The strongest team in the economic development and investment promotion industry

International Investment Services (IIS)

International Investment Services (IIS) helps investment promotion and economic development agencies to attract European investment to their countries, states or cities. We are specialized in lead generation and inward investment attraction and provide a range of services designed to identify companies with real investment plans for the locations we represent.


fDi Intelligence

fDi Intelligence is a specialist division from the Financial Times Ltd established to provide industry leading insight into globalisation with a portfolio of worldclass products, services and business tools that allow organisations such as economic development organisations, companies, services providers and academic institutions to make informed decisions regarding foreign direct investment and associated activities.

Golden Shovel Agency

Golden Shovel Agency brings creative energy to the work of economic development. Whether the goal is to attract and support great businesses or great talent, we are specialists in your world: We’ve helped more than 140 communities across North America to shape and tell their stories in order to strengthen the vitality of their regional economies. Our core services include branding, marketing, strategy, web development, and online communications. More than that, we are a true partner to our clients.


GIS Planning

GIS Planning is the world leader in online economic development solutions. Over 13,000 U.S. cities in 43 states are served by GIS Planning’s Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, which provides real estate, demographic, and industry data to help businesses and site selection professionals select optimal geographic locations through powerful online mapping analysis. GIS Planning's software as a service helps local communities grow their economies through business investment.

Headquartered in San Francisco, GIS Planning has been included on the Inc. 5000 list of fastest-growing companies in the U.S. for the past five years.


Underpinned provides economic development marketing/pr services and was founded by Shirar O’Connor. Shirar has been in foreign direct investment-economic development for nearly 29 years, working on both sides of the desk, for government agencies and as a consultant. Her expertise is in government-to-business, economic development public relations and marketing. Shirar has worked with hundreds of economic promotion organizations such as the Board of Investment of Thailand, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the City of Birmingham (UK), Invest in Germany, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the German region of Bavaria, Invest in Canada, Scottish Development International, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, JETRO, Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development, and KOTRA-Korea, just to name a few.


ARCET Global

Based in Dubai, Belfast and Dallas, ARCET Global (an acronym for ‘Awards Recognition Consultancy Events & Training’) is a leading provider of professional services that can help organisations to do better business through learning, recognition and building business communities. Focusing on key areas to provoke thought leadership as well as business efficiency, ARCET Global’s public Masterclasses, inhouse training or consulting services can all add value to the overall knowledge and efficiency of your business.

Additionally, the company’s awards and event management services also provoke learning and through management practices. The International Business & Leadership Awards (IBLA), being hosted by ARCET in Dubai on 30-31 March 2020 will showcase the best in business and leadership across the globe. Sharing business best practice, business stories and learning from each other’s success across a wide range of sectors.

YS Growth Strategies

YS is a specialized strategy and business development consulting company located in Tel Aviv - with over 20 years of experience working for and consulting to leading international companies. We Works with CEOs and management teams helping them to materialize their organizations’ potential and deliver growth. We exercise cross disciplinary know-how in areas such as corporate strategy, technology planning, financial modelling, strategic marketing and M&A.



Strings® is the acronym for Strategy, Investments, Global Business. We are an agile company based in São Paulo, Brazil, with worldwide operations. We provide tailormade solutions to companies willing to operate or invest in Brazil. We also support governments at all levels to design their strategy for investment promotion and provide capacity building initiatives to their teams. Strings® services include investment facilitation, government relations and business development, while connecting suppliers, customers, and investors. “We pull the right Strings® to make things happen.” 

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