Site Consultants Advisory Group

CONCEPT

The Site Consultants Advisory Group (SCAgroup) is a collaborative effort developed between a select group of leading site selection consultants and Area Development Magazine.

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.

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.

SERVICES

The SCAgroup offers development agencies its professional feedback on:
  • Maximizing the impact of the locations existing and proposed marketing tactics on site consultants and their prospects.
  • Assessing the current business environment and recruitment strategies to attract desired and targeted industries.
  • Reviewing the quality and impact of specific responses to RFP opportunities.

 

The site visit of four SCAgroup consultants will follow a specific agenda jointly developed with the location that provides meaningful exposure to:
  • Local resources
  • Selected facilities and management
  • Program representatives and select local leadership
  • Other regional assets which are typically involved in promoting the locations economic growth opportunities.

SOW OPTIONS

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.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

DAY 1

DAY 2 8am - 6pm

Meet with representatives from:

  • key existing industry
  • transportation services
  • utility providers
  • partner ED entities (state, county, city, local EDCs)
  • key area stakeholders with relevance to ED efforts
Day 2

Review in detail:

  • available building & sites, inclusive of dialog with ownership
  • workforce training facilities and specialists
  • tax environment and incentive program availability
  • “Quality of Life” community assets deemed important
  • provide detailed labor analysis presentation as well including labor draw area, local wages for targeted industry sectors, key skill sets, etc.
  • provide relevant transportation/logistics and infrastructure overviews.
  • Other predetermined topics

Networking:

  • organize and host days working meals
  • organize and host end of day networking reception/dinner

Day 2

DAY 3 8am - 12:30pm

FOLLOW UP ACTIONS

ADVISORY PROJECTS


2016

Jackson Regional Partnership TVA

Jackson Regional Partnership, TVA

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.


Greenville Utilities Commission Greenville/Pitt County EDC

Greenville Utilities Commission, Greenville/Pitt County EDC

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.


2017

Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce

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.



Duke Energy Indiana

Duke Energy Corporation

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.


Greater Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Greater Edmonton, Alberta, Canada Region

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.


WORKSHOP PROGRAM

Jackson Regional Partnership, TVA

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.

 

 

WORKSHOP PROJECTS

2016

West Virginia Development Office

West Virginia Development Office

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.
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Indiana Economic Development Association

Indiana Economic Development Association

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.
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2017

Arizona Association of Economic Development

Arizona Association of Economic Development

The SCAgroup’s one day Workshop program was featured at the April 2017 AAED meeting in Lake Havasu, Arizona.




REDI Cincinnati

REDI Cincinnati

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.


Indiana Economic Development Association

Indiana Economic Development Association

SCAgroup presented its expanded Workshop program featuring 10 leading site selectors as part of IEDA’s August 2017 conference in French Lick Indiana.



Virginia Economic Developers Association

Virginia Economic Developers Association

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.

PRESS

Cincinnati.com   Site-selection expert: Here's why Cincinnati is a great place to do business

 

 

CONTACT

Dennis Shea
Area Development Magazine/SCAgroup
400 Post Ave, Westbury, NY 11590
Ph: 800 735 2732 x 208
dshea@areadevelopment.com


For more information, cost and available dates for SOW programs or Workshops please email Dennis Shea