Suggestions are welcome.
section will provide summary lists and further links to describe both past
projects and non-confidential projects for which support work is in
progress. We will not list all project leads we are supporting,
or have supported in the past, even anonymously, as explained below.
This section is primarily intended to make it easier to visualize the
benefits of professional project support, and to share non-confidential
local project knowledge in a consistent way. We
may also sometimes communicate special support
needs as appropriate beyond any direct contact we may have among active
such as to openly seek solutions from unfamiliar sources.
Recent Requests for
This section will be used to call attention to active, non-confidential
projects for which specific assistance is being sought on an open basis to
For example, there may be a need to find help in locations where GDI
Solutions has been unable to identify suitable contacts, or there may be a
need to find very specialized services or information. This doesn't
happen very often, particularly in the USA.
Such requests may
be anonymous if the company prefers.
explained further below.
announcements of major past
Template for Project
Profiles - outline of topics
The linked section will summarize, with prior approval by the
executives involved, specific cases of prior projects which have been
supported by GDI Solutions or participants in our services, such as economic
development agencies or professional service providers.
Refer also the "The Market" section, which
may selectively summarize announcements of major projects whether or not GDI
Solutions was involved, just to make it easier to find publicly available
information as a basic research service.
There are also links in the Participants and Contacts section to various
services which track major
project announcements and report or analyze them, whether for free or as
a service to clients. Project details often may not be shared openly
for reasons of confidentiality in their direct research process or client
Although we also track major project announcements
worldwide through the GUIDE Network Survey process and other research to
support our own work, we don't publish such information. We just use
it for internal reference with investors.
The purpose of this section is to illustrate the scope of support available to investors through practical examples
of past projects. This may reflect how referrals to area
representatives and service providers were handled, plus feedback about the outcome
of such introductions.
As a new service, this section take some
time to develop. See also the Biography
section for the personal experience of active participants in our services,
the Participants section for links to
information about the project experience of service providers or area
representatives, as also provided by the shortcut tables below.
Some information of this nature will also become available from
participants in other GUIDE services, such as through Experience Reports or
Area Reports which may highlight recent success stories. Links to such
GUIDE Reports will become available as they are published, through the
Participants section as well as in the News or Special Interest sections as
Non-confidential active projects
(recent requests for assistance)
active projects will only be identified to specific participants or other
contacts as requested by the executives involved, and will not be openly
It is too easy for some people, even in the case of "anonymous"
descriptions of major projects, to guess which company is involved, which
can have unintended but very harmful consequences (confidentiality
In this era of sophisticated databases and query tools, as well as
Internet search engines, even a fairly generic project description may be
sufficient for a professional in this niche (or journalists and financial
analysts!) to guess the investor's
identity, or to find out through a few probing phone calls - perhaps by
pretending to know something already.
For example, if the project relates to market entry within a given
industry, it is often easy to guess which firm may be looking to enter that market,
given knowledge about who is already there, or who in the industry is known
already to have no such interest, and good knowledge of industry trends and
companies which are growing in that market. The scale of the project can also be a clue. The
larger the project, the greater the motivation to try to find the identity
of the investor, and establish direct contact if possible.
Similarly, if a project relates to relocation or expansion of an existing
presence in a region, that also narrows the field, as is also obviously the
case for consolidation projects. Few clues may be necessary!
Employees (and labor unions) may be watching for such news.
One reason for companies to agree to list active projects openly here
is to make all area representatives and service providers readily aware that GDI
Solutions is already involved and can make appropriate introductions at the right
time according to the interests of the executives involved.
This can avoid many time-wasting and perhaps harmful enquiries, while also helping to identify
relevant solutions efficiently, since those with any potential interest have
a specific point of contact at GDI Solutions already. As the confidentiality example
illustrates, there is sometimes a need even for very confidential projects
to be partially disclosed as a response to the "rumor
mill" problem so that people who are fishing for project contacts don't
create unintended problems for the company by approaching all their