Allison Larsen, CEcD

Buckeye, AZ

Allison Larsen, CEcD, leads TadZo, an economic development and site selections firm. With extensive experience in economic development, international business management and sales, Allison’s core competencies include competitiveness assessments, action-oriented strategic planning, target industry analysis, workforce development, marketing, visual meeting facilitation; and economic development training. Her ideas spawn from her diverse background – from growing up in a small, rural community in California to award-winning salesperson at a Fortune 100 Company. Allison’s entrepreneurship endeavors did not start with TadZo. She established an international distribution network for a venture capitalist, and even put herself through college by raising a herd of sheep. Working at Madera Industrial Development Corporation and the EDC serving Fresno County, she sited companies yielding >9,000 jobs. Allison worked 12 years as Principal of Chabin Concepts, consulting for local, regional and state economic development organizations. She helped create CompetitiveReady, a community certification program. Allison is a graduate of University of California, Davis; OU EDI; California Agricultural Leadership Program. She enjoys running with her two dogs, Tadich and Enzo (yes, they are the inspiration behind the TadZo name). She’s hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome, run 9 half-marathons, Hood to Coast and Cascade Lakes Relays.