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Deglobalization’s Impact on Economic Development

Globalization is an economic term. It refers primarily to the free flow of trade and the easy movement of people, goods, and services among countries. During the last 50 years we have outsourced, offshored, and built complex supply chains, along with networks of suppliers and customers. In the 1970s we became convinced that a global economy would raise all boats. However, since that time we have...

Plastics and Humans

For years we have known the hazardous conditions caused by plastic pollution in the oceans and on land. Time and again, our attention has been drawn towards the consequences of human action. There have been huge efforts to clean plastics from our oceans, but there is still a long way to go. Plastic pollution was like a ticking time bomb waiting to affect humans, and now it has reached us. For...

Industry Challenges for Automotive Dealers

My three-year car lease is coming due this month, so I’ve been weighing my options of buying out the lease or turning in my vehicle and leasing a newer model. I have been a loyal customer to a particular manufacturer for the past 12 years, so there was no question that I wanted to stick with my current brand. However, imagine my surprise when the new lease quote was double my current monthly...
Plastics and Humans

Plastics and Humans

For years we have known the hazardous conditions caused by plastic pollution in the oceans and on land. Time and again, our attention has been drawn towards the consequences of human action. There have been huge efforts to clean plastics from our oceans, but there is...

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Interviews with Thought Leaders in Economic Development
Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 18 - An Interview with Matt McQuade, Managing Director, Business Development One Columbus
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  • Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 18 - An Interview with Matt McQuade, Managing Director, Business Development One Columbus

    Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 18 - An Interview with Matt McQuade, Managing Director, Business Development One Columbus

    Oct 30, 2022 • 00:25:51

    Matt McQuade, Managing Director, Business Development One Columbus shares with us his view of the future of economic development. As a millennial (born between 1981 and 1996) Matt brings a perspective on the future of economic development from a younger generation than several of our previous guests. With 12 years…

  • 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

    Jul 8, 2022 • 00:21:32

    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…

  • 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

    May 11, 2022 • 00:32:47

      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…

  • 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.

    Feb 22, 2022 • 00:22:30

    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…

  • 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

    Jan 24, 2022 • 00:31:19

    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…

  • 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

    Nov 23, 2021 • 00:24:20

    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…

  • 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…

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Industry Challenges for Automotive Dealers

Industry Challenges for Automotive Dealers

My three-year car lease is coming due this month, so I’ve been weighing my options of buying out the lease or turning in my vehicle and leasing a newer model. I have been a loyal customer to a particular manufacturer for the past 12 years, so there was no question...

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Takeaways from the IAMC Forum

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This month, I attended the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) 2022 Fall Forum. The welcome reception and dinner were held at the Henry Ford Museum, hosted by the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) and several other sponsors. Maureen Krauss, President/CEO of...

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October Learning

October Learning

October was a fascinating month with several new initiatives underway. We began working with our first agile business development client using a process called Kanban.  The intention is to accelerate the business development process significantly by using a Kanban...

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Last month, I was on my way back from my trip out West when I made a detour to Jackson, Wyoming. The weather and scenery were too beautiful to leave, especially when faced with the thought of returning to cooling temperatures in Michigan, so what was supposed to be a...

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With Change Comes Opportunity!

With Change Comes Opportunity!

Why is it that I resist change so much? If opportunity is found in change, you would think I would embrace it.  When I asked people if they enjoy change, I found that about 25% do. What if there were no changes? Wouldn’t life become dull after a period of time?  It...

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Deglobalization’s Impact on Economic Development

Globalization is an economic term. It refers primarily to the free flow of trade and the easy movement of people, goods, and services among countries. During the last 50 years we have outsourced, offshored, and built complex supply chains, along with networks of...

read more

Plastics and Humans

For years we have known the hazardous conditions caused by plastic pollution in the oceans and on land. Time and again, our attention has been drawn towards the consequences of human action. There have been huge efforts to clean plastics from our oceans, but there is...

read more
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