Podcast

March 6, 2020

Episode 26 – The Impact of the United States, Mexico, Canada (USMCA) Trade Agreement

Guild CEO Rick Weddle and Consul General Nadia Theodore, Consul General of Canada for the US Southeast in Atlanta, GA discuss the USMCA Trade Agreement and its impact on economic development and competitiveness.

February 28, 2020

Episode 25 – Competing in a New Era of Manufacturing

In this week's episode, Guild CEO Rick Weddle interviews Von Hatley, Managing Director at Jones Walker Consulting about major trends in the advanced manufacturing industry. Von and Rick dig deep into shifts in manufacturing and how they are affecting our economy, workforce and site selection decisions.

February 14, 2020

Episode 24 – The Economic Development Implications of Solar Power

Join Site Selectors Guild President, Rick Weddle, as he discusses the economic development implications of solar power with Will Hearn, Director of Site Selection and Real Estate for Origis Energy.

February 3, 2020

Episode 23 – Corporate Perceptions of the Site Location Industry

Guild President, Rick Weddle, speaks with Robyn Domber, VP of Researchg at Development Counsellors International (DCI), about the role of research in economic development and site location. In this episode, Rick and Robyn also discuss a recent study by the Guild to better understand the perception of the site selection profession and familiarity with the Guild among corporate executives.

January 17, 2020

Episode 22 – Preparing for BREXIT

Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Site Selectors Guild, speaks with Elias van Herwaarden, Principal with Location Perspectives, about the UK's long-awaited and controversial exot from the European Union, also known as BREXIT.

January 10, 2020

Episode 21 – High-Impact Opportunities in Life Sciences

In this week's episode, host Rick Weddle, President and CEO of the Site Selectors Guild, speaks with Bob Hess, Vice Chairman of Global Strategy at Newmark Knight Frank, about one of the most critical and high-impact economic drivers in the U.S. and globally: life sciences, which includes biosciences, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Rick and Bob discuss the breadth of the life sciences industry, which accounts for almost two million jobs that call for a diverse set of talented workers.

December 12, 2019

Episode 20 – Top 5 Predictions for 2020

This podcast is a special year-end episode of Site Selection Matters featuring five leading experts in site selection and economic development as they make their top predictions for the year ahead. Hear Guild President Rick Weddle interview Didi Caldwell with Global Location Strategies, Dennis Donovan with Wadley Donovan Gutshaw Consulting, Larry Gigerich with Ginovus, Kenny McDonald with One Columbus and 2020 IEDC Chair, and Gregg Wassmansdorf with Newmark Knight Frank as they pull back the curtain and discuss the global economy, US-China relations, the future of work and more.

December 6, 2019

Episode 19 – Workforce Trends, Talent Migration and the Rise of Nomadic Workers

Listen to Site Selectors Guild President, Rick Weddle, discuss workforce trends, talent migration and thre rise of nomadic workers with Andrew Phillips, LinkedIn Senior Account Executive and US Market Economic Development Lead.

December 2, 2019

Episode 18 – Top Ten Mistakes Companies Make in Site Selection

Mark Williams, President of the Strategic Development Group discusses the top ten mistakes companies often make in site selection. Hear Guild President, Rick Weddle, talk with Mark about his experience and his observations of companies' site location errors that have enormous short and long-term cost consequences.

November 21, 2019

Episode 17 – How to Prepare for Site Visits

In this week's episode of Site Selection Matters, Rick Weddle talks with Mike Mullis and Denise Mott from J.M. Mullis about the RFI/RFP process and how to effectively prepare for a successful site visit. Hear the inside story on how to move a community from a company's short list to a site visit and, ultimately, a successful project location.

November 15, 2019

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.

November 8, 2019

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.