Economic Developer Secrets Podcast

Economic Development Secrets

Economic Development Secrets is our ED industry podcast. Hosted by Nicole D’Souza, ED Secrets pulls back the curtain on economic development programs across the country to let the listener learn from peers in local and state economic development roles.

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060 – Economic Development Secrets – Carla Pendergraft, Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau

This month’s Economic Development Secrets episode focuses on tourism with our special guest Carla Pendergraft, Director of Marketing for the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau.    Carla shares details on Waco’s top attractions (hint: Magnolia Market!) and discusses how attracting … Read More

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059 – Economic Development Secrets – Jeff Finkle, IEDC

This month’s special guest is Jeff Finkle, President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).  As President and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), Jeff Finkle is a recognized leader and authority on economic development.  With … Read More

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058 – Economic Development Secrets – Ruth Buchanan

This month’s special guest is Ruth Buchanan,  Economic Development Manager for Manatee County, Florida.  Ruth is responsible for developing, managing and executing strategies and programs to retain, expand and attract businesses to Manatee County. Some of the projects she is … Read More

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057 – Economic Development Secrets – Alia Abbas

This month’s special guest is Alia Abbas, Investment Attraction Consultant at Toronto Global. Alia Abbas is the Founder/CEO of Alia Consulting – Economic Development Firm, focused on Disaster and Emergency Management. She is an economic development professional with a professional … Read More

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056 – Economic Development Secrets – Your ED Project Questionnaire

Paul Scheuren, Principal and Economist at Impact DataSource, joins as a guest speaker on this episode of the podcast. He discusses what his experience has been consulting clients using different types of data forms to collect important economic development project … Read More

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055 – Economic Development Secrets – Impact DataSource

This month we have a unique episode that discusses Impact DataSource, the company behind the Economic Development Secrets Podcast. Paul Scheuren, Principal and Economist at Impact DataSource joins us and shares how the company was founded and what types of … Read More

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054 – Economic Development Secrets – David Leezer, CEcD, Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce

This month’s special guest is David Leezer, Vice President of Business Attraction for the Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce. He began this role in December of 2019 and is the senior executive overseeing recruitment and attraction. His primary duties … Read More

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053 – Economic Development Secrets – Christine Bryant, CEcD, Corpus Christi Regional EDC

This month’s special guest is Christine Bryant, Director of Business Retention and Expansion for the Corpus Christi (Texas) Regional Economic Development Corporation.   In addition to supporting existing industry, Christine is championing the Federal Opportunity Zones programming for the Coastal Bend … Read More

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052 – Economic Development Secrets – Kenny McDonald, One Columbus

This month’s special guest is Kenny McDonald, CEcD, President and Chief Economic Officer at One Columbus. Kenny joined the One Columbus team in July 2010 and serves as the primary leader of all economic develoopment and business attraction efforts for … Read More

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051 – Economic Development Secrets – Amy Madison, Pflugerville CDC

This month’s special guest is Amy Madison, Executive Director of the Pflugerville Community Development Corporation (PCDC). Amy has served the organization since January 2014. During the past six years, she successfully recruited or assisted in expanding 42 projects bringing over 2.6 … Read More

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