Inspiration + Location with Greg Kihlström

Inspiration + location with Greg Kihlström

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Inspiration + location with Greg Kihlström

The Innovation Economy: Inspiration + Location Series

The Innovation Economy: Inspiration + Location will feature 12 guests and topics over the course of a year that will talk about what it’s like to build businesses, work, and live in innovative places

Potential guests include those looking at economic development and the workforce through the following lenses:

  • Real Estate Development
  • Convention and Visitors Service
  • Startups and Small Business
  • Cultural Affairs
  • Creative Economy
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Series Sponsor

The Innovation Economy Inspiration + Location podcast series is brought to you by Arlington Economic Development, representing Arlington, Virginia which is one of the most dynamic economic hubs in America with resources for businesses from the Fortune 500 to startups and everything in between. You can learn more about them at www.arlingtoneconomicdevelopment.com

Greg Kihlstrom. [Image copyright Matthew Rakola]

About the Host

Host: Greg Kihlström, Principal at GK5A and best-selling author, entrepreneur and advisor to leading organizations.

  • S1 | 29: Creating great places to work and live with Ryan Touhill, Arlington Economic Development
    Today we’re going to talk about the future of commercial office space and how partnering with economic development organizations can help businesses maintain vibrant communities that create great places for people to live and work. This is a special episode brought to you by Arlington Economic Development in Arlington, Virginia. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Ryan Touhill, Director of Economic Development, Arlington Economic Development.
  • S1 | 24: Branding and marketing a location to businesses with Kelly Rindfusz, Arlington Economic Development
    Today we’re going to talk about some of the unique challenges and opportunities in branding and marketing a location, and in particular, the considerations and implications in reaching a Business to Business audience. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Kelly Rindfusz, Communications Director at Arlington Economic Development in Arlington, Virginia.
  • Embracing market-based solutions for commercial real estate vacancy
    One of the key strategies employed by Arlington Economic Development is the focus on market-based solutions for commercial vacancy. This approach recognizes the importance of allowing the market to dictate the use of office space, rather than imposing rigid regulations that may hinder innovation and growth.
  • S1 | 22: Commercial Real Estate Resiliency with Marc McCauley, Arlington Economic Development
    Today we’re going to talk about resiliency in the commercial real estate market and how innovative solutions matched with realistic expectations can mean good things for the industry, and for the businesses utilizing office space. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Marc McCauley, Director of Real Estate Development, Arlington Economic Development, in Arlington, Virginia.
  • The vital role of small business to the economy
    Small businesses play a valuable role in the economy. According to the Small Business Administration, 99.9% of companies in the United States are considered small businesses, employing over 46% of private sector employees. These businesses contribute to economic growth and job creation, making them essential for the overall health of communities.
  • S1 | 13: The role of small business in the local economy with Tara Palacios, Arlington Economic Development
    When talking about business innovation, a lot of focus is placed on large enterprises, yet according to numbers from the Small Business Administration in January of 2023 99.9% – yes, 99.9% of companies, or roughly 33.2 million businesses are considered small businesses. Today we’re going to talk about the valuable role that small businesses play, as well as how the places that small businesses are located in can help them back. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Tara Palacios, Director of BizLaunch at Arlington Economic Development, based in Arlington County, Virginia.
  • Tourism growth equals business growth
    Arlington County, located in Virginia, is actively promoting tourism growth through its new branding campaign called “All in Arlington.” Emily Cassell, the Director of Marketing for Arlington Convention and Visitors Service (ACVS), discussed the county’s efforts to attract leisure and business travelers and position Arlington as a top destination on a recent episode of The Innovation Economy podcast.
  • S1 | 8: Destination branding and economic development with Emily Cassell, Arlington Convention and Visitors Service
    According to data from the U.S. Travel Association, there is a promising forecast for travel in 2023. It is predicted that the number of domestic trips, including both business and leisure, will surpass the levels seen in 2019 for the first time, marking a significant recovery from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we’re going to talk about the valuable role that destination marketing and building a strong destination to market plays in the overall growth of the business community in a region. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Emily Cassell, Director, Arlington Convention and Visitors Service, based in Arlington County, Virginia.
  • S1 | 5: Fostering an Intrapreneurial Culture in Financial Planning with Elliot Pepper
    In this episode, we discuss the many factors that play into building and nurturing an intrapreneurial culture. Check out this in depth conversation with Elliot Pepper, Founder of Northbrook Financial, as he touches on the importance of accountability, communication, mentorship, and incentive structures in fostering a safe environment where anyone can identify and create new value.
  • S1 | 4: Arts + business for the benefit of the community with Alissa Maru, George Mason University
    Today we’re going to talk about the role of the arts in a community that serves businesses, employees, residents, and visitors. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Alissa Maru, Associate Curator at Mason Exhibitions Arlington at George Mason University.
  • S1 | 3: The ongoing relationship between businesses and their location, with Michael Steifvater, Arlington Economic Development
    Today we’re going to talk about the partnership between business and their location, and the benefits of partnership. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Michael Stiefvater, Acting Director, Business Investment at Arlington Economic Development.
  • S1 | 2: AI & Machine Learning in the Enterprise with Scott Love, Lovelytics
    Today we’re going to talk about artificial intelligence and machine learning in the enterprise, where it is today and where it’s currently headed, as well as the role of place in building talented data and technology teams. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Scott Love, Founder & CEO of Lovelytics.
  • S1 | 1: Public art and the future of work with Angela Anderson Adams, Arlington Economic Development
    Today we’re going to talk about the role of public art in place and its relationship to the people who live and work in a place like Arlington County, Virginia. To help me discuss this topic, I’d like to welcome Angela Anderson Adams, Director Arlington Public Art at Arlington Economic Development.
  • Public Art and the Future of Place with Angela Anderson Adams

    Inviting artists to play a major role in designing and enhancing the civic realm shouldn’t be the byproduct of a sudden cultural shift brought on by a pandemic. It can’t be an afterthought or a quick fix to creating a unique place that will attract business and residents. And if you ask Arlington’s Public Art Director Angela Anderson Adams, a bold art plan for public art in a community might take nearly 40 years of investment and big visioning.