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 179: Why Preparation for Success Is Key to Meeting Goals
Episode 179: Why Preparation for Success Is Key to Meeting Goals 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” –Abraham Lincoln As 2022 has already taken us by storm, there’s no better time than now to evaluate our strategies for the year. Just like chef’s use “mise en place” to gather all their ingredients and…

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Episode 178: 4 Simple Yet Non-negotiable Rules to Lead Your Team Well | Charles Wood, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Episode 178: 4 Simple Yet Non-negotiable Rules to Lead Your Team Well | Charles Wood, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“For me, maximum flexibility is key. The ability to transition as things change is really important, as is the ability to relate to people that are coming from different circumstances and places.” –Charles Wood What better way to launch into the new year than by learning from an economic developer truly moving the needle on…

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Episode 177: Are You Intentionally Taking Care of Your Body Like a Natural Resource?
Episode 177: Are You Intentionally Taking Care of Your Body Like a Natural Resource? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither.” –Alan Cohen Coming out of 2020, we thought there couldn’t be a wilder year. Coming to the close of 2021, we might have been wrong! All signs point to a busy year leading to another busy year. How are…

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Episode 176: Are You Building Up the Attributes That Make You A Great Team Player?
Episode 176: Are You Building Up the Attributes That Make You A Great Team Player? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Great things in business are never done by one person. They’re done by a team of people.” –Steve Jobs We all know that one coworker that you can count on for anything. As soon as you need help you automatically think of them. But what is it that makes that person such a team player?…

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Episode 175: Do You Use Your Tools in Non-Traditional Ways? You Might Want To! | Joe Agostinelli, Grand Rapids Area Revitalization
Episode 175: Do You Use Your Tools in Non-Traditional Ways? You Might Want To! | Joe Agostinelli, Grand Rapids Area Revitalization 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“If you can think of the project through a different lens, there is often a way you can leverage a non-traditional tool to fit the project you’re working on.” –Joe Agostinelli The cost of materials and goods for projects is a topic we are all too familiar with right now. It often seems that incentive…

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Episode 174: How Can You Continue Leveling Up Your Leadership Skills?
Episode 174: How Can You Continue Leveling Up Your Leadership Skills? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.” –Barack Obama As this year comes to a close and a new year looms, lots of people are thinking about new year’s resolutions, setting goals for next year, and working on strategies…

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Episode 173: Why You Need to Identify What Makes Your Leadership Tick | Heather Ennis, Northwest Indiana Forum
Episode 173: Why You Need to Identify What Makes Your Leadership Tick | Heather Ennis, Northwest Indiana Forum 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The biggest part of learning anything is taking your ego out of it. Nobody has all of the answers.” –Heather Ennis Gathering knowledge and building expertise are cornerstones of the work economic developers do. We have to be lifelong learners, always keeping abreast of new developments and trends within industries. So how can you continue…

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Episode 172: How Can You Employ Professional Vulnerability to Build a More Effective Team?
Episode 172: How Can You Employ Professional Vulnerability to Build a More Effective Team? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“What we know matters but who we are matters more.” –Brené Brown Before you click away, stick with us for just a minute; we know that the word “vulnerability” can alienate people quickly. When we are talking about needing to be more vulnerable in our professional lives, we don’t mean sitting around in a circle…

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Episode 171: Creating an Entrepreneurial Support System Will Pay Dividends in Talent | Kim Grant, Invest Buffalo Niagara
Episode 171: Creating an Entrepreneurial Support System Will Pay Dividends in Talent | Kim Grant, Invest Buffalo Niagara 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Buffalo, as a whole, has been involved in supporting the entrepreneurial ecosystem and its innovation for a long time.” –Kim Grant Why should economic development organizations implement a strategy for supporting entrepreneurs? Can these efforts make a difference in attracting talent? And if so, what elements should be part of the support network for start-ups?…

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Episode 170: What Role Does Trust Play in Balancing Transparency and Confidentiality?
Episode 170: What Role Does Trust Play in Balancing Transparency and Confidentiality? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Confidentiality and transparency are not mutually exclusive, but rather they are two sides of the same coin.” –Thomas de Maiziere In business these days, there is an ever-increasing amount of conversation around transparent relationships. And for good reason; employees working for companies with high levels of transparency report higher engagement and commitment, as well as…

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