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How AI and Big Data are Transforming Economic Development

Date: December 11, 2018

Time:  2:30 pm - 3:30 pm ET

Price:  Free

Registration Deadline: December 11 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Monday, December 10

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


The explosion of AI in consumer products testifies to how useful this technology is and how widespread its applications can be. The effects of AI & Big Data on economic development are being felt on multiple levels but nowhere so acutely as in targeting strategy and lead generation. The ability to identify early-stage signals for corporate expansion provides a distinct competitive advantage for economic developers.

Please join Steve Jast, President and Founder of Gazelle.ai, in this exciting webinar: How AI and Big Data are Transforming Economic Development. Learn about its positive impact on performance for early adopter Economic Development professionals.




Steven Jast
ROI Research on Investment
Montreal, QC

As President of ROI, Steven lead the growth of ROI Research on Investment from a two-person start-up in 2003, to a Profit Magazine “Hot 50” company, having posted revenue growth over 300% and becoming Canada’s 26th fastest growing company in 2007. Steven was further recognized as a Finalist in the Ernst & Young International Entrepreneur of the Year Competition in 2008.

Steven is recognized as a thought leader in International Economic Development. Under Steven’s leadership, ROI has developed world-class expertise in investment attraction, benchmark assessment and target industry analysis. Since 2003, ROI has worked with over 350 economic development organizations across the globe, and has facilitated over $25 billion of investment, generating over 200,000 new jobs.

Steven has trained international economic development organizations on the fundamentals and best practices related to investment prospecting, business retention and attraction, as well as advanced nurturing and engagement techniques. Steven has further written several guidebooks and manuals for enhanced investment attraction efforts, on behalf of global investment attraction organizations.

More recently, Steven has been leading an ambitious R&D effort to harness the power of big data and artificial intelligence in the world of investment attraction. Having built a team of PhD level mathematicians, economists and senior software engineers, Steven is exploring the capabilities of learning algorithms to detect companies in their earliest stages of expansion planning. Since the 2017 release of “Gazelle.ai,” this investment attraction platform has been adopted by over 100 EDO’s in over a dozen countries, 15 US states and 6 Canadian provinces, amongst others.

Steven has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events. Over the past few years Steven has presented at: Select USA, AURP, IEDC, State International Development Organization, the Florida Economic Development Council Annual Conference, Council for Community and Economic Research, and the Texas Economic Development Council and more.

For more information, please visit www.linkedin.com/showcase/gazelle.ai-artificial-intelligence-platform/, and www.linkedin.com/company/roi-research-on-investment/.


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