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 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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Episode 059: James Blair | Navigator Consulting
Episode 059: James Blair | Navigator Consulting 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: James Blair, founder and managing consultant at Navigator Consulting shares his leadership journey with Nick, and on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant Ann Petersen (director, Atlas Insight) gives insight on data in site selection. Jim talks about how he went from being a high school teacher to becoming involved in…

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Episode 058: Leonard Sledge | City of Richmond, VA
Episode 058: Leonard Sledge | City of Richmond, VA 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Leonard Sledge, director of economic development at City of Richmond, VA joins Nick to talk leadership, and on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant Bryan Farlow (partner, The Arrowhead Group) talks about recruiting foreign direct (FDI) investment. Leonard talks through his journey from studying to be an industrial engineer to winding…

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Episode 057: Tim Eckerle | Grant County Economic GROWTH Council
Episode 057: Tim Eckerle | Grant County Economic GROWTH Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Tim Eckerle, executive director at Grant County Economic GROWTH Council joins Carla to talk leadership, and on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant Brad Migdal (senior managing director of business incentives practice, Cushman & Wakefield) shares insight about how the profession has been disrupted. Tim and Carla talk about Tim’s journey…

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Episode 056: Rob Cleveland | Cornerstone Alliance
Episode 056: Rob Cleveland | Cornerstone Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast: Rob Cleveland, president at Cornerstone Alliance, joins for an in-person interview, and on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant Ann Petersen (director, Atlas Insight) shares insight about her favorite community website. Rob talks with Nick Riashi about how he went from being a sports administration major to economic development. Rob dives…

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Episode 055: Brooklin Salemi | BDO USA
Episode 055: Brooklin Salemi | BDO USA 150 150 America's Jobs Team

What’s Happening On This Week’s Podcast: Brooklin Salemi, manager of credits and incentives at BDO USA, joins Nick Riashi on the podcast, and on 60 Seconds with a Site Consultant Bryan Farlow (partner, The Arrowhead Group) talks about the effects elections have on foreign direct (FDI) investment. Brooklin shares how she went from changing her…

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