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 2021 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.

This year we will be taking a virtual “roadtrip” across North America where each 2021 Top 50 recipient 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. In addition, each winner will be interviewed on our America’s Jobs Team Podcast to spread their knowledge and wisdom. We are so glad to have the opportunity to collaborate, learn from and lift up these individuals!

Congratulations to each of this year’s winners!

Adam Hess, CSX
Andrew Carty, Indiana State Department of Agriculture
Ashley Cagle, Wake County Economic Development
Barry Broome, Greater Sacramento Economic Council
Betsy Markey, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade
Brandon Simmons, REDI Cincinnati
Brian Sillitto, Greater Columbus Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Cal Wray, Augusta Economic Development Authority
Carolyn Rowley, Lubbock Economic Development Alliance
Cathy Knapp, Southwest Michigan First
Cristina Paredes, Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality
Chris Camacho, Greater Phoenix Economic Council
Chris Strayer, Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Christine Mackay, City of Phoenix
Courtland Robinson, Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Daniel Silverman, Investissement Québec International
Danny Chavez, McKinney Economic Development Corporation
David Leezer, Wichita Falls (TX) Chamber of Commerce
Eileen Cai, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance
Emily Jerkins, Birmingham Business Alliance
FJ “Josh” Fenn, Henry County Development Authority
Gilberto Salinas, Kerr Economic Development Corporation
Janel Carothers, Hancock County Port & Harbor Commission
Jayson Knott, Maryland Department of Commerce
Jennifer Conoley, Florida’s Great Northwest
Jill Marasa, Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County
Jonathan Coleman, Laurens County Development Corporation (SC)
Karla Moran, Salt River Project
Kenny McDonald, One Columbus
Kimm Lauterbach, REDI Cincinnati
Kurt Foreman, Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Lenora Fisher, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council
Liana Hovakimyan, Toronto Global
Lora Steele, The Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership
Matt McQuade,  One Columbus
Matthew Slotwinski, Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership
Meghan DiGiacomo, Highlands County Economic Development
Michael Harvey, Northwest Arkansas Council
Michael Looney, San Angelo Chamber of Commerce
Mitch Stringer, Cooperative Energy
Quentin Messer, New Orleans Business Alliance
RJ Ball, Empire State Development
Ryan Combs, Research Triangle Regional Partnership
Sean M. Maguire, Town of Colonie (NY)
Tammy Fields, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC
Taylor Kielty, Georgia Department of Economic Development
Tim Allen, Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce
Tom Ryan, Pasco Economic Development Council
Tony Ramirez, The Borderplex Alliance
Will Williams, Western South Carolina Economic Development Partnership

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Marty VanagsPresident of Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership in Malta, NY

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

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Chris SchastokVice President of CBRE in Chicago, Illinois

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Brad MigdalExecutive Managing Director of Transwestern in Chicago, Illinois

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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 McEnroePrincipal of Kate McEnroe Consulting in Atlanta, Georgia

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Larry GigerichManaging Director of Ginovus in Indianapolis, Indiana
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