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 121: Do You Use the Technology Industry to Diversify Your Community? | Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation
Episode 121: Do You Use the Technology Industry to Diversify Your Community? | Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Every company is a tech company today so if you’re not focusing on technology, as far as a means for your platform, I think it’s short sighted.” –Danny Chavez What do you think about when you hear ‘tech start-up’? Do you immediately want to pass on the project? Does your economic development organization tend to…

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Episode 120: How is Your Leadership Moving Your Team to Collaboration? | Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati
Episode 120: How is Your Leadership Moving Your Team to Collaboration? | Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Even though there is a competition factor, there is way more of a collaboration and camaraderie.” –Kimm Lauterbach How do you keep spirits high? How are you setting a positive tone for your team? Are you seeing the conversations you’re having now compared to a year ago are completely different? In today’s episode, Kimm Lauterbach…

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Episode 119: How to Sharpen Up Your Conflict Resolution to Cut Through Tension | Lenora Fisher, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Episode 119: How to Sharpen Up Your Conflict Resolution to Cut Through Tension | Lenora Fisher, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We have to serve our people, they are our greatest asset.” –Lenora Fisher Is conflict a consistent hurdle in your work life? While economic development works for the prosperity of all, we often-times find ourselves in the middle of political hot takes and polarizing viewpoints. Do you know how to best navigate these tensions? Join…

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Episode 118: Is Internal Pressure Causing You to Lose Passion and Productivity?
Episode 118: Is Internal Pressure Causing You to Lose Passion and Productivity? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Don’t ever let the pressure exceed the pleasure.” – Joe Maddon Does it feel like there is constant external pressures on you and your work? Is it possible that you are using external pressure to hide or confirm pressure you are feeling internally? Today, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones about internal pressures and how…

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Episode 117: Is Intentionality Driving the Prosperity of Your Community?| Jonathan Coleman, Laurens County Development Corporation
Episode 117: Is Intentionality Driving the Prosperity of Your Community?| Jonathan Coleman, Laurens County Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Do what’s best for the community. Don’t do something just to get your name in the paper.”” – Jonathan Coleman Do you ever feel the pressure to get that next project announced? How is your recruitment driven? Do you purposefully chose the companies for your region? On today’s episode, Faye Davis talks with Jonathan Coleman…

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Episode 116: Is Your Delegation Building Trust, Engagement and Opportunity?
Episode 116: Is Your Delegation Building Trust, Engagement and Opportunity? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“If you want to do a few small things right, do them yourself. If you want to do great things and make a big impact, learn to delegate.” – John C. Maxwell Is your day filled with small tasks that keep you from focusing on your big strategic goals? Do you love the work you…

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Episode 115: Are You Working on Removing the Barriers to Success in Your Community? | Will Williams, Western South Carolina Economic Development Partnership
Episode 115: Are You Working on Removing the Barriers to Success in Your Community? | Will Williams, Western South Carolina Economic Development Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We have over time paved the way and taken down barriers to success, and my region is beginning to see the fruit from all the hard work we have done.” —Will Williams Getting your community noticed and in the funnel for projects is tough. As a smaller community, it can be even tougher. Are you…

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Episode 114: Is Your Productivity Getting Burned Up by Little Fires?
Episode 114: Is Your Productivity Getting Burned Up by Little Fires? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.” —Charles Richards At the end of a busy workday, do look back…

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Episode 113: Are Your Partnerships Your Most Valuable Asset? | Tony Ramirez, The Borderplex Alliance
Episode 113: Are Your Partnerships Your Most Valuable Asset? | Tony Ramirez, The Borderplex Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“There is no way our organization could do what we do without our partners.” —Tony Ramirez Do your partnerships play a major role in your accomplishments? Do you know how to effectively communicate about the projects you are working on? We have all heard that communication is key, but how true is that for economic…

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Episode 112: What Are 6 Characteristics of Messaging to Improve Communication?
Episode 112: What Are 6 Characteristics of Messaging to Improve Communication? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” —George Bernard Shaw Is your team struggling with missed deadlines or long back-and-forth email chains getting nowhere? Are there conflicts between team members? Is the team morale less than ideal? These things (and many more) are often caused by ineffective communication.…

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