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Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 17 – An Interview with Julie Curtin, President Economic Development Practice,  Development Counsellors International

Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 17 – An Interview with Julie Curtin, President Economic Development Practice, Development Counsellors International

Julie Curtin, President of the Economic Development Practice of Development Counsellors International (DCI) shares with us her insight into the future of economic development. In her role as a board member of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), she worked directly with IEDC to support the launch of the Diversity Fellowship, a 10-week intern program for young people of color to work in economic development in order to help increase diversity within the economic development profession.  Julie first joined DCI as a staff member in 1994. Julie graduated with a Journalism degree from The University of Kansas and resides in Denver, Colorado with her husband and four children. 

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Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 16 An Interview with Ed Sitar, Senior Manager of Economic Development at ComEd

Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 16 An Interview with Ed Sitar, Senior Manager of Economic Development at ComEd

  Ed Sitar, Senior Manager of Economic Development at ComEd. Ed oversees the company’s large business customer retention and expansion strategy to grow key industries in northern Illinois.  Ed is a 28-year company veteran who has worked closely with Illinois municipalities, and regional and state economic development organizations. Ed holds a bachelor's degree in urban planning and development and a bachelor’s of science in Environmental Design, with a minor in Energy and Mineral Resources Both degrees are from Ball State University.    

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The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 15 – An Interview with Jim Alexander, Senior Vice President of Attraction AllianceSTL of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 15 – An Interview with Jim Alexander, Senior Vice President of Attraction AllianceSTL of Greater St. Louis, Inc.

Jim Alexander, Senior Vice President of Business Attraction for AllianceSTL of Greater St. Louis. Inc. shares with us the exciting story of the new National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) $2 billion campus in St. Louis that is under construction.  The 99-acre site will house over 3,600 workers interpreting geospatial information from satellites for the US Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The project is designed to support the Region's diversity, equity, and inclusion mission.  Through the collaboration of workforce development organizations and educational institutions, a talent pipeline is being created to provide a diverse workforce with the skills needed.  

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The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 14 An Interview with Kate McEnroe Founder of Kate McEnroe Consulting

The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 14 An Interview with Kate McEnroe Founder of Kate McEnroe Consulting

Kate is the founder of Kate McEnroe Consulting, a sole proprietorship founded in 1993 as a location selection and economic development consulting firm. Her MBA is from The  Wharton School. Her background in corporate management positions gives her a solid foundation and the skills to sustain an evolving consulting practice for over 25 years. By sharing direct insights and offering flexible approaches from on-site consultations to virtual training, Kate can ensure that communities, companies, and individuals understand their strengths and their options, and are better equipped to take immediate action to improve their place in the world. Kate is an expert in coaching economic development organizations through designing high-impact business cases for workforce assets, deploying marketing resources, and applying data visualization principles to the task of marketing places.

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The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 12 An Interview with Maureen Donohue Krause, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership

The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 12 An Interview with Maureen Donohue Krause, President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Partnership

In the episode, Maureen shares with us her perspective on the economic development profession having served in leadership roles at local, regional, and state positions. She assumed her current position as President and CEO of the Detriot Regional Partnership in July of 2020.  She describes leading her team that is working remotely through the chaos of the beginning of the pandemic and yet maintaining an enthusiasm that comes through in her response to the interview questions.

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The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 9 – An Interview with Judie Scalise: Strategic Economic and Real Estate Development

The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 9 – An Interview with Judie Scalise: Strategic Economic and Real Estate Development

Judie Scalise, Founder, and Principal of ESI Corporation share with us trends taking place in economic and real estate development in the pre-planning phase and the economic impact and feasibility analysis.  Judie shares with us the lessons learned in her 30 years of working with a broad base of clients including government agencies, private developers, tribal communities, economic development organizations, and utility companies.

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The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 8 – An Interview with Aaron Brossoit: Storytelling with Virtual Realty

The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 8 – An Interview with Aaron Brossoit: Storytelling with Virtual Realty

Aaron Brossoit is CEO and a founder at Golden Shovel Agency, a firm specializing in communications for economic development. He has led the creation of communication tools and services currently supporting over 200 economic development organizations across North America.  In this episode, Aaron describes the current state of the application of virtual reality in community storytelling and a glimpse into what's next in the form of augmented reality.

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The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 7 – An Interview with Tim Cowden: Regional Economic Development

The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 7 – An Interview with Tim Cowden: Regional Economic Development

Tim Cowden, President, and CEO of the Kansas City Area Development Council share with us how he has successfully created a collaborative regional organization that encompasses 18 counties in two states. In addition to a strong team, and engage investors, the KCADC is intentional in its collaboration efforts.  This intentionality has enabled the KCADC to be recognized as one of the top regional economic organizations in the country.

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