Sunday, August 04, 2013

Development delegation networks in Chicago

A delegation of economic development officials from the Jackson Regional Partnership traveled to Chicago in June to network with site-selection consultants.

It’s all about building relationships, said Kyle Spurgeon, chief executive officer of the Jackson Chamber. He traveled with other economic development officials from West Tennessee, including Carroll County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Hurley and Milan Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Julie Allen Burke.

“People do business with the folks they like and trust,” Spurgeon said. “Building relationships with site-selection consultants is a key piece of any economic development effort.”

Site-selection consultants rely on data — such as available workforce figures, quality of life indicators and the strength of transportation facilities — to determine whether a community is a good fit for a particular industry. A good relationship between local economic development officials and consultants can set a community apart from others or win closer scrutiny from a prospective company. More here.

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