies that strengthen the three-state, 16-county Greater…

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April 8: Josh Bays | Site Selection Group | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 8: Josh Bays | Site Selection Group | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Ron Kitchens talks with Josh Bays, who sheds light on what he believes businesses should be working on now, what actions and reactions he’s seeing in the business community and what the future might hold. Josh leads the industrial practice at Site Selection Group. He is a critical part of the executive team as well,…

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April 7: Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 7: Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Chris Camacho joins Carla Sones to dive into how the Greater Phoenix area is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Chris talks about all the initiatives and programs GPEC has made available to their business community, including: – Their COVID-19 resources page populated with community responses by cities and towns and other statewide resources – The…

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April 6: Jeff Pappas | ESRP | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 6: Jeff Pappas | ESRP | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Jeff Pappas, executive vice president of site selection and brokerage at ESRP Real Estate Services, joins Ron Kitchens to share what he’s experiencing during this crisis response. Jeff talks about the industries that are seeing tremendous growth and he shares very specific details from the CARES Act that may affect the onshoring of jobs over…

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April 3: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 3: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Alex Philips, economic development manager at City of Burleson, Texas, joins Carla on the podcast to talk about how small business is being supported in his community, and how his team is reacting to COVID-19 impacts. Alex has been with the City of Burleson for 12 years and in his current role as the economic…

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April 2: Lara Fritts | Greater Richmond Partnership | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 2: Lara Fritts | Greater Richmond Partnership | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Lara Fritts joins Carla Sones to share insight into how her organization is responding to the situation and what steps they are taking to help cushion the effect on business and the economy. Lara is the president and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP), the national and international sales team which serves as the…

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April 1: Joe Suppers | NodeCom, Inc. | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 1: Joe Suppers | NodeCom, Inc. | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Joe Suppers, president of NodeCom, Inc., joins Carla Sones to talk about his insights on what is happening in economic development with the impact of COVID-19. He talks about where he sees economic development over the next 12 months and shares insight on future opportunities. Joe is the founder and President of NodeCom, Inc. a…

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COVID-19 MINISERIES: The Economic Development Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
COVID-19 MINISERIES: The Economic Development Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic 150 150 America's Jobs Team

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Every weekday in April, America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about…

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Episode 061: Rodrick Miller | Invest Puerto Rico
Episode 061: Rodrick Miller | Invest Puerto Rico 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Rodrick Miller, president and CEO at Invest Puerto Rico, joins Carla Sones to talk about his leadership journey, and Bryan Farlow (president, The Arrowhead Group) shares what a site selector’s day-to-day happenings look like on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant. Rod talks about the organizations he’s worked for over the…

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Episode 060: Dr. James Collard | Citizen Potawatomi Nation
Episode 060: Dr. James Collard | Citizen Potawatomi Nation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Dr. James Collard, director of planning and economic development at Citizen Potawatomi Nation talks with Nick Riashi about his leadership journey, and on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant Brad Migdal (senior managing director of business incentives practice, Cushman & Wakefield) shares insight on gaining positive attention from site consultants. Jim…

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