|The process "To
Participate" more actively in our work is explained separately for the three networks of contacts
See how to request a relevant
directory listing Refer also to the
Introduction to Global Direct
Investment Solutions for background about this business.
In short, just contact us at 847-304-4655 or
by e-mail if you are interested in participating actively in any of our
|We hope that
the extensive information available on this website will also make it easier
to understand the potential benefits of our services, but executives are
encouraged to contact us directly.
This website isn't intended to be a "do it yourself" tool.
It just introduces the scope of available assistance, and provides a faster
response for many routine research needs by sharing basic knowledge and
contacts on a global 24x7 basis for links to thousands of sources of
|The choice to participate is hopefully as easy
as the process we have created to do it.
It's free for executives.
It should prove to be a good value for area
representatives and service providers relative to alternative ways to reach
executives who are known to be genuinely interested in the capabilities they
We don't expect anyone to read through this entire website, but by
organizing so much information in advance, we hope you can quickly find
whatever you need, and will decide to participate soon. If not, please
let us know, as we welcome suggestions for improvement while we continue to
develop our services with the active participants.
|The website design makes it easy for us
to update the content quickly and respond effectively to questions which
potential participants may share. Despite the volume of content, we
hope it proves easy to find what you need. Note the "Shortcuts"
table in this regard.
The website should also make it easy to accompany
the progress of GDI Solutions, both in terms of participation levels and our
focus on connecting executives with major projects to the people who
can help them. As we grow, we'll be able to offer more and better
introductions, and share valuable market knowledge easily through this site.
As the business grows, the website will necessarily become more
sophisticated to deal with the needs of participants even better. For
now, however, this is already enough to start getting the job done.
|We encourage executives who may have future
responsibility for major projects (affecting over 50 new or relocated or
lost jobs, somewhere in the world) to contact us and consider participating
actively even if there are no immediate project plans at this time.
We try to prepare in advance for the support of any major project
which seems likely to happen within the next 3-5 years, rather than just the
"hot" projects or those which are ready for an active "site search".
We also welcome any suggestions or corrections for the lists in the
Participants and contacts section.
|In particular, we need to grow the base of
participants and shared knowledge and contacts among economic development
professionals as rapidly as possible. We already know how to
reach thousands of contacts, as the sample lists of contacts
shows, but we need to work together to expand the knowledge we can share with
We welcome all
areas to participate in the free
GUIDE Network Survey to update our basic contact records,
but as the examples show, the GUIDE Area Profiles are even more important to
our support process.
organize knowledge to
serve executives better, including more appropriate introductions, while
SICR enables us to
do the relationship development work to reach more such
Participation in the GUIDE Area Profile
process should be viable for many area representatives, and can be developed
quickly within the
current budget constraints facing many areas. It will help us to share much better knowledge
about all the participating areas.
|We also welcome feedback from executives about
their level of interest in the various services,
especially if we may disclose such
interest so that potential participants see evidence of actual "demand"
for new services such as the GUIDE Area Profiles, Area Reports, or Experience
Reports, because they would need to invest in such work.
They need to know
: If they invest in such work, will executives use it? Will it help
introduce their services or areas to executives? Which services, or
what specific content, is likely to be of greatest interest? After
all, their resources are limited, so they need to focus their work.
|We launched this business officially at the
IEDC Annual Conference, September 22-25, 2002, in Oakland CA and the CoreNet
Global Summit in San Diego in November 2002.
initial launch work was to make professional service providers and area
representatives aware of what we are doing, so that we can work together to
support executives. The launch work among corporate executives, to
make them aware of the service and support their plans, started early in
participants will be highlighted through our initial promotional work, which will be modest
at first (simple booth), but grow as participation levels and resources
will also help us in choices about the priorities in the use of our limited
time and research resources, and in our selection of active participants.
For example, if we discover through feedback from executives that better
information about investment contacts and information sources in a
particular region are of strong interest, then we can focus our own research
efforts on providing such information, and can encourage professional
service providers and area representatives with relevant knowledge in those
areas to participate more actively for that purpose.
Some of our initial promotional work had already identified over 100
potential projects by September 2002, including 30 of sufficient scale to be
of likely interest to professional service providers, and the work is really
just beginning. By September 2003, the list was much larger.
That list of future projects, which we do not publicize
because of confidentiality constraints, should grow rapidly as the business
launch proceeds in 2004.
We also hope that referrals will expand our reach
as more executives and professional advisors become aware of our work.
|Please also note that we welcome
referrals, such as to any executives who are
known to have active or longer term project plans or responsibilities.
We also welcome feedback from executives to share "lessons
learned" and "proven solutions"
from past projects.
|We are already starting the promotional work
to make thousands of top executives aware of this service, and will
expand that effort as quickly as resources permit through growth in both the
number of participants and the services provided to them, such as SICR and
It takes time and resources to develop and maintain the relationships
necessary for this service to succeed, which is why active participation to
support our work is vital to the process. We cannot do work of this
nature without the financial support of those who benefit from it.
|Please be patient with us
during this startup phase, which is going to be fast-paced and very demanding,
but we already intend to try to adhere to our
service level goals for
corporate executives from the very start, so that even the earliest
participants should be happy with the support the receive while we are
expanding and improving our capabilities to serve them as quickly as possible.
||As we attract more participants and greater
levels of participation, we also intend to steadily grow the number of
relationship development executives who we employ to divide the work and
continue to expand our reach in this market.
Please refer to the
Careers section if that may be of interest, since
we maintain a list of candidates so that we can act very
We welcome resumes, but given the focus of our startup work at the
moment, we may not be able to discuss them promptly and follow up with all
applicants. We maintain a file of applicants, and then contact them as
appropriate to our needs at the time.