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Flareheads Podcast

Flareheads Podcast

By Business Flare
Flareheads is a discussion of contemporary issues facing local economic growth and vibrancy. It focuses on subjects including economic development, entrepreneurship, quality of life, workforce challenges and innovation. It is hosted by Kevin Crowder, a certified economic developer who is the Founder of BusinessFlare and is the former economic development director for Miami Beach. His tribe of “Flareheads” join him on these discussions that are relevant, insightful and sometimes irreverent. Their approach is realistic, respectful, and honest.
The Music Cities. What makes a place one of The Music Cities?
In this special Flareheads series, we will explore the different ways that a place can be one of The Music Cities.  The Music Cities are where people connect to a place and engage other people through music. Places that people want to be because of the music. Places that people think of because of music. Places where music drives economic growth and quality of life. This episode introduces our concept of what makes a place a music city. Please follow us on social media and at www.TheMusicCities.com
12:20
September 05, 2022
Season 2 Episode 3: Miami's Gold Rush
In this episode Ken and Kevin discuss the corporate relocation fever, Miami's role as the capital of the Americas, and great places and the importance quality downtowns as the key to economic development and revitalization.
33:57
September 03, 2022
Colliers' Alexie Fonseca on Downtown Lake Wales Revitalization
Great conversation with Alexie Fonseca of Colliers, who is working on efforts in Downtown Lake Wales to foster opportunity for business growth, including the attraction of a craft brewery.    We talk about what draws people to Lake Wales, authentic Downtowns versus shopping centers, how comfortable is your downtown and how experiences can overcome Amazon’s impact on retail.
21:34
August 22, 2022
Beachfly Brewing's Zach Featherstone on Attracting Breweries to Cities
Great conversation and update from Beachfly Brewing's Zach Featherstone. We first met Zach when we were working for the City of Rockledge, and they happened to be looking around the Space Coast for a new location. This eventually led to their purchase of a building from the City right in the heart of Rockledge's future downtown on Barton Boulevard, and they opened earlier in 2022 after a lengthy renovation.    We touch on things that include their process of deciding on the location, what was important to them, and what was going on in Rockledge that told them there was good potential for a brewery.  Zach describes his experience working with the city of Rockledge, and with another city, and how different city approaches can make or break a business' decision to locate in a city as well as the importance of the partnership with city hall. We also talk a little about how the Brevard brewery scene is evolving.
13:00
August 19, 2022
Beer Banker Jason Sleeman on Bringing Breweries to Downtowns
Caught up with Jason Sleeman of United Community Bank to talk breweries at the Florida Brewers Guild annual conference. Jason is in charge of craft beverage lending for United Community Bank and has more than $80m out across the US in funding for expansions and startups of breweries, distilleries, cideries, and wineries. His perspective is especially important for cities that hope to attract a brewery to their community.   Some of the things we discuss:   Places where breweries are congregating in clusters, as well as the suburban area opportunities and new development.   What strong brewery locations like North Carolina can means for Florida.   The lender's perspective toward different brewery market characteristics.   What makes brewery clusters work and more complimentary than competitive with each other.   What is the thing that makes both music cities and brewery cities – Ashville and its subdistricts, Atlanta   What are the pitfalls and local government challenges that can mess up brewery underwriting? Like zoning.  How can a city be brewery friendly, like in Louisville?   What is a great Florida brewery city example for other cities to check out?   How does the outside brewery world view Miami’s market and opportunity?   Shout out to Doral’s Prison Pals Brewery and their story, and Miami’s new distillery!   Are breweries still looking to expand and add new locations?
17:02
August 19, 2022
A Main Street Conversation with Wauchula CRA Director Jessica Newman
A fun conversation with Jessica Newman, CRA and Main Street Director in Wauchula, Florida. Nice hearing about all the great things happening in Downtown Wauchula. Recorded at the 2022 Preservation on Main Street Conference in Deland, Florida.
31:33
August 12, 2022
"Sometimes you have to put a pork chop around a kid's neck to get the dog to play with him. That’s Redevelopment." An interview with FRA President Jeff Burton.
I enjoyed spending time with my friend Dr. Jeff Burton, President of the Florida Redevelopment Association at the Preservation on Main Street Conference last week in Deland, Florida, where he joined me for a special video podcast conversation about a range of topics including?  Please subscribe to our YouTube Channel and visit flareheads.com for more podcast content. Miami’s Gold Rush, what does it mean for other areas like Tampa and St Pete? Wow, all of a sudden people have discovered Miami Beach! What does all this great regional economic development mean on the ground, in the real places? How Miami Beach’s 30-year (1980-2010) economic revitalization success can benefit any community. Any community can do successful redevelopment. Lifestyle choices. Affordable housing and Tampa’s CRAs The BusinessFlare P.I.E.C.E. “Analysis BusinessFlare’s Fitment and Feasibility™ Model The difference between economic development and redevelopment When do developer incentives become entitlements? How did CRAs in Florida originate? Miami Beach’s role in early days of Florida Redevelopment Janet Reno’s Dance Party and Fred Flintstone They wanted to build a waterslide mountain in South Pointe Miami Beach #economicdevelopment #people #community #podcast #housing #development #developer #building #video #redevelopment #mainstreet #flareheads #BusinessFlare #deland #florida #revitalization #historicpreservation
01:00:24
August 12, 2022
A Main Street Conversation with Punta Gorda Councilman Jaha Cummings
A great conversation with Punta Gorda Councilman Jaha Cummings that took place at the Preservation on Main Street Conference in Deland, Florida, on July 28, 2022.  
12:19
August 12, 2022
Season 2 Episode 2 - Miami’s Gold Rush Part 2: Lifestyles, Place Brands and Latin America
In this episode we continue our conversation with Ken Stapleton of Ken Stapleton and Associates, picking up where episode 1 left off. We continue to discuss the wealth and people migration between cities, affordable lifestyles and lifestyle choices, and place brands. We discuss the economic development excitement gripping Miami and it spreading through the rest of the State, CEOs remote working, and the continued flight of capital and assets from Latin America.
31:32
July 29, 2022
Season 2 Episode 1 - Place Brands and Miami's Gold Rush
In Season 2 of the Flarehead Podcast, Ken Stapleton joins Kevin to discuss a number of current economic development events, including place brands and comfortability, the “Miami Gold Rush” as it was recently called by the Wall Street Journal, and how quality of life and livability is about more than affordable housing, its about making trade offs for the lifestyle you want.
14:02
July 26, 2022
Season 1 Episode 4 - Talent Wars: Talent and Economic Development
In this episode, the last in the Talent Wars miniseries (at least for now), Charita, Ken and Kevin discuss talent retention and attraction, how it related to the larger context of economic development, and they also move into discussion on other economic development topics.
37:49
July 06, 2022
Season 1 Episode 3 - Talent Wars: The evolving Workspace.
Kevin Crowder, Charita Allen and Ken Stapleton discuss workforce issues and their impact on economic development, especially how the workspace itself continue to evolve.
30:43
July 06, 2022
Season 1 Episode 2 - Talent Wars: Leadership and Entrepreneurship Influence on the Talent Pipeline.
Kevin, Ken and Charita continue their conversation, this time focusing on the importance of leadership and good management for talent retention, and how entrepreneurship influences the talent pipeline and worker availability.
28:00
July 06, 2022
Season 1 Episode 1 - Talent Wars: Work from Home vs Remote Work
Kevin Crowder, Charita Allen and Ken Stapleton discuss workforce issues and their impact on economic development, including the different way public and private sectors approach the pandemic's reset of employment.
46:28
July 06, 2022
Preview: BusinessFlare Approach Origins.
A preview of an upcoming episode where Peter Altman and Alicia Alleyne join Kevin Crowder to talk about BusinessFlare, economic development, music strategies and more.
05:24
May 16, 2022
Preview: Surviving Downturns. Cities and Entrepreneurs.
A preview of one in a series of upcoming episodes called "Talent Wars" where Kevin Crowder, Charita Allen and Ken Stapleton discuss workforce issues and their impact on economic development.
03:49
May 16, 2022
Preview: Remote Work is not Work From Home.
A preview of one in a series of upcoming episodes called "Talent Wars" where Kevin Crowder, Charita Allen and Ken Stapleton discuss workforce issues and their impact on economic development, including the different way public and private sectors approach the pandemic's reset of employment.
04:30
May 16, 2022
Preview: What’s it Called: Coopetition?.
A preview of one in a series of upcoming episodes called "Talent Wars" where Kevin Crowder, Charita Allen and Ken Stapleton discuss workforce issues and their impact on economic development.
02:10
May 16, 2022