Episode 8

Published on:

26th Apr 2024

Driving Impact: Exploring Public-Private Partnerships with Jessica Eilerman

Join Kim Vogel from Economic Impact Catalyst as she interviews Jessica Eilerman, the founder of Forward Communities Consulting Group (FCCG), in this insightful episode on public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Jessica Eilerman brings a wealth of experience to the discussion, with 18 years in public service, non-profit, and association management. Following her recent move to the Greater St. Louis area from Florida, she established FCCG with a mission to facilitate impactful economic, community, and policy development.

During her tenure at the City of St. Petersburg, Eilerman spearheaded various initiatives in economic and business development, fostering collaborative relationships and formulating policies to support businesses. She also played a pivotal role in managing The Greenhouse, St. Petersburg's entrepreneurship and business development center.

Prior to her city service, Eilerman served as the Southwest Florida Market Manager for Florida's Department of Financial Services, where she supported citizens and businesses across the Gulf Coast market.

With extensive experience in policy development, project management, strategic communications, and community development, Eilerman is a recognized champion for small businesses and equitable economic development.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Eilerman is deeply involved in volunteerism and community service, serving on multiple Boards of Directors and being recognized for her contributions, including being named St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce's Member of the Year in 2021.

Eilerman holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Evansville and a Master's Degree from Webster University's School of Business & Technology, where she graduated with honors.

Tune in to gain insights from Jessica Eilerman's expertise as she shares her journey and perspectives on driving impact through public-private partnerships.

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Breaking Down Barriers
A Podcast About Entrepreneurship-Led Economic Development
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 US 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. Find out more at economicimpactcatalyst.com/impact