• 00:31

    Economic Gardening - Growing Your Own

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    Steve Quello is this week's guest on Economic Development Today, brought to you by the Economic Development Foundation. Steve is founder and President of CEO Nexus, a market research firm serving CEOs and related senior management of second-stage businesses. He designs and manages market development programs, including PeerSpectives, a CEO Peer Learning Network delivered to Florida’s businesses through GrowFL, Florida’s Economic Gardening Institute.

    Economic gardening is an entrepreneurial economic development tool that embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state. By assisting entrepreneurs, economic developers are planting the seeds for a stronger economy and supportive environments where companies can thrive and prosper.

  • 00:30

    A Super Regional Agenda for Economic Prosperity

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    Stuart L. Rogel is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Tampa Bay Partnership. Founded in 1994, the Tampa Bay Partnership is the only entity that provides regional economic development for the entire eight-county, 6,515-square-mile area of west central Florida which includes the metro areas of Tampa/St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Lakeland, and  Sarasota/Bradenton/Venice and the counties of Citrus,  Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, and Sarasota.
    The Partnership is focused on its Model for Prosperity Strategic Plan which concentrates on the four focus  areas of a Vision for Regional Prosperity; A Blueprint for Economic Development; A Transportation  Strategy to Support Regional Transit; and a Broader  Advocacy and Leadership Model.
    A resident of Florida since 1984, Mr. Rogel was the  Regional Director for the Florida office of New  Boston Fund Properties, a full-service real estate development, management and investment company. Prior to that, Mr. Rogel served as Assistant City Manager and Economic and Community Development Director for the City of Miami Beach, where he was  responsible for guiding that community through its  dramatic and successful revitalization and  redevelopment.

    The Tampa Bay Partnership is a regional organization  that works with its partners to market the region  nationally and internationally, to conduct regional  research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and government issues that impact growth and  development.

  • 00:30

    Economic Development – A Public Sector Perspective

    in Entrepreneur

     
     
    This week’s guest is Jim Moore discussing “Economic Development – A Public Sector Perspective.”
     
    As the Director of the Fort Myers Regional Partnership, Lee County’s Economic Development Office, Moore is charged with carrying forward their strategic vision.  This includes the continuation of diversifying Lee County’s economic base by attracting new high-wage/high growth industries to the area, as well as providing assistance to existing businesses with expansion plans.  Jim is going to talk to us today about some of the exciting initiatives that are underway with their office and the Horizon Council and their new Together, We Mean Business campaign and how our organization can help further this effort.

  • 00:23

    Chris Gibbons - The Father of Economic Gardening

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    This week’s program will feature Christian Gibbons, Director of Business/Industry Affairs in Littleton, Colorado and co-inventor (along with city manager Jim Woods) of “Economic Gardening,” an entrepreneurial approach to economic development. Mr. Gibbons has run this project for the City of Littleton for 24 years. From the period 1990 to 2009 the number of jobs in Littleton nearly doubled from 15,000 to 30,000 and sales tax revenues more than tripled from $6 to $21 million. The City did not recruit one industry during this period, nor did it offer one cent in incentives or tax rebates.


    Mr. Gibbons received a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oklahoma in 1973 and worked for the City of Oklahoma City and San Bernardino County, California before establishing his own consulting firm in 1977. From 1977 to 1987 he consulted on a variety of community and economic development projects in Colorado, Wyoming and California. Mr. Gibbons has been married to his wife Diane for 42 years and they have two adult sons.

  • 00:30

    Bay County Florida – Reviving the Economic Engine

    in Entrepreneur

    Bay Countyis located in the heart of Florida’s Great Northwest overlooking the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Along with its world-renowned beaches, Bay County boasts an educated and enthusiastic workforce which creates a wonderful business environment.
    Our guest, Janet Watermeier, currently serves as the executive director of the Bay County Economic Development Alliance, Bay County’s public-private partnership for economic development. She has been involved in both private and public economic development at the state and local level for over 15 years.  Her experience includes serving as the economic development director and community redevelopment director for Lee County (Fort Myers area); as the principal owner of an economic development consulting firm; and as vice president of commercial operations for a publicly traded master planned community developer, Westinghouse Communities, Inc. (WCI).
    Janet was appointed by Florida’s Governors to serve on Florida’s Transportation Commission, Enterprise Florida, the Regional Planning Council and several statewide task forces. She has served on many local and regional boards including chair of the Southwest Florida International Airport Special Management Committee during its $450 million expansion.
    Janet graduated magna cum laude from Virginia’s Old Dominion
    University with a degree in economics, received a graduate fellowship and later attended the State University of Buffalo School of Law.

  • 00:38

    WIOA: Measuring Economic Impact

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    WIOA: Measuring Economic Impact


    Wednesday, March 4th  |  1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EST


    WIOA calls on workforce boards to track and report some new data elements including credentials attainment, measurable skills gain, training-related costs, and employer engagement. These figures each contribute to the economic impact a board has on its community and region. Boards are in various stages of readiness to track and meet these requirements.  How can your board position itself for better and more consistent data collection, decreased lag time for reporting, and measuring the 'intangibles' like work readiness in a more meaningful way?  Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) turns labor market data into useful information that helps organizations understand the connection between economies, people, and work.  Join host Ron Painter and EMSI's consulting team for a discussion of best practices already in use by boards around the U.S. and a punch list of steps you can take now for improved measurement of your economic impact in the age of WIOA.


    Special Guests:


    Brian Points, Director of Consulting Services, EMSI


    John Hawkins, Senior Consultant, Workforce and Economic Development, EMSI

  • 01:01

    Economic Abuse and Economic Justice

    in Family

    Join hosts Alice Lynch and Sumayya Coleman and Research Commentator Shasme Jackson as they speak with Lisalyn Jacobs and Kalyn Risker about Economic Abuse, the barriers that survivors face in seeking safety, and the need for community-based support in helping survivors achieve economic security and violence-free lives.

  • 00:24

    LiwiProsper Economic Update

    in Finance

    Monthly "Changing Times" economic update

  • 00:31

    Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) Impacting Florida's Economy

    in Entrepreneur

    Our guest this week is Fran Korosec, Director of Client Services for the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL). Learn how this public/private partnership is helping to support entrepreneurship and create jobs in Florida.

    Fran Korosec is the Director of Client
    Services for The Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida. Fran oversees all aspects of the GrowFL program, including administration and outreach, technical assistance, CEO forums and roundtables. Fran brings 25 years of experience in management consulting, integration services, technology development, & manufacturing. He is a seasoned executive with a unique combination of business development/sales, program management, and technical expertise.

    Economic gardening is an entrepreneurial economic development tool that embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state. By assisting entrepreneurs, economic developers are planting the seeds for a stronger economy and supportive environments where companies can thrive and prosper.

  • 00:32

    Public/Private Partnerships Work for Economic Development in Tallahassee

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    Join Beth Kirkland and Kim B. Williams on the next Economic Development Today talk show. Ms. Kirkland is the Executive Director of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. and Mr. Williams is Chairman of the EDC Board and President of Marpan Supply among other business ventures. Kim is a lifetime resident of Tallahassee and a successful entrepreneur. He has led the EDC over the past 18 months to build out a very well rounded program of work that touches business at every stage.

    Learn about Tallahassee’s public/private partnerships that are supporting the area’s economy and helping to create jobs. Beth and Kim and discuss the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center at Tallahassee Community College and how the organization is leveraging a $450,000 US Small Business Administration grant for the EDC’s new Entrepreneurial Excellence Program. In addition, find out how the area is strengthening the Tallahassee Regional Airport in unique ways that will increase new opportunities for businesses in Tallahassee.

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