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Explore topics related to transformational community leadership including economic development, non-profit engagement, organizational management, and policy development. It's a candid conversation with veterans of the economic development profession along with inspiring interviews of today's thought leaders.

Develop This: Economic and Community Development Develop This! Podcast

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    • 4.5 • 31 Ratings

Explore topics related to transformational community leadership including economic development, non-profit engagement, organizational management, and policy development. It's a candid conversation with veterans of the economic development profession along with inspiring interviews of today's thought leaders.

    7 Rules for Brand New Economic Development Professionals

    7 Rules for Brand New Economic Development Professionals

    Are you new to the business of economic and community development and wondering how to get started?
    Whether you are brand new to the business or a seasoned economic developer looking to get back to basics, this episode is for you.  Dennis and Jason share the 7 rules you need to follow to have early success in your career.
    This week's episode sponsored by Convergent Nonprofit Solutions.

    • 37 min
    Encore Episode - Community Placemaking with City Manager Amanda Mack

    Encore Episode - Community Placemaking with City Manager Amanda Mack

    In this episode from the archives, Amanda Mack shares her thoughts about placemaking efforts and aligning those efforts with other essential government services.
    Although she recently left the City of Spenser, Iowa for a position in Watertown, SD, this is one of the most popular episodes in the Develop This! archive.  Jason and Amanda talk city finances, community improvement projects, the balance of power between city staff and elected officials, and much more.  She closes the episode with tips economic developers should know when working with municipal governments.
    Amanda's suggested reading list:
    Love Where You Live by Peter Kageyama
    Water the Bamboo by Greg Bell
    More about Amanda

    • 26 min
    Engage Newcomers Right Away

    Engage Newcomers Right Away

    Your job is to build, maintain, and engage a network of leaders to make things happen in your community.  However, people and positions often change as new folks come to town.  What is your process for engaging with newcomers?
    In this episode, Jason share why his old strategy failed and why a different approach can be far more successful.
    This week's episode sponsored by Convergent Nonprofit Solutions.

    • 17 min
    You Can Raise Money in Small Towns with Mark Bergethon

    You Can Raise Money in Small Towns with Mark Bergethon

    Can economic development organizations raise money in small towns?  You bet.
    Small towns have a unique ability to rally around cause - be it economic development plans, community projects, or community festivals.  With the right plan in place, more money can often be raised than anyone thought possible.
    In this episode, Mark Bergethon, Capital Campaign Specialist with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, shares three case studies of successful fundraising campaigns in small towns: Vermillion, South Dakota; Holdrege, Nebraska; Clear Lake, Iowa.
    Connect with Mark Bergethon
    More About Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

    • 35 min
    Going All In on a Project

    Going All In on a Project

    Getting a project over the finish line can test your patience and those around you.  When your project hits a wall, you have two options: give up or find another path forward.
    In this episode, Dennis shares his experience with going all in on a project- in this case, joint education center.  He refused to give in and was willing to push his chips to the table.  Tune in to find out more.

    • 8 min
    The Economic Development Blues

    The Economic Development Blues

    Sometimes, we just get down.  You put your blood, sweat, and tears into a project only to lose it.
    It's okay to get the blues, but you can't stay there.
    In this episode, Dennis shares strategies and tips for getting through the tough times and rebounding after a big loss.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

PeteDavidCraig ,

A Worthwhile Listen

Started listening to this years ago when I began in the business world. They offer a wide range of topics and although they don’t all align with what I’m currently doing, it’s been valuable to hear their well reasoned and insightful views.

Souldrifter02 ,

Excellent Podcast for Those in Economic and Community Development

I recently became aware of this podcast at an IEDC conference and I’m so happy I did. The conversations and topics are very relevant to the work we do and the length of episodes is perfect. I will definitely be sharing it with my colleagues.

Psykoticgman ,

Awesome

Great industry podcast. Kudos to the guys for taking this on and providing the insights that we all benefit from.

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