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Scroll down to the selective regional directory of Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana economic development and professional service providers or other resources at the state, metro, city, county, regional and local levels, or use the following links.  Economic development organizations and professional service providers perform investment promotion and project support services to attract corporate investment projects and the jobs they create.  Services may include site selection assistance, market research, and incentives for new, expanded, or relocated offices, factories, R&D, distribution and other operations.

See also : Other regional economic development directories and other resources for strategic investment planning as highlighted below.  See also maps for the adjacent North Central, Mountain, or Southeast regions or Mexico.

Area Profiles and Area Surveys (.pdf Survey form) are executive summary presentations about business locations.  These may include maps, links to commercial real estate listings of available industrial and office sites and buildings, investment project news, information about existing businesses in the area, labor market information, and investment incentives.  Such content makes it easy to search for relevant locations, as shown by our Area Search service. We can also highlight recent project announcements, advertising, and promotional events as well as independent consultant research reports about communities or industry clusters.  Our "Professional Site Selection Tour" service at organizes business location research work and Area Reports through consultant "familiarization tours", and our "Meeting Point" work pre-schedules B2B introductory meetings at events.

September 24, 2005 - Hurricane Rita added to the damage in this region between Houston, Galveston and Port Arthur Texas to Lake Charles and southwest Louisiana


August 29, 2005 - Hurricane Katrina devastated Gulf of Mexico coastal areas from Louisiana across Mississippi and Alabama to the northwest Florida panhandle, particularly with storm surge flooding near the coast and torrential rains not only in the immediate area, but also in areas farther north along rivers which drain through the region.

  Information about Katrina and other US hurricanes.


Although news coverage has concentrated on the most dramatic scenes in some of the major cities such as New Orleans, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Mobile, this is a catastrophic natural disaster across a widespread area on a scale rarely seen in the last century.

To contribute to disaster relief organizations working in the region :

As with the tsunami disaster in Asia, reconstruction of these communities will take a long time after the initial emergency response work.  Business support of the local economic development organizations will also be welcome as the recovery effort moves forward.

Many counties and communities which did not attract the media attention of the major cities in the region will face similar redevelopment challenges and need assistance.

Congratulations to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce as one of three winners of the 2004 CoreNet Global Economic Development Leadership and Accomplishment Awards, which we sponsored and presented at the CoreNet Global Summit in Chicago in May 2004.
Please contact us if you may be interested in expanding your business into the US South Central region.  We are independent advisors - not a government agency or investment promotion agency. The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful to us as background to support your project plans in confidence through our experience and extensive contacts.

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GDI : Bruce

Texas EDO Directory

Texas service providers

Survey Profile
Texas - Office of the Governor, Economic Development and Tourism State 78701

Project announcements

No No
Texas Economic Development (Austin) State 78701  

now redirects to the above

No No
Texas Marketing Team - Texas Economic Development Council Association

No No
Utilities - active in Texas economic development Scope Contacts   Survey Profile
American Electric Power Utility No No
Centerpoint Energy Utility No No
Entergy Texas Utility No No
Oncor Economic Development Utility 75201 No No
TXU Electric Delivery Utility 75201 No No
Xcel Energy Southwest Utility No No
Dallas and east TX


(organization names link to Area Profiles if available)

Zip Code 75xxx


GDI : Bruce

Texas EDO Directory

Texas service providers

Survey Profile
Allen Economic Development Corp. Local 75002 No No
Frisco Economic Development Corp. Local 75034 No No
Garland Economic Development Partnership Local 75040 No No
The Colony Local 75056 No No
Rockwall Econ Dev Corp Local 75087 No No
Plano Economic Dev Board Local 75093 No No
City of Cedar Hill - Economic Development City 75106

David D. Miracle

972-291-5132 Interview No
DeSoto Economic Development Corp. Local 75115 No No
Greater Dallas Chamber

Dallas Economic Development Dept

Metro 75201

Cary Hutchings


Interview No
City of Dallas, TX - Office of Economic Development City 75201 214-670-1685

No No
North Texas Commission (DFW Airport) Region 75261 No No
Greenville Board of Development Local 75403

No No
Sulphur Springs Economic Development Corp. City 75482 No No
Paris Economic Dev. Corp Local 75460 No No
Atlanta Economic Development Corp Local 75551 No No
Red River Commerce Park - Red River Redevelopment Authority (New Boston, TX)

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Longview Economic Development Corp. City 75601 No No
Palestine Economic Development City 75802 No No
Buffalo Economic Development City 75831 No No
Fairfield Industrial Development Corp City 75840 No No
Lufkin/Angelina County Econ Dev Partnership County 75901 No No
Ft. Worth, DFW airport, central TX Zip Code 76xxx


GDI : Bruce

Texas EDO Directory

Texas service providers

Survey Profile
The Arlington Chamber Metro 76004 No No
City of Bedford City 76021 No No
City of Burleson City 76028 No No
City of Euless City 76039 No No
City of Hurst City 76054 No No
City of Southlake City 76092 No No
Ft. Worth Chamber of Commerce Metro 76102 No No
Hillwood Properties (A  Perot Company) Developer 76177 No No
Decatur TX Economic Development Corp City 76234 No No
City of Keller Economic Development City 76248 No No
Business Development Corp of Vernon Local 76385 No No
Central Texas Economic Corridor (Belton, Temple) Region 76513 76503 No No
Temple Economic Development Corp City  76503 No No
Development Corp of Belton City 76513 No No
Copperas Cove EDC Local  76522 No No
Greater Killeen Chamber of Commerce Metro 76540

Phyllis Gogue


No No
Mexia Economic Development Corp Local 76667 No No
Greater Waco Chamber Metro 76703 No No
Central Texas Economic Development District (Waco) Region 76715 No No
San Angelo Chamber of Commerce City 76903 No No
Southeast Texas

(organization names link to Area Profiles if available)

Zip Code 77xxx


GDI : Bruce

Texas EDO Directory

Texas service providers

Survey Profile
Greater Houston Partnership Metro 77002 No No
Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership Local 77058 No No
City Development Corp. of El Campo City  77437 No No
Economic Development Alliance for Brazoria County (Angleton) County 77515  No No
Baytown / West Chambers County EDF County 77520 No No
Port of Freeport Port 77542 No No
Galveston Econ. Dev. Partnership Metro 77553 No No
City of Pearland City 77581 No No
Pearland Economic Development Corp. City 77581 No No
Partnership of Southeast Texas (Beaumont) Region 77704 No No
Madison County Economic Development Corp County 77864 No No
Southern Texas

(organization names link to Area Profiles if available)

Zip Code 78xxx


GDI : Bruce

Texas EDO Directory

Texas service providers

Survey Profile
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce City 78130 No No
Seguin City 78155 No No
North San Antonio Chamber of Commerce Metro 78216 No No
City of San Antonio Econ Dev Dept City 78283 No No
San Antonio Economic Development Foundation


Metro 78296 No No
Alice/Jim Wells County Economic Development Corp. County 78332

Dean Kruckenberg

361-664-3454 12/23/03 No
Corpus Christi Regional Economic Development Corp. Metro 78401 No No
McAllen Econ. Development Corp (see also Reynosa, Mexico) Region 78503 No No
Sharyland Development Corp. (McAllen TX)


78572 No No
Brownsville Economic Development Council City 78520 No No
Edinburg Economic Development Corp. City 78539 No No
Mission Economic Dev. Authority City 78572 No No
Bastrop Economic Development Corp. City 78602 No No
Elgin Economic Development Corp. City 78621 No No
Greater San Marcos Economic Development Council Metro 78667 No No
West Texas


(organization names link to Area Profiles if available)

Zip Code 79xxx


GDI : Bruce

Texas EDO Directory

Texas service providers

Survey Profile
The High Ground of Texas (54 northern counties) Region 79084 No No
Amarillo Economic Development Corporation


Metro 79101

(806)379-6411 No No
Lubbock Economic Development Alliance - LEDA (formerly known as Market Lubbock Inc.) City 79401   No No
Abilene Industrial Foundation Inc. City 79604 No No
Midland Chamber of Commerce City 79701

No No
Odessa Chamber of Commerce City 79761 No No
Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce -

El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation

Metro 79901 No No
City of El  Paso City 79901 No No

(organization names link to Area Profiles if available)

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GDI : Bruce


Oklahoma EDO Directory

Oklahoma service providers

Survey Profile
Oklahoma Department of Commerce

State 73104 No No
The State Chamber State 73104 No No
Norman Econ. Dev. Coalition City 73070 No No
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce


Metro 73102

Robert Tucker

405-297-8956 Example Example
South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Local 73139 No No
Midwest City Chamber of Commerce City 73140 No No
Lawton / Fort Sill Chamber of Commerce Metro 73502 No No
Bartlesville Dev Corp City 74005 No No
Stillwater Chamber City 74074 No No
Oklahoma Dept of Career & Technology Education State 74074 No No
Tulsa Port of Catoosa Port 74015 No No
Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce City 74017 No No
Claremore Industrial and Economic Development Authority City  74018 918-341-4755 No No
Tulsa Area Partnership Metro  74103 No No
Ada Jobs Foundation Local 74280 No No
Vinita Area Chamber of Commerce Indian territory  74301 No No
Miami Area Economic Development Service region  74354 No No
City of Miami Oklahoma - Community and Economic Development Department

City 74355

Brian Barger


Economic Development

Pending No
MidAmerica Industrial Park Developer  74362 No No
Utilities - active in Oklahoma economic development  


GDI : Bruce

American Electric Power regional utility No No
OG&E Electric Services regional utility 73101 No No
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GDI : Bruce

Arkansas EDO Directory

Arkansas service providers

Survey Profile
Arkansas Dept of ED

State 72201 No No
Entergy Corp - Teamwork Arkansas Utility 72203 No No
Pine Bluff Chamber Local 71611 No No
Bradley County Industrial Development Corp. County 71671

Mary Seymore

870-226-3760 Interview No
Ouachita Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. Local 71711

Fred Duplantis

870-836-2210 Interview No
El Dorado Chamber Local 71730 No No
Hot Springs Chamber Local 71901 No No
Jacksonville Chamber Local 72076 No No
North Little Rock Economic Development Corp / Chamber City 72114 No No
Searcy Industrial Dev. Corporation Local 72143 No No
Metro Little Rock Region Region No No
Little Rock Chamber City 72201 No No
Great River Economic Development Foundation, Blytheville AR City 72316

Clif Chitwood

870-532-2100 Interview No
Greater Jonesboro Chamber Region 72401 No No
Paragould / Greene County Chamber Region 72451 No No
Fayetteville Chamber City 72702 No No
Rogers-Lowell Chamber City 72756 No No
Russellville - Arkansas Valley Alliance for Econ Dev City 72801 No No
Fort Smith Chamber City 72901 No No
Texarkana Chamber Local 75504 No No
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GDI : Bruce

Louisiana EDO Directory

Louisiana service providers

Survey Profile
Louisiana Department of Economic Development State 70804

former :

Project announcements

No No
Metrovision Partnership Foundation, New Orleans Metro 70130 No No
The Chamber Foundation, Southwest Louisiana (Lake Charles) Region 70602 No No
Chennault International Airport Authority (Lake Charles) Airport 70615 No No
Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, and Central Louisiana Economic Development Alliance (CLEDA) Regional chamber 71309- Rapides Parish and surrounding parishes - Avoyelles, Allen, Evangeline, Grant, LaSalle, Natchitoches and Vernon

Rhonda Reap-Curiel

318-442-6671 6/13/05 No
Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Metro 70821 No No
AEP Southwestern Electric Power (American Electric Power) - TX, AR, LA Utility 71101

Arnie Frankel

318-673-3170 No No
Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Metro 71101

Kurt Foreman

318-677-2512 No No
Explanation of column headings above
  •  Organizations are generally sorted in postal code order so that locations which are geographically close to each other will usually (not always) be grouped together.  This is a selective directory, even though the state directory is more comprehensive than the very selective one we will maintain at the regional level to highlight the organizations which support our work or are found to be of frequent interest for the convenience of the executives and business advisors we serve.
  •  Scope : is the area served by the organization, and postal code.  We may include thumbnail maps which expand to show information about participating areas, or link directly to good maps or GIS research tools on the organization's website.
  •  Contacts : relationship leader at GDI Solutions for maintaining information about contacts in this area.  If there is a working relationship through our various GUIDE services, we also list the key organization contact, phone, and optional e-mail.
  •  Website and other resources : Aside from the main website link, we may include other direct links to highlight special features of expected interest to executives, especially if they might not be readily noticed by just visiting the website.  A good example of this is when relevant content is actually maintained somewhere else, such as a regional website rather than the local one, so that one would otherwise need to know to follow the available links between the websites.
The default for all other columns is "No" unless the organization supports our work.
  •  Survey : areas which have responded to our GUIDE Network Survey, with a link to their response for convenience if published (optional) and highlighted at the top.  This is often useful as an executive summary at the "long list" stage of location selection.
  •  Profile : participates in our GUIDE Area Profile service (also highlighted at the top of the page).  This involves a closer working relationship to maintain more timely and detailed knowledge of the area throughout the year, and also involves a more detailed executive summary on the website, with many relevant links.  If there are significant incentives in the area, we may also link to a GUIDE Incentives Profile.
All area representatives are encouraged to reply to the free GUIDE Network Survey, which consists of very basic questions to help maintain timely knowledge about many areas for referral purposes.  Area representatives : see how to participate.  Current service pricing is listed on the Order Form (Adobe Acrobat .PDF file).  Refer also to any special offers.  Please help us to help you by supporting our work.

Executives who use this service are encouraged to respond to our free Executive Survey, which helps us to continuously improve.

The presence, absence, or position of any organization on these lists, or their position on the lists, does not imply any endorsement or opinion about their services, nor by them about our own.

The selections are simply intended to be helpful to executives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach their websites quickly.  Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish.

Contact information for relationship leaders at GDI Solutions :      

We develop and maintain working relationships among participating area representatives - economic development organizations - and professional service providers as well as senior corporate executives who are responsible for the planning of major projects such as new, relocated, expanded or consolidated offices, factories, distribution centers or other operations.

Name e-mail Phone Fax
Bruce Donnelly 847-304-4655 847-304-5375
This directory selectively highlights participating economic development organizations and professional service provider contacts in the US South Central region by including more relevant links to useful content than just the local website.  We maintain more comprehensive state directories for economic development organizations in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana in this region, as well as directories for other NAFTA and global regions.  The directory may also identify other contacts of potential interest to executives and business advisors on a selective basis, as in the case of the following initial examples.  We work together with EDO's to share timely knowledge about the benefits of their areas as we serve potential investors and advisors who are responsible for business location or site selection decisions for foreign direct investment (FDI) or capital investment projects such as new factories or offices, expansion projects, business relocation, and consolidation of operations as in post-merger integration situations.

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Corporate Real Estate Firms
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This section will be used  for convenience to highlight major corporate real estate firms with operations in the region.

See also the global CRE list, which can be used to find local offices of firms which may not be highlighted below.

We may also provide selective major property listings for the region, with links to the real estate firms and agents involved.

Grubb & Ellis Knight Frank - Best/White LLC (El Paso, Mission, and Laredo TX, Ciudad Juarez and Monterrey Mexico)
Colliers International -   
Trammell Crow Company
Equis - "Consultants for Workplace Innovation"   Keith Zimmerman  512-349-0000 (Austin TX)
Commercial Texas LLC (Austin) - Michael Kennedy, President  
Travis Commercial Real Estate Services, Ltd. (San Antonio) - no affiliation - Chuck King, Partner  
Lincoln Harris Corporate Services Group, Div. of Lincoln Property Co.   David Wetherington  214-740-3429  (Dallas)
Regus - furnished, staffed, and equipped offices on short-term leases, plus meeting rooms, videoconferencing, and temporary (daily) space which may be useful to project teams needing a place to operate in an area during planning or startup work   for list of offices in over 300 locations worldwide
Business Location Consultants, Project Management, Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, and Construction

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of location consultants and project management services.

Carter-Burgess : distribution centers and real estate services     Gil Mayfield  817-222-8640  (Ft. Worth)
Site Selection Group - set up by former Trammell Crow real estate consultants in Dallas, TX   King White  214-271-0580  (Dallas)
Tax and Legal Consultants

This section will be used to highlight major firms within the region, as well as global firms with significant experience in the region.

See also the selective global lists of tax advisors and international legal advisors.

Banks, Project Finance, and Venture Capital    <return to top of page
This section will be used to highlight regional contacts relevant to direct investment projects.
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