By Janet Ady, President/CEO Ady Voltedge


I have always been taught that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. But what would you say if I told you that I had a secret to economic development that provides the following benefits:

  • It can account for up to 95% of jobs and investment
  • It's relatively cheap - a person, a car, some software
  • It can help build credibility among your stakeholders and prospective investors

It's not all glory. It does require knowledge of how businesses run; the ability to add value to the businesses visited, whether that is hands-on consulting and/or connecting the business with other proven assistance; and a good amount of discretion and follow-through. (read more)



See Janet and other food sector specialists speak about local food trends and economic development at the 
IEDC Spring Conference, taking place June 1-3 in Minneapolis-St Paul.
Consider participating in the Business Retention Expansion International's annual conference taking place June 4-6 in Memphis, TN. Janet will be speaking about how companies make stay-go decisions, and practical steps for EDOs to keep from losing such companies.

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Looking for an expert speaker to engage, energize, and equip your EDO board, leadership, staff, or stakeholders with practical tips, anecdotes, and insights? Janet Ady is a recognized thought leader and public speakers on a wide variety of topics centered on site selection and economic development marketing strategy. Contact Janet at, call her at 608.663.9218, and connect with her on LinkedIn.

Ady Voltedge Services


Ady Voltedge serves two distinct but complementary audiences. We provide economic development organizations (EDOs) with strategy, positioning, branding and related marketing implementation services. We provide expanding and relocating companies with location strategy services, from workplace and workflow strategy through site selection, real estate and portfolio optimization, and project management.


Our client and service mix is intentional and benefits both our EDO clients and our corporate clients. Our work with corporate clients helps ensure that our recommendations to EDOs for retaining, expanding and attracting businesses are practical and effective. Our work with EDOs helps ensure that our knowledge of locational assets is current and in-depth.


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