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Taking Risks

Risk-taking is something I have always done.  It must be in my genes…flying, sailing, and racing all of which require a certain risk-taking profile. However, today I am more concerned than usual about a risk I am about to take.  Although vaccinated six months ago, I am concerned that the Delta variant will find me attending my first in-person conference since March of 2020.  In preparation for...

Creating Rapport While Wearing a Mask

This week brings the much-anticipated annual meeting of my professional association, MEDA (Michigan Economic Developers Association).  I’m looking forward to seeing friends from around the state for the first time in well over a year, and there will be several new leaders in attendance that I need to meet for personal and professional reasons.  The event will be held in person, and masks are...

Climate Crisis Control: Why is it Important to Start Now?

While the past 18 months have been mostly about the pandemic and its mounting consequences, we’ve also been presented with significantly disturbing climate crises. This might just be the beginning of a larger climate catastrophe which awaits. The destruction we’ve helped create has left an evident amount of death, and the toll will increase in the future if we do not act now. How do we escape...
Creating Rapport While Wearing a Mask

Creating Rapport While Wearing a Mask

This week brings the much-anticipated annual meeting of my professional association, MEDA (Michigan Economic Developers Association).  I’m looking forward to seeing friends from around the state for the first time in well over a year, and there will be several new...

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Interviews with Thought Leaders in Economic Development
Interviews with Thought Leaders in Economic Development
The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 11 An Interview with Jon Roberts, Managing Director TIP Strategies, Inc.
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  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 11 An Interview with Jon Roberts, Managing Director TIP Strategies, Inc.

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 11 An Interview with Jon Roberts, Managing Director TIP Strategies, Inc.

    Sep 9, 2021 • 00:56:26

    Jon Roberts, Principal and Managing Partner at TIP Strategies, Inc. share with us his thoughts regarding remote work and its long-term impact on the residential, commercial, and industrial real estate market. In the interview, Jon also discusses the importance to economic development of resilience in view of climate change.

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 10 - An Interview with Greg Wathen, CO-CEO Evansville Regional Economic Partnership

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 10 - An Interview with Greg Wathen, CO-CEO Evansville Regional Economic Partnership

    Aug 27, 2021 • 00:29:50

    Greg Wathen, CO-CEO, Evansville Economic Regional Partnership shares with us his experience as their region transitions from multiple organizations engaged in different aspects of economic development to one organization focused on a common mission, vision, and purpose.  In the interview, Greg explains the value of their regional approach to economic…

  • 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

    Jul 5, 2021 • 00:31:08

    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…

  • 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

    May 28, 2021 • 00:26:19

    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…

  • 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

    May 26, 2021 • 00:26:14

    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…

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 6 - An Interview with Bethany Miller: The Benefits of Inclusion

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 6 - An Interview with Bethany Miller: The Benefits of Inclusion

    Apr 29, 2021 • 00:22:14

    In this episode, we will hear from Bethany Miller, Vice President of Business Development at the Greater Houston Partnership about her presentation at the International Economic Development Council Leadership Summit on the Benefits and Opportunities that being an inclusive community provide. She describes the efforts at the Houston Partnership to…

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast - Episode 5 An Interview with Gene DePrez: Global Location Strategy

    The Whittaker Report Podcast - Episode 5 An Interview with Gene DePrez: Global Location Strategy

    Mar 12, 2021 • 00:29:09

    During this interview, Gene DePrez, Managing Partner of Global Innovation Partners takes us along on the 35-year career path that led him to take a unique approach to global corporate location strategy. In it, he begins by understanding the corporate culture and the overall corporate business strategy. Once he understands…

  • The Whittaker Report Episode 4 - An Interview with Dusty Duistermars: The Future of the Intelligent Workplace

    The Whittaker Report Episode 4 - An Interview with Dusty Duistermars: The Future of the Intelligent Workplace

    Mar 5, 2021 • 00:29:10

    The intelligent workplace is the future of the corporate real estate. Listen as Dusty Dusitermars describes how an intelligent workplace will help lower costs and increase space utilization.

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 3 - An Interview with Rick Weddle: Site Selection Guild Survey

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 3 - An Interview with Rick Weddle: Site Selection Guild Survey

    Feb 12, 2021 • 00:25:12

    In this third Episode of the Whittaker Report, we hear from Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Site Selectors Guild, and a thought leader in economic development. He shares with us the key results of the 2021 Survey of the Site Selection Guild’s membership including the member’s view of…

  • The Whittaker Report Episode 2 - An Interview with Bree Langemo: The Future of Work is Entrepreneurial.

    The Whittaker Report Episode 2 - An Interview with Bree Langemo: The Future of Work is Entrepreneurial.

    Feb 6, 2021 • 00:32:46

    In episode 2 of the Whittaker podcast, Bree Langemo, JD. and Director of Entrepreneurship at Concordia College in MN, describes how an entrepreneurial mindset can infuse vitality and creativity into any organization and attract talented, meaning-seeking employees in the process. Bree Langemo’s lively interview covers this topic and more.

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The Show Must Go On

The Show Must Go On

Music is something that has always been a big part of my life. I played the piano and clarinet growing up, sang in the church and school choirs, and had an extensive collection of tapes and CDs, and now digital music. As nice as it is to listen to studio albums when...

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The Month of July 2021

The Month of July 2021

Periodically, we go through this existential moment when working on the Whittaker Report wondering does anyone read it?  So, if you enjoy reading it, please drop us a note.  We would love to hear from you. Whew, what a month it has been. After celebrating the Fourth...

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Waves of the Pandemic

Waves of the Pandemic

As we walk in the second year of the global pandemic, the gravity of its ripple effect on the economy and humanity has induced a damage that might take us longer to recover than was expected. While most of the developed nations have somewhat recovered from the...

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What is an Artist Incubator?

What is an Artist Incubator?

Seven years ago, I wrote an article for the Whittaker Report which outlined the summer internship goal of discovering a "Holy Grail Algorithm" which would presumably predict the future. While I remain naive regarding the scope of this goal, I acknowledge that perhaps...

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When the storm rolls in

When the storm rolls in

I was sitting on my front porch observing the dark clouds roll in as my dog, Ari, played in the yard. Growing up in the Midwest, it’s what we always did – witness the gray-black storm clouds billow across the horizon, watch for lightning in the distance, then count...

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Taking Risks

Risk-taking is something I have always done.  It must be in my genes…flying, sailing, and racing all of which require a certain risk-taking profile. However, today I am more concerned than usual about a risk I am about to take.  Although vaccinated six months ago, I...

read more

Creating Rapport While Wearing a Mask

This week brings the much-anticipated annual meeting of my professional association, MEDA (Michigan Economic Developers Association).  I’m looking forward to seeing friends from around the state for the first time in well over a year, and there will be several new...

read more
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