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Episode 16 – Keys to Success in Economic Development

Hear Guild Board member Jay Garner, President of Garner Economics, discuss what he sees as keys to success in economic development – Leadership, Business Climate and Relationships. Learn the role the Site Selectors Guild plays in this important process.


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Episode 15 – Winning the War on Economic Development

Rick Weddle interviews Chris Lloyd, Site Selectors Guild Board member and Senior VP and Director of Infrastructure and Economic Development for McGuireWoods Consulting, about what he refers to as the “War on Economic Development”. Hear Chris talk about the changes in economic development, how it has become more politicized and how economic developers can remain relevant and maintain needed support.


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Episode 14 – Incentives that Matter

In this week’s episode, we dig into incentives with Larry Gigerich, executive managing director of Ginovus LLC. Rick Weddle interviews Larry about when to use incentives, which ones “move the needle” in your favor, and how to execute successful incentive negotiations.


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Episode 13 – Best Practices in Managing a PR or Communications Crisis

Hear Rick Weddle interview Steve Stoler, Director of Media Relations for the City of Plano, TX, in a deep dive into best practice for managing a PR or communications crisis. In this episode of Site Selection Matters, Steve defines a communication crisis as an unexpected event or issue that threatens to damage your brand or trust and confidence in your company or organization. You won’t want to miss this episode of Site Selection Matters.


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Episode 12 – Changes and Challenges in Economic Development Today

In this episode of Site Selection Matters, IEDC President Jeff Finkle is interviewed by Guild President Rick Weddle about the many changes and challenges in the economic development profession today.


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Episode 11 – Twin Falls, Idaho Guild Advisory Forum

Rick Weddle interviews Nathan Murray, Economic Development Director of Twin Falls, Idaho about the recent Guild Advisory Forum event. During this event, Guild Members Jay Garner, Angelos Angelou, Jim Renzas and Rajeev Thakur visited Twin Falls to see, firsthand, the region’s advantages and competitive opportunities. Listen to Nathan Murray describe the process and the valuable insights gained from the Site Selectors Guild Advisory Forum.


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Episode 10 – Site Selection Drivers for Heavy Industry Today

In this episode with Ron Crum, Practice Leader for Industrial Site Selection with CSRS, Inc., we take a deep dive into heavy industry site selection drivers. Ron shares his insight how capital intensive heavy industry operations are sited in America today.


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Episode 9 – The Importance of Site Readiness in Site Selection

A candid conversation with Phil Schneider regarding the importance of site readiness to successsful site selection.


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Episode 8 – The Value of Due Diligence and Fieldwork in the era of Big Data

An interview with Bob Hess, Executive Managing Director for Consulting with Newmark Knight Frank Global Corporate Services, discussing the true value of due diligence and fieldwork in the era of big data.


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Episode 7 – The Importance of Pad Ready Sites in Economic Development

In this episode of Site Selection Matters, Guild member Jay Garner of Garner Economics talks about the importance of pad ready sites as the first step for a community or region in becoming more competitive in the battle for new industry and good paying jobs.


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Episode 6 – The Impact of Business Sentiment and Workforce Competition on Location Decisions

Listen to Seth Martindale, Managing Director with CBRE, Inc., talk to Site Selector Guild President, Rick Weddle, about trends in technology related business and how business sentiment and competition for workforce is impacting corporate location decisions.


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Episode 5 – Talent and Workforce Driving Corporate Locations

In this episode, Dennis Donovan, one of the nation’s leading site selection consultants, speaks with Site Selectors Guild President, Rick Weddle, about the new and important role that talent is playing as a driver of corporate facility locations. As principal of Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting, Dennis provides high quality service to clients, recruits and grows the best of class talent and manages the site selection consulting business. Hear Dennis Donovan talk about talent and workforce and how it is driving corporate location decisions and community competitiveness now and in the future.


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Episode 4 – Localizing the Impacts of the 4th Industrial Revolution

In this podcast, Site Selector Guild executive director, Rick Weddle, interviews Gregg Wassmansdorf, senior managing director for consulting at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) about both the global and local impacts of the 4th Industrial Revolution or Industry 4.0. In this candid interview, Gregg talks about prior economic transitions and explains how this time, it really is different.


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Episode 3 – Launching the Second Decade of the Site Selectors Guild

Andy Shapiro talks candidly with Rick Weddle, Site Selectors Guild executive director, about the history of the Guild and the current efforts that are underway to position the organization for its next decade of success. Andy Shapiro is managing director of Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company, one of the country’s leading location advisory firms. As one of the Guild’s founding members and the 2019 Guild Chairperson, Andy presents a unique perspective on both the history and the future outlook of the Guild.


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Episode 2 – Site Selectors Guild Adding Value to the Facility Location Profession

Didi Caldwell, Site Selectors Guild immediate past chair and current vice chair, provides a keen insight into the site selection profession and the important role of the Site Selectors Guild. Caldwell is a principal with Global Location Strategies, one of the nation’s leading site selection and advisory firms. Interviewed by Rick Weddle, SSG executive director, Caldwell also provides her views on the year ahead from a capital investment and facility location perspective.


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Episode 1 – Amazon HQ2 + Virginia Reflections

In a discussion recorded at the Site Selectors Guild 2019 Annual Conference, SSG member Mark Williams interviews Holly Sullivan, the head of Amazon’s worldwide economic development, and Stephen Moret, president and CEO of the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, about the competition for Amazon’s new headquarters and process behind the decision to build in Virginia.


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