International business forums - world
affairs, global trade, foreign relations, economic development
Professional Service Providers (contacts
global specialty, see also by region)
and Utilities (regional
directories, links, and market knowledge)
Corporate Real Estate- finding and selling
(with property lists and contacts) and
Search tool for commercial or corporate real estate
listing services and resources
with links to Service Profiles highlighting
their capabilities. Refer also to :
search professional service provider websites related to this
US state economic development websites,
local areas, or
European investment promotion agencies
"Data Pointers" service to
find standardized area data
map services for data analysis
Area familiarization events
to informally learn about an area. Refer also to :
by industry - selective past
announcements (we do not disclose future project plans)
Recently published ads
from multiple sources, sorted to browse with links to respond
Trade Show Exhibitors
to see where areas are represented,
which may reflect their industry focus and facilitate contact
for a wide variety of topics related to direct investment
"Point of View" presentations
(new) to highlight data analysis by area
representatives or advisors, with
Incentives & Credits Directory
Search for articles
in media related to this market
Search event websites related to this
in association with Amazon.com
Consultant Tips -
articles related to business location decisions
Sustainable development - green
buildings, community environmental initiatives
Selective lists of companies
(by location) to help recognize local and regional business clusters
Humanitarian, Charitable, and Philanthropic
community services - local, national, and global
GDI Forum - developing globally
competitive business clusters and innovation in economic development
This custom Google
site search makes it easy to search only this website or our partner
sites for relevant content, or to search countless websites as usual.
Our Google site search features now make it easy to find over 20,000 relevant research sources in this niche market,
as well as related content which highlights national, regional, state, and
local economic development organizations and professional service
providers. Refer also to the new Search feature provided on
easily search the websites of leading professional service providers
related to this niche market.
Our free, confidential, and independent professional referral service
provides well-qualified personal introductions to relevant contacts
according to specific investment project needs.
Our independent services for
direct investment projects are free because we are supported by
professionals who can deliver valuable services to more executives than they
might reach otherwise. We work with them to openly share knowledge of
capabilities and contacts relevant to the capital investment project plans
for company operations anywhere in North America or worldwide. We work
with executives in confidence.
contact us directly
if we can support your strategic planning or direct investment project needs
now or in the future. Call us at 847-304-4655
Although we make it very easy to find
thousands of useful resources worldwide through this website, we share
further market knowledge in response to company needs through our research
capabilities and personal networks of contacts.
encouraged to reply to our private
Guest Book or
help us to continuously improve and share research privately according to
special interests and communication preferences. We can
also perform custom research work.
The "Seek Advice"
section outlines topics which may be helpful as general background - in
confidence - so that we can support your project plans more effectively.
A simple fax-back form can be downloaded for convenience, but it is
generally more convenient to just send us an e-mail or call us.
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May 10, 2007 - The White House has issued a new "Open
Economies" policy statement and press release which includes the new
Invest in America initiative at the US Department of Commerce within the
International Trade Administration (ITA).
past, Commerce Department officials in the International Trade
Administration, including Foreign Commercial Service officers and other
staff at US embassies, have been tasked primarily with US export promotion
and trade policy tasks. Now they will also focus on the attraction of
foreign direct investment projects to the USA.
White House press release and policy statement about Open Economies
See also further
March 7, 2007 - A new "Invest in America"
initiative has been announced by the US Department of Commerce.
This is a major change in US policy. Other countries
proactively seek to attract and retain foreign direct investment projects.
The US has left that almost entirely up to US states and
local areas until now as a very fragmented approach with limited resources.
It will take time for this new policy to have a
significant impact, but it seems to be a major change in policy which may
attract both bi-partisan support and criticism.
executives - US Department of Commerce - Foreign Commercial Service officers from US
embassies in many countries are often available for introductory
meetings at the
National Manufacturing Week
trade show in Chicago and other major industry events, such as to support
export activities and discuss specific challenges you may be facing in the
countries where they are working. We also
attend many industry and professional networking events. Many economic
development organizations exhibit at such events (see
Event Recall )
It is usually much
easier to just call us to discuss your interests, rather than search for what you need, and we also
have knowledge and contacts beyond what is published on this website.
button (above right, in header) links to regional maps of the world and
regional tables of contacts (area representatives and other sources of
information, as shown at right) for investment projects.
|Regional Tables of Contacts
as reached through the Maps or Participants
buttons, or tables at the bottom of most pages.
The tables list many website links and knowledge
shared by participating area representatives, such as GUIDE Area Profiles
and related services to help executives find information in a consistent
way. See the further explanation at the bottom of this section.
United States - Northeast and maps
for MA, ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, NY
United States - Mid Atlantic
and maps for PA, NJ, MD, DE, DC,
VA, NC, WV
United States - Southeast
and maps for FL, SC, and
GA, TN, MS, AL
United States - Great
Lakes and maps for
MN, WI, IL,
and IN, MI, OH, KY
United States - North Central
and maps for MO, IA, KS, NE, ND,
United States - South Central
and maps for
United States - Mountain
and maps for CO, UT, AZ, NM, ID, MT,
United States - West Coast
and maps for CA, NV,
AK, HI, Pacific
Canada - and
maps of Canada
- and maps of Mexico
Europe - and
maps of Europe
Australia & New Zealand
- and maps
Central America and
Caribbean - and
South America - and
maps of Brazil
Africa - and
Middle East - and
South Asia - and
Asia and Pacific - and
China and Taiwan -
Korea - and
Japan - and
Some of these tables list additional sources of information at the
bottom. These tables will continue to be improved through research
work and feedback from executives.
These selective tables of regional contacts are
not intended to include all of the economic development or investment
promotion agencies which may exist in a region. We can identify
others on request according to specific project interests, since there are
thousands of them.
These tables just make it easier to reach the websites and contacts in
some areas which are proactively seeking direct investment projects and are
frequently of interest to executives.
As the GUIDE Area Profile service expands, it should become easier to use
these tables to search for areas of potential interest. The Area
Profile helps to overcome the inconsistency of thousands of investment
promotion websites by summarizing key information in a standard way.
Similarly, the GUIDE Area Reports and GUIDE Experience Reports should
bring greater consistency and reliability to presentations about the
investment environment in an area, and the experiences of other investors
Explanation of the available reference information
button in header - active participants, other contacts, and sources of
information or professional services to support investment projects on a
global or regional basis.
Consultants who can help with
business location decisions and other investment planning
issues, including labor market analysis, cost comparisons, logistics,
taxes, investment incentives, and various services related to pre-merger
planning or post-merger integration of company operations. Examples :
Tips" section highlights published articles by leading consultants about
topics of common interest to executives. This may illustrate the
approach and value of their services, even though much of their
knowledge from client work obviously cannot be published.
Contacts section also has website links for many area representatives by region
of the world, as also reached
through the Maps button.
- The new
Real Estate Listings
section will highlight major properties which are available around the
world, and cross-reference such information to the local area
representatives for background about the location, as well as to websites
or specific contacts for property details, or to help assess such
opportunities. If you need to dispose of a major property, this may
be a service of interest for that purpose, too.
- The new Projects
lists, which will take time to further develop and maintain, are intended
to make it easier to visualize at a glance the leading companies which are
clustered in an area, and provide links both to their websites for further
information, as well as cross-references to the local area
representatives. These are available by region through the table of
links at the bottom of this page.
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Bookshelf suggestions. We welcome
your book suggestions, too. Please share what you find to
- The new
Research section will also
evolve to identify many sources of published information.
sponsorships - CoreNet
and comparative rankings for economic development organizations and
service providers in this market niche
Explanation of the business
||Conflicts of interest?
||Why are there so many
|This business was set up to
executives who are responsible for strategic planning and the success of direct
investment projects anywhere in the USA or worldwide (to establish, expand,
relocate, or consolidate operations as markets or plans change).
of links just makes it easier to find sources of information or services which may be helpful to
executives who are facing such decisions, including relevant websites, other
information sources, and specific contacts.
That is just one aspect of our service. In effect, this website
just helps to demonstrate the scope of knowledge which it is possible to
share, but the key to this business is personal relationships and the
support of specific projects. We are not in business to be a website
content or link publisher. This is reflected in our
performance goals and metrics
for the rapid support of executives.
As we become more familiar with the needs of participants in our
services, we will continue to make improvements to this website so that it
is easier to share useful knowledge.
We also welcome participation by executives who may wish to share
"lessons learned" or "proven solutions" from their own direct investment
project experiences, especially in challenging markets where the support
service infrastructure for investors is less developed than in the USA,
Canada, and Europe, and the investment risks and complexities are greater.
Introduction section explains, the vision behind this business is to
"pull" in relevant introductions quickly when they are needed, rather than
continually "push" specific services or business locations at executives.
That introduces what you might call a retail model to this market, rather
than traditional direct sales.
At first glance, some observers who are so tied to the old approach may
think this represents a
conflict of interest. We strongly disagree.
In effect, the intent of this business is to become a
"one stop" marketplace or "hot line" service for executives who are
planning major projects.
The vision is to create a more efficient
market for direct investment projects, just as the financial markets
provide efficient processes for other types of investments. We "go to
market" to identify and develop relationships among executives who welcome
such help as they research and evaluate their alternatives.
We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and
welcome suggestions for improvement. We will also be glad to
answer any questions you may have about our services.
contact us directly if we may be of assistance with specific project
plans, even at an early, exploratory stage of planning. We have more
contacts and experience available than will be published openly on this
Many of the content pages on this website are explanatory, and are
intended for reference by area representatives and professional service
providers who may not yet be familiar with our business or specific details
of our services.
Since our services are funded by them, we have included content to
explain such services from their perspective, just as this page focuses on
the corporate perspective.
This minimizes the need for us to personally explain what we do to
thousands of such contacts worldwide, and ensures consistency and
transparency in all such presentations. In short, we aren't saying
different things to please different audiences. It's all there, in
This open disclosure to all potential participants explains how we
operate, how our services are funded, and how they can benefit. We try
to make our sources of funding and how we do business very transparent to
Those pages are also openly available for reference by any executives who
are curious about how our business operates as an independent service funded
by competing service providers and area representatives who normally would
not be expected to agree to work together. As in the retail analogy,
that is like having competing products on a store shelf. They may
still do marketing and direct sales work of their own, but there is also
value in a better presentation at the point of sale.
promotion or other business development programs - whether at the local,
regional, or national levels
|These lists are under
development, as they are not the main focus of our work with direct
investment projects, but may sometimes be helpful resources for executives.
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