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Episode 046: Are You Ready for ECONOMIX?
Episode 046: Are You Ready for ECONOMIX? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

We are switching things up because we need to know if you are ready for ECONOMIX?! Today kicks off 2 days that are jam-packed with leadership insights, industry trends, community, the chance to interact with 24 site consultants, and so much more. Ron Kitchens and Carla Sones team up on today’s podcast to tell you all about what you can expect later today and to answer any last-minute questions you might have.

ECONOMIX is a blending of economic development professionals coming together to stir additional insights and practical tools to enhance work in their respective communities. ECONOMIX is designed for economic developers by economic developers. Did you not secure a ticket for this year and are you getting a bit of FOMO reading this? Connect with Nick Riashi  to secure your seat at ECONOMIX 2020, taking place December 8+9 in Scottsdale, AZ! 

Episode 045: Megan Lucas | Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
Episode 045: Megan Lucas | Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Faye Davis talks with Megan Lucas, CEO at Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance. Megan shares a really powerful way to look at your leadership within a community, and dives deep into the importance of integrity and character. Her inisights on time management and continuous development are thought-provoking. Megan is full of gold nuggets to transform the leadership of the listener, tune in now to hear more!

Megan is a seasoned community and economic development professional. Her career in the industry spans more than 20 years and includes the states of Tennessee, Nebraska and Virginia.  Megan is currently the CEO and Chief Economic Development Officer at the Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development leader. She is charged with leading the work of the Alliance, focusing on regional job creation and capital investment. She serves as an entrepreneurial business and economic development thought leader in our region and provides innovative, forward-thinking leadership for the organization and the Alliance Board.

Episode 044: Jenna Kavanaugh | Invest Buffalo Niagara
Episode 044: Jenna Kavanaugh | Invest Buffalo Niagara 150 150 America's Jobs Team

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Carla Sones talks with Jenna Kavanaugh, chief operating officer (COO) at Invest Buffalo Niagara. Jenna talks about the challenge of constant change and the need to always keep evolving. She shares her insights on shaping a vision alongside people and why it’s important to gain consensus around it. Throughout the interview, it’s very evident that Jenna recognizes the need to develop the human-interactive side of leadership.

Jenna is  the COO at Invest Buffalo Niagara. Jenna sets the strategic direction of the organization, manages and directs the day to day operations, and is focused on driving continuous improvement to advance their economic development approach. Jenna raises profile of the Buffalo Niagara region as a viable place to operate and grow a business through market intelligence research and industry outreach strategies.

Episode 043: Clark Krause | Boise Valley Economic Partnership
Episode 043: Clark Krause | Boise Valley Economic Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Nick Riashi talks with Clark Krause, executive director at Boise Valley Economic Partnership. Clark dives into polar stances and the reluctance for people to admit to and remove biases. He shares a profound, yet simple, question he has learned to ask which ensures he’s always on the same page as the people he is serving, and he talks about his most proud moment of his career.

Clark Krause has been the Executive Director of the Boise Valley Economic Partnership (BVEP) since 2010. In that time, Clark has been instrumental in creating a new mission based on measurable and accountable actions and goals. He has been on dozens of national sales missions promoting the Boise Valley to companies and site consultants, built a marketing program & Public Relations outreach and actively advocates for local and statewide programs that will jumpstart economic-based job growth. In 2017, Clark redesigned the organization, strategically adding two workforce talent experts to the team; BVEP is now uniquely positioned to help companies in the next decade grow workforce talent.

Episode 042: Karla Moran | Salt River Project
Episode 042: Karla Moran | Salt River Project 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Karla Moran, economic development project manager at Salt River Project, joins Carla Sones for today’s show. Karla shares her insights on the challenge in staying focused and aligned with stakeholders, and why she sees being humble and grounded as imperative leadership characteristics. She also shares her insights on overcoming the fear of mistakes, and why the ability to listen well will open doors. 

Karla has been in economic development for nearly 15 years. Prior to her current position with the Salt River Project, she served in roles at the Arizona Commerce Authority and the Town of Gilbert. Moran attended Arizona State University and is actively involved with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), the Arizona Association for Economic Development and various other industry organizations. She serves on the board of Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals and is a GPEC Certified Ambassador.

Episode 041: Courtney Ross | Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
Episode 041: Courtney Ross | Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Courtney Ross from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce joins Carla Sones on today’s show. The two of them dive deep on being a working mother, why economic development was the perfect fit for Courtney, and how Courtney’s father inspired her. Courtney also shares insight on the characteristic she has seen derail people’s careers and why navigating the generational divide is both an opportunity and a challenge.

Courtney is the chief economic developer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, where she leads on business recruitment, retention and expansion, as well as talent recruitment and retention. The Nashville Chamber has been named the nation’s top economic development group 4 times under her leadership.

Episode 040: Grady Fitzpatrick | Greater New Orleans Inc.
Episode 040: Grady Fitzpatrick | Greater New Orleans Inc. 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Grady Fitzpatrick, senior vice president of business development at Greater New Orleans, Inc. joins Carla Sones on the podcast today. Grady dives into the danger of the ego trap and why empathy is so important. He shares insight about why he is a firm believer in being fair to everyone’s work style, and he talks about why he takes continued development as a leader very serious.

Grady has been with Greater New Orleans, Inc. for over 8 years. There, he leads the business development team, which is responsible for increasing jobs and investment throughout the 10-parish region of Greater New Orleans. He and his team focus on retention and expansion of existing industry, as well as business recruitment of our key industry clusters.

Episode 039: Brian Anderson | Wabash Valley Power Alliance
Episode 039: Brian Anderson | Wabash Valley Power Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Brian Anderson from Wabash Valley Power Alliance joins Nick Riashi for an interview. Brian talks about the importance of letting people shine in their lane, and throughout the interview it’s clear that Brian has a passion for helping others become better leaders. He talks about the 3 Ds of progress and growth in leadership, as well as his advice to newly promoted leaders.

Brian is the director of economic development and public relations at Wabash Valley Power Alliance, where he has been leading the initiatives that support economic vitality through the Wabash Power Valley service territory for 5 years. Brian has 15 years of experience in economic development, and was previously the CEO of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation.

Episode 038: Gregg Simon | Metro Atlanta Chamber
Episode 038: Gregg Simon | Metro Atlanta Chamber 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Today, Gregg Simon joins Nick Riashi on the podcast. The two of them dive deep on Gregg’s insights on the dangers of information inaccuracy and poor judgment on social media. Gregg also shares why honesty is always the best policy and why passion for your cause and mission is so important.

Gregg is the vice president of economic development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, where he builds and manages relationships with the economic development partners across the 29-county metro Atlanta region. He has over 20 years of experience in economic development experience, having worked in Massachusetts and New York previously as well.

Episode 037: Dan Breen | Jones Lang LaSalle
Episode 037: Dan Breen | Jones Lang LaSalle 150 150 America's Jobs Team

This Week on America’s Jobs Team Podcast:

Dan Breen, managing director of location economics at Jones Lang LaSalle, joins Carla Sones to talk leadership. The two of them dive deep on why Dan believes it’s so important to be adaptable and agile in today’s world, as well as the importance of diplomacy. Dan talks about what role podcasts and his drive for being a constant learner have played in his life journey, as well as why coming from a family of immigrants has solidified his love for the United States.

Dan specializes in helping clients identify, negotiate and implement tax and financial credits and incentives.  Dan has successfully secured a variety of significant incentives for projects throughout the U.S. and Caribbean, including major manufacturing facilities, distribution, disaster recovery and call centers, and headquarters, administrative and retail locations.  Dan has served clients in multiple industry sectors, including manufacturing, distribution, financial services, information technology, health care and pharmaceutical businesses.