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Laura Phillips – Vehr Communications

In this week's episode, Ed Burghard speaks with Laura Phillips, VP of Client Services and Counselor at Vehr Communications, about the challenges and considerations with creating and deploying a comprehensive strategic communications strategy.

Duration: 00:21:39

Jerry Bologna – JEDCO

This week Ed Burghard speaks with Jerry Bologna, Executive Director of the Jefferson Parish Economic Development Commission (JEDCO), about his perception of the challenges and opportunities facing the economic development profession.

Duration: 00:29:59

Kelly Flenniken – Grand Junction Economic Partnership

This week, host Ed Burghard talks with Kelly Flenniken, executive director of the Grand Junction Economic Partnership (GJEP) in Colorado about her perspective on the future of the economic development profession.

Duration: 00:22:51

Victoria Hirschberg – Tennessee Economic and Community Development

Victoria Hirschberg, Statewide Project Manager with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and based in Nashville, joins our host Ed Burghard this week as he continues with the 40 Under 40 Rising stars in economic development series.

Duration: 00:26:20

Chris Steele – Investment Consulting Associates

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has the potential to transform a community's economic development efforts. In many ways it is the same as domestic company attraction, retention and expansion. But there are very important differences that need to be taken into account in order for a community's FDI investment to bear fruit. This week Ed Burghard speaks with Chris Steele COO and President of Investment Consulting Associates (ICA), an expert in the field of foreign direct investment. Chris...

Duration: 00:33:39

Kevin Hughes – Suffolk Department of Economic Development – Virginia

In this episode, Ed Burghard speaks with 40 Under 40 Rising Star recipient Kevin Hughes about his perspective on the challenges and opportunities facing the economic development profession.

Duration: 00:30:58

Jennifer Bosser – Wake County Economic Development

In this episode, Ed Burghard talks with Jennifer Bosser, Assistant Executive Director for Wake County Economic Development (WCED) in Raleigh, North Carolina and DCI 40 Under 40 awardee about her perspective on the future of economic development.

Duration: 00:30:59

Tom Wengler – Cloud Nine Solutions

Tom Wengler, Partner at Cloud Nine Solutions in Chattanooga, TN joins Host Jeff Porter this week to talk about Customer Relationship Management systems for Economic Development organizations. Cloud Nine Solutions is a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Partner with a depth of knowledge and experience working in Economic Development. They also talk about the business climate in Chattanooga and Cloud Nines work with Economic Development Gardening through the Costarters, a nine-week program that helps...

Duration: 00:27:59

Kent Gardner – CGR

Dr. Kent Gardner is the chief economist at the Center for Governmental Research (CGR) in Rochester New York and joins host Jeff Porter for an interview to talk about the role of CGR in supporting Economic Development Organizations. The also discuss informANALYTICSCGR’sweb-based tool makes that makes it possible for economic development specialists to analyze the […]

Duration: 00:15:49

Sarah Roberts – KSR Capital

Ed Burghard talks with Sarah Roberts, founding partner of KSR Capital. Sarah was formerly the Senior VP of economic development for Waco, Texas. They discuss how the economic development profession is changing and what it takes to be successful.

Duration: 00:25:59

Karl Dumas – City of Fairfield CA

Strategically located between San Francisco and Sacramento and near the Napa Valley, Karl Dumas, is the Economic Development Manager for Fairfield CA. He joined International Roving Host Bruce Levine to shed light on an area that offers a great number of assets for manufacturing and food processing operations, as well as office projects. He also talks about one business-Jelly Belly--that brings a unique presence to the area.

Duration: 00:34:28

Chris Camacho – Greater Phoenix Economic Council

Chris Camacho, executive vice president of business development for the Greater Phoenix Economic Council (GPEC) is interviewed by Ed Burghard about his perspectives on the economic development profession. Chris is a DCI 40 under 40 rising star award recipient continuing our series on this subject.

Duration: 00:17:58

Chris Chung – Missouri Partnership

Ed Burghard interviews Chris Chung, President and CEO of the Missouri Partnership about his perspective on the future of economic development. Chris is a winner of the DCI 40 Under 40 award that identifies rising stars in the economic development profession and this episode continues our series on that subject.

Duration: 00:32:42

Jay Schwedler – Sumter Economic Development

Jay Schwedler, President and CEO of the Sumter Economic Development Board talks to host Ed Burghard this week as we continue our series of discussions with recipients of DCI's 40 Under 40 Rising Star awards. Visit AboutDCI.com to learn more about the DCI 40 under 40 awards and make your nomination before nominations close on October 31st 2014. Jay gives his perspective on the future of the economic development profession.

Duration: 00:32:33

Clay Banks – Tennessee Economic and Community Development

This week host Ed Burghard speaks with Clay Banks, Southwest Tennessee Regional Director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, about his perspective on the performance of and emerging issues facing the economic development profession.

Duration: 00:40:49

Matt Erskine – US Economic Development Administration

Our International Roving Host Bruce Levine steps outside his usual role interviewing regional economic development leaders and visits Washington DC to get a feel for what the US government is doing in economic development. Bruce spoke with Matt Erskine, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development in the US Department of Commerce, where he leads the Economic Development Administration, or EDA. Bruce and Matt cover the wide range of initiatives in which EDA is involved and the unique...

Duration: 00:36:06

Christine Richards – Smart Regions Initiative

Christine Richards, Partner, at Smart Regions Initiative on talks this week with Michael Scott about the Role of Smart Regions In Fostering Sustainable Economic Development.

Duration: 00:19:41

Local Histories and Economic Development

It’s been a quiet few weeks as people have taken their summer holidays here in the USA so this week instead of bringing you the usual interview format I thought I’d visit an article published by Ed Burghard from StrengtheningBrandAmerica.com Ed’s article posed the question: Are Local Histories the Key To Better economic Development? The […]

Duration: 00:10:48

Mark Lautman – Community Economics Lab

In this episode Ed Burghard talks with Mark Lautman, founding director of the Community Economics Lab, a private not-for-profit think tank that innovates new approaches to economic development to work in a labor and capital constrained economy. His consulting business, Lautman Economic Architecture, LLC, works with community leaders to transform community economies and elevate the professional practice of economic and workforce development.

Duration: 00:43:58

Doug Moorman – Development Strategies

In this episode, Roving Host Ed Burghard talks with Doug Moorman, Vice President of Development Strategies Group LLC) about moving your community from a “need to be” location to a “want to be” location for companies.

Duration: 00:29:19

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