Our Publications

Part of the Ady Mission is Education

We feel it is part of our role as economic development and marketing professionals to share our knowledge and help others stay abreast of changes in the marketplace and updated on trends. But we take it a step further by sharing insight as to how to best USE the information based on our experience and examples.

Create a unique path forward with the Ady Advantage Toolbox Solutions.

The Rural Economic Development Toolbox

ruraltoolboxcoverWe were inspired to write The Rural Economic Development Toolbox  after teaching a number of private classes on the topic. ED professionals serving in rural areas lacked many resources focused on the unique challenges they faced. We then presented a workshop during the National Rural Economic Development Association conference, and the rest, as they say, is history.

Due to popular demand, this publication is currently out of print. Check out our blogs to find regular updates on topics related to rural economic development or contact us to discuss the latest trends we are seeing in rural economic development.

The Talent Toolbox for Economic Developers

talenttoolboxcoverWhen it comes to attracting new business to your area, talent matters. What your community or region does – or doesn’t do – to craft its own talent strategy may be the single biggest determinant of your success over the next generation. It has major implications on whether your community or region will be competitive.

This book was created to share stories from others who faced the challenge of strengthening their talent base. Our goal is to provide you with some fresh ideas and inspire you to think outside the box when it comes to talent challenges in your region or organization. We call it a “toolbox” because it’s meant to give you practical ideas and insights you can use to create real, meaningful change.

Other Publications

In addition to our workbooks and our popular “As I See It” blog and social media presence on Twitter and LinkedIn, we regularly develop more formal thought leadership pieces such as:

  • Research with site selectors, updated every three years.
  • White papers on topics such as Talent Strategies.
  • Presentations on topics such as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural economic development, what’s next for rural economic development, and how to implement economic equity and mobility initiatives.

These publications are frequently development, presented, published and distributed in conjunction with national economic development association partners such as: