This week Dean Barber, one of the nation's top economic development experts, paid a visit to Erie thanks to Emerge 2040.
Dean Barber is the founder and principal of Barber Business Advisors in Dallas, TX. He a nationally recognized economic development consultant who specializes in strategic planning, site readiness and site selection. Dean is also a prominent economic development writer/blogger who is widely followed by relevant private and public sector stakeholders and decision makers. He has an extensive background as a local and regional economic development practitioner that includes business retention & expansion as well as business recruitment and FDI. Before economic development, Dean worked as a journalist.
Mr. Barber spent several days in Erie, becoming familiar with the business climate and community at large. Tuesday evening the ERCGP along with Emerge 2040 and Erie Insurance hosted a presentation and open discussion for a group of business, community, and political leaders. As he began his presentation, he stated, 'I'm just proud to be here'.
Some takeaways from Dean's presentation:
Mr. Barber's visit will result in a series of blog articles that will profile Erie to his large universe of followers in the site selection, real estate, and economic developement fields.