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The Inside Scoop on the Data Businesses Want to See

Date: December 4, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  Free

Registration Deadline: December 4 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Monday, December 3

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


As one of the largest independent site selection firms in the country, Site Selection Group knows what it takes for communities to catch the eye of businesses. In this webinar, analytics experts from Site Selection Group and Emsi will share the types of data and specific metrics site selection consultants and businesses most care about. They’ll also uncover the labor and community data that are most difficult to find on your city or town.

Key takeaways:

• Come away with specific recommendations on evaluating and communicating your labor market.
• Understand the metrics on your workforce that you should focus on with site selection consultants and businesses.
• Learn how best to share data with site selectors and businesses at different stages of a business attraction project.




Josh Bays
Site Selection Group

Josh Bays is a Partner at Site Selection Group where he leads the company’s industrial practice. Throughout his career, Bays has developed various cutting-edge analytical platforms that have enabled clients to optimize their location decisions. In addition, he is a critical part of the company's executive team and helps provide and implement strategic direction for Site Selection Group.

Prior to Site Selection Group, Bays worked at Trammell Crow Company where he was an integral part of the company’s corporate site selection team. Although Bays’ technical background is rooted in the field of Geographic Information Sciences, he is considered an expert in industrial site selection where he integrates real estate and economic incentive strategies for the company’s industrial clients. Bays has completed more than 750 projects for global clients, including Adidas, Amazon.com, Bimbo Bakeries, Boeing, Harley-Davidson, Papa John’s, and Ryder.

Bays received his MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Bays holds a bachelor's degree in geography with concentrations in urban geography and geographic information science from The University of Texas at Austin. Bays is a licensed real estate salesman in the State of Texas.

Chris Schwinden
Vice President
Site Selection Group

Chris is a vice president of Site Selection Group where he supports the company's industrial site selection and economic development consulting projects. Chris's extensive background providing advanced analytics in the economic development industry provides Site Selection Group clients invaluable perspective as he evaluates critical location drivers such as workforce characteristics, business environment, transportation & logistics, economic incentives climate, and real estate conditions.

Prior to joining Site Selection Group, Schwinden was a senior research analyst at the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. While there, he completed numerous labor market and cost analyses, and built robust competitiveness models to identify specific industry clusters and firms for recruitment to the state. Schwinden also worked at the North Carolina Department of Commerce where he produced economic and fiscal impact analyses for the state's major incentive programs.

Joshua Wright
Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development

Joshua Wright serves as the Vice President of Economic and Workforce Development at Emsi, a labor market and economic analytics firm. He leads the company's community insights division, a team whose focus is to help communities and states strengthen their economies and help jobseekers find career success. He regularly presents on data best practices and emerging trends in economic and workforce development. He's a contributor to Forbes and writes for Area Development magazine, the International Economic Development Council's blog, and other prominent publications. He previously served as Emsi's director of marketing and PR. While in his marketing role, he worked with editors at USA Today, CityLab, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal to analyze the latest workforce trends.


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