Transparency, responsiveness and basic honesty were three of the key takeaways from a panel of top site location consultants at the Southern Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference which was held recently in Charlotte. The panelists- Kathy Mussio, Atlas Insight; Mark Sweeney, McCallum Sweeney; Robin Spinks, Principal, Greenfield - provided updates on trends in new business locations and shared insights on the value of building trust in business relationships, in order to work successfully in the exceedingly competitive site location process.
The Partnership and several of our regional economic development partners hosted the gathering of 350 economic development professionals from seventeen southern states. The theme of this year’s conference was Redefining Competitiveness, something we all must do to remain relevant and stay on top of our economic development game. Here in Charlotte USA, we’re doing just that by taking a fresh look at everything from branding and fundraising to technology and partnerships with other economic development organizations.
High level economic, industrial, and community development issues were the focus across numerous sessions of the two day event held at the Westin Hotel in uptown.
The global economic development leaders in attendance reaped critical insights to address and advance issues and opportunities which will impact our region, as well as regions across our nation and around the world. Program highlights included keynote remarks from Marcus Smith, President & CEO, Speedway Motorsports; a panel discussion on economic and community development finance in smaller markets; remarks from Gray Swoope, Vision First Advisors, on promoting continued public investment in your community; and remarks from the author of Charlotte USA’s regional strategic plan, Amy Holloway, Avalanche Consulting, on attracting and retaining the Millennial workforce.
The SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development organization in North America, with a network of more than 1000 economic development professionals operating in 17 states including the Carolinas.
Ronnie L. Bryant, CEcD, FM, HLM
President & CEO
Charlotte Regional Partnership
550 S. Caldwell St., Suite 760
Charlotte, NC 28202