North America's Best

Economic Development expertise in B2B sales, account based marketing (ABMx), and systems to find, attract, and engage the right clients and grow cities.


Tony A. Ramirez

Co-Founder / Executive Director

My overall goal is to help cities and states grow their economies, attract quality jobs, and market their regions so families can prosper.

After leaving the corporate world, which included leadership roles with a Fortune 200 company, C.H. Robinson, I became a rural economic developer with the State of New Mexico and later as vice president of economic development for the largest tri-state region and bi-national community in the western hemisphere along Texas and New Mexico.

As an economic development executive for the 5th largest manufacturing hub in North America, I quickly realized an incredible need to use the most cutting edge sales and marketing strategies with the best technology to attract the best projects for job creation.

As a result, I spent years researching and discovering the actions, tools, and programs needed to succeed as one of the best economic developers in Texas.

I now share that guidance with other emerging economic development executives and city leaders so they can scale their business recruitment and attraction efforts without sacrificing their budget and wasting time.

I also serve expanding companies as a site selector and location advisor at BCI Global.

Additionally, I have advised other communities where I travel across the country meeting with economic development teams to share best practices and insight on the best ways to target, engage, and compete at the highest levels for projects.

Outside of that, I’m usually playing with my three kiddos, running, or cooking amazing seafood.

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James Blair

Founder of Navigator Consulting / Site Certification Services

Five years international banking experience; extensive knowledge and experience working with European executives developing their businesses in North America.

25 years providing site selection assistance for international businesses as Director of Georgia's European Office in Brussels and later as Director of Georgia's international business recruitment program (Brussels; Munich; London; Tel Aviv; Montreal; Seoul, Tokyo, Qingdao); 2 years as Director of the site selection program at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta.

Fluent in German and French; working knowledge of Dutch.

Specialties: business and site location support; intelligence and information on the US business environment; guide to state work force development and incentive programs; network to professional service providers; network to state and local Economic Development organizations throughout the USA.

Awards and Accolades

Tony A. Ramirez Named Among the Top Go-to-Market Influencers, MOVE: The 4-Question GTM Framework, Vajre, Brown.

Wall Street Journal best selling book.

The Aspen Institute has Bestowed the Honor to Tony A. Ramirez as an Aspen Fellow.

Source of expertise for city growth with global think tank.

Tony A. Ramirez Named Top 50 Economic Developer in North America, 2021, Consultant Connect.

Nominated by industry peers.

Industries & Knowledge Base


Business Services

Real Estate

Economic Incentives

Venture Capital - Private Equity

Workforce, Education, and Talent

Foreign Direct Investment - FDI

Cross Border Trade

Supply Chain - Logistics

Previous Success

$927MMNew CapEx
12,269+Jobs Created
75+Companies Served

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From rural America to large cities, regions in the USA are growing better.