Site Selectors Guild Launches New Scholarship Program for Economic Developers

November 21, 2019 – The Site Selectors Guild (the Guild), the professional association of the world’s leading corporate location advisors, has launched the Robert M. Ady Professional Scholarships program to support economic developers in need. Each year, beginning in 2020, five economic developers will be selected to receive the scholarship, which provides complementary registration to the Guild’s Annual Conference.

A scholarship review committee will select the recipients based on financial need, accomplishments in economic development and a demonstrated desire to engage with site selection professionals. Candidates representing communities underrepresented in economic development will receive priority.

The scholarship program is named after Robert M. Ady, founder of the Site Selectors Guild and long-term champion of both economic development and site selection. Ady began his career at Fantus Consulting, a progenitor of the site selection profession. As he rose through the ranks and eventually started his own consulting firms, Ady was credited for turning site selection into a viable and influential profession. Ady passed in 2012. The Guild created the scholarship program to honor Ady’s vision for a diverse and inclusive organization.

The Robert M. Ady Professional Scholarships program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 Annual Conference, March 9-11, in Atlanta, GA. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2019 and recipients will be notified no later than January 15, 2020.

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