Jay A. GarnerPresident Garner Economics, LLC
We are data driven strategists helping companies, communities, and organizations—large and small, urban and rural— achieve success.
We offer location advisory services, analytical research, industry targeting, strategic planning, and organizational assessments with a wealth of expertise to companies, communities, and organizations globally. We are based in Atlanta, GA with representative offices in Europe (Berlin), Asia (Seoul), and North Carolina.
Geographic Areas Served:
- North America
- Asia (Japan and Korea)
Industries or Specialties:
- Food & Beverage
Areas of Expertise: Our site location advisory services are designed to assist companies with the selection of available existing buildings; greenfield or brownfield sites; or the construction or expansion of new facilities. We conduct our work in strict confidence, protecting our client’s identity and thereby preventing negative consequences that may arise from any premature or incorrect disclosures of the client’s intentions.
Notable Past Clients: See a sample of our clients and information related to our site selection services: http://garnereconomics.com/services/site-location-advisory-services
Education: See our team bios and expertise: http://garnereconomics.com/who-we-are/our-team
Personal: In 2009, the readers of Southern Business & Development magazine named Garner Economics as one of the best consulting firms in the U.S. In 2015, the same publication listed Jay as one of the “Ten people who made a difference” in economic development. As a practitioner, Jay was selected as one of ten outstanding leaders in economic development in the United States by Site Selection magazine while leading the economic development program in Mobile, Ala. The same publication also recognized him for running one of the ten best development organizations in the U.S. for six consecutive years. The mayor and city council of Mobile declared July 29, 1994 as “Jay Garner Day” in the city for his nine years of exemplary service as chief economic development officer for the city/county. As CEO of the Asheville, N.C. Chamber of Commerce, the organization became the first Chamber in the U.S. to win a Quality Award by the North Carolina Quality Foundation based on the national Malcolm Baldrige criteria. He was honored in both 2002 and 2003 by his alma mater, West Virginia University with Distinguished Alumnus Awards within the Department of Political Science and College of Arts and Sciences.
Jay is the current chairman of the Site Selectors Guild Board of Directors and a past chairman for the International Economic Development Council, the largest economic development professional trade organization in the world. An avid jazz drummer, he plays in a big band jazz orchestra in the Atlanta area.
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