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We will disclose active working relationships as shown in the table for Location Consultants.  We may also identify other contacts of potential interest on a selective basis, as in the case of the following examples. 

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The presence or absence 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 area representatives who may be unaware of such contacts, or how to reach them or their websites quickly.

Please contact us directly for relevant introductions or any additional contacts, market knowledge, and research which we don't publish, recognizing that our main focus is to introduce corporate executives to area representatives or service providers, and that such lists are very selective rather than a comprehensive directory.


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International Economic Development Council - professional association which also maintains the portal in cooperation with Conway Data, publisher of Site Selection.  The portal includes database services based on data guidelines developed with leading location consultants.

American Chamber of Commerce Executives - ACCE

Chris Mead

(703) 998-3545

EDAC - Economic Development Association of Canada  
EURADA - a European association of development agencies  
World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies - supported by UNCTAD, UNIDO, OECD as well as MIGA and FIAS of the World Bank Group  
Urban Land Institute  
Association of University Research Parks  
CoreNet Global - professional association for corporate real estate, with many economic development members and event attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors.  We sponsored their 2003 Economic Development Leadership & Accomplishment Award, and again in 2004, as featured in Corporate Real Estate Leader magazine, their official publication.  We chose not to sponsor the award again or to remain active in CoreNet after recent changes in the organization.   
NAFTZ National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones - seminars, conferences, and reference information  
The University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute  
Georgia Tech Economic Development Institute - training programs, local fiscal impact analysis Martha Schoonmaker
National Development Council - training programs and community development finance services  
National Association of Development Organizations  
National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) - for regional development  
American Planning Association    
BURA - British Urban Regeneration Association - a forum to exchange private and public sector ideas and best practices about regeneration of urban areas; collaborates with IEDC John Walker, Chief Executive
International Downtown Association  
Regional and State Economic Development Associations see state directories for more  
Southern Economic Development Council, Inc.  
Northeast Economic Developers Association  
MAEDC - Mid America Economic Development Council  
Florida Economic Development Council  
South Carolina Economic Developers Association  
Michigan Economic Developers Association  
Fund raising for economic development programs    
STELLAR Fundraising Executives Inc. - fund raising for economic development organizations to support their programs.  Other services include the development of strategic plans, marketing plans, and competitive analysis for economic development organizations, which in turn can reinforce their business case for local financial support.

Terry Cusack


NCDS - National Community Development Services - fund raising for economic development

Howard Benson

(800) 635-4071

Resource Development Group - fund raising for economic development  
Integrity Fundraising - fundraising for economic development, based in Atlanta 866-459-2379
Sage Fundraising Solutions, LLC - economic development fundraising services

Mark Bergethon


Community Development Finance    
Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) - Arlington VA  
Bridgeview Capital Solutions - specializes in USDA and SBA loan programs for project finance in rural areas to support business and economic development

Bill Burke - western states

(817)421-5662  - TX

Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI Coalition) - Arlington VA  
Community Development Venture Capital Alliance (CDVCA) - New York NY   
Community Reinvestment Fund, Inc. - funding ED loans  
National Community Capital Association - Philadelphia PA   
National Community Investment Fund  - Chicago IL  
National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED) - Washington DC   
Consultants - Economic development strategy, programs, business attraction and retention see also location consultants  
Ady International - former leader of Fantus for many years, now working independently as a location consultant and advisor to economic development organizations; frequent speaker at events Bob Ady
AngelouEconomics - Austin TX

Angelos Angelou

The Austin Company, Facilities Location Group - primarily business location consultants for clients of this engineering and construction firm, which was going through organizational changes in 2005

Don Schjeldahl
The Boyd Co., Inc. - comparative cost models John Boyd
Buck Consultants International - focus on work for European and other international IPA's Rene Buck
Business Location International - new company set up in 2005 by the former leader of the Ernst & Young International Location Advisory Services in Belgium, with over 40 years of experience in this specialty.  Global consulting practice offering various services to assist economic development organizations in addition to business location consulting.

Marcel De Meirleir
Canup & Associates, Inc. - Austin TX - site selection and economic development consulting services

Dr. C.R. "Buzz" Canup


Competitive Strategies Group, LLC (CSG) Jay Garner
Corporate Affairs International - Canadian economic development and business location consulting Howard Silverman
DEALTEK, Ltd. - Areas should periodically check and update the data used for project financial models by executives who subscribe to their DEALS web-based decision support software tool, or who work with DEALTEK consulting services to select business location alternatives.  Updates can be made through their website.  DEALS can also be used by area representatives as a tool to assess and model their competitive position and negotiations for attraction of capital investment projects.

Rhett Weiss
Deloitte & Touche, Corporate Real Estate Solutions, formerly known as Fantus Facility & Location Strategies, has evolved through various name changes after the Fantus acquisition in recent years.  Now Deloitte Consulting - Strategy & Operations - Global Expansion Optimization Group (GEO) & Location Strategy Group 

Mark Klender

Phil Schneider

Elias van Herwaarden

Development Strategies
Economic Development Research Group (EDR Group) - specializes in evaluating economic development performance, impacts and opportunities, and offers EDR-LEAP -- the Local Economic Assessment Package (an online data and analysis resource for economic development targeting). Glen Weisbrod
Ferguson Development Network - consultant with southeast US regional contacts among economic development agencies, chambers of commerce; executive search and other services to agencies Tom Ferguson
Foote Consulting Group, LLC - Deane Foote was formerly with Jacobs Carter Burgess

Deane Foote CEcD

(480) 399-4854

George, Henry, George Partners - economic and development consulting Vernon George
Global Consulting and Affiliates - (1) domestic and international economic development (2) trade development, and (3) marketing training and planning. Russ Froneberger
ICF Consulting - Global Economic Development Practice - regional strategies, cluster development, emergency management, sustainable development James Gollub
JBA & Associates - workforce analysis, relocation strategies, incentives analysis, building an economic development marketing program Jack Allston
KMK Consulting Company LLC  
Koios Associates LLC - trade development and investment promotion consulting experience in south Africa, sub-Saharan and east Africa as well as the Middle East Charles Krakoff
Millier Dickinson Blais Inc. - based in Toronto, Canada  
OCO Global  
Elliott D. Pollack & Company - Retention & Relocation - economic & fiscal impact models, data  
RKG Associates, Inc.- ED consulting, urban revitalization strategies, real estate research, transportation and land use, economic impact analysis, military base reuse Richard Gsottschneider
Regional Economic Models, Inc. (REMI) forecasting & policy analysis
Smart Solutions Group - West Des Moines, Iowa - strategic operational and marketing plans for EDO's  
Ticknor & Associates - economic development consultants in Chicago : TEL 847-446-8861 Tom Ticknor
WDG Consulting, LLC (The Wadley Donovan Group) - focus on North American economic development Dennis Donovan
Website development - GIS applications and general See also GIS tools  
Breken Group - web-based market research technology to organize timely information about local businesses within a community Jim Bottomley
CloudSource - website applications for the public sector, such as the design, development, and support of websites for economic development agencies David Daniels or John Bilby
ED Solutions, Inc. - website development and related services for ED agencies Mark James

ESRI - developer of GIS mapping software tools and data for both US and international markets

GIS Planning - GIS mapping applications for ED purposes using ESRI tools

2003 CoreNet Global Learning : Economic Development Leadership & Accomplishment Award Anatalio Ubalde
MyWebSiteGuys - has done various economic development websites in MS, WI, SC, NC Keith Tunnell
UAI Inc. - ESRI-based GIS applications for communities, utilities, emergency response  
Inlumen integrator of selective news content with websites or portals, formerly known as NewsAlert , which may be of some interest to professionals in this field  
IntraPromote LLC - search engine optimization services, link building, pay per click ad campaigns  
Axandra - search engine optimization software tools, including Arelis software for reciprocal link building and guidance for more effective Google AdWords campaigns  
SEVENtwentyfour Inc. - LinkChecking checks links within your website, links to other sites, and links into your site.  RankChecking searches for your site in the major search engines so you'll know how you rank.  
Website language translation software applications see also : translation services  
Alta Vista Babel Fish - website add-in product to allow users to do machine translations of web pages  
SYSTRAN language translation technologies - machine translation for the Internet / intranets  
InterTran - website translation software by Translation Experts - translation tools, software, machine translation, dictionaries  
Available property listing services and demographic or community database services Explanation , data pointers  
LoopNet - used by many US commercial real estate brokers to list and find properties as an open system (for leases; must register to see properties for sale)  
CoStar Group, Inc. - property listings and market analysis, mainly for major US cities - but content is available through CRE brokers rather than openly to the public  
Xceligent, Inc. - US commercial property listing service  
CB Richard Ellis - proprietary service for listing available  subleases for office space  
NRECA (Touchstone Energy) Electric Cooperative site selection website - Sites Across America  
LocationOne Information System - developed by Aquila (regional utility), and used as a tool by several ED organizations (midwest US) on a subscription basis as a web-based database service to present regional property listings and community data (per IEDC data standards) through their own websites For information
Executive search - for economic development    
Joan Jorgenson Consulting - executive search, specialized in economic development organizations

Joan Jorgenson

561-748-8048 - FL

Marketing services, public relations, targeting databases, direct mail resources    
Development Counsellors International - (DCI) "is the leader in marketing places. Since 1960, the firm has worked with 300+ cities, regions, states and countries helping them attract both investors and visitors."

Andrew Levine
Odell Simms & Associates - market research, telemarketing, lead generation, and key account contact work  
310 Marketing Ltd. 800-238-7801
Dulle & Co. International - Internet market research and direct mail surveys about investment plans Oliver "Skip" Dulle
Blane Canada Ltd. - economic development marketing Eric Canada
Applied Marketing Sciences - business database targeting strategies, data screening, ex Whittaker, does some work with DCI and has a new 2006 deal with Competitive Strategies Group  
Whittaker Associates LLC - business database targeting, screening company lists, cluster analysis Dean Whittaker
IBT Partners - Paris-based trade and international business development services John Worthington
Kenneth Caplan and Associates Ltd - corporate and economic development brand marketing and image management - market research, communications planning, strategic design, and public relations Kenneth Caplan
National Telewire Corp. - expedited business mailing services to produce and deliver direct mail pieces which look like a mailgram to attract attention at a low cost per piece for any volume.  The data for targeted mailings is generally provided by the clients, although they can rent lists as appropriate. Clifford J. Broder
800-835-3947 ext. 226
Broadcast News Corp. - high-end broadcast and video production services, including the "Winners Circle" and "Pick of the Week" segments hosted by Terry Bradshaw on networks such as CNN and CNBC in the early morning (pre commute times) on Monday through Thursday.  These are usually 1, 2 and 5 minute segments as can be seen through examples on their website, with copies available for promotional use.

Brent Erdman

(972)309-5614  TX

Platinum Television Group - produces Business and Beyond, Eye on Technology, and other educational programs for cable TV networks on a variable schedule.  Refer to their website for details.  Promotional TV and videos may be of interest to highlight success stories in an area.  National sponsors help to cover production and placement costs. 954-570-5558
WebEx - webcasting and online event services - interactive online meeting service, video conferencing and web seminars  
Trade show information services and professional associations    
CTSM - Certified Trade Show Marketer - ExhibitorOnline - Exhibitor Magazine and Corporate Event magazine

Meeting Professionals International  
Expo Magazine - Expo Web  
American Tradeshow Directory  
Professional Convention Management Association  
Trade Show Exhibitors Association  
Trade Show Week - Reed Business Information publication and trade show directory  
Trade Show News Network - trade show directory for exposition and exhibitor trade show services  
International Association for Exhibition Management, and for products  
International Association of Convention and Visitor Bureaus - IACVB  
Canadian Tourism Commission - information for planning meetings and conventions in Canada  
ExpoWorldCanada - trade show and exhibitions directory  
Trade show services, exhibitor displays, trade show booths see also : Event Recall and Events  
Catalyst Exhibits, Inc. - custom trade show exhibits and rentals, based in the Chicago suburbs with an office near San Francisco and in Europe and Shanghai 847-462-1550 xt. 6288
Exhibit Designers and Producers Association - companies that design and build exhibits  
Exhibitor Appointed Contractors Association - companies that install and dismantle exhibits    
Exhibition Services and Contractors Association - services for trade shows, conventions, meetings  
ExhibitJet - pop-up and panel system trade show displays distributor. Provides online quote request form.  Based in San Antonio, TX , ships from Las Vegas, also offers graphic design and production services. (800)754-1240
Exhibits Galore - New York, Chicago, Denver, Las Vegas and London - Displays Galore in the UK  
Freeman exhibit and display services  
GES Exposition Services - see also GES Canada for services in Canada  
Menlo Event Services - computer and A/V technology rentals and services for events  
Nimlok - displays and exhibits  
Nomadic Display - portable and modular displays, including pop-up and modular panel systems  
Skyline Trade Show Displays - portable displays, modular exhibits, and graphics  
Xtra Lite Display Systems, Burnsville MN - banner stands, roll-ups, trade show and event displays  
Promotional items, merchandise, gifts for trade shows and events    
PromoDirect - imprinted promotional products 800-748-6150
Schreiner Chicago - marketing promotional materials, such as for major trade shows Carla Burkhart 630-845-3310
Market Research    
National Center for Business and Economic Research - a division of ERISS Corporation, providing timely market intelligence work in major urban centers in cooperation with local development agencies and Chambers and funded by exclusive private sector sponsors.  Collaborates with IEDC (see Associations) for this "Business Census Initiative" for local market research, not to be confused with governmental census work.

KD Nyegaard or Dan Collins
Brandow - BizMiner  
ACCRA - The Association for Economic Development Researchers and Analysts - sells some research which helps US communities compare their cost of living or other demographics in cooperation with Decision Data Resources for data and GIS resources for analysis.  They also offer a product to help areas compare their incentive programs to others.

Buxton Company - retail market analyses  
Easy Analytic Software  
Economics Research Associates
KPMG Economic Development Advisory Services (EDAS) - part of the state and local tax practice  
MMK Consulting - has performed Canadian sponsored comparative costs studies with KPMG, based in Vancouver, British Columbia Glenn Mair, Stuart MacKay
Pathfinders US - labor market analyses to support investment attraction, targeting strategies  
PricewaterhouseCoopers - National Economic Consulting Group - economic and policy analysis, research, economic impact analysis, and comparative tax burden studies as part of the Washington National Tax Service office, mainly for US market. 

NOTE : Area representatives may also want to note that the WNTS office should know where to find any of the various country "tax desks" within the firm (US-based specialists in taxation in specific countries, which may include tax specialists from the country who are serving on a temporary assignment to a US office).  That is NOT the role of this NEC group - call the main WNTS office of PwC in Washington DC to ask to find your own "country desk" tax specialist, to whom other tax advisors around the US will often turn for assistance with tax planning as a local liaison point to work with the tax specialists in the country of interest.  They are not all located in one office.  Other major tax consulting firms such as Ernst & Young follow a similar process for "country desks".  Refer to the section on corporate development and financial advisors. Peter Merrill
Blogs and news about economic development    
EDProWeblog - content largely from Ed Morrison, refer to biographic summary on the site for background  
Economic Development America - new journal created for the US Dept of Commerce EDA "Economic Development Information Coalition", consisting of IEDC, NARC, and NADO  
IPAnet, Investment Promotion Network, published by MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency - ), part of The World Bank, which also publishes FDI Exchange and PrivatizationLink, with a focus on less developed countries

Development Gateway - links to many sources of information about development issues  
Other Resources    
The World Bank - MIGA - in addition to their risk insurance role for investment projects, MIGA provides marketing assistance, research, support infrastructure improvement, and training services for investment promotion agencies (IPA's) in emerging markets such as many countries and regions in Africa, Asia, and Central or South America.  Also publishes IPAnet , FDI Xchange, and PrivatizationLink.  New in 2004 : FDI Promotion Center (developing country marketing)

US Department of Justice, Criminal Division : Foreign Agents Registration Unit - note that the US offices of foreign investment promotion agencies may be required by law to register periodically and provide copies of promotional materials which are clearly marked to indicate compliance with FARA (promotional activities directed or controlled by a foreign government agency).  
Directories - see also economic development magazine publishers    
Directory of Development Organizations - focus on development such as poverty reduction in developing countries - long global and regional lists of International Organizations, Governments, Private Sector Institutions, Development Agencies, Universities, Research and Training Institutes, NGOs/PDOs, Grantmakers, Banks, Microfinance Institutions and Development Consulting Firms  
Economic Development Directory - listing service for EDO websites, with optional advertising  

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