TOP 50

It is a true honor of ours to work alongside many men and women that are remarkable economic developers and leaders. We are thrilled to announce to you the 2017 North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers! Each year we ask our robust site selector community and economic development partners to nominate individuals that they feel are top-notch and worthy of the title “Top 50 Economic Developer;” these are the names that surfaced.

The format this year has changed, though we are no longer releasing a weekly podcast, we are happy to announce the new medium will be an eBook available now! This resource is a compilation of advice, insight, wisdom and opinions from each person recognized on the 2017 North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers list. It will absolutely impact the lives of many economic developers and we are so glad that we have the opportunity to collaborate and learn from these individuals while we all strive to lift up this industry. Enjoy!

Abby Liu, McKinney Economic Development Corporation, Texas
Ben White, Round Rock Chamber
Benjamin Teague, Economic Development Coalition for Asheville-Buncombe County
Bentley Story, Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Beth Doughty, Roanoke Regional Partnership
Brad Smidt, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Brian Hilson, Birmingham Business Alliance
Buddy Rizer, Loudoun County Department of Economic Development
Carrie Chenery , Shenandoah Valley Partnership
Cathy Chambers, JAXUSA Partnership
Chris Wimsatt, Team Volusia Economic Development Corporation
Clark Krause, BVEP
Clay Walker, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership
Dan Culhane, Ames Chamber of Commerce & Economic Development
Dan Henderson, Gilbert, Arizona
Deborah Price, Missouri Partnership
E. Ray Covey, AEP Texas
Gary Tonjes, Albuquerque Economic Development, Inc.
Gene Goddard, Greater MSP
Gregg Simon, Metro Atlanta Chamber
James Otterstein, Rock County, WI
Jessica Breaux, TVA
Jim Paetsch, Milwaukee 7
Juawana Colbert Williams, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation
Julie Sullivan, Dayton Development Coalition
Kati Hynes, Charlotte Chamber
Keith Gillenwater, EDG of Wabash County
Kimm Coyner, REDI Cincinnati
Kurt Foreman, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Larry Barnett, Midlothian Economic Development
Lee Crume, Jobs Ohio
Lucienne Pears, Charlotte County EDC
Mark Young, Jonesboro Ark Chamber of Commerce
Matt McQuade, Columbus 2020
Megan Lucas, Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance
Mike Rosa, Dallas Regional Chamber
Mitchel Allen, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Pandy Brazeau, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Patrick Murphy, Alabama Power
Patty Horvatich, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance
Rob Cleveland, Cornerstone Alliance
Robert Van Geons, Fayetteville-Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation
Susan Davenport, Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce
Susie Davidson, Idaho Commerce
Tim Vanderhoof, Enterprise Florida
Tom Long, San Antonio EDF
Tony Kaai, Denison Dev. Alliance (Denison, TX)
Tricia Paesani, CT Department of Economic and Community Development
Vanessa Goeschl, Charlotte Regional Partnership
Walter Sprouse, Augusta Economic Development Authority

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Marty VanagsPresident of Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership in Malta, NY

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Greg Wathen, APR
Greg Wathen, APRPresident and CEO of Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana in Evansville, IN

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Don Schjeldahl
Don SchjeldahlPrincipal of The Don Schjeldahl Group in Hendersonville, North Carolina

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Chris Schastok
Chris SchastokVice President of CBRE in Chicago, Illinois

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Brad Migdal
Brad MigdalExecutive Managing Director of Transwestern in Chicago, Illinois

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Kathy Mussio
Kathy MussioManaging Partner of Atlas Insight in Fair Haven, New Jersey

“States, regions and communities as well as location consultants all benefit when economic developers are well informed, well prepared and make the best use of their resources. The education programs offered by Consultant Connect provide an environment for frank discussion and direct feedback that is valuable to both consultants and developers.”

Kate McEnroe
Kate McEnroePrincipal of Kate McEnroe Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia

“I’m very pleased to be part of the Consultant Connect faculty. I’ve participated in past events and always found the dialogue between consultants and economic developers to be extremely productive.”

Larry Gigerich
Larry GigerichManaging Director of Ginovus in Indianapolis, Indiana
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