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“As an economic development organization, we try to utilize exceptional ‘tools’ for attracting awareness and interest in our area – versus common promotional methods (that are costly and rarely yield meaningful value).   So, when Expansion Solutions Magazine first approached us, we had some interest.  And, after checking with other economic development organizations, we were impressed with what we heard.  While advertising can have significant value in generating awareness / interest, we found that their LeadGen program for advertisers provides us with the extra added value and ROI we seek.  That's because Expansion Solutions provides advertisers like us with qualified contacts and notes from companies in our target industry segments.  This prospect intelligence along with their custom content opportunities to showcase our area’s assets (workforce development, BR&E programs, etc.) is of the utmost value to our business development strategy.”

-- Stephen Crook, Highlands Economic Partnership

"Expansion Solutions goes the extra mile from advising us on our advertising content as well as  making sure all details are handled so our community can look its best in front of their magazine and website audience.  I also like the unique added value we get from not only promoting our community at trade shows they attend, but the potential prospects / notes they share with us as well. With  limited resources as a small EDO, I feel the dollars invested with Expansion Solutions gives us exceptional value."

-- Todd Kuckkahn, Portage County Business Council, Inc., Stevens Point, Wisconsin

“Expansion Solutions has been a wonderful digital and print media company to promote the industrial park to new target markets.  In addition, the conferences and expos at which their team identifies and shares potential prospects match our target industries really well.  Plus, the geographic coverage of their site selector magazine and website is great for branding our company and industrial park.  All in all, they publish a very professional magazine -- and the customer service is outstanding!”

-- Liliana M., El Florido Group, La Encantada Industrial Park, Tijuana, Mexico

“I’ve worked with Expansion Solutions at various stops along my career for many years now. I’ve always received more bang for my buck in terms of advertising ROI and meaningful, pertinent editorial content – the kind of content that strikes a chord with site location consultants and corporate decision makers. The contacts and information received from working with Expansion Solutions, particularly through its LeadGen campaign, have provided the kind of exposure critical for branding a community, region, or state.”
-- Clay Walker, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership

“Although we just started advertising with Expansion Solutions Magazine, I was caught off guard by how good the leads would be. To be honest, what moved me to try advertising in your magazine is that – versus other publication advertising -- we got the LeadGen contacts/notes along with guaranteed ad placement in articles matching the location of our service territories. In fact, the quality and value of these leads are huge and this definitely motivates us to continue our work with you in the future!” 

-- Brian D. Anderson, Director of Economic Development, Wabash Valley Power Association

“Our regional economic development organization worked with another company to generate leads from trade shows. And, when I compare the quality and cost of these leads to those from Expansion Solutions Magazine, there’s a big difference. I feel the leads shared by Expansion Solutions are not only better qualified (and provide more prospect insight), but they appear to be a better investment of our limited business recruitment budget dollars. In fact, I’m recommending that we invest more dollars in Expansion Solutions advertising so we can more effectively and efficiently identify and directly contact companies in our target industries.”

-- Eric Turner, Dunn County Economic Development Corp., Menomonie, WI

“The LeadGen program offered through Expansion Solutions is a great value for economic development organizations with limited resources. The program provides you with qualified leads from a number of large trade shows nationally. If you don’t have the time or money to travel to the shows yourself, then the Lead Generation program is the next best thing.”

-- Nicholas Dula, Harnett County Economic Development

“Being new into an economic development management role, it was refreshing to communicate with the Expansion Solutions staff -- who regularly offer the benefit of their industry experience and are genuinely invested in your marketing success with 360 degree service excellence. And, value-added services such as pre-qualified lead generation is icing on the cake! “

-- Nicole Gale, Dryden Development Corporation, Ontario, Canada

“Working with Expansion Solutions has been extremely helpful in getting the word out about the Blount Partnership. Their ability to get our name out in front of site selectors and decision makers is what makes this an outstanding relationship. They have a good sense about business world trends happening both regionally and nationally.”  

-- Jeff Muir, Blount Partnership 

"Since print advertising does not typically generate the results we need, I was a bit skeptical about what we could expect. However, from our initial ad campaign with Expansion Solutions, we have received literally hundreds of qualified contacts interviewed for expansion potential -- in my target industries. As a result, I increased my investment for this new fiscal year.  With these qualified contacts, I can show my board the proactive, direct efforts we're taking to generate interest in our area. And, over the coming months I'll be able to see which contacts and targeted industry events are the best fit."

-- Jeff Reed, Executive Director, Virginia's Growth Alliance

"Expansion Solutions has been a great resource for providing qualified contacts in industrial clusters important to us. Because of our success with developing these contacts, we will continue to call on you as a resource in the future."
-- Marvin Davis, President/CEO,  Martin County Economic Development Corporation, North Carolina

"Like many communities, Galesburg/West Central Illinois has a limited budget when it comes to promoting our region for economic development. We have to spend carefully, and that is why we chose Expansion Solutions for our advertising – it gives us the best value for our advertising dollars. The Expansion Solutions team is responsive, creative and looks out for our best interests. We look at Expansion Solutions not as a vendor, but as a partner in our economic development efforts. As the premier site selection and economic development magazine, Expansion Solutions reaches the readers we want. The Expansion Solution team has become our ‘eyes and ears’ at numerous trade shows, identifying promising leads and spreading ‘the Galesburg story’. I recommend Expansion Solutions and its team without hesitation and look forward to a long relationship."
-- Gary Camarano, Global Strategies Director, Economic Development Department, City of Galesburg

"We appreciate our partnership with Expansion Solutions and your efforts to give exposure to Port San Antonio. As I stated over the phone, the relationship is already bearing fruit as we have received about a half dozen expressions of interests from the hundreds of leads you provided us since February 2013. In fact, I'm scheduled to meet with one of them at our office on Wednesday of this week. Thanks again for your tremendous support!"
-- Marcel Johnson, Business Development Manager, Port San Antonio

"As the chief development officer for the City of Goodlettsville, Tennessee, I do business with many companies and many people in many arenas. Expansions Solutions Magazine has consistently delivered ABOVE my expectations through the years. They always took the time to get the facts for the ads; to interview me thoroughly and pose several angles for the ads; to explain what they felt, as publishers, might be the best take for the ads; to guide me step-by-step in a sequential protocol for the ads; and to allow an adequate time frame to budget and plan, plus get artwork ready for the ads. NEVER have they called me up and said, "Oh, by the way, Tom, your artwork for your ad is due tomorrow by COB." In one clear sentence, they treat their clients as they themselves would like to be treated. They are a super vessel of talent -- from the bow to the stern and from port to starboard!"
-- Tom Tucker, Chief Development Officer, City of Goodlettsville ECD, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

"When I place ads with Expansion Solutions I know I'm getting more value because their staff members personally meet with companies to identify decision-makers and then share this information -- along with their location preferences/timing -- with me. I'm already starting to see the value from keeping in touch with these contacts and this is leading to opportunities for our  community. We consider Expansion Solutions to be one of our key advertising partners and look forward to continuing to pursue opportunities with them."
-- Cephas Panschow, Development Commissioner, Town of Tillsonburg, Ontario, CANADA

"Expansion Solutions is the nation’s premier site selection periodical. Targeted sector issues -- and tight, focused, to-the-point copy -- featuring communities’ location, infrastructure and incentive advantages make Expansion Solutions the magazine of choice for national site selectors and corporate real estate officers.  In addition, the  staff at Expansion Solutions is constantly alert to site selection leads and synergies at conferences and shows that match with location advantages for communities who advertise in the magazine. This value-added service has proved invaluable to DeSoto, Texas and unmatched among other publications or media forms."
-- Jeff Bryant, Director of Business Development, DeSoto Economic Development Corporation

"We’ve worked with Expansion Solutions for the last several years in helping us to grow our new biotech sector and they’ve done a phenomenal job for us. When I place an advertisement with Expansion Solutions, I’m not just placing an ad and hoping for the best; I’m getting the services of a professional staff that is helping me do my job better and helping me to highlight all the right attributes of Abilene, Texas."
-- Gary J. Robinett, Director of Marketing and Industrial Recruitment, Abilene Industrial Foundation

"Our relationship with Expansion Solutions magazine goes way beyond just buying ads. I have substantive conversations with their staff. They take the time to understand and share insights into the industries we target. And, the potential prospects provided gives us what we need to start relationships with companies that can expand or relocate to our area. Overall, I feel confident that Expansion Solutions is doing a solid job of promoting our area. And, that's why I decided to continue to do business again with them this year."
-- David Kleppinger, Alleghany Highlands EDC

"With the economic uncertainty straining budgets, the investment in advertising has to be weighed very carefully. I am pleased to say that I believe our community investment in the Expansion Solutions publication was well worth the cost. Their staff took the magazine to a trade show, distributed it with our ad insert and then shared contacts with us from the show. I think this goes beyond a typical advertisement and provided us significant exposure for our investment."
-- Darrell Voelker, Economic Development Director, Harrison County, Indiana

"Expansion Solutions Magazine is a fantastic avenue we use to put our community in the public eye to show all we have to offer in West Memphis, Arkansas. The various number of contacts that we have received from Expansion Solutions Magazine has made the money we have spent toward advertising, a very good investment!"
-- Kellie Thompson, West Memphis Arkansas Economic Development Corporation

"Our economic development organization has found Expansion Solutions to be the perfect vehicle for promoting our area to site consultants and brokers nationwide. It’s clear that their staff understands the challenges we all face in recruiting businesses to our area. And, through magazine ads / editorial, we are able to stay in front of these consultants and brokers. As a partner in our success, Expansion Solutions gives us access to key decision-makers and influencers – both representing a larger audience of companies looking to expand or relocate.
-- John Boswell, President, Sherman Economic Development Corporation

"Our organization is always looking to maximize the value and impact of our marketing budget. And, through our relationship with Expansion Solutions, we get more than an ad buy -- we get marketing solutions. Their efforts to understand our organization and its goals help them bring us strategic marketing solutions aimed at separating us from the pack. It's this work combined with their efforts to relay on-the-ground, valuable prospect information back to their advertisers that make their services highly desirable."
-- David Toyer, Greater Burlington Partnership, Burlington, Iowa

"Expansion Solutions Magazine provides us with a cost-effective way to reach the most influential audience in the site selection process: site consultants and brokers. In addition to our other efforts, we find that advertising with this magazine is an essential part of our business recruitment marketing strategy. Their professional staff provides excellent customer service and opportunities to highlight the advantages of doing business in San Diego. We look forward to continuing our relationship with Expansion Solutions for years to come."
-- Jason Anderson, Vice President of Business Development, San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation

"Our targeted ad placement in Expansion Solutions has been a winner for Portales and Roosevelt County. Within 60 days of our second ad placement, we experienced a significant increase in qualified leads and site visits. In fact, in the last quarter of 2008 (as the national economy was tanking), we hosted as many site visits from qualified leads as in the first three quarters of the year. And, we attribute much of this to our national exposure in Expansion Solutions. Also, the Expansion Solutions staff has been great to work with on the ad copy and design."
-- Greg Fisher, CEcD, Executive Director, Roosevelt County Community Development Corporation, Portales, New Mexico

"As development budgets dwindle, the Expansion Solutions representatives have worked  to  help us have a presence at several 'unreachable' trade shows and have made our advertising funds go much farther. The excellent marketing materials generated through the Expansion Solutions staff over the years have paid off as very useful tools even now. We have come to know Expansion Solutions is in the fight for us to succeed even in the hardest of times!"
-- Mike Canon, Director, Klickitat County Economic Development Dept.

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