The Site Consultants Advisory Group (SCAgroup) is a collaborative effort developed between a select group of leading site selection consultants and Area Development Magazine.
SCAgroup consists of a network of active site consultants whose current project assignments and corporate advisory services include a broad spectrum of industries and whose recent experience involves engagements with many leading corporations. In 2017 SCAgroup's four founding consulting members will be responsible for more than 45 projects, 10,000+ jobs, and well over $1.1 billion in capex.
Through active participation in pre-coordinated site visits SCAgroup offers its insight and expertise to select economic development organizations whose locations offer a strong value proposition for corporate site selection.
The initiative was launched on the premise that demand exists within the Economic Development industry for a means of obtaining focused, meaningful feedback from site selectors on key location measures.
Rather than traditional “Fam Tour” type agenda where the goals are typically vague, or short briefings during visits to site consultants’ office locations, this interaction is intensively scheduled, focused on meaningful dialog and provides on-site exposure to community resources and the individuals charged with marketing them.
General Assessment of Region for Target Industries (Option A)
Objective of visit is to present region in best possible frame of reference for target industries. Host location and its stakeholders should be prepared to address questions posed from Consultants.
Client RFP Document and Client Performance Assessment (Option B)
Prior to visit, Consultants will work closely with client organization leader to confirm desired industry sector to evaluate and prepare detailed RFP document for issuance to client organization.
Meet with representatives from:
Review in detail:
SCAgroup provided a General Assessment SOW for this Tennessee 9 county region that included visits with local industries, workforce/tech programs and local ED stakeholders within the JRP. This visit was organized in cooperation with the TVA’s regional office.
SCAgroup provided Greenville Utilities Commission in cooperation with Greenville/Pitt County EDC and other local ED stakeholders a RFP Performance Assessment SOW visit to help sharpen the area’s project response and information delivery capabilities to site consultants and prospects.
In May 2017 SCAgroup will provide the Columbus Chamber and its local ED stakeholders with a RFP Performance Assessment visit to better prepare the area’s ED team with improved response, information and communication capabilities to site consultants and prospects.
SCAgroup provided Duke Energy Indiana and its Southeast Indiana local ED stakeholders with a Performance Assessment for Targeted Industries in March 2017. The visit looked at the two county region, its important port related facilities and the large MEGA Site development project.
SCAgroup provided a June 2017 Assessment Visit to this metro region of 4 counties and the City of Edmonton. The team look at the existing local industrial base, infrastructure, workforce and workforce programs, recruitment efforts and how these strategic assets may help attract and broaden new investment and job creation within the region. This visit was organized in cooperation with the City of Fort Saskatchewan, AB.
In November SCA Group will conduct a three day site Advisory Visit to meet with GPI’s five member community partners to discuss the region’s value proposition and how to best project its advantages to the marketplace.
In cooperation with Area Development’s Consultants Forum Workshop series, the SCAgroup provides a full day onsite Workshop program conducted by four or more site consultant members. This intense interactive Workshop program is designed to meet the needs of both small 35-50 person audiences at the local or regional EDC level and large 50-100+ audiences at the state and utility level.
For more information and a sample of the program contact Dennis Shea.
Participating Site Consultants at SCAgroup workshop events
Greg Burkhart, Duff & Phelps | Brad Linquist, NKF | Kim Moore, NKF | Minah Hall, True Partners | Chris Shastock, CBRE | Woody Hydrick, GLS | Michael Huber, EY |
Brandon Talbert, Austin Consulting | Christine Bustamante, KPMG | Courtney Dunbar, Olsson Assoc. | Derith Jarvis, Mohr Partners | Carol Henderson, Cushman & Wakefield
SCAgroup conducted a one day Workshop program to an audience of more than 100 West Virginia economic development partners from across the state in Charleston, West Virginia April 2016.
SCAgroup presented its expanded Workshop program featuring 10 leading site selectors as part of IEDA’s August 2016 conference that was attended by 120 statewide economic development members.
The SCAgroup’s one day Workshop program was featured at the April 2017 AAED meeting in Lake Havasu, Arizona.
In August 2017 REDI Cincinnati provided its local ED stakeholders within its 15 county Kentucky-Ohio region with a SCAgroup Workshop program. The objective is to better prepare the area’s ED team with improved response, information and communication capabilities to site consultants and prospects.
SCAgroup presented its expanded Workshop program featuring 10 leading site selectors as part of IEDA’s August 2017 conference in French Lick Indiana.
SCAgroup presented its Site Selectors Workshop program to more than 250 ED practitioners and stakeholders at VEDA’s October 2017 fall conference in Virginia Beach, Va.
SCAgroup will present again its expanded Workshop program featuring 10 leading site selectors as part of IEDA’s August 2018 conference in Indianapolis.
In April SCA Group conducted its first RFP Workshop at Georgia Tech Conference Center. Limited to 25 attendees, the program focused on constructing and writing techniques for producing a thorough RFP response.
In September the SCA Group will present a two day program featuring a one day Workshop for nine (9) Parish economic development partners and a second day for its Business Development Committee lead stakeholders.