Economic Development

Helping communities attract the optimal types of investment for their specific geographic advantages.

Identifying Opportunities and Impacting Communities 

For economic development organizations, GLS customizes services to be practical and to return immediate value – helping to maximize the community’s competitive advantage as they attempt to retain and attract capital investment.

At GLS, we understand that it is a primary goal of economic development organizations to attract companies and create jobs. By leveraging knowledge from working with numerous global corporations on location decisions, GLS evaluates and identifies opportunities for these organizations to best target and position their real estate product for future investment.  Through our various Economic Development service listed below, GLS can provide great value to all types of economic development organizations in their attempt to better their community and region.

Economic development consulting helps to position regions and communities for future capital investment and job growth.

Economic Development Services

Industrial Site Audit

The Industrial Site Audit yields a third party, experienced, and unbiased perspective of your site, its infrastructure, utilities, etc. GLS will identify major risks, recommend necessary mitigations, and provide cost estimates for work that is necessary to attract future investment.


Site Competitiveness Study

A Site Competitiveness Study compares numerous aspects of a site and location, both cost and conditional, to other competing sites and locations. Analysis will identify a site's strengths and weaknesses, as well as industries that should be targeted in future marketing.


Strategic Site Identification

Our Strategic Site Identification process helps economic development organizations identify real estate properties, and provides the strategy to develop them appropriately.


Industrial Asset Optimization

Our Industrial Asset Optimization process will map the existing industry and infrastructure in a given region to identify potential industries and companies that would be a good fit.



Looking to develop your team? GLS provides customized training programs to help economic development groups attract future projects.


Speaking Engagements

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Our Thinking

GLS provides industry insight to various magazines and other publications throughout the year.

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Our Projects

GLS has helped economic development agencies of all types prepare for investment.

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