Economic Development

Strategic Consulting

Professionals

"Blending the science of economic development with the clarity of intuition"

Executive Search


If you are looking to replace a seasoned executive, staff a start up organization, or plan for succession you have come to the right place.  Our focus is purely in the economic development and chamber of commerce arena.  Having been personally recruited by the larger firms in the industry we know what works and what doesn't, and more importantly having led multiple local and regional EDO's we know the industry from the inside out, not from the outside in.  Uniquely qualified to grow your business, our 30-year "rolodex" and networking experience will explore every possible angle.


STRATEGIC AUDITS


As practitioners, advocates and Board members, we engage the challenges and opportunities from multiple perspectives and can help guide you through a multitude of strategic opportunities while avoiding significant obstacles.  We've written nationally published articles like, "Does a Rising Tide Really Lift All Boats", "Talent - the Currency of the 21st Century Economic Developer", and "Tiered Benefits - aka Short-Term ROI".  And as one of the authors of the Georgia Development Authorities Manual, specifically the Chapter on Strategic Planning for EDO's, we understand economic development both literally and figuratively.  Let us help you and your team chart a new course.


Tiered Benefits and Tiered Dues


Tiered Benefits are the short-term equivalent of long-term return on investment (ROI) and are critical to ensuring your Economic Development Organization's Capital Campaign is a resounding success.  Tiered Dues refers to the Chamber of Commerce model that allows your stakeholders to choose the level of service they require, in stark contrast to the Fair Share Dues model which is anything but fair.


mergers and alliances


Is your organization working in partnership with like-minded agencies or are you doing all the heaving lifting alone?  Would it make sense to merge with another organization or at least align in such a way as to reduce common expenditures while maintaining autonomy?  If you have questions let us provide you with decades of experience to help you navigate the many land mines you'll encounter on your exploration.


FUNDRAISING


As owners of the premier not-for-profit fundraising firm in the U.S., Convergent NonProfit Solutions, we bring the resources and expertise to bear on community campaigns as small as $750,000 to those of $10 million or larger - on time and under budget.  With decades of fundraising experience in multiple not-for-profit disciplines, our Principals have a national reputation for exceeding goals on time and under budget.  If you run a nonprofit, we can help! Some of the industries we represent include:

Arts & Culture
Animal Welfare
Athletic Parks & Recreation
Chambers of Commerce
Community Development Organizations
Charter Schools
Churches
Community Colleges
Domestic Violence
Economic/Workforce Development
Education/Research
Environmental
Foundations & Public Benefit
Fraternities/Sororities
Government
Homeless Shelters

Hospice/Hospitals/Healthcare Organizations
Libraries and Museums
Universities and Community Colleges