This week, host David Ponraj talks to Nathan Ohle, an internationally recognized expert in economic development and the president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), a non-partisan organization with more than 5,000 members globally. Nathan explains why equity is the core for every local community “regardless of size, shape or geography” to drive economic opportunity in the future. Nathan shares his perspective on investing in wealth creation and discusses how communities can work to align philanthropy, federal resources, and local partners to find the capacity and practical solutions to participate actively in equitable development. He explains why small business must be part of a proactive long-term strategy.

Learn more about Nathan’s work at IEDC: iedconline.org

IEDC Playbook for Equitable Development: Free Download

About Breaking Down Barriers
This podcast explores the opportunity to build wealth in local, regional, and national economies through entrepreneurship-led economic development. Episodes feature changemakers with innovative approaches to empowering people to start businesses that create wealth for their families and improve outcomes for their communities. Conversations highlight work being done in communities across the U.S. to break down barriers to entrepreneurial opportunity in underserved and underrepresented communities. In this series, we share authentic stories about the impact that entrepreneurship-led economic development has on the local economy and connect a global network of passionate economic developers. 

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Breaking Down Barriers is a presentation of Economic Impact Catalyst and is hosted by David Ponraj with production and editing by Jacqui Dietrich and Lauren Bernard with voice talent by Antoine Long. Please rate, review, and subscribe to Breaking Down Barriers, available for free wherever you listen to your podcasts!

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