Journal article

Mediating Local Economic Development: The Place of Site Selection Consultants in Industrial Recruitment

Andrew M Wood, Nicholas A Phelps

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT QUARTERLY | SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2019

Abstract

The local economic development practice of attracting industry, investment, and employment is a long-standing one in the United States. Yet the manner in which this investment is mediated has always been shrouded in mystery. The mediation of investment and the particular role of site selection consultants in facilitating corporate location decisions is the principal focus of this commentary. The authors draw on a series of recent interviews to illustrate how economic development organizations view the role of site selection consultants and their contribution to the practice of industrial recruitment. The authors conclude that, while location consultants bring certain welcome efficiencies to ..

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