In our webinar series, our goal is to bring together thought leaders and offer well-informed perspectives on issues to support our economic recovery. We’ll share advice, both strategic and tactical, for managing through the current challenges to reach a better place for us all.
Webinar attendees will come away with new ideas for recovery including:
- Preparing your EDO for the new “normal”
- Identifying and competing for industries and emerging sub-sectors that will be in high demand
- Burgeoning site selection and incentive trends
- Fundamentals of economic disaster recovery and funding strategies
- Potential for near and re-shoring of manufacturing activities with a discussion on the Blue economy
- Potential new economic development policies and legislation headed our way
Meet the Speakers
President & Founder
Gazelle.ai & ROI Research on Investment
Steven Jast has over 20 years’ experience in all aspects of economic development. He began his career at the boutique advisory firm CAI Corporate Affairs International, where he specialized in site selection analysis, jurisdictional marketing, and industrial clustering. A serial entrepreneur, Steve founded the economic development consulting firm ROI Research on Investment in 2003. Since then, ROI has grown from a staff of two to an international company of 60 professionals with offices in four countries. In 2015, he founded Gazelle.ai to push the boundaries of methods used to identify early-stage signals of corporate expansion.
Nadine Jeserich, PhD
VP of Analytics
ROI Research on Investment
Nadine received her Ph.D. in Economics from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia and her Masters in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. Before joining Gazelle.ai, Nadine was the Principal Economist at Growth Economics Inc. An expert in benchmarking and growth cluster analyses, Nadine is responsible for developing models and training algorithms to identify growth signals related to emerging companies and targeted industries.
Principal & Founder
Kirsten has served as Senior Policy Advisor on President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, Lead Economic Recovery Coordinator Consultant for the US Virgin Islands Hurricanes Irma and Maria Recovery (currently ongoing), Lead Economic Recovery Coordinator through US Department of Commerce and FEMA for Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Recovery, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Coordinator for the US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration, Deputy Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, and Founder and Executive Director of Open Bracket Delaware.
Site Selection Consultant
Parker Poe Consulting
Morgan Crapps is a Consultant with Parker Poe Consulting. Parker Poe Consulting is a boutique location advisory firm that works with corporate clients to find optimal locations for their entry, expansion, or relocation in North America. Parker Poe Consulting is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein, a full-service business law firm with 200+ attorneys. Morgan frequently advises companies on manufacturing, distribution, office, and development projects and has significant experience working with global businesses to facilitate foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States. She also negotiates and structures incentive agreements with state and local governments.
Director, Investment Advisory
Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE)
Pilar Madrigal is the Head of Investment Promotion and Aftercare at the Costa Rican Investment Promotion Agency (CINDE). She joined CINDE in 1998 and during her 21-year career at CINDE, she has been instrumental in leading the organization’s international promotion efforts. In her current role, she is responsible for developing strategies, activities and programs to promote foreign direct investment into Costa Rica as well as overseeing the long-term growth of the companies already established in the country.