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Move the Meter on Economic Development Metrics in Your Community

Is your community ready to attract capital investment? Our workshops are designed to help you truly make an impact on capital investment and new job growth in your community.

We understand the primary goal of economic development organizations is to attract companies and create jobs. At GLS, we’ve spent decades siting global manufacturing and industrial corporations, securing $6.6 billion in announced projects resulting in 6,213 jobs since 2012.

GLS has developed the following suite of training workshops to help you better prepare your community to capture new business investment. Our programs may be scheduled independently or combined, typically occur over one or two days, and can be conducted in person or virtually.


1. Virtual Site Visit Simulation

Site visits are make-or-break moments in the site selection process. Successful communities have mastered the art of leveraging site visits to convey why theirs is the best community for investment.

Led by an experienced site selector, our Virtual Site Visit simulation will coach your EDO team and community partners on effective site visit practices. We will develop a mock project profile based on your target industries and will guide you through the site visit just as we would with a real project. The difference? You’ll receive feedback following each portion of the visit, and insight into the overall effectiveness of the experience at the end of the day. Let us leverage our global experience to help you land your next project.


2. Develop Your Pitch

Investors have their business case ready – shouldn’t your value proposition be ready as well? This program will help you craft your unique value proposition to convince companies to select your community for the next major project.

With key members of your EDO team and community stakeholders present, our experienced site selectors will lead an interactive SWOT workshop to identify the key characteristics of your available sites and community. We will then moderate a “where do we go from here” discussion, culminating in an action plan to carry team momentum beyond the workshop. This highly engaging workshop gives participating members an opportunity to provide input and ask questions, leaving them with a vested interest in a cohesive plan.


3. Stakeholder Onboarding Workshop

Like any team sport, economic development is at its best when all community stakeholders are engaged and moving in a cohesive direction. Let us help extend your economic development capacity beyond your core team by helping your stakeholders recognize their role in community economic development.

This half-day workshop will review the new fundamentals of economic development in the age of big data and highly technological infrastructure needs. We will also guide your stakeholders toward an understanding of the site selection process, factors to consider in industry attraction, and how to successfully participate in an RFI and site visit. By the end of the workshop, all stakeholders will have developed their own economic development elevator pitch and will be prepared to contribute to your community’s next investment attraction project.