2018-01-26 / Business

Site selection firms merge

Contributed by Sarah Hey, Media & Public Affairs Liaison, ZWO


Jeannette Goldsmith and Mark Williams Jeannette Goldsmith and Mark Williams Two site selection firms, Strategic Development Group and Goldsmith Strategy, both based in South Carolina, have completed a merger.

Strategic Development Group President and CEO Mark Williams will serve as the president of the combined firm, while Jeannette Goldsmith will serve as vice president.

Both Williams and Goldsmith bring storied careers in the industry to the firm, with a combined experience of more than 50 years and a seasoned professional staff. The firm, which will continue to be known as Strategic Development Group, provides complete site search and analysis, location recommendations, and incentive negotiation and analysis for mid-sized to large US-based and multinational companies.

SDG also provides site evaluation, strategic planning and marketing consulting services to state and regional economic development organizations, cities, counties and utilities.

Williams is currently the chair of the Site Selectors Guild, the only association of the world’s foremost professional site selection consultants, and he served as the chief development officer and the director of Existing Industry, both positions with the S.C. Department of Commerce, before founding Strategic Development Group in 1999.

Along with an MBA from the University of South Carolina, he has earned the Certified Economic Developer (CED) designation and chaired the International Economic Development Council’s certification board.

Goldsmith served with Fluor’s Global Location Strategies as project manager and as principal with McCallum Sweeney Consulting prior to founding Goldsmith Strategy. She received a masters degree in public policy from Duke University and is a member of the South Carolina Economic Developers Association and the International Economic Development Council.

Together they are able to provide deep experience in core services like site selection for headquarters location and distribution and manufacturing facilities, as well as experience in a variety of industry verticals, including automotive, nutraceutical, aerospace, advanced materials, chemical, manufacturing, steel, plastics, and carbon fiber.

SDG’s site selection services include a full array of project analysis processes including assessment and analysis of site attributes, logistics and transportation, labor availability and workforce demographics, costs of conducting business including tax rates, utility rates and construction, training and infrastructure installation, and cost of living and overall quality of life.

The firm's services to public sector and economic development organizations include identifying new sites with high potential through specialized databases and GIS tools, evaluation of existing sites, identifying peer cities and regions for competitive comparisons, and engaging in a holistic strategic planning process to assess and strengthen the competitive advantages of different regions.

Located in the historic Sylvan Building in downtown Columbia, SC, Strategic Development Group offers site selection and incentive analysis and negotiation for mid-sized to large US-based and multi-national companies. SDG also provides consulting, assessment, and strategic planning services to state and regional economic development organizations, utilities, cities, and counties. Strategic Development Group has located over $2.5 billion in capital investment projects that have been under construction over the last five years. For more information on SDG, visit www.strategicdev.com or call us at 803.748.1207.

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