Inside EcoDevo Podcast

 The Inside EcoDevo Podcast gives an inside look into the work of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. You'll hear directly from team members working on exciting initiatives that are helping Missourians prosper.

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Episode 39 - Summer Tourism in Missouri

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Director Stephen Foutes and Public Relations Specialist Katie Blake, with the Division of Tourism, discuss summer tourism hotspots around the state of Missouri.

Director Stephen Foutes and Public Relations Specialist Katie Blake

Stephen Foutes - Director, Division of Tourism

Katie Blake - Public Relations Specialist


 

Episode 38 - Missouri's Kansas City Region

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Shawna Searcy, Deputy Director of the Regional Engagement Division, discusses the latest developments in the Kansas City region. Shawna provides an overview of the area's economic strengths, explains how DED's programs have supported recent business expansions, and more.

Shawna Searcy  Deputy Director of the Regional Engagement Division

Shawna Searcy - Deputy Director, Regional Engagement Division


 

Episode 37 - Missouri's North Region

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Shari Schenewerk, North Regional Manager for the Regional Engagement Division discusses the latest developments in our state's north region. Shari provides an overview of the area's economic strengths, explains how DED's programs have supported recent business expansions, and more.

Shari Schenewerk

Shari Schenewerk - North Regional Manager


 

Episode 36 - Partnerships Make It Happen

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We look back at the first quarter of 2024 to highlight the incredible collaboration that's driving economic growth statewide. Whether for business expansion or community development, teamwork is a critical part of the process. Thankfully, our incredible partners are helping make it happen!

Americold Ground Breaking

Americold Groundbreaking


 

Episode 35 - Missouri's Central Region

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Mitch Rademan, Central Regional Manager for the Regional Engagement Division, discusses the latest developments in our state's central region. Mitch provides an overview of the area's economic strengths, ideal transportation infrastructure, dedicated workforce, and more.

Mitch Rademan Central Regional Manager

Mitch Rademan - Central Regional Manager


 

Episode 34 - Missouri Broadband Map Challenge

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BJ Tanksley, Director of the Office of Broadband Development, and Amelia Aubuchon, GIS Coordinator, discuss Missouri's Broadband Map Challenge Process. This process, opening March 25, 2024 will determine which areas of the state will be supported by more than $1.7 billion in BEAD funding for broadband expansion.

BJ Tanksley and Amelia Aubuchon

BJ Tanksley - Director, Office of Broadband Development

Amelia Aubuchon - GIS Coordinator


 

Episode 33 - Show Me Service Awards

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Brittany Stiffler-Crabtree, Executive Director of the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC), discusses the annual Show Me Service Awards. As Brittany explains, the Show Me Service Awards recognize outstanding Missouri volunteers who are making a difference in their communities through the power of service.

Brittany Stiffler-Crabtree Executive Director MCSC

Brittany Stiffler-Crabtree - Executive Director, MCSC


 

Episode 32 - MTC IDEA Fund

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Julia Campbell, IDEA Fund Manager for the Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), provides an overview of the program. The IDEA Fund supports innovation and job creation through investments in Missouri technology startups.

Julia Campbell IDEA Fund Manager

Julia Campbell - IDEA Fund Manager, MTC


 

Episode 31 - Missouri's Southeast Region

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We sit down with Lesley Rone, Southeast Regional Manager for the Regional Engagement Division, to discuss the latest developments in our state's southeast region. Lesley provides an overview of the area's economic strengths, including its rich farmland, ideal transportation infrastructure, dedicated workforce, and more.

Lesley Rone Southeast Regional Manager

Lesley Rone - Southeast Regional Manager


 

Episode 30 - 2023 End of Year Wrap-up

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We’re looking back at 2023 and highlighting the work of the Missouri Department of Economic Development. Team DED’s work included business expansions, community development initiatives, addressing broadband availability, and deploying ARPA funds across the state, just to name a few. We look forward to what lies in store for 2024!

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ARPA Broadband Event in Macon, Mo.


 

Episode 29 - MTC Grant Programs

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Jakob Pallesen, Manager of Ecosystem Engagement with Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC), tells us about grant opportunities through MTC.

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Jakob Pallesen - Manager of Ecosystem Engagement, MTC


 

Episode 28 - Promoting Economic Growth in St. Louis

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St. Louis Regional Manager, Taylor Mazdra, talks about promoting economic growth in Missouri's St. Louis region.

Taylor Mazdra Senior Project Manager Federal Initiatives

Taylor Mazdra - St. Louis Regional Manager


 

Episode 27 - Expanding Broadband Access in Missouri

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A lot of work going on, but a lot of work still to do. Office of Broadband (OBD) Director, BJ Tanksley and Community Development Specialist, Adam Thorp speak about the continued efforts to expand broadband coverage to unserved and underserved locations across the state of Missouri.

BJ Tanksley and Adam Thorp

BJ Tanksley - Director, Office of Broadband

Adam Thorp - Community Development Specialist


 

Episode 26 - Missouri's Economic Forecast with Jeff Pinkerton

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Director of Economic Research, Jeff Pinkerton, provides an update on Missouri's economy. Hear about how the economy is beginning to moderate, current inflation numbers, industry growth, and much more.

Jeff Pinkerton - Director Economic Research

Jeff Pinkerton - Director, Economic Research


 

Episode 25 - Investing in Missouri's Companies of Tomorrow

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Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC) Executive Director, Jack Scatizzi, discusses the latest from MTC - including its implementation plan, success stories, challenges faced, and more.

Jack Scatizzi Executive Director MTC

Jack Scatizzi - Executive Director Missouri Technology Corporation


 

Episode 24 - Catching-up with Federal Initiatives

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Almost a year ago, we spoke with the Federal Initiatives (FI) team about the new ARPA programs. We catch-up with the new FI Director Kim Froemsdorf, and the Director of New Programs, Bradley Clark. Within a year, the FI Team launched nine new grant programs, conducted an extensive ARPA tour, and are currently working on additional grant programs. All this and more, in this episode.

Kim Froemsdorf and Bradley Clark

Kim Froemsdorf - Director, Federal Initiatives

Bradley Clark -Director, New Programs


 

Episode 23 - International Trade & Investment Office

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On this episode we speak with Division Director of Regional Engagement, Lori Becklenberg and International Trade and Investment Office (ITI) Managing Director, Natascha Lord. They speak about overseas ITI trade shows, trade missions, and how the work of the ITI office helps bring Missouri businesses and products to a global market.

Lori Becklenberg Director Regional Engagement

Lori Becklenberg - Division Director, Regional Engagement


 

Episode 22 - DED's ARPA Tour - Part 2

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Part two of our ARPA: Helping Missourians Prosper Tour. In this episode we wrap up our trek across the state highlighting grant awards for various ARPA projects. This leg of our journey takes us from southwest Missouri, to St. Louis and finishes in the southeast region.

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Refuge & Restoration NPO - Dellwood, Mo.


 

Episode 21 - DED's ARPA Tour - Part 1

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Part one of our ARPA: Helping Missourians Prosper tour. It was a 12-stop, statewide celebration highlighting DED’s nine ARPA grant programs, which represented a total of more than $500 million awarded, and took place across each of Missouri’s six regions, both urban and rural. This episode covers the first 6 stops.

KCI 29 Logistic Park Ground Breaking

KCI 29 Logistic Park Groundbreaking


 

Episode 20 - Office of the Missouri Military Advocate

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On this episode we speak with Harry Roberts, the Missouri Military Advocate. Harry discusses the Office of the Missouri Military Advocate's support for Missouri military installations and missions, ensuring our state is military-friendly, and the economic impact of defense spending.

Harry Roberts Missouri Military Advocate

Harry Roberts - Missouri Military Advocate


 

Episode 19 - Missouri Technology Corporation

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This episode features Jack Scatizzi, Executive Director of Missouri Technology Corporation (MTC). Jack discusses MTC's mission, how it helps tech startups, the economic impact of supporting new Missouri businesses, and more.

Jack Scatizzi Executive Director MTC

Jack Scatizzi - Executive Director, Missouri Technology Corporation


 

Episode 18 - Missouri Economic Development Council

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This episode of the Inside EcoDevo Podcast, features Shawna Searcy, Missouri Economic Development Council President, and Michelle Hataway, MEDC President-elect. Shawna and Michelle discuss MEDC's mission, benefits of its conferences and initiatives, and current and future happenings.

Michelle Hathaway and Shawna Searcy

Michelle Hataway - President-elect, MEDC

Shawna Searcy - President, MEDC


 

Episode 17 - Missouri Development Finance Board

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On this episode we speak from Mark Stombaugh, Executive Director of the Missouri Development Finance Board (MDFB). Mark, explains how MDFB fits within state government, the programs it administers, the partnership between MDFB and DED, and much more.

Mark Stombaugh Executive Director Missouri Development Finance Board

Mark Stombaugh - Executive Director, Missouri Development Finance Board


 

Episode 16 - Missouri Community Service Commission

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This episode features Brittany Crabtree, Executive Director of the Missouri Community Service Commission (MCSC). Brittany discusses MCSC's mission to promote volunteerism in Missouri, its partnership with AmeriCorps, the value of community service to our state's economic wellbeing, and much more.

Brittany Crabtree Executive Director Missouri Community Service Commission

Brittany Stiffler-Crabtree - Executive Director, Missouri Community Service Commission


 

Episode 15 - Business & Community Solutions Division

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On this episode of the Inside EcoDevo Podcast, we speak with Christina Carver, Director of the Division of Business and Community Solutions (BCS). Christina discusses BCS's role within DED, the variety of programs it administers - including the Missouri Works Program and Historic Preservation Tax Credit (HTC) Program - and more.

Christina Carver Director of the Division of Business and Community Solutions

Christina Carver - Director Division, Business & Community Solutions


 

Episode 14 - Missouri Partnership

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On this episode we speak with Missouri Partnership CEO, Subash Alias. He explains how Missouri Partnership attracts businesses to the state, while working hand-in-hand with the Missouri Department of Economic Development. We also discuss site selection, Missouri’s big business sectors, and more.

Subash Alias - Missouri Partnership CEO

Subash Alias - CEO, Missouri Partnership


 

Episode 13 - Missouri Women's Council

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On this episode, we speak with Kellie Ann Coats, Executive Director of the Missouri Women’s Council. Kellie Ann discusses the work of the council during the pandemic and their current work with incarcerated women through the Aspire MO program.

Kellie Ann Coats Executive Director of the Missouri Women’s Council

Kellie Ann Coats - Executive Director, Missouri Women’s Council


 

Episode 12 - Neighborhood Assistance & Youth Opportunities Programs

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On this episode, we speak with Daniel Epler, Community Finance Supervisor. Daniel leads the team that administers the Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) and Youth Opportunities Program (YOP). Daniel discusses the purpose of these programs and highlights their importance to local communities.

Daniel Epler - Community Finance Supervisor

Daniel Epler - Community Finance Supervisor


 

Episode 11 - Economic Research

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This episode features Jeff Pinkerton, Director of Economic Research. As DED's economics expert, Jeff sheds light on how data is gathered, how it's used, and what it can tell us about the economy - now and in the future.

Jeff Pinkerton - Director Economic Research

Jeff Pinkerton - Director, Economic Research


 

Episode 10 - Strategy and Performance Division

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This episode of Inside EcoDevo features Paul Eisenstein, Director of the Strategy & Performance Division. Paul provides an overview of S&P and explains how it assists Team DED through a variety of functions, including strategic planning, data analysis, subject matter expertise, and much more.

Paul Eisenstein Director of the Strategy & Performance Division

Paul Eisenstein - Division Director, Strategy & Performance


 

Episode 9 - Connecting All Missourians Initiative

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On this episode we sit down with Stephanie Meyer, Project Manager with the Office of Broadband Development, to discuss the Connecting All Missourians initiative. This initiative will inform the state’s plans for spending more than $100 million toward broadband deployment to help bring internet to all Missourians.

Stephanie Meyer Project Manager with the Office of Broadband Development

Stephanie Meyer - Project Manager, Office of Broadband Development


 

Episode 8 - Community Development Block Grants (CDBG)

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On this episode we sit down with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program Manager, Brandon Jenson. He tells us how CDBG programs are designed to support a community's wellbeing and greater capacity for growth. These grants are available in a variety of categories and can be utilized for a variety of community development initiatives.

Brandon Jensen CDBG Program Manager

Brandon Jenson - Program Manager, CDBG


 

Episode 7 - Regional Engagement Division

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In this episode, we sit down with the Director of the Regional Engagement Division, Lori Becklenberg. We discuss how the division promotes economic growth, delivers solutions for businesses and communities, and serves as the first point of contact for DED’s partners and customers

Lori Becklenberg Director Regional Engagement

Lori Becklenberg - Division Director, Regional Engagement


 

Episode 6 - Small Business Grant Program

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On this episode, we sit down with Taylor Mazdra, Senior Project Manager with Federal Initiatives, to discuss the upcoming Small Business Grant Program. This $10 million program is funded through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and is intended to help Missouri small businesses recover from the financial struggles of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taylor Mazdra Senior Project Manager Federal Initiatives

Taylor Mazdra - Senior Project Manager, Federal Initiatives


 

Episode 5 - Missouri One Start

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On this episode we sit down with Kristie Davis, Division Director for Missouri One Start. She gives us insight about how this comprehensive workforce program ensures eligible Missouri businesses have the right workforce, with the right skillset, at the right time.

Kristie Davis Director Missouri One Start

Kristie Davis - Division Director, Missouri One Start


 

Episode 4 - Broadband Development in Missouri

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On this episode we sit down with BJ Tanksley, Director of the Missouri Office of Broadband Development, to discuss the numerous broadband initiatives that are #ConnectingAllMissourians

Director of Broadband BJ Tanksley

BJ Tanksley - Director, Office of Broadband Development


 

Episode 3 - Federal Initiatives & All Things ARPA

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On this episode Shad Burner, Director of Federal Initiatives for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, gives us insight on the work happening within his department, as well as all things ARPA.

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Episode 2 - Division of Tourism

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In this episode, we sat down with Stephen Foutes, Director of DED’s Division of Tourism. We talk all things Missouri tourism, including how the Division promotes the industry, its importance to our economy, and why our state is a great place to visit. We also discuss the award-winning That’s My Mo campaign and more!

 

Director of Tourism Stephen Foutes

Stephen Foutes - Division Director, Tourism


 

Episode 1 - Intro to the Missouri Department of Economic Development

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On this inaugural episode we’ll be giving you an inside look on the Missouri Department of Economic Development, talking about who we are and what we do. Sitting down with us to give insight on the topic is Maggie Kost, Acting Director for the department.

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