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economic dev strategies

Economic Development Action Plans

We have a combined 80+ years of successful economic development experience to craft strategic action plans for economic development organizations, each with actionable execution guidelines that focus on achieving success for the client. We have done more than 80 comprehensive economic development strategies since 2003. Our work is innovative, creative, yet real world.

Our methodology includes extensive community input, comprehensive benchmarking with comparative/peer communities, and a perspective from our site location advisory experience of what makes successful communities globally competitive.

We build our plans on these three key pillars:

NoProductNoProject
You can’t sell from an empty wagon. You must have product that meets the demands of your targeted industry sectors.
TalentNewCurrency
The region must invest in its citizens and skill them up on the occupations that your current and future business sectors demand.
ControlDestiny
Without a plan and the implementation of that plan, your region or community is rudderless.

No Product, No Project™ and Talent is the New Currency™ are registered trademarks of Garner Economics LLC. Use of these trademarked phrases are prohibited without the expressed written consent of Garner Economics.

We stand behind our implementation recommendations, ensuring that they can be executed seamlessly and effectively. We make ourselves available in an advisory capacity-at no additional fee-for whatever period necessary after the final report has been delivered.

“Garner Economics was incredible to work with from start to finish. Jay and his team were constantly in communication and met or exceeded every deadline and expectation we had. We wanted an economic development strategy that would power us forward, while still recognizing Covington’s unique and quirky vibes. Garner Economics delivered creative insights and recommendations that left our Board of Commissioners ‘blown away.’ There were definitely some hard truths in there, but they put us in a great position to start implementing right away.”

Ross Patten, City of Covington, KY

Sample Clients


MissoulaEP
SantaRosaEDA
RoundRockTX Chamber
ColoradoSprings
ColumbiaCountyGA
MartinsburgWV
FredericksburgVA ED
SouthwestIndiana EDC
NewHanoverCounty NC
FayettevilleGA
CharlesCounty
CharlesCounty