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16 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Episode 130: Do You Wish You Could Hear Directly From A Site Consultant? Here It Is! | Kyle Neu, Austin Consulting
“Any information that can help us tell the story of a community better is always something that will help create an advantage for a community.” –Kyle Neu Do you ever just want that exclusive information from a site consultant? Do you go back and forth on what information to share? Carla Sones talks with Kyle Neu, of Austin Consulting, on the ins and outs of what site consultants are looking for from economic developers. With each project being different, Kyle gives insight on what is typically helpful across the board. From the data analyst perspective, we hear what economic developers can do to level up support on projects in their communities. To better tell a communities story, Kyle shares what is needed information to make a competitive pitch. Do you know when to communicate with your site consultants? Today’s episode gives an insiders scoop! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
23 minutes | Jun 15, 2021
Episode 129: Is Your Endurance Built From the Marathon of Economic Development? | Meghan DiGiacomo, Highlands County Economic Development
“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 is doing does not happen in a vacuum. What might seem like a quick celebratory groundbreaking, could have years of hard work behind it that no one sees. Economic developers work to link all of the resources together to make sure the work is done for their projects, companies and community stakeholders. Meghan is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Her diligence, conscientiousness and service for her clients are just a few in a long list for this recognition. Along with economic development, Meghan touches on the importance of mentors and the importance of relationship building. Tune in today to hear more! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
20 minutes | Jun 10, 2021
Episode 128: Do You Allow Your Teams Strengths to Propel Your Organization Forward?
“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 with Carla Sones on today’s episode about the importance of each person’s strengths on a team, how to interpret them and how to thrive. With an understanding of your teams strengths, you can look through that lens when discussing problems and growth. Carla touches on strengths as crutches and how to stay out of the basement and show up on the balcony. When your team has consistent language to address topics in your organization, you enter a level of better and more robust conversation. Dialogue can start at missing links and ways to grow, instead of trying to figure out how to force puzzle pieces to fit. Listen today for more insight! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
19 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
Episode 127: How Is Quebec Solving Its Workforce Woes? | Daniel Silverman, Investissement Quebec
“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 all over the world. What is driving company decisions and how can your community be more active in planning for the future labor pool? What if talent is needed now? Daniel Silverman, Vice President of Foreign Direct Investment at Invest Quebec, returns to the podcast and talks with Faye Davis. Daniel dives into the ways that Quebec is solving workforce woes, and how immigration processes play a huge role. He gets candid about how business in general and FDI in particular was affected during Canada’s lockdowns (hint: it’s not what you expect!), and why Quebec is really making a name for itself in the ICT sector. Daniel is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers for his ability to constantly innovate and for being a voice for the industry. Listen in now to hear more about how he feeds his creativity, innovation, and passion for the work we do! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
21 minutes | Jun 3, 2021
Episode 126: Is Micromanagement Costing Your Team Creativity, Motivation and Job Satisfaction?
“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 it depleting creativity, motivation and job satisfaction, it might be something you’ll want to make sure you have under control! On this episode, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones about the severity of micromanaging. With economic development teams typically being small, we can’t afford to lose productivity or morale due to overbearing supervision. Carla points out the signs of a micromanager and gives some tips on what to do if you are a micromanager or if you’re being micromanaged. When we get so focused on the day to day, we can’t move to the long-term goals our teams need. Over the last year, we found ourselves in crisis management but if we let that stick around, it can easily become micromanagement. When we allow for autonomy, our teams can make better, more creative and quicker decisions. Listen now to hear more! ECONOMIX early bird rate is $1,495 and ends on Friday, June 4 at midnight EDT. Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/economix-phoenix-2021-tickets-131047796487?aff=AmericasJobsTeam America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
24 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
Episode 125: The Ways to Make Your Place a Great Place to Live, Work & Play | Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development
“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 your region start creating plans to transition their workforce back, will you be seeing an increase in remote workers, or will a hybrid plan be more common? Today, Faye Davis talks with Ashley Cagle, Vice President of Economic Development at Wake County Economic Development. Ashley shares great insight as to why Cary, NC was named a top place to live for those who work from home, and also dives into why hybrid models will be utilized more frequently. She touches on workplace culture and how this goes hand-in-hand with the culture of a community. Ashley is recognized as one of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers; because she started in this industry in her young 20s, she has since amassed keen wisdom and a deep understanding of how this industry works, setting her years ahead of most folks her age. Ashley has great advice for folks looking to grow their career in the industry, and so much more. Tune in now to hear more! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
13 minutes | May 27, 2021
Episode 124: How Admitting Mistakes Makes You A Better Leader
“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 do? On today’s episode, Faye Davis talks with Carla Sones on making and admitting mistakes. In our leadership, we sometimes want to cover mistakes, but Carla shows us that that never works and truth always comes to the light. We have all seen an insecure person try to blame shift and point fingers, but that leads to more headaches and more mistakes. How do we, as leaders, grow our organizations from a space of admitting and learning from mistakes. Carla leads us through the 4 ways you become a better leader after owning a mistake. We owe it to our teams to be examples of learning and growing. Tune in to today’s episode to see how! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
21 minutes | May 25, 2021
Episode 123: Two Non-Negotiables for Attracting Deals on a Megasite | Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix, AZ
“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 time, talent and treasure needed to attract, land, and grow a company that large can be daunting, to say the least. Christine Mackay, Director of Economic Development for the City of Phoenix, has pointed insights. She led the team that recently landed the huge Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing project which will end up building 6 factories on a megasite and, as the plans move forward, the expected investment keeps growing. Christine draws on her experience as she shares the two non-negotiables in developing and executing mega sites. Christine talks about what she has learned over the last years of tremendous success leading economic development in Phoenix; under her tenure, the average wages of jobs announce have doubled and she’s closed deals amounting to over $60 billion. She dives into building a high performing team, how to foster collaboration, and keeping a sense of humor through it all. Tune in now for more from another amazing Top 50 Economic Developer! America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
27 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Episode 066: Courtney Pogue | City of Dallas
On This Week’s Podcast: Courtney Pogue joins Carla Sones to talk all things 2020. He candidly shares how pivoting became the name of 2020’s game and what unique things the City of Dallas has done to support businesses through COVID-19 and social unrest. Courtney shares why it’s crucial for economic developers to stay closely tied to small businesses and pay special attention to those which are Black and minority-owned. He shares great insights on keeping his energy up and what role economic developers play in the future. Courtney is the Director of Economic Development for the City of Dallas, where he focuses on small business development, growing private investment, and attracting and retaining businesses. His career spans from banking analyst to commercial finance and into economic development. Courtney has a passion for entrepreneurialism and takes that spirit with him to work every day. America’s Jobs Team is sponsored by Research on Investment / Gazelle.ai
23 minutes | Jun 30, 2020
Episode 064: Rebuilding with Your People, Your Team: Moving from Crisis to Renaissance, Part 2
Today is part two of our three-part series talking through moving from crisis to renaissance. Carla Sones and Ron Kitchens get together again to talk about the importance of engaging your team deeply and why you should be pulsing your people regularly. They dive into the reasons for making sure your people have all the tools they need to work the way you expect, and why it’s so important to keep in mind that remote work affects the residual contact your team has with you and each other. The bottom line: having love and respect for your people will make you thrive in any scenario. Tune in now to hear more! If you’d like to download the complete Moving from Crisis to Renaissance: A Economic Developer’s Guide to Leading at an Inflexion Point, you can do so by clicking here. CRISIS TO RENAISSANCE PIVOT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!
34 minutes | Jun 23, 2020
Episode 063: Realign Your Services and Refresh Your Brand: Moving from Crisis to Renaissance, Part 1
As businesses are reopening, we are hearing of many which are struggling with a clear sense of direction. On today’s episode, Carla Sones and Ron Kitchens embark on part one of a three-part series talking through how to move from crisis to renaissance. First up: realigning your services and refreshing your brand. Ron and Carla dive into the importance of listening, noticing, and stepping in to fill the gaps where it is appropriate for your business to do so. They touch on how to communicate with all your stakeholders, both internal and external, and remind us to check in with how our brand is signaling messages to the world. Tune in now to hear more! If you’d like to download the complete Moving from Crisis to Renaissance: A Economic Developer’s Guide to Leading at an Inflexion Point, you can do so by clicking here. CRISIS TO RENAISSANCE PIVOT IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!
23 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
June 9: How Is Rural America Adapting and Overcoming? | COVID-19 MINISERIES
The America’s Jobs Team podcast has spent a lot of time talking about the goings-on in urban areas over the past few months. Today, we’re turning the focus to rural communities. Carla Sones is joined by Kiley Miller, president and CEO at Iowa Lakes Corridor. They embark on a discussion on the challenges and windfalls that his community in rural Iowa has seen. Kiley talks about how his community benefitted from having a full-time entrepreneurial person on his staff and dives into the challenges they experienced as tourism came roaring back after restrictions were lifted. He talks candidly about the epiphanies he had related to depth of relationships and what we should be doubling down on. Kiley is the president and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation. An Iowa native, he previously was Executive Vice President of the Mount Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance. Kiley has also been a journalist and served in the United States Army. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Sewanee—The University of the South and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. If you are looking for more resources for the post-COVID pivot, we created an economic development leader guide book with lots of information and resources. You can download it for free here. COVID-19 RESPONSE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT Now is the time to pivot from reaction to reinvention, and America’s Jobs Team is excited to bring you content that will help economic development professionals become agents of change. Every week we will bring you content relevant to the reinvention and renaissance of our communities. Subscribe to our podcast to ensure you have all the latest content as soon as it is released!
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