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Podcast #98: Pawns, Kings, and Rooks: Economic Development with Karl Heck

Swapping checkmates for economic development feats.

Dane Carlson
Dane Carlson
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Podcast #98: Pawns, Kings, and Rooks: Economic Development with Karl Heck

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Episode #98 of the Econ Dev Show Podcast is out.

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In this episode of the, Dane unpacks the dynamic puzzle of industrial growth and community development in the charming realm of Franklin, Virginia, known for its beautiful blend of agricultural roots and emerging industries.

It's an intriguing tale that unfolds with our esteemed guest, Karl Heck, a man who knows a thing or two about economic development since he's the President and CEO of the Franklin Southampton Economic Development.

And surprise - Karl is also quite fond of chess! So, legions of listeners, prepare yourselves for a journey where economic strategies might just be delivered with a side of knight-to-e5 checkmate. Here's a spoiler - it's more fun than getting cornered by your own bishop in a chess game!

In this episode, you'll learn:

  • The intricacies of economic development within the agricultural and industrial sectors in Franklin Southampton, Virginia.
  • Karl Heck's unique strategies for fostering growth and development in the region.
  • The challenges and opportunities that come with transitioning from traditional agriculture to emerging industries.
  • How chess principles can help frame economic development strategies.
  • The role of community involvement and local resources in economic growth.
  • Real-world examples of effective economic transformation in Franklin Southampton.
  • The power of collaboration between the public and private sectors for economic betterment.
  • A look into the future of Franklin Southampton's economy: plans, prospects, and ambitions.
  • The uexpected ways chess analogies can make economic concepts more approachable and comprehensible.
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