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 2020 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.

Each 2020 Top 50 winner will be individually featured on our selected social media channels of LinkedIn and Twitter. Each winner will share about their expertise in the field and some leadership insights they’ve learned along the way. We are so glad to have the opportunity to collaborate, learn from and lift up these individuals!

We are now accepting nominations for the 2021 North American Top 50 Economic Developers! Who do you think should be recognized for their hard work, dedication and continuous leadership in the economic development community? Click the button below to nominate someone.

Alejandra Guzman, The New Orleans Business Alliance
Alicia Janesko Hutchings,
Kansas Department of Commerce
Amanda Taylor,
GREATER MSP Partnership
Ashley Varnum,
Georgia Department of Economic Development
Ben France,
Little Rock Regional Chamber
Bentley Story,
Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Bo Gregory,
Development Authority of Monroe County
Brenda Robbins,
Georgia Power
Cathy Chambers,
Florida Power & Light
Chassen Haynes,
Tennessee Department of Economic Development
Chris Masingill,
St. Tammany Corporation
Chung Tan,
City of Fayetteville, Arkansas
Courtney Pogue,
City of Dallas Office of Economic Development
Dana Saucier,
Daniel Hengeveld,
Toronto Global
Danielle Mousseau,
Florida Power & Light
Danielle Ruiz,
Duke Energy Florida
Don Pierson,
Louisiana Economic Development
Doug Kehlhem,
Doug Minkler,
Greater Seattle Partners
Erin Schneider,
Duke Energy Indiana
Glenda Washington,
GO Topeka
Grady Fitzpatrick,
Greater New Orleans, Inc.
Heidi Jameson,
JAXUSA Partnership
Isaac Lee,
Steuben County Economic Development
Jeff Janiszewski,
Strategic Business Development, Empire State Development
Jennifer Wakefield,
Greater Richmond Partnership
Jessi Pederson,
City of Glendale, Arizona Economic Development
Joe Melvin,
North Carolina’s Southeast
Justin Horvath,
Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
Kati Hynes,
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Kelly Andrews,
Pitt County Development Commission
Linda Jolly,
El Dorado Inc.
Lisa Hughes,
  Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Lori Becklenberg,
Marvin J. Price,
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Matt Hall,
One Southern Indiana
Melissa Glasgow,
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners
Mitch Heaton,
Dayton Development Coalition
Mitchel Allen,
 Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Patty Huddle,
One Columbus
Rachel Pierson Delamain,
Baton Rouge Area Chamber
Rebecca Nolan,
MetroHartford Alliance
Richard Cornelison,
Robert Trezise Jr.,
Lansing Economic Area Partnership
Scarlett Phaneuf,
PowerSouth Energy
Stephen Thompson,
Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Steven Wright,
City of Chesapeake Economic Development
Thomas Maynard,
Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Tim Allen,
Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce

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