2017 Excellence in Economic Development Award Winner: Orlando Economic Development Commission and Casey Barnes
Orlando, FL— The Site Selectors Guild (SSG), the world’s largest group of senior site location advisors, honored Casey Barnes of the Orlando Economic Development Commission (OEDC) with the 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Award at its annual conference, March 15, 2017.
Winning professionals and economic development organizations (EDOs) are nominated by SSG members and are selected based on mastery of process; ingenuity and creativity; going above and beyond; political acumen; staying power; and personal, caring touch.
“We recognize the top performers in economic development,” said SSG Board Chairman Mark Williams. “They are indispensable partners of the Guild and their outstanding efforts deserve to be celebrated.”
When ADP selected the Orlando, FL region as the site of a new regional headquarters, Barnes immediately became a pivotal member of the team to address their concerns and key success factors. Barnes played a critical role in responding to requests regarding labor pool depth, competitive demand and market competitive salaries. He took it upon himself to produce information about targeting for their desired workforce when it was not readily available.
“Casey brought a high level of knowledge to the project, along with a willingness to go above and beyond for the client,” said SSG Member Dennis Donovan, who nominated them for this award. “His pleasant personality and eagerness to serve the client made him a vital asset to the ADP team and we are happy to honor his commitment to outstanding service with this award.”
The Excellence in Economic Development Awards were created to promote positive interactions between site selection professionals and EDOs, to encourage innovation by highlighting EDO best practices and to introduce and advance high standards for the site selector profession.
About The Site Selectors Guild
The Site Selectors Guild (SSG) is a professional association comprised of the world’s leading corporate location advisory consultants to companies looking to build or expand. The mission of SSG is to advance the profession of corporate location strategy by raising the awareness of the value professional location strategy and site selection services create for corporations, sharing thought leadership and best practices, developing and nurturing relationships between SSG members, economic development organizations and corporate stakeholders and contributing to policy discussions that affect location strategy and the future of the profession.
All members of SSG have been nominated and approved by their industry peers. As the first and only group of its kind, SSG brings together a dynamic network of site selectors from around the world, combining their talent and expertise to create an invaluable, top quality resource for both corporations seeking site selection assistance and economic development organizations.