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Have you ever made a mistake? What did you learn? Yes, making mistakes is one way to learn.  I am in the process of learning Spanish using the Duolingo application. This gamified app makes learning a language fun and addictive by using the same tools as video games to keep users engaged in the process of learning a language. Correct answers are rewarded with “happy memes,” and incorrect answers...

AI in Economic Development – Issue 3.0

AI Continues to Infiltrate Our Lives Below are three book recommendations about AI. Each of these books offers a unique perspective on the intersection of AI, economics, and society, providing valuable insights for understanding the role of technology in shaping our world.   Human + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI by Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson This book explores the...

Five Key Business Trends to Watch in 2024

As we approach 2024, several key business trends are emerging, shaped by technological advancements, evolving consumer behavior, and global economic shifts. Here's an in-depth look at five trends that are set to influence the business landscape in 2024: Sustainable Business Practices Companies are increasingly embedding sustainability into their core strategies, driven by consumer demand,...
Five Key Business Trends to Watch in 2024

Five Key Business Trends to Watch in 2024

As we approach 2024, several key business trends are emerging, shaped by technological advancements, evolving consumer behavior, and global economic shifts. Here's an in-depth look at five trends that are set to influence the business landscape in 2024: Sustainable...

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  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 25 - An Interview with Dr. Donald T. Iannone.

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 25 - An Interview with Dr. Donald T. Iannone.

    Jan 14, 2024 • 00:35:49

    In this episode we hear from Dr. Donald T. Iannone, a poet, author, philosopher, and professor of theology.  Don shares with us his view of the future of Economic Development and trends impacting the profession. He discusses the longterm impace of COVID on our mind, body and spirit. Do has…

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 24 An Interview with Mark James, CEcD, Utility Practice Lead, Hickey Global

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 24 An Interview with Mark James, CEcD, Utility Practice Lead, Hickey Global

    Dec 14, 2023 • 00:37:11

    In this episode, Mark James discusses the electric utility industry role in site selection, current trends within the industry, electrical capacity, supply chain issues and the need to dramatically invest in the expansion of the grid. Mark also shares with us the future of economic development as seen from his…

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 23 - An Interview with Karl Dye, President/CEO of TRIDEC

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 23 - An Interview with Karl Dye, President/CEO of TRIDEC

    Nov 24, 2023 • 00:28:59

    In this episode, we have a conversation with Karl Dye, President/CEO of TRIDEC (Tri Cities Development Council) serving Benton and Franklin Counties in Washington State. Karl discusses the opportunities for economic development organizations in decarbonization, climate change, and the electric power shortage.  He also describers where he sees the economic…

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 22 - An Interview with Lee Crume, President & CEO of BE NKY

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 22 - An Interview with Lee Crume, President & CEO of BE NKY

    Jul 20, 2023 • 00:19:11

    Learn about BE NKY, a regional economic development organization and hear from Lee Crume, President & CEO of the organization as he describes the success they are having and his view of the changing nature of economic development.

  • The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 21 - An Interview with Alia Abbas,  Founder and President of Alia Consulting

    The Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 21 - An Interview with Alia Abbas, Founder and President of Alia Consulting

    May 20, 2023 • 01:13:15

    In Episode 21, Alia Abbas shares with us her experience as a first-time attendee at the Select USA Conference, an investment summit in Washington DC annually. It provides an opportunity for economic development organization to meet with potential international investors considering establishing business operations in the United States. Alia Abbas…

  • Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 20 - An Interview with Nathan Ohle, President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council

    Whittaker Report Podcast Episode 20 - An Interview with Nathan Ohle, President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council

    Mar 24, 2023 • 00:30:13

    Nathan Ohle has been recently appointed as the President/CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Under his leadership, several initiatives are underway, including a comprehensive strategic plan that involves a thorough review of all IEDC membership services. Nathan emphasizes the importance of collaboration in economic development as opposed to…

  • Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 19 - An Interview with Andy Bass, CEO NetNerd Ventures

    Whittaker Associates Podcast Episode 19 - An Interview with Andy Bass, CEO NetNerd Ventures

    Jan 14, 2023 • 00:40:07

    Andy Bass is a long-time tech entrepreneur in West Michigan, having founded a variety of companies in the e-commerce and supply chain space over the past 30 years. He is the CEO of NetNerd Ventures, providing startup and technology strategy and software development services throughout Michigan. With a background in…

  • 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…

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As technology rapidly advances, it can be challenging to stay informed without being overwhelmed. This month, I've been learning about new AI tools like ChatGPT-4, Claude, and DALL-E 3. These tools aim to make our lives easier, but also change the way we consume and...

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This month my hometown of Holland, Michigan hosted the TEDx Macatawa 2023 event. The event was attended in-person by many thought leaders from our community who are engaged in making Holland a better place. It was also livestreamed to reach a broader audience. TEDx...

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How Meditation and Yoga Changed My Life

After trying numerous ways to fix a long-term problem of insomnia and anxiety, I crossed paths with yoga and meditation. After practicing over a year, there is no turning back. Being a business owner and handling two businesses simultaneously with an underlining...

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The Booming Health Services Industry

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Last month, Inc. Magazine released their annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing, private, for-profit companies in the U.S. The companies that apply are ranked based on their percent revenue growth from the previous three-year period. Not surprisingly, the number one...

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Me and Claude 2.0

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As an avid science fiction reader, I have long been intrigued by Isaac Asimov's books on robots. Many of his short stories describe how robots become integrated into society - at times resented, and at other times embraced. One robot strives to become more human,...

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Five Key Business Trends to Watch in 2024

As we approach 2024, several key business trends are emerging, shaped by technological advancements, evolving consumer behavior, and global economic shifts. Here's an in-depth look at five trends that are set to influence the business landscape in 2024: Sustainable...

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AI in Economic Development – Issue 2.0

Artificial Intelligence - Promise and Peril As we navigate through 2023, we've become acutely aware of artificial intelligence's dual nature. We marvel at the promise it holds for medical breakthroughs, innovative treatments for chronic diseases, and the prospects of...

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