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Episode 088: SeonAh Kendall | Fort Collins
Episode 088: SeonAh Kendall | Fort Collins 150 150 America's Jobs Team

“Economic developers are always willing to share. We are always happy to have that conversation because relationships matter in our jobs. We make time for folks.” -Seonah Kendall

SeonAh has been a small businesses owner for over 20 years. On today’s podcast, she breaks down the path Fort Collins, CO has taken to help save small businesses and because of her previous experience, her advice feels particularly relevant.

SeonAh talks about the profound impact leadership development training has had on her, and how her career has been changed by the courage to ask questions.

She also dives into the challenges of being a woman in the economic development profession, and how she has been able to assert herself in negative situations.

Welcome to episode 088 of America’s Jobs Team, the first episode of 2021! We’re so glad to have you back with us. Tune in now to hear more from SeonAh!

SeonAh Kendall, CPA is the City Recovery Manager at the City of Fort Collins, CO, where she oversees the Economic Health Office’s business support team focused on business retention and expansion, talent development/recruitment and special projects to ensure a vibrant Fort Collins economy.  Prior to her work at the City, SeonAh was Business Program Director/Faculty at Front Range Community College. Additionally, with over 20+ years as a small business owner in Fort Collins, SeonAh is able to share her insight and perspective within the City organization on the development of policies and procedures that impact small businesses.

SeonAh serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Economic Development Council of Colorado (EDCC). She is a founding member of the NoCO Manufacturing Partnership, an all-volunteer organization representing over 200 northern Colorado manufacturers to address workforce development opportunities and continue to support a thriving environment for manufacturers in our community. Additionally, SeonAh represents the City as a member of the Economic Development Research Partners (EDRP), the think-tank and research arm of IEDC.

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Episode 087: Nathan Regan | Invest Atlanta
Episode 087: Nathan Regan | Invest Atlanta 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

It is the last podcast of 2020! Carla Sones talks with Nathan Regan. They dive into Nathan’s drive to find mentors and role models in every facet of life. Though 2020 is quickly becoming the world’s most loathed year, Nathan shares some inspiring thoughts on how it has been a very worthwhile year in terms of lessons and growth. He shares awesome advice for emerging leaders in the industry, with real examples as to how this advice has served him in his leadership. Nathan also talks about the One Atlanta Economic Mobility program, which is guiding what is next for Nathan and Invest Atlanta. Tune in now to glean inspiration from Nathan and Carla!

Nathan Regan currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Economic Development at Invest Atlanta, where he leads the agency’s small business development, innovation & entrepreneurship, business retention & expansion, foreign direct investment (FDI), and creative industries activities. Prior to joining Invest Atlanta, Nathan worked in both the private industry and public sectors. His career has taken him from Denmark to Bahrain and many places in between.

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Episode 086: Lyneir Richardson | The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School
Episode 086: Lyneir Richardson | The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development at Rutgers Business School 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Carla Sones has a fascinating conversation with Lyneir Richardson, uncovering how Lyneir went from being a bank lawyer to being a huge driving force behind encouraging entrepreneurship and small business ownership in minority and under-served communities. He shares the ways that small businesses, minority-owned in particular, have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic and the solutions economic developers should be looking to implement to help those businesses. Lyneir and Carla dive deep into all the ways economic developers are needed right now to make a difference, to bridge the gap and help small businesses survive, as well as be an active part of changing systemic inequality in their communities. Tune in now to hear more!

Lyneir is the Executive Director of The Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED), a research and practitioner-oriented center at Rutgers Business School in Newark, NJ. He oversees the implementation of CUEED programs and manages partnerships, staff, affiliated faculty and fellows. Lyneir is the former Chief Executive Officer of Brick City Development Corporation, where he had overall responsibility for real estate development, small business services and business attraction in Newark, NJ. Lyneir started his career as an attorney for the First National Bank of Chicago.

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Episode 085: Michael Catsi | Tacoma Public Utilities
Episode 085: Michael Catsi | Tacoma Public Utilities 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Carla Sones talks with Michael Catsi. They dive into mentorship: the different types of mentorship, how mentors are pivotal in providing us with space to grow, learn and fail forward, and the impact folks can have without realizing it. Michael also talks about how our drive to be hyper-independent is harmful and the negative consequences it can lead to, and he shares why he purposely unplugs and disconnects on a regular basis.

Michael has had a fascinating journey into economic development all the way from Australia. He joined Tacoma Public Utilities (TPU) as the Economic Development Manager in April 2019, where he is responsible for local business retention and expansion programs and business attraction. Prior to moving to Tacoma, he had 17 years of senior leadership experience in economic development in Alaska, serving at the local, regional and state level. Michael was also a two-term city council member, served on the board of the Alaska Municipal League, and currently serves on the IEDC Board of Directors.

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Episode 084: Greg Hitchin | City of Waynesboro, VA
Episode 084: Greg Hitchin | City of Waynesboro, VA 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Carla Sones is joined by Greg Hitchin. Greg talks about some of the proudest moments he’s had this year thanks to his knack for relationship building and collaboration. Him and Carla talk about the ever-shifting talent pool within the economic development industry and how he has made decisions to move from one place to the next throughout his career. A huge part of Greg’s success has been his ability to stop and pour into himself so that he is energized and able to pour into others; tune in now to learn how he accomplishes this!

Greg has served as the economic development director for the City of Waynesboro, VA since April 2010. Prior to joining the City of Waynesboro, he was the Business Development Manager for the Onondaga County (Syracuse, New York) Office of Economic Development. He also served as the Interim Director of the six-person office and the CFO for the Onondaga County Industrial Development Authority. Following graduation from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Greg spent 18 years in consumer goods and services sales and marketing. He currently serves on several boards and committees: International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Director; Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC), Director; Shenandoah Valley Partnership (SVP), Director; Virginia Economic Development Association (VEDA), Program Committee; Center for Coldwater Restoration, Director.

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Episode 083: Cecilia Harry | Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Episode 083: Cecilia Harry | Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Carla Sones sits down with Cecilia Harry, and the two talk about how a background in psychology and social work has allowed Cecilia to have a very different perspective on economic development. She shares an experience she had early on in her career which made her realize that business decisions can make or break a community. Cecilia talks about the challenges of being a female leader in economic development and what her secret weapon is to get 20 minutes of uninterrupted time with a mentor. She has some great insights on being each other’s cheerleaders to grow and thrive; tune in now to hear more from Cecilia’s interview!

Cecilia is the Chief Economic Development Officer of the Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC, the largest economic development, chamber of commerce, and business advocacy organization in southern Colorado. As Chief Economic Development Officer, Harry leads the organization’s economic development mission to attract, expand, and retain top business in Colorado Springs. She and her team develop and implement strategies that will support local businesses to improve the local economy, recruit employers, and execute workforce initiatives.

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Episode 082: Gilberto Salinas | Kerr Economic Development Corporation
Episode 082: Gilberto Salinas | Kerr Economic Development Corporation 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Ron Kitchens talks with Gilberto Salinas, and the two explore how business is going to change in the future as a direct result of 2020’s accelerated impacts. Gil talks about the increased importance of relationship building and marketing in economic development, and why these things will always remain at the core of what we do as economic developers. He shares keen insights on the support system that was offered to him by mentors and how that shaped his leadership journey. Gil has great advice for folks looking to grow their career; tune in now to hear more!

Gilberto is the Chief Operation Officer of the Kerr Economic Development Corporation in Kerrville, Texas, which is in Hill Country and part of the San Antonio-Austin business corridor. As the economic development executive in Kerrville, Texas, he is implementing strategies for business and corporate growth in an array of sectors which are tied to the recently launched 2050 Your Voice-Your City comprehensive plan. In 2016, Governor Gregg Abbott appointed Gil to his Texas Aerospace & Aviation Advisory Committee. Gil is a recipient of the DCI 40-Under-40 Rising Stars in Economic Development in the nation and in 2015 was named the Distinguished Alumnus of Leadership Brownsville and Masons Community Builder of the Year. He is currently a board member of the International Economic Development Council and a founding board member of the Bordernomics Initiative-Mexican and Americans Thinking Together (MATT).

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Episode 081: Bill Cronin | Pasco EDC
Episode 081: Bill Cronin | Pasco EDC 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Carla Sones talks with Bill Cronin, and the two have an in-depth and inspiring conversation about the responsibility we carry as leaders. Bill talks about the challenge of staying energized and how checking in on a personal level with his team has helped keep him (and them!)  motivated. He shares the old adage of “fire quickly, hire slowly” and why that is so important to his leadership. Bill gives so much timeless and valuable insight, tune in now to hear more!

Bill is the president and CEO at Pasco EDC, one of the fastest-growing areas in the Tampa Bay region.  Bill has a long career in economic development, having served in Charlotte, NC and Atlanta, GA, as well as at the state level in Floridy and South Carolina. In 2019 Bill co-founded The Human Trafficking Foundation, Inc. which supports non-governments organizations in the areas of rescue, recovery and advocacy for survivors of human trafficking. He also serves on the IEDC board of directors.

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Episode 080: Molly Howey | GO Topeka
Episode 080: Molly Howey | GO Topeka 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Carla Sones sits down to talk with Molly Howey, and the two dive into remedying the loss of unintentional information exchange from the increase in virtual work. Molly talks about the HOST (Helping Others Support Topeka) program which was launched by Topeka’s philanthropic community to support businesses and displaced workers. She shares the role she and GO Topeka have played in being drivers of social change in her region. Tune in now, there’s much more to learn from Molly!

Molly is president of GO Topeka, which she joined in 2011 after spending six years in a private sector marketing firm. Armed with a drive to make the community around her better, Molly has spent the last nine years marketing Topeka, Kansas. The ever-changing industry and variability of each day is what makes Molly love her job.  In her role, she manages two industrial parks the organization owns and oversees all economic development efforts in the county. Molly also serves on the IEDC Board of Directors and several community boards.

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America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
Episode 079: Linda DiMario | Greater Irvine Chamber
Episode 079: Linda DiMario | Greater Irvine Chamber 150 150 America's Jobs Team

On This Week’s Podcast:

Linda DiMario talks with Ron Kitchens. The two dive into the value of integrating tourism and economic development, and Linda shares how the Greater Irvine Chamber is helping businesses of all sizes be better prepared for future crises after witnessing that most businesses were not prepared to handle a small crisis such as a water main break, much less a global pandemic. Linda talks about the importance of having the courage to speak up and step into a leadership role in times of turmoil, allowing economic developers to build capacity, trust, and influence in the profession and community. Listen to today’s interview for all of Linda’s thoughtful insights!

Linda has been with the Greater Irvine Chamber for over 7 years and recently transitioned into the role of economic development consultant to the Chamber. Her previous role was the executive vice president of economic development and tourism. This work included award-winning business retention and attraction programs, industry skill development initiatives, winning the 2018 Presidential “E” Award for export assistance, conducting the U.K. foreign direct investment initiative pursuing expansion-ready life science and technology companies for Irvine and sustaining and growing the Irvine/OC innovation eco-system. Before joining the Chamber, Linda was the owner of DiMario & Associates, an economic development, community branding and tourism consulting practice, working with over 100 cities, counties and organizations across the U.S. to grow and compete. Linda serves on the Board of Directors for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Octane, Orange County’s premiere startup incubator and accelerator.

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