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Economic Development

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

Is Your Site Product Ready to Attract Capital Investment? 

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For economic development organizations, GLS customizes our services to be practical and to return immediate value.   We help to characterize site product so that communities are ready to attract capital investment.

At GLS, we understand the primary goal of economic development organizations is to attract companies and create jobs. By leveraging knowledge from 40+ years of finding the world's best sites for global manufacturing and industrial corporations, we are positioned to advise communities on their characterization of site product and to conduct target industry analysis for the specific sectors and companies to attract.  We help position site product for future investment.  And, if there is no site product available in your community, our industrial site identification service can help you identify it.  Our services listed below can be bundled to create a custom consulting assignment.


Economic Development Services

Virtual Site Visit

A Site Visit Simulation coaches economic development teams and their community partners on effective site visit practices. Select either a Virtual or Field Site Visit to prepare your community for new business investment and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).


Site Competitiveness Benchmarking

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.


Off-Market Site Identification

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



Looking to develop and train your economic development team? GLS provides customized investment readiness training programs to help economic developers and economic development organizations attract future projects, business investment, and new jobs.


Speaking Engagements

Host a GLS principal or consultant at your next event.


Submit Your Site

Submit your Sites to the GLS Site Database

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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