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Episode 071: Mike Neal | Tulsa Regional Chamber
Episode 071: Mike Neal | Tulsa Regional Chamber 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Mike Neal joins Nick Riashi for an energetic interview, where Mike dives into how he went from accounting to banking to political staffer to economic developer. Mike talks about the speed of change throughout this year, and how he is continuing to find joy and reward in the dance. He gives listeners a little peek behind the curtain of competing for a big name project, and how his team and his region are digesting the lessons that came along with that race. Mike’s interview is full of his infamous cheer and go-getter-attitude, listen in now to hear more!

Mike Neal is in his 14th year as president and chief executive officer of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. In 2018, the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives (OCCE) inducted him into their Hall of Fame in recognition of his 30 years of service to the chamber industry. Tulsa People named Mike the 2011 Tulsan of the Year for his limitless energy, can-do optimism and tireless efforts toward making Tulsa a better place. Mike is heavily involved with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the boards of the International Economic Development Council and the Southern Economic Development Council.

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Episode 070: Timothy Downs | Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce
Episode 070: Timothy Downs | Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Timothy Downs joins Faye Davis to talk shop. Timothy shares his biggest personal leadership challenge as this year keeps going at its relentless pace. He dives into the perceived reasons for the current deal flow trends in the greater Durham region, particularly touching on the specific industries affected. As a former lawyer, Timothy brings a unique perspective to leadership in economic development and his keen perception is evident throughout the interview. Tune in now to hear more!

Timothy is the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce where he is responsible for consulting with local officials, community leaders, and industry executives for the purpose of promoting economic growth of the county. He comes to Durham from Craven County, North Carolina where he served for 5 years as the Director of Economic Development. Timothy served as Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Dayton, Ohio. He is  also a licensed attorney in Ohio and North Carolina and a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council.

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Episode 069: Barb LaMue | New North, Inc.
Episode 069: Barb LaMue | New North, Inc. 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Barb LaMue, Executive Director at the New North, Inc., talks about her renewed commitment to trusting her team and striving to be more patient. She dives into how her region stepped up during times of crisis to support their neighbors. Like most of us in economic development, Barb is profoundly thankful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in her community, but her involvement in a specific program in a past role is still building business today. Tune in now to hear more from Barb!

Barb joined the New North, Inc. in 2019 as their Executive Director. New North, Inc. is an 18-county regional economic development corporation in northeast Wisconsin whose mission is to harness and promote the region’s resources, talents, and creativity for the purpose of growing our regional economy. Prior to this role, Barb served as Vice President of business and community development for the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). She serves on the IEDC Board of Directors and has over 23 years of senior leadership experience in economic development.

 

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Episode 068: Marva Bryan | Development Authority of Fulton County
Episode 068: Marva Bryan | Development Authority of Fulton County 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Marva Bryan shares incredible insights into having difficult conversations surrounding equity and systemic racism on today’s podcast. She talks about why compassion is her strongest quality that has enabled her to have meaningful dialogue on difficult subjects like addressing racial issues, tackling legacy poverty, and finding her inner permission to speak her truth. Marva’s interview with Faye Davis is incredibly powerful, tune in now to hear more!

Marva is the Accounting Manager/Tax Incentives Analyst at the Development Authority of Fulton County, where she supports the organization with its strategic plan and annual budget; management of financial records, and tax analysis. She oversees the state economic development grants; analyzes potential job creation and retention in Fulton County; provides project analysis and justification as well as cost-benefit information for the Board; and guides investments in projects and programs. Marva also serves on the Board of Directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

 

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Episode 067: David Leezer | Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Episode 067: David Leezer | Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

David Leezer joins Nick Riashi to talk about the rollercoaster that is 2020. David talks about the importance of body language and receiving non-verbal cues and how the digital space has affected those methods of communication. He shares his favorite aspects of being in economic development and dives into why he would have advised himself to invest in more relationship-building 6 months ago. David is chock-full of thoughtful and relevant insights, tune in now to hear more from him!

David Leezer is the vice president of business attraction for the Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce, where he leads on all recruitment strategies and manages site consultant relationships. He is an adjunct professor for Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville teaching classes in Strategic Planning, Economic Development, Needs Assessment, Livability, Crisis Management, and Government/Non-Profit Technology.  He has also both moderated and spoken at a number of educational programs for IEDC.

 

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Episode 066: Courtney Pogue | City of Dallas
Episode 066: Courtney Pogue | City of Dallas 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Courtney Pogue joins Carla Sones to talk all things 2020.  He candidly shares how pivoting became the name of 2020’s game and what unique things the City of Dallas has done to support businesses through COVID-19 and social unrest. Courtney shares why it’s crucial for economic developers to stay closely tied to small businesses and pay special attention to those which are Black and minority-owned. He shares great insights on keeping his energy up and what role economic developers play in the future.

Courtney is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Dallas, where he focuses on small business development, growing private investment, and attracting and retaining businesses. His career spans from banking analyst to commercial finance and into economic development. Courtney has a passion for entrepreneurialism and takes that spirit with him to work every day.

 

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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 years and shares the qualities that he believes are the reason he continues to be the leader chosen to lead the come-back stories around the country. Rod talks about the need for taking risks but also gets real about the highs and lows involved with that path. He shares so much more in-depth wisdom, so don’t miss out on today’s episode!

Rod comes to Invest Puerto Rico after leading Ascendant Global. Before that, he was president and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation, the public-private partnership charged with leading the economic revitalization of the city of Detroit. Prior to his leadership there, Rod was the president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, where he assisted in the city’s come-back post-hurricane Katrina. Rod also served as the founding president and CEO of the New Orleans Business Alliance, the official economic development organization for the City of New Orleans. With numerous accolades under his belt, Rod is one of the foremost economic development leaders in the country, respected for his ability to maneuver in complex political and business environments, and craft strategies and structure deals to provide long-term value to communities and investors.

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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 talks about being a police officer prior to being an economic developer, and what he sees as his strongest quality in his leadership. He shares why he misses riding motorcycles and a pivotal wisdom that came from a Snoopy poster.

Dr. James Collard is the director of planning and economic Development for the Citizen Potawatomi Nation (CPN). In this capacity, he evaluates and facilitates business development proposals and tribal franchise opportunities. Currently, he is developing Iron Horse, which is a rail-anchored industrial park that serves as a destination for foreign direct investment and import/export center for U.S. domestic companies. Jim has initiated and packaged numerous economic development projects and agreements between multiple governmental entities and businesses. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council.

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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 economic development. He dives into why multitasking can be difficult and how running a small business has given him a new perspective.

Jim is the founder and managing consultant of Navigator Consulting, a specialized international consultancy providing manufacturing site selection services to European companies looking to expand their business operations into the U.S. market by establishing production locations in the continental United States. In 25 years of working for the State of Georgia in the field of international site selection, James worked with over 175 companies whose U.S. subsidiaries employ over 10,000 people.

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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 up with a successful career in economic development. He shares his insights on equity and inclusion in economic development, and why it’s so important to be purposeful in partaking in that journey in order to help elevate all stations of life. Tune in now to learn more about Leonard and what other insights he shares!

Leonard joined the City of Richmond, VA in June of 2019 to become the director of economic development. He  has over 15 years of experience in economic development and his new role focuses on attraction and retention of businesses, and promoting the growth of small businesses. Leonard is a graduate of Georgia Tech.

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