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Develop This: Economic and Community Development

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.

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Last Episode Date: 22 May 2024

Total Episodes: 100

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22 May 2024
DT #496 Carolina Small Business Development Fund with Kevin Dick

In this episode, Dennis is joined by Kevin Dick, President and Chief Executive Officer Carolina Small Business Development Fund in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. They discuss the importance of small businesses as part of the ecosystem of a community, region, and s...

46 min
15 May 2024
DT #495 Becoming a Certified Economic Developer With Denisse Carter

Denisse Carter - Economic Development Administrator Doña Ana County Dennis is joined by Denisse Carter - Economic Development Administrator Doña Ana County, a newly minted Certified Economic Developer. Dennis and Denisse discuss the certification process and the benefits...

26 min
8 May 2024
DT #494 Economic Development, Consulting, and Rock and Roll

In this episode, Dennis is joined by Trish Heidenreich, Founder/CEO of EDI Group -Economic Development Initiatives Group. Trish recently underwent a career change. Previously, she was the Director of Economic Development for the Town of Bel Air, MD. and now is a self-employ...

27 min
24 April 2024
DT #493 Economic Development in Rural Arizona with Mignonne Hollis

Dennis is joined by Mignonne Hollis, the executive director of the Arizona Regional Economic Development Foundation and founder of Aerospace Arizona Dennis and Mignonne discuss the opportunities and challenges of economic development work in rural America and rural Arizona....

33 min
17 April 2024
DT #492 Why We Are Wrong About Today's Generation With Mark C. Perna

Dennis is joined by generational expert Mark C. Perna. Dennis and Mark discuss the inherent bias older generations have against younger generations. Mark Perna is the author of Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations

13 min
10 April 2024
DT #491 Economic Development in the Navajo Nation with Henry Silentman

In this episode, Dennis is joined by Henry Silentman, the program manager at the Shiprock Regional Business Development office in Northwest New Mexico. Dennis and Henry discuss the opportunities and challenges of working in economic development in the Navajo Nation

33 min
3 April 2024
DT #489 Finding Your Path in Economic Development

Finding Your Path in Economic Development  Dennis is joined by Develop This! contributing correspondents Joi Cuartero Austin CEcd, Senior Program Officer, Economic Vitality with Main Street America, and Sean M. Maguire, AICP CEcD Economic Development and Planning Executi...

41 min
27 March 2024
DT #490 A Conversation with Dr. Eloisa Klementich, CEcD, PhD

Dennis is joined by Eloisa Klementich, CEcd, PhD, President and CEO of Invest Atlanta and IEDC board chair. They discuss Eloisa's career path in economic development and her plans and goals for IEDC. 

34 min
20 March 2024
DT #488 Becoming an Accredited EDO with Chris Masingill and Ashley Llewellyn with the St. Tammany Corp., Mandeville, LA

What does it take to become an Accredited Economic Development Organization? The St. Tammany Corp in Mandeville, LA, recently completed the process. There are over 5,000 economic development organizations, and fewer than 80 have achieved this prestigious designation.  In th...

44 min
20 March 2024
DT #487 A Conversation with Jonas Peterson, Southwest Michigan First CEO and IEDC Immediate Past Chair

Dennis is joined by Jonas Peterson, the CEO of Southwest Michigan First and IEDC's Immediate Past Chair. Jonas also talks about his economic development career journey and his current role as the CEO of Southwest Michigan First, his time as the chair of IEDC, and the growth...

29 min
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