ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION OF WAYNE COUNTY, INDIANA
Wayne County, Indiana, suffering from years of losses of Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive industry suppliers, needed a new plan that would build consensus and drive economic change. EDCWC retained Ady Advantage to assist with this process. As a result of the plan’s implementation, a number of businesses have chosen to invest in Wayne County, including Primex Plastics Corp, Wolverine Worldwide and Jason Finishing Group.
GREATER HOUSTON PARTNERSHIP
The Greater Houston Partnership was three years into a five-year plan when it retained Ady Advantage. The plan was to significantly increase employment, capital investment, and foreign trade in the Houston region. Among many target industries, Greater Houston Partnership was targeting Fortune 500 headquarters relocations. However, it needed a focus and a strategy to make the most of its limited resources. As a result of the reverse site selection project conducted by Ady Advantage, three Fortune 500 headquarters out of 42 that were qualified have announced relocations or relocated to Houston to date.
JOINT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE OF SOUTHERN OHIO
The Southern Ohio region consists of four geographically small but highly populated counties just south of Columbus, Ohio. Its historic claim to fame was a Department of Energy facility that for decades was the economic driver of the region but which is now being decommissioned. This regional group emerged to strategically build new bases of economic growth and vitality. Ady Advantage has worked with them from their initial target industry analyses, branding, and website to ongoing recruitment programs. Since we completed our work in 2013, over $175 million has been invested in the region.
OPERATION OSWEGO COUNTY, NEW YORK
In October 2011, Birds Eye announced the closing of a 281,000 sf plant on 20 acres in Fulton, NY. The plant had employed 280 people and was the largest municipal energy and water user in the county. Operation Oswego County contracted with Ady Advantage to identify targeted industries and businesses as potential candidates to occupy the site.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, VIRGINIA
To help aid future growth and diversify away from coal mining, Washington County needed to cut through the clutter and create a meaningful positioning for the community that spoke to site selectors and relocating/expanding businesses. In order to accomplish this, it would have to align county constituents and towns within the region, as well as determine how best to focus its limited marketing resources. It retained Ady Advantage to develop an economic development strategic action plan, new brand identity, and website to help focus and guide its efforts in today’s uber-competitive economic development climate. Download the Washington County, VA Case Study.