covid-19 response

May 26: Looking to the Future with Ann Petersen | COVID-19 MINISERIES
May 26: Looking to the Future with Ann Petersen | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Today, Carla Sones talks with Ann Petersen about the shifting economic development landscape. Ann shares her insights on workforce, the likelihood of onshoring, and what communities should be prepared to report on during future site visits. She shares what she and her team are keeping an eye on for the rest of 2020, and how compliance work is about to increase significantly.

Ann is a director at Atlas Insight. With 15 years of combined experience as a tax and incentive consultant, Ann is widely regarded as an expert in the industry. Ann has a proven history of guiding her clients through the strategic process of location consulting and combining this with multi-state economic development and financial incentive negotiation.

Do you want to be part of the C2 O’Clock live presentations? On the second Friday of each month, Consultant Connect hosts a virtual call with a guest presenter, followed by time to connect with fellow economic development professionals in small breakout sessions. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!

May 19: How to Harness the Power of Positivity with Jon Gordon | COVID-19 MINISERIES
May 19: How to Harness the Power of Positivity with Jon Gordon | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Ron Kitchens has a conversation with Jon Gordon, bestselling author, and speaker. Jon dives into his journey to become more positive as a naturally negative person and shares the importance of filling voids with positivity so negativity does not seep in. Jon has some great advice to cultivate characteristics that will help you thrive as a person.

Jon’s story is powerful, and his advice on positivity has been requested far and wide, ranging from The Golf Channel to West Point Academy. Jon has written 18 books, many of which are best-sellers. In today’s interview, you will hear Jon and Ron talking about Jon’s journey to positivity, why it is so important especially during a crisis such as the one we are currently experiencing, and how you can start to incorporate those same habits. If you would like to follow Jon, you can do so @jongordon11 on Twitter and also @jongordon11 on Instagram. You can sign up for Jon’s daily dose of positivity at www.dailypositive.com.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!

May 12: Breaking It Down: What Do the Key Findings Mean? | COVID-19 MINISERIES
May 12: Breaking It Down: What Do the Key Findings Mean? | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Today, Carla Sones dives into the key findings from the COVID-19 Impacts Site Selector Survey (click the link to download your free copy). Consultant Connect heard from hundreds of economic developers that were desperate for insights from site location consultants on emerging trends, industry forecasts, and ideas on how to best respond and pivot from the crisis impacts. To get answers, we went to the source and polled active site location consultants to get data to help guide economic developer strategies.

On Thursday, May 28 we are hosting a Virtual Site Consultant Encounter to provide economic developers with the opportunity to ask even more questions. This event will be 90 minutes, consisting of panel discussions, Q+A sessions, and two separate 15-minute small group breakout discussions with a site consultant. Learn more and reserve your spot now!

Do you want to be part of the C2 O’Clock live presentations? Each Friday, Consultant Connect hosts a virtual call with a guest presenter, followed by time to connect with fellow professionals in small breakout sessions. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here.

And, in case you missed it, we were celebrating your grit and persistence through highs and lows during Economic Developer Week last week.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!

May 5: How Can You Help Relieve Your Small Businesses’ Struggles? | COVID-19 MINISERIES
May 5: How Can You Help Relieve Your Small Businesses’ Struggles? | 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 Consultant Connect for C2 O’Clock this past Friday. He introduces us to one of his clients which is laser-focused on helping small businesses weather the COVID-19 storm. Brandon Willey and Eric Keosky-Smith talk about the ways their company, Hownd, can help position businesses to generate revenue and foot traffic, as well as how they are working together with economic development organizations to support small business. You can follow along with the slides here.

Do you want to be part of the C2 O’Clock live presentations? Each Friday, Consultant Connect hosts a virtual call with a guest presenter, followed by time to connect with fellow professionals in small breakout sessions. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!

April 28: What Can We Learn from Past Disasters? | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 28: What Can We Learn from Past Disasters? | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Gray Swoope and Nancy Blum-Heintz of VisionFirst Advisors joined Consultant Connect recently for a live Zoom presentation to share their experiences with economic recovery after a crisis. As Executive Director of the Mississippi Development Authority under Governor Haley Barbour, Gray led the efforts in Mississippi post-Hurricane Katrina to reestablish business and community connectivity. Nancy was the Communications Director at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection under Governor Charlie Crist during the BP oil spill. Tune in now to hear their insights on how to begin the process of restoration and reinvention to propel us forward into a renaissance! You can follow along with the slides here.

Do you want to be part of these live presentations? Each Friday, Consultant Connect hosts a virtual call with a guest presenter, followed by time to connect with fellow professionals in small breakout sessions. If you’d like to join, you can sign up here.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

America’s Jobs Team has been interviewing economic developers and site consultants regarding their experiences with COVID-19 to ensure our audience has access to a large vault of knowledge. Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and we are excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!

April 24: John Longshore | Global Location Strategies | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 24: John Longshore | Global Location Strategies | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

John Longshore talks with Ron Kitchens about the things he believes economic developers should focus on to stay relevant in a world that is changing by the hour.

John is a Principal and VP of Innovation at Global Location Strategies, where he has spent his time for the past six years. He has led numerous projects across North America and Europe, and the projects he has worked have totaled over $10 billion in capital investment and thousands of jobs.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Today is the last release of daily podcasts. America’s Jobs Team will begin releasing new content three times a week starting on Monday, April 27, on various topics exploring where we will go next as a profession (think topics like data, rebuilding after a crisis, how to re-open businesses, leading your team through changes, and much more). Stay tuned to hear more about upcoming guests and experts, and how you can be part of the interviews!

April 24: Cristina Paredes | Office of Economic Vitality | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 24: Cristina Paredes | Office of Economic Vitality | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Cristina Paredes joins Carla Sones on the podcast and shares how she re-purposed an existing website with minimum effort in order to fill a desperate need in her region, and where she’s putting the majority of her focus in this time of rapid change.

Cristina is a director at the Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality is dedicated to building strong alliances and networks within the community while working to promote and support the diverse and vibrant economy in Tallahassee-Leon County, Florida’s Capital for Business. She is committed to advancing the regional economy through strategic business expansion and attraction along with talent retention efforts. With 15 years of government and economic development experience across several disciplines, Cristina has devoted the past five years to growing economic diversity in Tallahassee-Leon County.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Today is the last release of daily podcasts. America’s Jobs Team will begin releasing new content three times a week starting on Monday, April 27, on various topics exploring where we will go next as a profession (think topics like data, rebuilding after a crisis, how to re-open businesses, leading your team through changes, and much more). Stay tuned to hear more about upcoming guests and experts, and how you can be part of the interviews!

April 23: Ann Petersen | Atlas Insight | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 23: Ann Petersen | Atlas Insight | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Ann Petersen joins Ron Kitchens to talk about the implications COVID-19 will have on incentives and incentive compliance. Ann shares her predictions for the rest of the year and dives into what economic developers should be focusing on in this time of flux.

Ann is a director at Atlas Insight. With 15 years of combined experience as a tax and incentive consultant, Ann is widely regarded as an expert in the industry. Ann has a proven history of guiding her clients through the strategic process of location consulting and combining this with multi-state economic development and financial incentive negotiation.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday 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 how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 23: Roger Lee | Economic Development for Central Oregon | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 23: Roger Lee | Economic Development for Central Oregon | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Roger Lee joins Ron Kitchens to talk how his organization is responding to the impacts from COVID-19. Roger and Ron talk about the resiliency and ingenuity shown in manufacturing and technology, and what great economic development organizations will look like in the future.

Roger is the CEO of Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO), where he has been for over 20 years. At EDCO, Roger is responsible for the tri-county area’s economic development strategy, business recruitment, oversight of the organization and its satellite offices, and development of special projects including industrial parks, expansion of commercial air service and creation of new programs to assist the region’s traded-sector employers and improve the overall business climate.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday 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 how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 22: Rob Cleveland | Cornerstone Alliance | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 22: Rob Cleveland | Cornerstone Alliance | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Rob Cleveland talks with Carla Sones. Rob talks about the challenges in pivoting a team from their daily roles to taking on brand new responsibilities for the foreseeable future, and how he’s keeping his team engaged.

Rob joined Cornerstone Alliance as president in 2015. Located in Michigan’s Great Southwest, the Cornerstone Alliance is Berrien County’s premier economic development organization. Rob leads a team of a dozen individuals devoted to the enrichment of economic vitality, improved employment opportunities, expansion of the tax base and the creation of wealth in Berrien County.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday 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 how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.