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 169: How Can Formal Trainings Boost Communication and Partnership Efforts? | Kenny McDonald, One Columbus
Episode 169: How Can Formal Trainings Boost Communication and Partnership Efforts? | Kenny McDonald, One Columbus 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Most economic development leaders have something to say and are good people to say it within their communities; they’re trusted entities. It’s important to be able to communicate clearly about where you stand and what the focus is.” –Kenny McDonald Project announcements are happening left and right in most communities, and one thing that can…

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Episode 168: Why Putting the Mission Ahead of Our Ego Will Create Positive Momentum
Episode 168: Why Putting the Mission Ahead of Our Ego Will Create Positive Momentum 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Maturity is humility. The mature person need not experience the satisfaction of ‘I told you so.'” –Ann Landers As economic developers, we often have an inkling about the direction our communities need to be moving way before it becomes mainstream knowledge. Sometimes, we spend years attempting to teach community partners about impending developments and needs…

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Episode 167: Five Reasons Why Econ Dev Research Is Critical to Attraction, Retention and Expansion | Emily Jerkins, Birmingham Business Alliance
Episode 167: Five Reasons Why Econ Dev Research Is Critical to Attraction, Retention and Expansion | Emily Jerkins, Birmingham Business Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The shift facing our community and communities across the nation means economic developers must be agile and cultivate assets, like workforce, policy and brands, like never before. “ –Emily Jerkins How are research professionals becoming increasingly vital to economic development work? Why is their time and effort foundationally critical to understanding regions and guiding future…

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Episode 166: 4 Ways to Keep Perfectionism from Killing Productivity
Episode 166: 4 Ways to Keep Perfectionism from Killing Productivity 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Don’t let perfection be the enemy of productivity.” –Alice Boyes We’ve all been there. A big project is due, the pressure is mounting, you have the whole thing basically ready to go but it’s missing a few of those final details. There’s a hard deadline looming for the whole deliverable, and yet you can’t seem…

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Episode 165: How Partnership Based Approach Brings Success Because of Collaboration | Taylor Kielty, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Episode 165: How Partnership Based Approach Brings Success Because of Collaboration | Taylor Kielty, Georgia Department of Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“When I look at the people that I admire most, that are further along in their career, that’s what I want to be to other people one day.” –Taylor Kielty Is there an attribute to your project process that makes you stand out? Are you gaining success because of a strategy that you believe in?…

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Episode 164: Take a Vacation and Reap the Personal and Professional Benefits!
Episode 164: Take a Vacation and Reap the Personal and Professional Benefits! 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“As you grow older, you learn a few things. One of them is to actually take the time you’ve allotted for vacation.” –John Battelle We hear more and more about employee burnout from the companies we work with. So why are so many days of time off going unused? On this episode, Faye Davis talks…

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Episode 163: Are You Surrounding Yourself With the People You Want to Learn From? | Courtland Robinson, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Episode 163: Are You Surrounding Yourself With the People You Want to Learn From? | Courtland Robinson, Virginia Economic Development Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“I am at my best when I’m bowling with the guardrails down.” –Courtland Robinson Do you give due credit to the people around you? Are you intentional about the people you surround yourself with professionally? How can you put yourself in a position to learn about the people you want to? Today, Faye Davis talks…

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Episode 162: How Are Efficiency and Sustainability Interweaving with Attraction Work? | Karla Moran, Salt River Project
Episode 162: How Are Efficiency and Sustainability Interweaving with Attraction Work? | Karla Moran, Salt River Project 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have to take opportunities as they come to you.” –Karla Moran Sustainability is gaining momentum all over, and the corporate world is no different. How does that influence attraction work from a utility perspective? What demands do incoming businesses have with regard to renewables? And how does that play out in a place like…

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Episode 161: How Will Community Preparedness Level Up Economic Development Efforts? | Michael Harvey, Northwest Arkansas Council
Episode 161: How Will Community Preparedness Level Up Economic Development Efforts? | Michael Harvey, Northwest Arkansas Council 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“If you want to target talent, you need to customize what your region’s strengths are for the type of people you’re trying to attract. I firmly believe that the jobs will follow the talent.” –Michael Harvey Walmart, Tyson Foods, JB Hunt. Number 4 on the “Best Places to Live” list by US News. One of…

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Episode 160: Is Your Community Ahead of the Curve in Reskilling Its Labor Force? | Eileen Cai, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Episode 160: Is Your Community Ahead of the Curve in Reskilling Its Labor Force? | Eileen Cai, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Training the labor force to meet the future needs is now more important than ever.” –Eileen Cai Workforce. Chances are that this will come up in industry-related conversation within five minutes. And for good reason; communities everywhere are putting their best and brightest brains together to attempt to solve the labor shortage. So what does…

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