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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 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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Episode 185: Habits, Part 2: How to Support Your Future Through Productive Habit Formation
Episode 185: Habits, Part 2: How to Support Your Future Through Productive Habit Formation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The ultimate form of intrinsic motivation is when a habit becomes part of your identity. It’s one thing to say I’m the type of person who wants this. It’s something very different to say I’m the type of person who is this.” –James Clear How can you create productive habits to sustain your energy and…

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Episode 184: Habits, Part 1: Why Is Energy the Key to Creating More Productive Habits?
Episode 184: Habits, Part 1: Why Is Energy the Key to Creating More Productive Habits? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“We think that powering through the grind builds our capacity more over time when really it has the opposite effect: it leads to burnout.” –Gretchen Slenk Did you decide to create some new habits as part of a resolution for 2022? Now that it’s mid-February, are you still sticking strong to your intention? If you…

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Episode 183: Leadership Conundrums: Are Collaboration and Competition Mutually Exclusive in a Relationship?
Episode 183: Leadership Conundrums: Are Collaboration and Competition Mutually Exclusive in a Relationship? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Competition makes us faster, collaboration makes us better.” –Unknown Economic development is a fiercely competitive industry. When we battle it out against other communities to win more and better jobs for our communities, it’s easy to get sucked into fighting mode. Yet, at the same time, collaboration is key to driving the work forward and…

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