economic development

April 13: Greg Wathen | Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 13: Greg Wathen | Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Carla Sones talks with Greg Wathen about how COVID-19 is affecting his region. Greg shares insight into what he’s seeing in terms of deal flow and how businesses are reacting.

Greg has served as the president and CEO of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana since 2007. During his tenure, he has helped garner over $2.8 billion in investment, over 3,500 jobs and over $115 million in state and federal grants for the region.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 10: Gray Swoope | VisionFirst Advisors | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 10: Gray Swoope | VisionFirst Advisors | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Gray Swoope joins Faye Davis to talk about what trends he’s seeing in the COVID-19 response and how he believes it will affect the economic development industry.

Gray is president and CEO of VisionFirst Advisors and a recognized leader in economic development and site selection. After a successful 30-year career in economic development, Gray launched VisionFirst in 2015. Economic developers at heart, VisionFirst understands what it takes to perform at high levels during extremely difficult times such as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 2008 Great Recession.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 9: Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 9: Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Kimm Lauterbach, president and CEO at REDI Cincinnati, talks with Ron Kitchens about how her three-state region is reacting to the pandemic impacts, and how her organization is navigating governmental direction from those three states.

A founding member of the REDI Cincinnati leadership team, Kimm engineers practices and strategies that strengthen the three-state, 16-county Greater Cincinnati region to compete globally. Kimm to the helm of REDI Cincinnati in September 2018, following five successful years as Vice President of Business Development and Project Management for the organization.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 8: Josh Bays | Site Selection Group | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 8: Josh Bays | Site Selection Group | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Ron Kitchens talks with Josh Bays, who sheds light on what he believes businesses should be working on now, what actions and reactions he’s seeing in the business community and what the future might hold.

Josh leads the industrial practice at Site Selection Group. He is a critical part of the executive team as well, where he helps provide and implement strategic direction. Josh has completed more than 750 projects for global clients, some of which include Adidas, Amazon, Boeing and many more.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 7: Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 7: Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Chris Camacho joins Carla Sones to dive into how the Greater Phoenix area is responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Chris talks about all the initiatives and programs GPEC has made available to their business community, including:

– Their COVID-19 resources page populated with community responses by cities and towns and other statewide resources

– The #GreaterPHXTogether landing page which was launched to consolidate and communicate the positive things happening in their region

– A webinar series called the Regional Report to inform stakeholders on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 impacts.

A proven leader with more than 10 years in executive management roles, Chris Camacho serves as the president and CEO at the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC), one of the longest-standing public-private partnerships for economic development across the country. During his tenure, GPEC has led the attraction of more than 322 companies creating 55,617 jobs and $5.6 billion in capital investment.

An expanded list of GPEC initiatives:

  • COVID-19 Resources page populated with community responses by cities and towns and other statewide resources live on GPEC web site.
  • #GreaterPHXTogether landing page, launched to consolidate and communicate the positive things happening in the region and to celebrate how people are coming together during these trying times.
  • When social distancing and work from home policies were instituted across organizations in Arizona, GPEC immediately pivoted to launch a webinar series – The Regional Report – to inform stakeholders on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on businesses and communities.
    • March 30, 2020: GPEC hosted more than 560 business, community, and economic development leaders for a webinar focused on Healthcare and the Economy. Peter Fine, CEO of Banner Health, Jim Rounds, Economist and CEO of Rounds Consulting, and Chris Camacho, President and CEO of GPEC covered 1) healthcare response and capacity; 2) economic impact; 3) regional response.
    • Coming on April 9: Regional Report will focus on the global supply chain. Speakers: Mike Madsen, CEO of Honeywell; Chris Koch, President & CEO, Carlisle.
  • GPEC supported the launch of COVID19.PipelineAZ.com by the Partnership for Economic Innovation. This is a technology platform that helps job seekers find employment opportunities and provides resources to help navigate career change. GPEC assisted with marketing strategy and media outreach.
  • GPEC created Zoom backgrounds and social media banners and made these available to the public as free downloads. This creative asset promotes and celebrates togetherness and recognizes healthcare heroes.
  • GPEC virtually convenes Economic Development Director Team (EDDT) regularly to discuss regional coordination and development of shared resources. This is also an opportunity for EDDTs to share and exchange information.
  • Chris joined an ad-hoc group of leaders from the state, business, and nonprofit sectors. This group meets weekly to share information and discusses cross-sector coordination and responses. The group informs state leadership on policy.
  • GPEC has engaged the state with an opportunity to leverage emergency management best practice models and expertise developed by a global consulting firm.
  • Financial Resources – this page consolidates the options available to businesses and provides insight about how to navigate the application process for programs covered under the CARES Act.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 6: Jeff Pappas | ESRP | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 6: Jeff Pappas | ESRP | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Jeff Pappas, executive vice president of site selection and brokerage at ESRP Real Estate Services, joins Ron Kitchens to share what he’s experiencing during this crisis response. Jeff talks about the industries that are seeing tremendous growth and he shares very specific details from the CARES Act that may affect the onshoring of jobs over the next years.

Jeff has over 20 years of experience in the site selection business. At ESRP, Jeff represents corporate clients on a local and national basis and his skills include identifying favorable demographics and negotiating economic incentives for a wide range of clients, particularly in the teleservices, telecom and high-tech industries. If you’d like to hear more from Jeff, you can follow him on Twitter @BPOJeffPappas.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

April 3: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 3: Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Alex Philips, economic development manager at City of Burleson, Texas, joins Carla on the podcast to talk about how small business is being supported in his community, and how his team is reacting to COVID-19 impacts.

Alex has been with the City of Burleson for 12 years and in his current role as the economic development manager for over 4 years. Alex and his team lead the recruitment and retention efforts for the industrial and commercial growth of the community.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
April 2: Lara Fritts | Greater Richmond Partnership | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 2: Lara Fritts | Greater Richmond Partnership | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Lara Fritts joins Carla Sones to share insight into how her organization is responding to the situation and what steps they are taking to help cushion the effect on business and the economy.

Lara is the president and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership (GRP), the national and international sales team which serves as the lead regional economic development organization for Richmond, VA. Known for her strengths in strategic planning, collaboration, marketing, and leadership, Lara also serves on the board of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
April 1: Joe Suppers | NodeCom, Inc. | COVID-19 MINISERIES
April 1: Joe Suppers | NodeCom, Inc. | COVID-19 MINISERIES 150 150 America's Jobs Team

Joe Suppers, president of NodeCom, Inc., joins Carla Sones to talk about his insights on what is happening in economic development with the impact of COVID-19. He talks about where he sees economic development over the next 12 months and shares insight on future opportunities.

Joe is the founder and President of NodeCom, Inc. a Princeton NJ based company, specializing in the data center industry.  His focus is helping clients with network deployments, Colocation, sale leasebacks, site acquisitions and dispositions, identifying new market opportunities and complex real estate transactions. You can reach Joe at jsuppers@nodecom.com.

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will not be sending a daily email with the new episodes. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
COVID-19 MINISERIES: The Economic Development Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic
COVID-19 MINISERIES: The Economic Development Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic 150 150 America's Jobs Team

COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Every weekday in April, America’s Jobs Team will be airing a new episode focusing on the response to the coronavirus pandemic from the perspective of economic developers and site consultants alike. We have gathered that our listening audience has a deep desire to hear from other economic development professionals about how they are handling this crisis. Due to the frequency of podcast releases, we will send a weekly update with the latest podcasts on Wednesdays. To get each episode as it is released, please search “America’s Jobs Team” on your preferred podcast app and subscribe.

YOU WILL HEAR FROM:

Wednesday, April 1 | Joe Suppers | NodeCom, Inc.

Thursday, April 2 | Lara Fritts | Greater Richmond Partnership

Friday, April 3 | Alex Philips | City of Burleson, TX

Monday, April 6 | Jeff Pappas | ESRP

Tuesday, April 7 | Chris Camacho | Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Wednesday, April 8 | Josh Bays | Site Selection Group

Thursday, April 9 | Kimm Lauterbach | REDI Cincinnati

Friday, April 10 | Gray Swoope | VisionFirst Advisors

Monday, April 13 | Greg Wathen | Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana

Tuesday, April 14 | Roger Lee | Economic Development for Central Oregon

Wednesday, April 15 | Tim Eckerle and Mikayla Marazzi | Grant County Growth Council

Thursday, April 16 | Rodrick Miller | Invest Puerto Rico

Friday, April 17 | Misti Martin | Cherokee Office of Economic Development

Monday, April 20 | Kenny McDonald | One Columbus

Tuesday, April 21 | Cristina Paredes | Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality

Wednesday, April 22 | Quentin Messer | New Orleans Business Alliance

Thursday, April 23 | Ann Petersen | Atlas Insight

Friday, April 24 | Rob Cleveland | Cornerstone Alliance