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DT #343: The Role of Planning Organizations in Economic Development with Mike Norris

Develop This: Economic and Community Development

Release Date: 03/31/2021

DT #353: What is Your Appetite for Risk? show art DT #353: What is Your Appetite for Risk?

Develop This: Economic and Community Development

What is your appetite for risk? Do you play it safe - never putting your career or the organization's credibility on the line? Have you taken too large a risk in the past only to wind up polishing your resume? Which is worse - never taking a risk to taking too many risks? In this episode, Jason makes the argument that risk taking is essential if you and/or your organization want to stay relevant. This week's episode sponsored by .

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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

'Now Hiring' signs can be seen everywhere. From entry-level jobs to trades to professional occupations, companies are scrambling for employees.  Although this problem isn't new, the stress level is at an all-time high. In this episode, Dennis and Jason have it all figured out.  Well- not really. Although there are no easy answers, the duo does offer three thoughts for consideration on how economic and community development groups can help communities and employers grapple with a difficult situation.  

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DT #351: The Important Things You Can Learn From Writing Your Obituary show art DT #351: The Important Things You Can Learn From Writing Your Obituary

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In this episode, Dennis shares his very personal story of writing an obituary - his own. If you had the opportunity to write your obituary, what own you include?  What would you omit?  What do you want to be sure to get done before that day comes? How would you like to be remembered? Slow down today and a take a moment to listen.  You'll be glad you did.

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DT #350: Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed with Lakshmi Shenoy of Embarc Collective show art DT #350: Helping Entrepreneurs Succeed with Lakshmi Shenoy of Embarc Collective

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Building a business isn't easy, and a great idea is not enough! It takes discipline, accountability, and a solid network of support behind the scenes. Lakshmi Shenoy is the CEO of and in this episode, host Andy Sokolovich engages Lakshmi to discuss what it takes to ensure entrepreneurs succeed. The staff of executive advisors and function-specific experts at Embarc Collective deliver individualized support to startups inside the agency's state of the art 32,000 square foot collaboration facility in the Greater Tampa Bay Region. Embarc Collective's innovation hub brings together startups,...

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DT #349: Get These Things On Your Calendar Now show art DT #349: Get These Things On Your Calendar Now

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2020 seemed like it would never end.  But this year is going quick. If your organization operates on a calendar year, you are running out of time to do some very important things. In this episode, Dennis and Jason offer suggestions for things to get on your calendar NOW. Don't wait until tomorrow - get these things on the calendar today to make sure they are done by the end of the year! This week's episode sponsored by .

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DT #348: Preparing for a Leadership Position with Alyssa Byrd show art DT #348: Preparing for a Leadership Position with Alyssa Byrd

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How do you know when it is time to change positions or take on a larger role? In this episode, Dennis is joined by Alyssa Byrd, economic development director for the Town of Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina. They talk about building skill sets, life balance, leadership, and public criticism. Connect with More about

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DT #347: Are You Leading? show art DT #347: Are You Leading?

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As the nation and as your community emerges from the pandemic, are you leading? In this episode, Dennis and Jason offer two suggestions for those in the economic and community development space - lead on connectivity and digital marketing.

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DT #346: Negotiating for More Wins show art DT #346: Negotiating for More Wins

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Do those in the economic and community development space get involved in negotiations? Only like every day. Tune in to this episode as Dennis and Jason discuss strategies for improving your negotiations skills on everything from incentives and regulatory policy to land options and salary negotiations. Book: Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss This week's episode sponsored by .

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DT #345: Raising Money in Uncertain Times show art DT #345: Raising Money in Uncertain Times

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Can your organization raise money when the future is uncertain?  Should you wait for the 'right time' to launch a capital campaign? In this episode, Jason interviews Rod Crider and Carlotta Ungaro about their experience with a campaign in Rowan County, North Carolina during the midst of the pandemic. Rod Crider is the CEO of Rowan EDC in Salisbury, North Carolina and Carlotta Ungaro is the Senior Project Direction with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions. Together, they led a successful campaign that launched just weeks before the world shut down in 2020.  By the way, this was the first...

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DT #344: The Value of an Accountability Partner show art DT #344: The Value of an Accountability Partner

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It is one of life's simple truths: we work better when someone we trust holds us accountable. In this episode, Dennis and Jason pontificate on the value of finding accountability partners - which may differ during various stages of your life. Do you have the courage to let someone in?

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In this episode, Dennis chats with his good friend, Mike Norris, Executive Director of the Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission.

What are planning organizations and what is their role in helping communities thrive?

Mike Norris has the answers for those questions and more as they dive into federal programs, organizational structures, and technical expertise.

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Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission