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Econ Dev Show - Economic Development

51 EpisodesProduced by Dane CarlsonWebsite

We explore the strategies, ideas, and insights that are driving economic development forward into the future. You'll hear new insights from passionate ED's about their successes and struggles, and you'll learn from attraction and retention experts about how to apply actionable strategies inside you… read more

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0: Not the First Episode

May 3rd, 2021


A teaser and demo of sorts. Definitely not episode #1.

50: Dane's Rules for Conferences

May 17th, 2022


Last week the IEDC published the program for their 2022 Annual Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma September 18-21.

Since for some of you this might be the first conference you've attended in person since 2019, I …

49: Understanding Your Startup Ecosystem With Darren Stauffer

May 9th, 2022


In this episode, Dane talks with Darren Stauffer.

Darren spent four years at the Arlington Economic Development, and now he's in Europe working with, a venture-backed global data platform for …

48: Local Econ Dev Digital Marketing with KathodeRay Media

May 2nd, 2022


In this episode Dane talks with Mark Gustavson and Marlene McTigue of KathodeRay Media about their success stories in rural economic development digital marketing.

Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even …

47: Arizona Economic Development With Carrie Kelly

April 25th, 2022


Dane Carlson talks to Carrie Kelly, the Executive Director of the Arizona Association for Economic Development.

They discuss:

  • The economic …

46: Using Plain Language in Economic Development with Melissa Meschke

April 18th, 2022


Has this happened to you: Do you find it difficult to explain your job to your family, friends, and even your professional contacts?

According to …

45: How to Merge an EDO with a Chamber with Andy Sokolovich

April 11th, 2022


How do you merge a Chamber of Commerce and an Economic Development Organization? Today we talk to Andy Sokolovich about his experience doing just …

44: Podcasting 101

April 4th, 2022


In this episode, we get geeky. Dane quickly explains his podcasting setup.

Like this show? Please leave us a review here — even one sentence helps! Consider including your name or Twitter handle so we can thank you …

43: Talking Downtown Strategies with Jenn Gregory and Elliott Cook

March 28th, 2022


In this episode, Dane talks downtowns with Jenn Gregory and Elliott Cook, both on the Downtown Strategies team at Retail Strategies. Every …

42: Rural Revitalization with Sarah Thompson

March 21st, 2022


Dane talks to Sarah Thompson about rolling up your sleeves and figuring out a new path if your rural community needs help. According to Sarah, there …

41: Economic Development in Alabama With Jim Searcy

March 14th, 2022


In this episode, Dane talks with Jim Searcy, executive director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama.

Special Guest: Jim Searcy.


40: With Alejandra Castillo, US Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development

March 6th, 2022


In this episode, Dane talks with Alejandra Castillo, the Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development and the head of the Economic …

39: Economic Development is Still Not for Amateurs with Jay Garner

February 28th, 2022


Dane talks to Jay Garner, president and founder of Garner Economics, and the former chair of both the IEDC and Site Selectors Guild, about his new book "Economic Development is Still Not for Amateurs".

Special Guest: Jay …

38: Crafting Your City's Elevator Pitch With Matthew Tate

February 21st, 2022


In this episode, Matthew Tate explains to host Dane Carlson how to craft your community's elevator pitch. Matthew Tate has spent the past 10 years at Retail Strategies working directly with cities in order to help them …

37: Tax Increment Financing with Emily Blaylock

February 7th, 2022


Dane talks with Emily Blaylock, Senior Vice President and Chief Lending Officer for Northwest Bank about Tax Increment Financing (TIF). Northwest Bank & Trust Company is an entrepreneurial bank that has built an …

36: Mind the T's with Chris Johnson in Johnston County

January 31st, 2022


Chris Johnson is the Director of Johnston County Economic Development in North Carolina. Imagine how difficult it must be to give out his email …

35: Professional Economic Development with Rob Sitterley

January 24th, 2022


Rob Sitterley is a real pro. He's worked in a local community, statewide and now works in regional economic development. In this episode, the President & CEO of AR-TX Regional Economic Development Inc. shares his …

34: Rural California Business Retention and Attraction With Cole Przybyla

January 17th, 2022


Dane and Cole Przybyla talk about Cole's unique business retention and attraction tactics in rural California.

Special Guest: Cole Przybyla.


33: Economic Development in New Mexico with Kristen Gamboa

January 10th, 2022


In this episode, Dane talks to Kristen Gamboa. She is the Senior Economic Developer for the Village of Los Lunas. She has been instrumental in helping existing businesses expand and grow, as well actively market and …

32: Talking Econ Dev Marketing and Hubspot with Tom Wengler

January 4th, 2022


Tom Wengler and Dane talk Hubspot, and economic development marketing.

Special Guest: Tom Wengler.


31: Incentivizing Your Community with Michael Mazur

December 29th, 2021


During the pandemic, cities were able to use elements of gamification and behavioral economics to boost consumption at their local businesses and …

30: On Economic Development Districts and Local Communities with Alyce Brown

December 20th, 2021


Economic development district director Alyce Brown thinks that economic development was already changing before COVID, but that change has now become a necessity because of the pandemic. She talks to Dane about how to …

29: Work Where You Live with Erin Silk and Lisa Krouse

December 13th, 2021


The American Dream for millions of Americans has always been to work hard for thirty years, and to then to retire to Florida. But what if you could …

28: On the Ground (and in the Water) with Caleb McMahon

December 6th, 2021


In this episode, host Dane Carlson talks with Caleb McMahon. Caleb is a former site selector in China, who is now the Director of Economic Development for Port Angeles, Washington. Dane and Caleb discuss what he's …

27: Dane on the EcDev Network with Dan Taylor and Lara Fritts

November 8th, 2021


Earlier this summer, Dane was a guest on the EcDev Network, where he talked about his background, moving from California to Texas, and the Econ Dev Show.

The EcDev Network a weekly Clubhouse call focused on economic …

26: On Marketing With Dave Parsell, Founder of Localintel

November 1st, 2021


In this episode, Dane talks marketing with Dave Parsell. Dave is co-founder of Localintel, a technology company providing location marketing tools …

25: From Top to the Bottom: Economic Development in Manatee County Florida with Ruth Buchanan and Che Barnett

October 25th, 2021


Ruth Buchanan is the Economic Development Manager, and Che Barnett is a Redevelopment Coordinator. Both work for Manatee County, Florida. There, they work together to build the local economy from the top and the …

24: "Talent Optimization" with Ben Nelson

October 18th, 2021


Ben Nelson is the founder and CEO of Radix Leadership. He specializes in helping leaders and organizations build high performing teams that achieve their goals by aligning their purpose and their people to deliver on …

23: Talking Entrepreneurship in West Virginia with Bill Woodrum

October 11th, 2021


Dane and Bill Woodrum have a wide reaching conversation on entrepreneurship. Bill is the Coordinator of the WV Entrepreneurship Network and project director for WV BusinessLink at the WV Department of Economic …

22: Meet the "Chief Remover of Obstacles" Lea Ann Seiler

October 4th, 2021


Meet Lea Ann Seiler of Hodgeman County, Kansas. Her job is to daily figure out what obstacles she can remove so that her community members can move …

21: From Site Selector to Econ Dev with Andrew Sloss

September 27th, 2021


Andrew Sloss was a site selector for ten years before making the transition during Covid to economic development. Listen in for his advice from both …

20: With Dane Carlson (on the We Are Jobs Podcast)

September 20th, 2021


On this, the 20th episode of Econ Dev Show, we're doing something different: This week we're replaying an interview with Dane from the We Are Jobs …

19: Planning and Anthropology with Econ Dev Jim Eldridge

September 13th, 2021


Jim Eldridge grew up wanting to be an anthropologist or a city planner. Instead, he puts both of those skillsets to use as an economic developer in …

18: The Secrets of Economic Development with Novelist and Econ Dev Don Erwin

September 6th, 2021


Retired econ dev Don Erwin has written an engrossing thriller and an economic development textbook. (And yes, they're the same book: Buffalo Hunting in Alabama: A Novel.)

You can reach Don by email at

17: Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development with Zachary Barker

August 30th, 2021


In this episode, we hear from Zachary Barker about entrepreneurship-led economic development.

Zach's an expert in ecosystem design and delivery of …

16: With Change Agent Jimi Copland of The Rural Spark

August 23rd, 2021


I this episode, Dane talks with Jimi Copland.

Jimi is rural economic developer, educator, needle mover, encourager, change agent, and owner of The Rural Spark, an online educational platform for small communities.

15: Dane Talks to Himself About the Econ Dev Show

August 12th, 2021


Not content to just interview economic developers, in this episode host Dane Carlson tries talking to himself.

He spends time talking to himself about all of the great content from the Econ Dev Show that's not the …

14: Is Stewart McGregor the Friendliest Economic Developer in Texas? You Decide.

August 9th, 2021


What happens when you pair one of the friendliest economic developers you'll ever meet, with one of the most interesting cities that you've never heard of? In this episode, Dane meets Stewart McGregor of Grand Prairie, …

13: "Rural is Cool" BR&E in Southeast Ohio with Taylor Stepp

August 2nd, 2021


In this episode we talk about making "rural cool" in Southeast Ohio with Taylor Stepp, and democratizing growth by recruiting white collar …

12: Real Rural Economic Development with Robert Harrington

July 26th, 2021


Former President Harry Truman said, "It is amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit."

For Robert Harrington this quote is the key to success in economic development in rural America. …

11: A Super Episode With "Super" Dave Quinn

July 19th, 2021


Super Dave Quinn is one of those economic developers that seems to know and be known by everybody. He's also a sought-after public speaker, influencer, and all around nice guy. He's also super.

He served as Vice …

10: Recruiting from the US to Quebec with JP Saucier

July 12th, 2021


Foreign direct investment doesn't just mean international investment in the US. For economic developers in other countries, the US is often the source of the "international" funds. For JP Saucier, who recruits …

9: LinkedIn Marketing For Your EDO with Andrew Phillips

July 5th, 2021


It turns out that I've been doing LinkedIn wrong, and probably so have you. In this episode, LinkedIn's EDO expert Andrew Phillips sets us on the …

8: From the West Coast to the East Coast with Patrick Pierce

June 28th, 2021


Often the best way to advance in your economic development career is to change organizations. But do you secretly worry that if you pack up and move across the country that you'll get there and be completely clueless?

7: How to Save Your Downtown with Small-Scale Manufacturing with Ilana Preuss

June 21st, 2021


What's your downtown like?

As a county economic developer, I can look out over several different cities, all with a diverse array of downtowns:

6: Economic and Workforce Development with Cody Mosely

June 15th, 2021


Can a workforce developer lead the charge for economic development? While many organizations made the the switch from attraction to business retention last year because of COVID and the associated downturns in the …

5: What's a Community Development Improvement Corporation with Josh Mejia

June 7th, 2021


In this episode, Dane talks to Josh Mejia, the executive director of the Brownsville Community Improvement District in Brownsville, Texas about all the great work he's doing in Brownsville.

We also touch on his work …

4: Your EDO Needs a Podcast (or Two) with Chad Chancellor

June 1st, 2021


In today's epsisode, Chad Chancellor, CEO and Co-Founder of the Next Move Group and I have a wide ranging conversation:

  • Why your EDO needs two …

3: From Econ Dev, to a Startup, and Back Again with Shad Burner

May 23rd, 2021


You're no doubt familiar with ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, and delivery services like Doordash, Uber Eats, and Instacart.

These services work via an app on a smartphone, allowing users to request a ride, …

2: Inter-Tribal Economic Development with Rebecca Naragon

May 18th, 2021


In this episode Dane Carlson speaks with Rebecca Naragon, Economic Development Director for the United South and East Tribes, Inc.

Many of us work in areas where governmental entities, be they cities, counties and even …

1: Who is Dane Carlson?

May 14th, 2021


In this episode, we get a little bit of background about our host Dane Carlson.


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