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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 both your community and within your leadership capabilities.

Over the years, the Consultant Connect team has seen many amazing economic development heroes reach incredible goals, and we know these winning moments happen because of continuous learning, evolving and innovation. Join us each week for in-depth interviews and relevant leadership development topics to help economic developers grow. We firmly believe that when leaders get better, communities thrive!

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Episode 195: Long-Term Connections Within Economic Development
Episode 195: Long-Term Connections Within Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Economic development is a great profession. It’s one where you do make lifetime friends” –  Jim Staton Have you ever built a long-lasting friendship through a working relationship? Carla Sones welcomes in good friends Chris Schastok and Jim Staton to share their experiences and how they met through economic development. Chris Schastok, Executive Vice President…

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Episode 194: Know Your Why and Create Trust Within Your Team
Episode 194: Know Your Why and Create Trust Within Your Team 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Trust is something that is built. Everybody has to come to the table being willing to bring their best to an event but also be prepared to flex in and out of roles.” – Carla Sones When you bring site consultants or others into your community, what is your why? Why are you doing this…

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Episode 193: Embrace a New Perspective to Tell the Community Story
Episode 193: Embrace a New Perspective to Tell the Community Story 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“I’m obsessed with giving the audience something they don’t see coming.” —Jordan Peele Economic development is heavily focused on relationship building. And with relationship building comes event after event. Here at Consultant Connect we often get asked, how do you find the cool and memorable venues and moments that make all the difference? In this…

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Episode 192: Three Important Components of Long-term Economic Development Strategy
Episode 192: Three Important Components of Long-term Economic Development Strategy 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Great thing take years to build.” —Sam Juraschka In economic development, the pace of work can be grueling. Because we’re often operating in a short-term mindset due to full project pipelines and shorter timelines on projects, it can feel counter-intuitive to stop and think about the long term strategy of your organizations work. What are…

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Episode 191: How Does Amazon Approach Economic Development and Community Partnerships?
Episode 191: How Does Amazon Approach Economic Development and Community Partnerships? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Amazon has created more jobs in America in the last decade than any other company. With such a level of job growth, it’s only natural that the company has built an internal economic development team with its own strategy around doing developmental project work. How does economic development strategy differ when operating on behalf of…

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Episode 190: How Can You Find Growth in Tough Lessons Learned?
Episode 190: How Can You Find Growth in Tough Lessons Learned? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“It is not so much about what life hands you, but what you do with what you get.” –Idowu Koyenikan Sometimes lessons are learned the hard way, and those tend to be the lessons that shape our leadership habits from that point forward. Whether it’s a lesson from a time where we assumed we knew…

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Episode 189: How Might Economic Development Be Affected by Cancel Culture?
Episode 189: How Might Economic Development Be Affected by Cancel Culture? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws.” –Barack Obama Few words in society these days illicit as much emotion as the phrase “cancel culture.” With its roots of originating as a tool for marginalized communities to assert their values against public wrong-doings, cancel culture in many ways…

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Episode 188: Four Ways to Build Stable and Lasting Stakeholder Relationships
Episode 188: Four Ways to Build Stable and Lasting Stakeholder Relationships 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“In an age where everything and everyone is linked through networks of glass and air, no one is an island. One thing is for sure: no organization can succeed in a world that is failing.” –Don Tapscott Creating growth and prosperity in our communities is work that has to be done alongside others. When economic…

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Episode 187: How Are Project-winning Communities Keeping (and Gaining) Their Momentum?
Episode 187: How Are Project-winning Communities Keeping (and Gaining) Their Momentum? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Economic development is a team sport. We are only successful when we can work with, collaborate, empower and guide others in a common direction.” –Jonas Peterson Despite significant hurdles like ever-increasing costs of materials, labor shortages and supply chain challenges, the project pipelines have been overflowing the last few years. While most communities have experienced…

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Episode 186: What Sets a Community Apart to Land on a “Best Place To” List?
Episode 186: What Sets a Community Apart to Land on a “Best Place To” List? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests gets together to work toward the same goals.” –Idowu Koyenikan You’ve undoubtedly seen those articles with “Best Places to…” or “Top Metro for…” lists. Maybe your community was on the list. Maybe you aspire to be on such a list. But what is…

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