Advisory Forums & Services

Looking to bring Site Selectors Guild members to your community? Get feedback on business attraction and retention issues impacting your community? Looking for a professional site selector speaker for your next event?

The Site Selectors Guild offers opportunities for economic development organizations and other related entities to engage SSG members for Advisory Forums and other custom services.


What are the benefits of an  Advisory Forum?

An SSG Advisory Forum is one of the most effective ways a region can market itself to site selectors and enhance business attraction efforts. SSG works with states, regions, and communities to provide officially sanctioned Advisory Forums where attendees have the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading location strategists.

Hosting an Advisory Forum provides EDOs a unique opportunity to showcase your state, region, or community to professional site selectors, who will provide an assessment of your community’s strengths and opportunities as a destination for the new office, technical, and/or industrial business investment.


What is included in an SSG Advisory Forum?

During an official SSG Advisory Forum, three to five (or ten if you like!) members will tour and inspect a community or region to get a high-level understanding of the workforce, infrastructure available properties, community assets and amenities, and the overall business climate for a particular target industry or industries. Based on this first-hand field inspection, as well as knowledge from conducting site selection projects across the country in numerous communities, the SSG consultant attendees will then provide valuable live feedback and high-level recommendations as to how the area can be more competitive in its business attraction and economic development efforts.

A typical SSG Advisory Forum occurs over the course of three days, tailored to the community or region where it is held. The tours and the number of consultants can be customized depending on need, geography, budget, industry focus, and other factors. The event begins with an introductory dinner and overview on evening one, follows with a full day of touring, field inspections, meetings and another working dinner, and culminates the next day with panel discussions to discuss findings and conclusions with the SSG consultants, presented to an audience of the client’s choosing.  This panel discussion will provide specific feedback and high-level recommendations on ways to become more competitive for business investment, and provides education to the community stakeholders on how business location decisions are made and what other leading economic development are doing to attract business investment.  Please see our blog for further description.


What does an Advisory Forum cost?

Pricing depends on the number of consultants.  A fully coordinated three consultant Advisory Forum in the US starts at  $19,000 plus airfare expenses for three consultants with experience in the industry sector(s) of your choosing. Prices increase proportionately for larger Forums.  Please see here for more info.

A deposit of 20% of the total fee is due upon contract execution, with the balance due at the conclusion of the event.


Additional Advisory Services

If you’re interested in a different type of event or consultant engagement, please contact Rick Weddle at [email protected] to discuss more details.


For More Information

For more information on advisory forums and services, please click here. To inquire about hosting an Advisory Forum in your community or other advisory services, please complete this online form.

If you have additional questions, please contact Angela Rogers at [email protected].

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