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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 129: Is Your Endurance Built From the Marathon of Economic Development? | Meghan DiGiacomo, Highlands County Economic Development
Episode 129: Is Your Endurance Built From the Marathon of Economic Development? | Meghan DiGiacomo, Highlands County Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Economic development is a very long game” –Meghan DiGiacomo Do you ever feel like economic development can seem reactionary? Do you wish people knew that the industry isn’t a sprint? On today’s episode, Meghan DiGiacomo talks with us about the marathon of economic development. At Highlands County Economic Development, Meghan knows the work that she…

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Episode 128: Do You Allow Your Teams Strengths to Propel Your Organization Forward?
Episode 128: Do You Allow Your Teams Strengths to Propel Your Organization Forward? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have all these strengths but they’re really just sitting there on the table until you start exercising them.” –Carla Sones Do you know what attributes you excel in? Are you aware of your top strengths? This can sometimes feel only self-reflective, but how does this affect our work and our teams? Faye Davis talks…

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Episode 127: How Is Quebec Solving Its Workforce Woes? | Daniel Silverman, Investissement Quebec
Episode 127: How Is Quebec Solving Its Workforce Woes? | Daniel Silverman, Investissement Quebec 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“What I’m seeing is how multinational corporations are considering their international presence. It’s talent, talent, talent, and then the site, community and financials.” –Daniel Silverman We can’t have any conversations about projects and deal flow without running into the topic of workforce. It’s a topic that transcends borders and industries, and is top of mind…

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Episode 126: Is Micromanagement Costing Your Team Creativity, Motivation and Job Satisfaction?
Episode 126: Is Micromanagement Costing Your Team Creativity, Motivation and Job Satisfaction? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“When you love what you do, it’s sometimes hard to let go of things that, as a leader, you probably need to let go of.” –Carla Sones We can all name a time that we have been micromanaged and you can probably remember how it felt. But is micromanaging more dangerous than we think? With…

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Episode 125: The Ways to Make Your Place a Great Place to Live, Work & Play | Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development
Episode 125: The Ways to Make Your Place a Great Place to Live, Work & Play | Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You have to have passion. You may not always start with passion for the place, but you have to have passion for the work.” –Ashley Cagle Though many changes in how the world works were already shaping up pre-pandemic, the last year and a half has accelerated the work style of the future. As companies in…

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Episode 124: How Admitting Mistakes Makes You A Better Leader
Episode 124: How Admitting Mistakes Makes You A Better Leader 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” –Maxwell Maltz Do you ever not move forward on something out of fear of making a mistake? Is the thought of dealing with the aftermath of a mistake enough to avoid the situation all together? How does this unavoidable part of leadership drive so much of what we…

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Episode 123: Two Non-Negotiables for Attracting Deals on a Megasite | Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix, AZ
Episode 123: Two Non-Negotiables for Attracting Deals on a Megasite | Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix, AZ 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“You’ve got to love what you do, and you’ve got to be able to laugh at how you do it.” –Christine Mackay Do you have feelings about megasites? When you think of these massive sites, do you get a little jittery thinking about the massive project that would occupy such a space? The sheer amount of…

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Episode 122: Did You Know Your “Meh” Feeling Has a Name? And Are You Ready to Conquer It?
Episode 122: Did You Know Your “Meh” Feeling Has a Name? And Are You Ready to Conquer It? 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Languishing is a sense of stagnation and emptiness. And it might be the dominant emotion of 2021.” –Adam Grant If you are feeling a bit aimless, a little blah in your life right now, know that you’re not alone. It’s called languishing and it’s so prominent right now that the New York Times wrote a whole…

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Episode 121: Do You Use the Technology Industry to Diversify Your Community? | Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation
Episode 121: Do You Use the Technology Industry to Diversify Your Community? | Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Every company is a tech company today so if you’re not focusing on technology, as far as a means for your platform, I think it’s short sighted.” –Danny Chavez What do you think about when you hear ‘tech start-up’? Do you immediately want to pass on the project? Does your economic development organization tend to…

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Episode 120: How is Your Leadership Moving Your Team to Collaboration? | Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati
Episode 120: How is Your Leadership Moving Your Team to Collaboration? | Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Even though there is a competition factor, there is way more of a collaboration and camaraderie.” –Kimm Lauterbach How do you keep spirits high? How are you setting a positive tone for your team? Are you seeing the conversations you’re having now compared to a year ago are completely different? In today’s episode, Kimm Lauterbach…

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