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 149: How Is Your Daily Performance Fueling Energetic Partnerships? | Brandon Simmons, REDI Cincinnati
Episode 149: How Is Your Daily Performance Fueling Energetic Partnerships? | Brandon Simmons, REDI Cincinnati 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Performance and partnerships, I think, are the most important for any profession.” –Brandon Simmons Do you remember the energy and passion that drew you into economic development? Do you bring that energy into relationships that attracts businesses and partnerships to you? Do you still have the competitive endurance to run the marathon of economic development?…

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Episode 148: Is Lack of Intentionality in Workplace Culture Threatening Your Organization’s Longevity?
Episode 148: Is Lack of Intentionality in Workplace Culture Threatening Your Organization’s Longevity? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Be passionate about the culture and the business, and remain positive because it inspires others.” –Barry Liber Did the last 18 months have a negative effect on the way you and your team experience work together? Is the culture feeling a little crunchy right now? And do you have a plan on pulling the train…

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Episode 147: Do You Bring Together Your Key Companies That You May Be Overlooking? | Michael Looney, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce
Episode 147: Do You Bring Together Your Key Companies That You May Be Overlooking? | Michael Looney, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Industrial and economic development is extremely noble work. Everyone gets to that position a variety of different ways. It saves families.” –Michael Looney Do you work in a very industry diverse community? Do you know how to draw on your local talent and the talent coming in? Do you know how to partner with your…

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Episode 146: Lead Your Team Through Effective Change in These 8 Steps
Episode 146: Lead Your Team Through Effective Change in These 8 Steps 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The people must have ownership in the vision. They need to be enabled to accomplish it. If there is one investment you should make, it is in people.” –Modesta Lilian Mbughuni Can you think of a time where you knew something had to change, you were impassioned to lead the charge, but somehow the momentum was…

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Episode 145: Prosperous Regions Know These 3 Things Are Crucial | Matt McQuade, One Columbus
Episode 145: Prosperous Regions Know These 3 Things Are Crucial | Matt McQuade, One Columbus 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Despite our success, there is consensus in the community that we can accomplish so much more and include more people in the region’s growth and success.” –Matt McQuade How do the top performing organizations stay on top? What is it about their strategy that simply clicks with their communities and allows the work to move…

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Episode 144: Are You Thriving From the Lessons You Learned in Your Failures? | Matthew Slotwinski, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Episode 144: Are You Thriving From the Lessons You Learned in Your Failures? | Matthew Slotwinski, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“What did you learn through the process? In year 2? In year 4? In year 6? How can you apply that to the next project?” –Matthew Slotwinski When you don’t land the project, what is your first step away? Is it learning from the process? Is it getting prepared for the next opportunity? There could…

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Episode 143: How Do the Real and Perceived Pains of Change Affect Your Team?
Episode 143: How Do the Real and Perceived Pains of Change Affect Your Team? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have to understand what you’re asking of people when you’re asking them to change.” –Ronald Heifetz What is it about change that has people digging their heels in and holding onto the status quo? Are you able to get yourself on the balcony to understand the dynamics at play? When navigating hurdles that may…

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Episode 142: Are You Taking the Time to Show That Details Matter? | Jennifer Conoley, Florida’s Great Northwest
Episode 142: Are You Taking the Time to Show That Details Matter? | Jennifer Conoley, Florida’s Great Northwest 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“I truly believe the details matter.” –Jennifer Conoley Have you ever gone to a meeting that is polished and flows smoothly? You know someone took the time to make sure all of the details were put together. There is something to be said when you meet someone and you know they are prepared for your…

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Episode 141: 5 Reasons Why Disagreements Fuel Innovation and Creativity
Episode 141: 5 Reasons Why Disagreements Fuel Innovation and Creativity 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“The growth of knowledge depends entirely upon disagreement.” –Karl Popper When someone disagrees with you, do you perceive that as angry or unkind? Have you experienced a better outcome at the end of conflict? How do we enter into an uncomfortable space in the hope something more rich will come from it? Today, Faye Davis…

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Episode 140: Do You Let Feedback Drive Your Actions to Becoming Better? | David Leezer, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce
Episode 140: Do You Let Feedback Drive Your Actions to Becoming Better? | David Leezer, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Our biggest competition, first and foremost, is ourselves. We have to understand our strengths and weaknesses.” –David Leezer Do you ever wonder why you didn’t get the project? Do you know possible short comings in your sites? How do you bounce back when you don’t land the job? On this episode, Faye Davis talks with…

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