Developers seek expert advice

Published 4:01 pm Wednesday, April 28, 2010

By By Chandler Myers
Products, promotion and patience are the key tools communities need to land new industries, an economic development expert told local officials and area economic developers Saturday at a breakfast meeting hosted by Coastal Gateway Economic Development Authority.
The breakfast meeting was part of a weekend visit by three industrial site consultants.
The group met for breakfast at Wind Creek Casino &Hotel in Atmore, with featured speakers including Robert Pittman and Jennifer Tanner, senior principals for Janus Economics. Pittman suggested the “three Ps” are the secret to success for landing a company in a community.
Henderson said that most companies do not have a preference of where they are located.
Local incentives come into play at the back end of a project once a company or site consultant has narrowed their selections down to two or three communities or regions, Pittman said.
A community is not “buying” a project by having incentives ready and available, he said.
Marshall Rogers, executive director for the Escambia County Industrial Development Authority, said she came away from the meeting with good information.

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