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Our free, confidential, and independent professional referral service provides well-qualified personal introductions to relevant contacts according to specific investment project needs.

Our independent services for direct investment projects are free because we are supported by professionals who can deliver valuable services to more executives than they might reach otherwise.  We work with them to openly share knowledge of capabilities and contacts relevant to the capital investment project plans for company operations anywhere in North America or worldwide.  We work with executives in confidence.


Please contact us directly if we can support your strategic planning or direct investment project needs now or in the futureCall us at 847-304-4655 (Chicago)

Although we make it very easy to find thousands of useful resources worldwide through this website, we share further market knowledge in response to company needs through our research capabilities and personal networks of contacts.

Executives are encouraged to reply to our private Guest Book or Opt-In Research service.  These help us to continuously improve and share research privately according to special interests and communication preferences.    We can also perform custom research work.

The "Seek Advice" section outlines topics which may be helpful as general background - in confidence - so that we can support your project plans more effectively.

A simple fax-back form can be downloaded for convenience, but it is generally more convenient to just send us an e-mail or call us.

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May 10, 2007 - The White House has issued a new "Open Economies" policy statement and press release which includes the new Invest in America initiative at the US Department of Commerce within the International Trade Administration (ITA).

In the past, Commerce Department officials in the International Trade Administration, including Foreign Commercial Service officers and other staff at US embassies, have been tasked primarily with US export promotion and trade policy tasks.  Now they will also focus on the attraction of foreign direct investment projects to the USA.

White House press release and policy statement about Open Economies

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March 7, 2007 - A new "Invest in America" initiative has been announced by the US Department of Commerce.

This is a major change in US policy.  Other countries proactively seek to attract and retain foreign direct investment projects.

The US has left that almost entirely up to US states and local areas until now as a very fragmented approach with limited resources.

It will take time for this new policy to have a significant impact, but it seems to be a major change in policy which may attract both bi-partisan support and criticism.

Location Location Location : A Plant Location and Site Selection Guide

The image at right links to a PDF image of the book cover or refer to the cover text.


Biographic Profile : Marcel De Meirleir, Ph.D. - author

ISBN 1-890586-11-0  published 2006


Contact us about how to buy a copy of this guide to business site selection decisions.

US executives - US Department of Commerce - Foreign Commercial Service officers from US embassies in many countries are often available for introductory meetings at the National Manufacturing Week trade show in Chicago and other major industry events, such as to support export activities and discuss specific challenges you may be facing in the countries where they are working.  We also attend many industry and professional networking events.  Many economic development organizations exhibit at such events (see Event Recall )

It is usually much easier to just call us to discuss your interests, rather than search for what you need, and we also have knowledge and contacts beyond what is published on this website.

The Maps button (above right, in header) links to regional maps of the world and regional tables of contacts (area representatives and other sources of information, as shown at right) for investment projects.
Regional Tables of Contacts

as reached through the Maps or Participants buttons, or tables at the bottom of most pages. 

The tables list many website links and knowledge shared by participating area representatives, such as GUIDE Area Profiles and related services to help executives find information in a consistent way.  See the further explanation at the bottom of this section.

United States - Northeast and maps for MA, ME, NH, VT, RI, CT, NY

United States - Mid Atlantic and maps for PA, NJ, MD, DE, DC, VA, NC, WV

United States - Southeast and maps for FL, SC, and GA, TN, MS, AL

United States - Great Lakes and maps for MN, WI, IL, and IN, MI, OH, KY

United States - North Central and maps for MO, IA, KS, NE, ND, SD

United States - South Central  and maps for TX, OK, AR, LS

United States - Mountain and maps for CO, UT, AZ, NM, ID, MT, WY

United States - West Coast and maps for CA, NV,   OR, WA,   AK, HI, Pacific

Canada - and maps of Canada

Mexico - and maps of Mexico

Europe - and maps of Europe

Australia & New Zealand - and maps

Central America and Caribbean - and maps

South America - and maps of Brazil

Africa - and maps

Middle East - and maps

South Asia - and maps

Southeast Asia and Pacific - and maps

China and Taiwan - and maps

Korea - and maps

Japan - and maps

Some of these tables list additional sources of information at the bottom.  These tables will continue to be improved through research work and feedback from executives.

These selective tables of regional contacts are not intended to include all of the economic development or investment promotion agencies which may exist in a region.  We can identify others on request according to specific project interests, since there are thousands of them. 

These tables just make it easier to reach the websites and contacts in some areas which are proactively seeking direct investment projects and are frequently of interest to executives.

As the GUIDE Area Profile service expands, it should become easier to use these tables to search for areas of potential interest.  The Area Profile helps to overcome the inconsistency of thousands of investment promotion websites by summarizing key information in a standard way.

Similarly, the GUIDE Area Reports and GUIDE Experience Reports should bring greater consistency and reliability to presentations about the investment environment in an area, and the experiences of other investors there.

Explanation of the available reference information
  •  The new Real Estate Listings section will highlight major properties which are available around the world, and cross-reference such information to the local area representatives for background about the location, as well as to websites or specific contacts for property details, or to help assess such opportunities.  If you need to dispose of a major property, this may be a service of interest for that purpose, too.
  •  The new Projects and Company lists, which will take time to further develop and maintain, are intended to make it easier to visualize at a glance the leading companies which are clustered in an area, and provide links both to their websites for further information, as well as cross-references to the local area representatives.  These are available by region through the table of links at the bottom of this page.
  •  Visit our Bookshelf suggestions.  We welcome your  book suggestions, too.  Please share what you find to be useful.
  •  The new Research section will also evolve to identify many sources of published information.
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List of professional awards and comparative rankings for economic development organizations and service providers in this market niche

Explanation of the business Conflicts of interest? Why are there so many pages?
This business was set up to serve corporate executives who are responsible for strategic planning and the success of direct investment projects anywhere in the USA or worldwide (to establish, expand, relocate, or consolidate operations as markets or plans change).

This page of links just makes it easier to find sources of information or services which may be helpful to executives who are facing such decisions, including relevant websites, other information sources, and specific contacts. 

That is just one aspect of our service.  In effect, this website just helps to demonstrate the scope of knowledge which it is possible to share, but the key to this business is personal relationships and the support of specific projects.  We are not in business to be a website content or link publisher.  This is reflected in our performance goals and metrics for the rapid support of executives.

As we become more familiar with the needs of participants in our services, we will continue to make improvements to this website so that it is easier to share useful knowledge.

We also welcome participation by executives who may wish to share "lessons learned" or "proven solutions" from their own direct investment project experiences, especially in challenging markets where the support service infrastructure for investors is less developed than in the USA, Canada, and Europe, and the investment risks and complexities are greater.

As the Introduction section explains, the vision behind this business is to "pull" in relevant introductions quickly when they are needed, rather than continually "push" specific services or business locations at executives.  That introduces what you might call a retail model to this market, rather than traditional direct sales.

At first glance, some observers who are so tied to the old approach may think this represents a conflict of interest.  We strongly disagree.

In effect, the intent of this business is to become a "one stop" marketplace or "hot line" service for executives who are planning major projects.

The vision is to create a more efficient market for direct investment projects, just as the financial markets provide efficient processes for other types of investments.  We "go to market" to identify and develop relationships among executives who welcome such help as they research and evaluate their alternatives.

We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, and welcome suggestions for improvement.  We will also be glad to answer any questions you may have about our services.  TEL 847-304-4655

Please contact us directly if we may be of assistance with specific project plans, even at an early, exploratory stage of planning.  We have more contacts and experience available than will be published openly on this website.

Many of the content pages on this website are explanatory, and are intended for reference by area representatives and professional service providers who may not yet be familiar with our business or specific details of our services.

Since our services are funded by them, we have included content to explain such services from their perspective, just as this page focuses on the corporate perspective.

This minimizes the need for us to personally explain what we do to thousands of such contacts worldwide, and ensures consistency and transparency in all such presentations.  In short, we aren't saying different things to please different audiences.  It's all there, in writing.

This open disclosure to all potential participants explains how we operate, how our services are funded, and how they can benefit.  We try to make our sources of funding and how we do business very transparent to all participants.

Those pages are also openly available for reference by any executives who are curious about how our business operates as an independent service funded by competing service providers and area representatives who normally would not be expected to agree to work together.  As in the retail analogy, that is like having competing products on a store shelf.  They may still do marketing and direct sales work of their own, but there is also value in a better presentation at the point of sale.

Tip : these shortcuts can be found at the bottom of many pages to make it easier to navigate quickly to whatever list you need.     <top of page>
Location Consultants For Executives  (above) Lessons Learned Proven Solutions Sharing Project Work
Consultant tips (articles) Tax Consultants International Law Firms Strategy & Finance Incentives
Corporate Real Estate Design & Construction REIT's, Developers Human Resources Utilities
Associations & Publications Governmental Sources Ports, Rail, Airports Logistics Services Global Home , Events, and News about us
Referral Process Highlights Biographic Profiles Projects and The Market Recently published ads by areas or service providers Welcome Area Reps!
Major Real Estate Listings Awards, Sponsorships Useful Promotional materials "Event recall" service Our services for areas
Lists of area representatives (economic development, investment promotion agencies) by location

See also : new "advertising recall" service to highlight recently published ads, or our "event recall" service, with website links and contacts.

US : Northeast US : Great Lakes Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast US : South Central US : West Coast Central America, Caribbean
Europe South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia Korea Japan
Major project announcements and GUIDE Project Profiles by area (selective lists) - see also by Industry
US : Northeast US : Great Lakes East and Midwest Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast US : South Central US : West Coast Central America, Caribbean
Europe South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia Korea Japan
Trade promotion or other business development programs - whether at the local, regional, or national levels
These lists are under development, as they are not the main focus of our work with direct investment projects, but may sometimes be helpful resources for executives.
B2B Alliances, R&D Commercialization NAFTA  or FTAA of CAFTA European Union APEC
Selective lists of major companies, websites, and area representatives organized by location   (under development, suggestions welcome).  There are just initial lists, and will change significantly over time with local feedback.
US : Northeast    NY   CT   MA US : Great Lakes    OH  MI  IL  WI  MN Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic   PA  NJ  MD  VA  NC US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast   FL  GA US : South Central  Texas

US : West Coast

Northern CA , Southern CA

Central America, Caribbean
Europe   UK  Germany  Benelux  France  Scandinavia Switzerland South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia & Pacific Korea Japan

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