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Economic Development

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

Know what businesses are looking for - even before they do. 

Position your community for long-term success by creating the conditions to recruit capital investment that creates high quality jobs well suited for your community.

Economic development organizations shoulder a significant burden in their communities. The livelihoods of your residents depend in part on the decisions you make and the industries you recruit. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew what businesses are looking for even before you received the RFI?

GLS has nearly 50 years of experience finding the world's best sites for global corporations, and we leverage this knowledge on behalf of our EDO partners. We’ll help you identify and characterize sites, better position your site product for future investment, grow your talent pipeline, and identify and market to target industries to build a stronger economy in your region.

Our services listed below can be bundled to create a custom consulting assignment. Let us help find the perfect fit for you, request a proposal here.

Economic Development Services

Virtual Site Visit

A Virtual 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).

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Site Audit

For a site to successfully win heavy industrial, mission-critical, or other competitive investment projects, it must undergo rigorous due diligence and critical assessments of the property.

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Site Identification

Identify new industrial sites that leverage your community’s unique assets to attract investment of your targeted use types.

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Site Readiness

Boost your community’s inventory of project-ready sites and support the development of greenfield sites into tax-generating opportunities with GLS’ site readiness program.

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Workforce Readiness Analysis

Equip your community’s labor market for future job growth by defining what skillsets may be needed in the years ahead and how to align stakeholders to meet those needs. 

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Reverse Site Selection

Reverse engineer the site selection process to define the best use for your community’s mega site, retiring power plant, former chemical complex and other unique assets, and leverage those insights to develop a targeted business case for investors.

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Workshops

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.

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Speaking Engagements

Host a GLS principal or consultant at your next event.

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Submit Your Site

Submit your Sites to the GLS Site Database

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Our Projects

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

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