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Our Host, Ed Burghard interviews Chris Steele – Investment Consulting Associates.
Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) has the potential to transform a community’s economic development efforts. In many ways it is the same as domestic company attraction, retention and expansion. But there are very important differences that need to be taken into account in order for a community’s FDI investment to bear fruit. This week Ed Burghard speaks with Chris Steele COO and President of Investment Consulting Associates (ICA), an expert in the field of foreign direct investment. Chris describes what it takes for an EDO to have a successful FDI effort.
Chris Steele has over 20 years of experience in location consulting, site selection, planning, and economic development, resulting in a unique perspective on how the concept of place impacts business and community success around the globe. His experience in diverse industries, service areas, and countries gives him the ability to show how lessons from different industries or functions can bring innovation to other areas.
Past clients include The Boeing Company, BlueCross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Lenovo, Morgan Stanley, Becton Dickinson, the Transportation Research Board, Olympus, First Industrial Realty Trust, and Biogen IDEC. He also frequently advises governments and public sector agencies on business attraction and economic development efforts.
Chris has written on location strategy and real estate topics for Area Development, Business Expansion Journal, Site Selection Online Insider, Cargo Business News, and the Journal of Corporate Real Estate, and served as an editor for Ernst & Young’s United States Investment Monitor.
Chris holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with specific concentrations in land use planning and real estate development. He has also taught real estate and regional economic development at the University of Massachusetts and has guest lectured at Columbia and Rutgers University.
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