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Accrinet is a digital agency that assists economic development organizations in leveraging the Web to attract companies into the region, cultivate entrepreneurial efforts, manage and grow membership, raise money, publicize causes and communicate with key constituencies. (Booth 619)


ACT is a leader in innovative workforce solutions on a national scale by helping communities, regions and states leverage its ACT WorkKeys System in successful approaches that link education and workforce development together, align to economic development and match people to jobs. These efforts include the ACT Work Ready Communities and its innovative Academy — a performance-driven program for community leaders to initiate, deploy and drive efforts that helps counties build a successful workforce development initiative through effective, sustained partnerships.

Come visit our booth and learn why communities, regions and states across the US are turning to ACT for effective workforce development solutions. (Booth 528)


American Express OPEN is a leading payment card issuer for small businesses in the United States and supports business owners and entrepreneurs with products and services to help them run and grow their businesses. This includes business charge and credit cards that deliver purchasing power, flexibility, rewards, savings on business services from an expanded lineup of partners and online tools and services designed to help improve profitability. American Express OPEN is dedicated to helping small business do more business.

About Small Business Saturday: Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: more customers. November 26th marks the seventh annual Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that can help create jobs, boost the economy and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Learn more about Small Business Saturday and the Shop Small Movement at ShopSmall.com. (Booth 607)



AngelouEconomics is a leading economic consulting firm with expertise in strategic economic development plans, strategic business planning and development, economic research and analysis, public policy, litigation support, site selection, marketing and branding, public-private partnerships, international entrepreneurial accelerator programs, smart cities and smart strategies. Our mission is to create the best economic growth strategies for our clients, which enables them to use sound economic advice to improve their economic competitiveness, talent attraction efforts and strengthen their assets and resources. Over the last 20 years, we have served over 650 clients across the world. Principal Executive Officer, Angelos Angelou, was the chief architect of Austin's rapid transformation into a global technology hub, a founding member of the Site Selector's Guild, founder of the International Accelerator and co-founder and CEO of U.S. Gateway Services. (Booth 508)


Since 1994 Business Xpansion Journal has been Dedicated to delivering decision-making support to companies active in the site-selection process. The BXJNetwork, which includes BXJ magazine, website www.bxjmag.com and the BXJNetwork e-news, delivers pertinent info to an established audience of decision-makers who are responsible for researching, planning and implementing business expansion and relocation projects. Business Xpansion prides itself on its editorial content and practical information for businesses as they research business locales. Whether it is renewable energy, health/wellness, logistics & supply chain, data centers, aerospace and automotive or similar industries, Business Xpansion Journal is on the front lines reporting on the latest trends in the site selection process. (Booth 725)



Community Systems first started developing software for the economic development industry in 2006, as the development team within Atlas Advertising.

Community Systems focuses on helping economic developers turn casual browsers into qualified conversations with prospects. To do this, we build products for the industry that support a variety of content including website content, spatial content (properties and companies), prospect records, prospect responses, and more.

This focus has led us to provide a complete software collection to manage this content for community CEOs, marketers, business developers, and researchers.

Community Systems partners 200+ EDOs in 40+ states to provide industry leading websites, GIS systems, and more. Our founder, Ben Wright, currently sits on the International Economic Development Council Board, and has been in the profession for 23 years. (Booths 507, 509)



The Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) is one of the world's leading statistical agencies, recognized as a key source for the best and most comprehensive economic statistics. (Booth 716)



BusinessClimate is used by thousands of site location, corporate real estate and business decision-makers each month to research the economy, attributes and advantages of communities across the country. BusinessClimate features in-depth industry-specific content and spotlights trends in areas such as talent recruitment, quality of place, workforce development, transportation, innovation and entrepreneurship. BusinessClimate is a media brand of Journal Communications Inc., which has more than 25 years of experience in producing content marketing programs for clients in economic development, community relocation, travel and consumer-facing agriculture arenas. (Booth 314)



Business Facilities magazine delivers a steady flow of editorial focused on readers' strategic needs. News features; how-to articles; real estate updates; and state, local, and national reports prompt readers to contact advertisers for more information.

Business Facilities LiveXchange is a unique event that connects economic development professionals with senior-level executives actively seeking new locations.

Business Facilities Location Microsites on BusinessFacilities.com are custom-made to highlight your location's strengths and educate executives who are actively seeking information about your community.

Business Facilities 'Online Site Seekers' Guide is the most comprehensive database of economic development agencies across the U.S. and around the world. Contact information is provided for agencies at the state, regional, county and city level. Reach more than 60,000 corporate site selectors who are searching for new locations in 2016. (Booths 307, 406)



Camoin Associates is a full service economic development firm with a talented staff of data-analyzing, consensus-building, creative problem solvers. Together we are the economic development “navigators” helping our public and private sector clients reach innovative solutions for the most challenging economic development problems facing communities today. (Booth 826)

Leading action to grow your economy. It’s what we do:

• Real estate market and financial feasibility analysis
• Economic and fiscal impact analysis
• Strategic planning and doing
• Innovation district analysis and planning
• Marketing, communications, and community building
• Industry sector and supply chain analysis
• Financing, funding, and grant writing
• Workforce development

We invite you to check out our Economic Development Navigator, your go-to resource for all things economic development.



Chmura Economics & Analytics is an applied economic consulting firm specializing in delivering advanced economic analysis. Our core competencies include economic consulting, economic development, workforce development, economic impact studies, custom publications, and data and software solutions. Chmura has the experience and expertise to transform data into information that drives effective strategy and business solutions. Our premier technology platforms - JobsEQ®, and LaborEQ® - are in widespread use across the United States. Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, Chmura was founded in 1999 and operates regional offices in Cleveland, Ohio and Spokane, Washington. (Booth 615)



Connected Nation is a leading technology organization committed to assisting states, communities, families, and individuals in realizing great economic and social advantages through improved broadband access, adoption, and use. Connected Nation develops and implements technology expansion programs centered on a mission to improve digital inclusion in all areas, rural and urban alike.

Our Connected Community Engagement Program has guided more than 300 communities through a multi-sector assessment of their broadband and technology opportunities. The one-of-a-kind assessments and community Technology Action Plans provide strategic insight while supporting the development of an actionable plan to address the most pressing technology challenges facing communities today.

Our Digital Works program connects people to high-demand, virtual customer support and IT jobs for global corporations. Digital Works offers a technology and client-services training program and job placement. The program has generated more than 650 placements, most of which are economic-base jobs. (Booth 215)



Commercial Real Estate Women, Inc. (“CREW”) of Cleveland is dedicated to furthering the success of its members by providing opportunities that foster productive and supportive relationships and enhance personal and professional growth. Since the founding of the chapter in 1988, CREW Cleveland has provided networking, professional development and community outreach opportunities for its members and those who support them at both the chapter and Network level. CREW Cleveland members come from every aspect of the commercial real estate industry. (Booth 330)



Convergent Nonprofit Solutions specializes in raising public and private sector funding for economic development organizations across the country. Our clients use this funding for operations, marketing, special projects, staffing, new facilities, industrial parks and more. To maximize financial support for your organization, we develop Return on Investment (ROI) analyses for all of our campaigns, thereby illustrating the direct correlation between your program of work and your stakeholders' bottom lines. That's the key to transitioning your donors to investors and securing significantly larger commitments. Stop by our booth to learn more about the work we're currently doing in two dozen communities around the country. Convergent Nonprofit Solutions - Better fundraising. Better results. (Booth 412)



Cybergroup provides high quality software and support to economic development professionals and their organizations. From the design and delivery of data collection strategies and reporting in our incubator/accelerator product, incuTrack, to customized software supporting successful economic development studies, Cybergroup provides highly effective software solutions. Using state of the art software tools we can help you evaluate fiscal and economic impacts of development projects, economic development programs, and incubator/accelerator programs. Visit us at www.cybergroup.com. (Booth 428)



DCI is "The Leader in Marketing Places." Since 1960, we have worked with more than 450 cities, regions, states, provinces and countries, helping them to attract both investors and visitors. We specialize exclusively in all phases of economic development and tourism marketing including branding, websites, public relations, social/digital media, talent attraction, prospect development, travel trade, and special events. Current clients include a range of states (California, Iowa, North Dakota, Texas, and New Jersey), cities/regions (Charleston, Chattanooga, Cincinnati, Columbus, Denver, Houston, Research Triangle Region, and Louisville) and countries (Netherlands, Thailand, Scotland and Peru), to name a few. DCI is headquartered in New York City, with offices in Denver, Los Angeles and Toronto. (Booth 416)



Emsi provides economic developers with the industry, workforce, and educational analytics necessary to understand their comparative regional strengths and use them to drive economic prosperity. Our labor market data tools and consulting services play an integral role in our clients' strategic planning, regional intelligence, and business retention and expansion efforts. We've been in business for 15 years, additionally leveraging our presence in higher education and our partnership with CareerBuilder, our parent company, to bring unique insight and data services to the table. Visit us at www.economicmodeling.com. (Booth 316)



Since 1969, ESRI® has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The world leader in GIS, ESRI technology is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, and more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies. ESRI's Business Analyst suite brings geography and business intelligence together, allowing economic developers to view data in revealing geographic patterns that enable better decision making. Learn more about site selection, business attraction/retention, and demographic analysis. Visit ESRI in the exhibit hall and at www.esri.com/econdev. (Booths 523, 525, 622, 624)



Expansion Solutions is one of the fastest-growing publications and websites in the economic development field. Economic developers rely on its proven formula for generating contacts of potential prospect companies in the industries they target. The magazine also provides effective ways to reach high-value prospects with targeted media in both print and online formats. Published bi-monthly, the magazine features content focused on geographic and industry-specific articles from thought leaders in site location consulting, business, and government. (Booth 506)



The FDI Frontlines Coalition is focused on arming economic development organizations with the business insights they need to compete in the global economy. The Coalition provides opportunities for EDOs to hear directly from global company executives that actively invest in America. The FDI Frontlines Coalition is supported by the Organization of International Investment (OFII), the only association that represents the U.S. subsidiaries of foreign-based companies that invest and create jobs in the United States. (Booth 324)



fDi Intelligence, a division of The Financial Times Ltd, is the largest FDI centre of excellence globally. Specialising in all areas relating to foreign direct investment and investment promotion, the full suite of services includes: location advertising to generate brand awareness; industry-leading intelligence tools to develop FDI strategies and identify potential investors; and tailored FDI events and investor roundtables to meet target companies and generate business leads. To find out how these services could be of benefit, contact us on fDi@ft.com. (Booth 309 & 408)



Fourth Economy Consulting is a national economic development consulting firm specializing in action oriented planning, market analytics, strategic planning, site selection, community assessments, marketing/communications and organization building. Our team of experienced practitioners helps communities & economic development organizations; innovation intermediaries; colleges & universities; and businesses & industries achieve their market potential. The Fourth Economy team has earned a reputation for effectively combining rigorous analytical capabilities with a practical emphasis on implementation. They have worked professionally in economic development agencies, industry, non-profit organizations and tier-one research institutions, providing tangible results and marketed growth to the organizations in which they have served. (Booth 318)



As the inventor of GIS websites for economic development organizations and the leading market intelligence tool for small businesses, GIS Planning's technology is recognized as the industry standard. GIS Planning currently serves the majority of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., and its technology is implemented in 43 states and 3 Canadian provinces. Approximately 95% of economic development organizations and chambers of commerce seeking a vendor for implementation of a site selection GIS tool or market intelligence software choose GIS Planning for its outstanding range and depth of current data, analytical tools, ease of use, mobile optimization and seamless integration with organizational websites. GIS Planning provides best-in-class technology with both ZoomProspector Enterprise and SizeUp Local Business Intelligence (LBI), as well as important value-added services for our clients. These services include exposure on ZoomProspector.com, partnerships with leading site selection media and economic development associations, as well as marketing support through ongoing professional development educational programs focused on Internet technology and media. (Booth 407)



Golden Shovel Agency provides groundbreaking online economic development. As champions of Greater America, we work with over a hundred? and twenty communities across the country managing their online economic development presence. Our Economic Gateway solution is the engine behind our first-in-class economic development websites. The Gateway combines our award-winning design with all the tools included for successful economic development into a package affordable to rural and mid-sized communities. We expand it every quarter with new updates, additions and tools to keep our clients ahead of the curve. Our GateKeeper service makes us part of your team, managing the website and social media channels and we also create goal-oriented original content and publish it weekly along with current news. Contact us at GoldenShovel.com to learn more. (Booth 409)



In response to supporting economic development through technology, innovation and productivity, DevBright developed GovPermit, an ePermitting tool that enables local government to be more accessible to business owners by bringing the traditional license and permitting process to a streamlined, easy-to-use online process. GovPermit automates the paper-based process by bringing the various forms into a single, secure online system with multi-lingual capabilities that can be accessed from any Internet-enabled device. GovPermit will increase efficiencies, promote informed decision making and improve citizen engagement.

DevBright is a software development company with expertise in a wide array of highly-regulated and technical industries. The company consistently goes beyond client expectations by bringing together technology, talent, innovation and industry best practices. The exposure to different industries, practices and various technologies has helped DevBright gain insight and experience into developing effective solutions for the most complex and unique problems faced today. (Booth630)



Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education offers a global curriculum focused on generating powerful ideas to help people, communities, and nations solve the world's most pressing public problems. Our programs bring together practitioners, a renowned faculty, and a dynamic curriculum to develop innovative, workable solutions. Over 35 programs - most one week or less - address critical subjects from economic development and decision making to policy design and collaborative governance. All Executive Education programs are led by full-time Harvard faculty members who design courses that engage and challenge participants in every aspect of public leadership. Our participants leave Harvard with much more than knowledge. They gain new insights, a new and vibrant network of connections, and a renewed sense of purpose that strengthens their ability to serve the public interest. Three HKS Executive Education programs are recognized by the IEDC as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs). (Booth 418)



Established in 1993, Impact DataSource is an economic consulting firm that evaluates prospective economic development deals from all angles. We prepare individual analyses on projects, and also offer desktop and web-based impact models so that clients can run as many reports as they would like, only needing project data to utilize the pre-built tool. Our impact analysis will tie together the economic impact, fiscal impact, and possible incentives of the deal. Since every community is unique, we customize each analysis and impact model, and offer unlimited training, support, and consulting so that our clients never feel alone. (Booth 609)



The IMPLAN economic model empowers economic developers to examine national, state, county and city level economies to assess the total economic impact of an expansion or relocation, consequences of natural disasters, or the value of a business to a regional economy. IMPLAN helps state and local governments to:

• Estimate the potential revenue generation of new businesses for tax abatements.
• Study the impacts of tourism and conventions.
• Evaluate infrastructure and industry investment.
• Identify supply chain weakness in local economies for business attraction.
• Determine the impacts of potential business loss from the local economy.

Visit www.IMPLAN.com to learn more or contact IMPLAN today at sales@IMPLAN.com for a no-obligation consultation to evaluate your research and analysis needs. (Booth 714)



Established in 1981, Inbound Logistics magazine was the pioneering publication in championing the concepts of demand-driven logistics and supply chain management. Today Inbound Logistics Media continues to provide business decision makers with the information they need to speed cycle times, reduce inventories, and neutralize transportation cost increases by aligning supply to demand. We provide that information in print, online, in a digital edition and on smartphones/tablets - any way readers want it. To request a free subscription, visit here. (Booth 529)



LinkedIn connects the world’s professionals to make them more productive and successful and transforms the ways companies hire, market and sell. Our vision is to create economic opportunity for every member of the global workforce through the ongoing development of the world’s first Economic Graph. LinkedIn has more than 400 million members and has offices around the world. (Booth 530)



LocationOne or LOIS is the leading online economic development site selection tool in the United States. LOIS provides a GIS-enhanced site database system which gives a strong competitive advantage in the rough and tumble world of site selection. (Booth 317)



MemberZone Management Software for Economic Development Corporations is powerful, easy to use, and designed to manage all the day-to-day operations of EDCs/EDOs.

With MemberZone’s browser-based software and app, you can track and manage complex tasks with ease from anywhere on any device. Enter information once and updates automatically ripple throughout your entire system – our customers say that it saves them so much time, it’s like gaining an extra person on staff.

Thousands of organizations trust MemberZone to manage their most important information and help promote and grow the communities they serve. Visit us at Booth 628. (Booth 628)



Headquartered in Gaithersburg, MD, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) is a public/private partnership that works with small and midsized U.S. manufacturers to create and retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money, develop new customers, and expand into new markets. Founded in 1988, the nationwide network consists of more than 1,300 technical experts located in every state. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates $19 in new sales growth and $21 in new client investments, and creates or retains one manufacturing job for every $2,001 of federal investment. For more information, please visit www.nist.gov/mep. (Booth 619)



Since 1977, National Community Development Services (NCDS) has conducted over 700 campaigns for community and economic development organizations in 46 states, raising over $1.7 billion. More than 100 of these campaigns have been return engagements to generate fresh capital to renew previous programs. NCDS is known as a fast track campaign company, specializing in on-time, over goal campaigns. The firm introduced the strategic initiative concept to economic development organizations in 1977, which enabled hundreds of communities to gain major funding increases for new multi-year development programs, especially from the private sector. Visit us at on the web at www.ncdsinc.net. (Booth 617)



Established by IEDC Board member Mark O'Connell, OCO Global has been providing economic development solutions for over 15 years to leading organizations such as Enterprise Florida, Missouri Department of Economic Development, Jobs Ohio, UK Trade and Investment, JETRO, Invest Hong Kong, UNCTAD and WAIPA. We also work with leading consulting firms such as PwC and EY in support of delivery as well as many private sector companies that we assist on their internationalization journey. With headquarters in Belfast, UK and offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York and Tokyo, we employ a multinational and multilingual staff of over 60 full time consultants specializing in Trade and Investment. For further information, please see www.ocoglobal.com. (Booth 315)



“The Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) is the Department of Defense’s field organization responsible for supporting state and local governments' responses to defense program changes, such as base realignment and closure, defense industry adjustment, compatible land and air use for military base and community, and other issues that can impact area economies.

Founded in 1961, OEA has helped communities of every size, in all 50 states and U.S. territories, with a variety of economic profiles and demographic makeups to rebound from defense program changes. To learn more, please visit www.OEA.gov.” (Booth 431)



OppSites revolutionizes economic development for cities and developers. Economic development leaders use OppSites to showcase development opportunities, share their knowledge about what they want to see built and where, and connect with interested parties. The investment community leverages this information to find underexposed real estate opportunities, and connect with local leaders. (Booth 223)



Oxford Intelligence (OI) is a global leader in business intelligence and consulting services for government agencies and international businesses. OI provides Lead Generation, Research and Consultancy; and p ublishes IPAWorld, the leading source of FDI company intelligence, along with production of the European Investment Monitor for Ernst & Young. Established in 1996, OI has offices in Milton Keynes, London, Cambridge, Paris, Frankfurt, The Hague, Boston, Moscow and Mumbai, and manages a global network of more than 100 business analysts along with a consultancy network in key markets. OI has worked with over 200 economic agencies in major markets around the world. (Booth 718)



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PA Group is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and Tier I Cloud Solutions Provider. Our deep industry expertise makes us THE choice for public sector and nonprofit organizations. We provide industry-specific apps and expert consultants that help companies achieve true digital transformation. We aren’t just software implementation pros. We will partner with you and help model your organization for the future.

Visit www.pa-group.us to learn about Economic Development 365, Student Engagement 365, and other Microsoft Cloud solutions. (Booth 414)



The Proxity Electronic Commerce Systems (Proxity-EC, Inc.) database provides EDCs with a "one stop" tool to assist members in gaining Government contracts. We make your members proactive in selling to the Military, Federal, State and Local Governments. Proxity offers a winning award for your members in a market of over a trillion dollars annually while providing your EDC with recognition throughout your State. Proxity has developed a "State of Your State" website for IEDC members to discover how their state and counties are doing, as well as where money is being spent in each. Visit StateofYourState.com for more information. (Booth 712)



REMI is the leading provider of economic forecasting and policy analysis models. REMI’s analysis has guided public policy decisions on healthcare policy, national security issues and state tax legislation. Clients include government agencies, consulting firms and academic institutions. Established in 1980, we are a small firm based in Amherst with extensive national and global networks. (Booth 225)



Site Selection magazine is the top-rated US publication covering corporate real estate, facility planning, site location and global economic development. Site Selection - winner of the MAGS/GAMMA Gold Award for Best Business to Business Publication - provides insight and solid business information to corporate real estate executives, managers, directors and other members of the real estate/facility decision team. Site Selection includes information on corporate real estate strategies, real estate markets, business climate drivers, relocation costs and available incentive programs - in short, the key factors involved in corporate facility planning. (Booths 423, 425, 522, 524)



Business Developers for Economic Development Organizations know the positive impact the right CRM solution can have on an organization.

From tracking BRE Opportunities, Development Projects and Marketing Events/Sponsorships to Managing Memberships or Tracking Incentives, we have the right solution for you. Our system easily adapts to handle your unique requirements without adding the cost. Most importantly, our innovative subscription plans let you keep your system up to date as your personnel or requirements change.

Visit us at http://www.softsolgrp.com/ and be sure to stop by our booth #322 to learn more. (Booth 322)



StateBook is the first online marketplace for site selection and economic growth and development. Explore reliable information required for site selection decisions for every community in the country, from demographics, taxes and utility costs to quality of life data like museums and golf courses. Connect with economic developers from each location to learn more about their communities, and use our robust tools to search, create meaningful reports, and more. Welcome to the new online meeting place for site selection consultants, EDO'S, business, academia and government. (Booth 429)



Trade & Industry Development serves executives within specific vertical industries. Our mission is to help companies perpetuate success by providing clear and crucial insight into the challenge of site selection and facility planning. By working with thought leaders and experts in various fields, Trade & Industry Development provides actionable content that is both innovative and forward-looking. We are committed to being a valuable and trusted partner for C-suite executives, corporate real estate professionals and site consultants, enabling them to make the best possible decisions - for themselves, their companies and their shareholders. (Booth 708)



The central focus of the University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) is to provide economic development professionals and those aspiring to the ED profession the tools, skills, and knowledge to be successful economic developers and positively impact their communities and regions. Established in 1962, OU EDI, the only professional level program of its type in the U.S., provides professional economic developers with up-to-date knowledge and tools necessary to succeed in today's constantly changing economic development marketplace. The OU EDI experience is designed to immediately impact a participant's professional career by providing comprehensive courses that align with the IEDC manuals as well as the latest trends in economic development. Accredited by the International Economic Development Council, OU/EDI is the only multi-year, professional level program of its type offered in the United States. Graduates of OU/EDI meet the education requirements to sit for the CEcD Exam. (Booths 606, 608)



Vintage Development Group is a leader in the real estate industry with 30 years of experience in development, construction, management and community involvement. We never settle for less than the best. Our highest priority is the comfort and satisfaction of our clients. Personalized service, attention to detail and exceeding expectations are the driving forces of everything we do. (Booth 706)

 

 

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