Exhibitors


At 365 Degree Total Marketing, we go five degrees beyond full circle to produce exceptional work and to meet all of your marketing needs. With more than 30 years of experience, several national and international awards under our belt, and an outstanding group of creative professionals on our team, we are your writers, designers, photographers, videographers, publishers, personal cheerleaders and more from concept to completion.

• Branding
• Brochures
• Community Guides
• Logo Design
• Interactive Maps
• Maps
• Online Publications
• Photography
• Social Media
• Specialty Products
• Visitors Guides
• Websites

(Booth 314)



Accrisoft Corporation provides a finely tuned blend of technology and services that empower your economic development organization to accomplish your goals and better serve investors. Accrisoft Freedom™ is a comprehensive software solution that spans across your organization's operations, finance, marketing, and sales departments, allowing your entire team to work together harmoniously on a single platform. (Booths 221, 223)



ACT is a nonprofit, mission-based organization that provides insights to unlock potential with a continuum of integrated solutions helping people achieve education and workplace success. (Booth 308)



The Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance promotes the economic development and corporate investment in the Aerotropolis - the area surrounding the world’s busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Aerotropolis is an area of explosive growth and the Alliance joins together leaders from public and private sectors to improve the area's workforce talent pool, promote educational opportunities and leverage investment to promote awareness of the region as a world-class economic powerhouse. (Booth 329)



The Bureau of Economic Analysis is the world's trusted, impartial source of comprehensive data about the U.S. economy. BEA's economic statistics, free and accessible to all, inform decision making by businesses, entrepreneurs, consumers and governments. (Booth 214)



Celebrating its 50th Anniversary, Business Facilities is a leading full-service media brand specializing in the site selection marketplace. Through a bi-monthly magazine, eNewsletters, its industry-leading website, and LiveXchange event, Business Facilities has created a dynamic community for corporate site selectors and economic development organizations.

Business Facilities magazine is read by 40,000 C-level executives, corporate real estate executives and other site selection decision-makers. Published six times a year, each issue profiles state, regional and international locations. Also, the full range of the site selection experience is covered, from "how-to" information on comparing the financial incentives offered by different communities around the world, to profiles of the latest relocations undertaken by major corporations.

BusinessFacilities.com is the share of market leader among all site selection websites. With an enhanced mobile-ready design, BusinessFacilities.com provides up-to-the-minute site selection news, and industry-specific features. Resources for site selectors include a 50-state Incentives Guide, the Online Site Seekers' Guide directory, Location Spotlights and more.

Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only matchmaking event that connects corporate executives and site consultants that have active projects with economic development organizations from across North America. Representatives from Fortune 500 and mid-sized growth companies, plus leading site consultants meet with EDOs to discuss their relocation or expansion projects in prescheduled and confidential one-on-one meetings. (Booths 200, 202)


For 21 years, BXJ magazine has delivered insightful, educational and other useful information to assist companies and their legal representatives with the expansion and relocation process. This process is complicated with so many variables, tangibles and intangibles. BXJ offers comprehensive tools to help understand incentives, workforce development, real estate, education, job training, transportation and much more. Each issue of the print and digital magazine, newsletter and complementing social media tackles geography state by state, industry by industry, along with the myriad of tax, legal and intellectual property issues that follow these decisions. Their writers get to the heart of economic development coverage and understand the categories of information and insight and executives need in making informed relocation decisions. (Booth 241)



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.

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. (Booth 234)



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 135, 137)



Coastal Cloud, a Salesforce.com Platinum Level Partner, is a disruptive IT consulting company that delivers innovative business solutions built upon leading edge cloud computing technologies. Our team of experienced business technology consultants are 100% Salesforce Certified and 100% On-Shore. We have enjoyed significant market success from our headquarters in Palm Coast, Florida and are embarking on our next US expansion with new solution centers serving the country from Louisville, Kentucky and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Our focus on nimble, innovative, citizen-focused technology solutions for state & local government organizations could help you accelerate your Economic Development success immediately. Please contact our team to learn more about our Economic Development Customer Relationship Management Quickstart Platform today. See us at www.coastalcloud.us. (Booth 323)



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 117)


Conway is the world's only full-service agency in the global corporate investment and FDI industries. Conway has published the award-winning Site Selection magazine since 1954, and through offices all over the world we maintain an industry-best network of corporate expansion planners. Our suite of services includes:

LEAD GENERATION – connecting clients with decision-makers responsible for hundreds of billions in new investment projects each year
EVENTS – Conway has managed events across the globe, including the annual World Forum for Foreign Direct Management
FDI TRAINING SEMINARS – Site Consultants and corporate leaders teach economic developers the best strategies for connecting with their target audience
CONWAY ANALYTICS – a web portal and monthly reports featuring global project announcements and exclusive Lead Signals
PR & MARKETING – from brand development to media placement, we deliver your message to the world
CUSTOM CONTENT – Creating editorial excellence for more than 200 global clients
IAMC – Conway has managed the Industrial Asset Management Council since its inception.
(Booths 109, 111, 208, 210)



DatabaseUSA provides the most cost effective and comprehensive business and consumer databases, email service and database marketing solutions in the industry. We have over 40 years of experience in collecting, compiling, building and maintaining marketing databases. We are the country’s leading provider of Business & Consumer Databases, Email Services and Database Marketing Solutions. Our 15 Million U.S. Business database is Triple-Verified and includes over 50 Million Executive Emails. We have 6 Million Medical Professionals (with Specialties), 245 Million Consumers (270 Million Consumer emails) and 150 Million Homeowners. DatabaseUSA also offers Email and Database Append, Enhancement and Analysis with Postal Qualification, Address Hygiene and our NEW Instant Verification service. DatabaseUSA -- our mission is to provide a total customized solution, as we not only provide better data – we PROVE its value. (Booth 306)



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 115)


Decide DeKalb serves as the primary economic development driving force to attract, expand and retain businesses in DeKalb County, Georgia. Established in 1974 as the Development Authority of DeKalb County, Decide DeKalb works with partners, stakeholders and the business community at-large to spur capital investments, encourage job growth and create business sustainability within our target industries as well as the burgeoning Entertainment sector. For more information please visit, www.decidedekalb.com. (Booth 219)



EDsuite specializes in marketing cities for economic development. We are driven by a passion to help economic developers clarify their message and tell the unique stories of their communities to the right audience. For over 13 years, our experienced team of storytellers and problem solvers have partnered with cities to shape their message and digital presence in a way that connects with people and attracts investors. We bring a broad range of experience and services to the table including strategic marketing, branding and identity, websites, ED specific web tools including available property search solutions, digital marketing, videography, photography, graphic design, and PR. (Booth 209)



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. (Booth 121)


Expansion Solutions is one of the fastest-growing publications and websites in the economic development field. Since 2002, Expansion Solutions has provided economic developers with 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. Many economic developers rely on its proven formula for generating qualified contacts directly from potential prospect companies in the industries most EDOs target. Find out why more EDOs get more ROI with Expansion Solutions. Contact us at 205-314-7665 or Publisher@ExpansionSolutionsMagazine.com for more information. (Booth 218)



fDi Intelligence, a service from the Financial Times, 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 101)



Fourth Economy Consulting is an economic development consulting firm that is leading the way in facilitating communities needs to go from planning to implementation. Their ability to bring in forward looking quantitative analysis and engage communities in broad qualitative input is unique in the field. Fourth Economy has pioneered the Investable Story model of plan development that activates community stakeholders and builds new capacity. This approach is the next generation in comprehensive planning and development strategies. Their work in community and economic resiliency is allowing communities to proactively address shocks and stresses. Combine this with their focus on community and network building through their Agents of Change series and you will find more that a consulting group - but a partner for success. (Booth 235)



Geographic Solutions is the leading provider of integrated software for state and local workforce agencies in over 30 states and U.S. territories. The company's online solutions effectively manage all federally-funded partner programs under WIOA, labor exchange, job aggregation, labor market information, service and fund tracking, and unemployment insurance benefits. (Booth 322)

The Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) is the state's sales and marketing arm, the lead agency for attracting new business investment, encouraging the expansion of existing industry and small businesses, aligning workforce education and training with in-demand jobs, locating new markets for Georgia products, attracting tourists to Georgia, and promoting the state as a destination for arts and location for film, music and digital entertainment projects, as well as planning and mobilizing state resources for economic development. (Booth 304)



As the inventor of GIS location analysis websites for economic development organizations, GIS Planning's technology is recognized as the industry standard. A service from the Financial Times, GIS Planning currently serves the majority of the 100 largest cities in the U.S., and its technology is implemented in 44 states and 4 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 our 5 interactive tools (known as Intelligence Components), used to engage site selectors and businesses seeking locations on economic development organization websites. These services include exposure on the U.S. national site selection portal, ZoomProspector.com, access to data and analysis through Financial Times publishing services, 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 103)



GIS WebTech provides innovative technology solutions engineered specifically for economic development and site selection. The company's solutions help economic development organizations attract, retain, and expand businesses within their communities and help corporate site selectors identify and analyze ideal locations. GIS WebTech's solutions are built natively on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the world's most powerful mapping software, and include the most accurate demographic and workforce data available. For more information, please see www.giswebtech.com. (Booth 123)



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. Two 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 222)



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 139)



The IMPLAN is a regional economic model and impact assessment software system that allows the use of economic impact data to make strategic decisions, prioritize projects based on tax and employment returns to the economy, and quantify the economic benefits for program evaluation. IMPLAN combines a set of extensive databases concerning economic factors, multipliers, and demographic statistics with a highly refined and detailed system of modeling software. IMPLAN allows the user to develop local-level input-output models that can estimate the economic impact of changes to an economy. The model accomplishes this by identifying direct impacts by sector, then developing a set of indirect and induced impacts by sector. 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.



Localintel is an award-winning startup providing communities with the latest web technology to promote their strengths, share market intelligence and support local business growth. From Seattle to Southfield, Calgary to Kingston communities across North America are benefiting from our next-generation catalogue of online economic development tools. We’re passionate supporters of local business growth and constantly looking for new municipalities, chambers and economic development organizations to work with. (Booth 300)


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. (Booth 302)


NextSite provides customized research, marketing and proactive retail recruitment solutions to help maximize the commercial development opportunities in your community. Our goal is to affect positive change in the communities we serve by connecting these opportunities to developers, tenant reps and retailers. Beyond retail development, NextSite works with a group of strategic partners to connect opportunities for mixed-use, multi-family, senior housing and healthcare development. (Booth 217)


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 $27.20 in new sales growth and $27.30 in new client investments, and creates or retains one manufacturing job for every $1,291 of federal investment. The MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. (Booth 216)



For over 15 years, OCO has been delivering the full spectrum of economic development services including FDI strategy consulting & training, market & business intelligence and lead generation & representation services. Clients include the DIT (UK), Missouri DED, JobsOhio, Enterprise Florida, JETRO, Saudi Arabia, UNCTAD and WAIPA. We also work with consulting firms such as PwC and E&Y in support of delivery as well as many private sector companies that we assist on their internationalization journey.

OCO developed OCO Monitor and OCO Benchmark – tools that were acquired by the Financial Times in 2008 and re-branded as fDi Markets and Benchmark. Our latest product Velociti was developed in 2014 and has been strongly supported by Invest Northern Ireland. It employs:

- Advanced data mining techniques to narrow focus on the most influential domestic and internationalization factors
- Investment readiness calculation using AI & Machine learning algorithms to rate the best investment prospects for individual countries
- Export readiness calculation for companies and signposting to best markets

Headquartered in Northern Ireland with offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, New York, Dubai, Bogota and Tokyo, we employ a multilingual staff of over 80 full time consultants. For further information, please see www.ocoglobal.com. (Booth 211)



Established in 1962, The University of Oklahoma's Economic Development Institute (OU EDI) provides the latest tools and knowledge to be successful as an economic development professional. OU EDI is fully accredited by the IEDC and meets the education requirements to sit for the CEcD Exam. By graduating from the comprehensive program, you also earn the OU EDI certificate which is widely recognized in the profession. Admission is based on completion of the IEDC BEDC “Basic” course, or two-years of industry experience. You may complete all courses in-person or a portion online, providing budget and availability flexibility. Contact us at 405-325-3136, or edi@ou.edu for more information. (Booth 119)



PitchBook is a financial technology company that provides data on the capital markets to help professionals discover and execute opportunities with confidence and efficiency. We collect and analyze detailed data on the entire venture capital, private equity and M&A landscape—including public and private companies, investors, funds, investments, exits and people. Our data and analysis are available through our suite of products (the PitchBook Platform), industry news and in-depth reports. (Booth 316)



Based in Montreal, Research Consultants International is a specialized market research firm that provides customized lead generation and business intelligence services for economic development organizations and regional promotion agencies, intended to identify and capture FDI and direct investment opportunities. We position Economic Developers in front of corporate decision makers that are seeking to expand or relocate their businesses to new geographic locations. We are focused on helping our clients create important business relationships that will serve to grow awareness of their region, promote its economic strengths and increase the likelihood of attracting direct investment. Leading Economic Development professionals rely on our work every day. We simply deliver results. (Booths 205,207)


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 331)



WAVTEQ provides Lead Generation Services to EDOs with key focus on helping EDOs attract FDI from Asia and Europe. WAVTEQ's team of 50 FDI experts located in our 10 offices have attracted over $10 billion of greenfield FDI projects to the US and Canada since 2014. We specialize in lead generation, road shows, trade shows, seminars, events, and in-market representation. WAVTEQ also provides the leading North America database of incentives deals (IncentivesMonitor) and corporate location advisors (FDI Professionals) as well as custom CRM systems for EDOs to track inward investment and measure ROI. (Booths 205,207)



Resonance Consultancy is a leading global advisor on tourism, real estate and economic development for countries, cities and communities around the world. Based in Vancouver, B.C., with offices in New York and Southern California, Resonance Consultancy and its principals have more than a half-century of combined tourism and economic development planning and branding experience and have completed more than 100 development strategy, planning, and branding projects for destinations and communities around the world. As such, Resonance is widely regarded as an international leader in place branding and marketing. The firm's interdisciplinary team of strategists, designers and storytellers approach the branding of cities, regions and countries in pursuit of thoroughly understanding market trends, defining the aspirations of both current and prospective future target audiences, researching and mapping both the experiential and economic quality of a destination and creating an authentic brand positioning and identity that resonates with the intended audiences. (Booth 310)



ROI Research on Investment is an award winning global authority on lead generation and investment attraction for economic development organizations. Since 2003, ROI has worked with over 350 clients from around the world to attract job-creating, capital intensive, expansion projects. ROI's core areas of expertise include benchmarking/target industry analysis, lead generation, BR&E strategies, representation services, and customized training covering best practices in modern BR&E and investment attraction.

Following two years of R&D, ROI is pleased to announce the launch of Gazelle; the first-of-its-kind data platform. Gazelle is a powerful one-stop business intelligence platform deploying machine-learning algorithms, human curated intelligence and big data to forecast company growth. Gazelle profiles millions of companies and features over 900 industry profiles that include heat maps illustrating 14 economic indicators at the State and County levels, including: establishment and employment growth, revenues, gross profit, average salary growth, etc. ROI released a Beta version of Gazelle in the first quarter of 2017. (Booths 105, 107)



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 215)



TrueJob is an economic development organization-specific and cloud-based job board solution for the number one problem faced by EDOs: driving job growth. TrueJob allows you to support your local companies of all sizes recruit and hire the critical talent they need, while also helping job seekers understand the breadth of available opportunities. Together, these drive job growth and create thriving communities. Our solution is simple to implement, integrates directly into your existing website and allows you to curate the right jobs for your region. TrueJob also tracks critical marketing metrics, providing you with valuable information to share with your local government, board, or sponsors, so you can demonstrate the direct, quantifiable impact of your EDO and sustain the critical funding you need. We'll even help you with promotional campaign ideas to drive engagement with your job board. TrueJob is used today by EDOs of all sizes. Come to our booth to learn more and see how we can help you. (Booth 321)