South Atlantic: DE/DC/FL/GA/MD/NC/SC/VA/WV

Virginia Beach Department of Economic Development (VA) – Talent Pipeline Review

Challenge Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, employers across the country were experiencing severe labor market challenges, including low labor force participation rates and the aging out of the baby boom generation. With the onset of the pandemic, many of these challenges were accelerated. Workers across the country scrambled to figure […]

Tampa Bay Economic Development Council (FL) – Strategic Action Plan

Challenge Tampa Bay’s strong economic base, high-profile developments, diverse culture, and desirable amenities have made it one of the country’s fastest-growing regions. Guided by its 2017 strategic plan, the Tampa Bay Economic Development Council (TBEDC), formerly the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, has been instrumental in several regional transformations. Despite

Pinellas County, FL – Comprehensive Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge Located in the Tampa Bay region, Pinellas County, Florida, is home to beautiful beaches, vibrant communities, excellent colleges and universities, and diverse and forward-looking companies, assets that have served it well through tumultuous times. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, the county has been effective in working with

City of Richmond, VA – Economic Development Strategic Plan

Challenge Richmond’s population gains since the 2000 Census marked a reversal from contractions led by white flight and urban disinvestment in prior decades. In addition to its robust population growth, the city began drawing attention for its amenities including an emerging arts, food, and craft beer scene; a vibrant African

City of Richmond, VA – Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy

Challenge The City of Richmond lacked a prepared workforce and the capacity to build and sustain innovative industries. To better understand their challenges and the opportunities surrounding these issues, the City of Richmond engaged TIP Strategies (TIP) and Hill-Christian Consulting Group (HCCG) to prepare a comprehensive economic development strategy, or

Northwest Florida – Regional Strategy for Economic Transformation

Challenge Northwest Florida’s traditional reliance on tourism and on the presence of US military installations and personnel to drive growth has obscured the essential role overall business vitality plays in successful economies. The region’s vulnerability to external shocks and the need to develop a more diversified economy were illuminated first

Montgomery County, MD – Comprehensive Economic Strategic Plan

Challenge Montgomery County is one of the most prosperous and successful communities in the United States. It boasts numerous strengths, including world-class research institutions, globally recognizable brands, a highly educated and diverse populace, and attractive neighborhoods. And yet, Montgomery County (and the entire Washington DC region) faced a profoundly changed

I-68 Regional Economic Partnership (WV/MD) – Target Industry Analysis

Challenge Interstate 68 (I-68) is a 113-mile, east-west highway that travels through mountainous and rural areas to connect I-70 in Hancock, Maryland, to I-79 in Morgantown, West Virginia. In 2016, the counties and cities that share I-68 as a common asset formed the I-68 Regional Economic Partnership (REP). While the

Delaware Business Roundtable – Delaware Investment Agenda

Challenge The 2016 Delaware Growth Agenda outlined a transformative strategy for reinvigorating The First State’s economic trajectory and implementing a reset of its economic development approach, most notably through the establishment of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership. In the years since the Growth Agenda’s release, Delaware has experienced significant economic growth—on

Charleston County Economic Development (SC) – Strategic Operations Plan

Challenge Faced with the closure of the Charleston Naval Complex in the early 1990s and the loss of some 22,000 jobs, Charleston County leaders responded decisively, establishing an economic development function with broad deal-making authority and dedicated funding. The decision proved to be a game-changer when Charleston was selected as

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