VisionFirst On the Go

Recent appearances from VisionFirst Advisors

As we enter into the Thanksgiving season, each member of the VisionFirst team wishes you and your families a joyful holiday filled with all of the people and things you enjoy the most.

Over the past month, VFA leaders have covered a lot of ground…

The 2017 Aerospace Alliance Summit was a huge success. VisionFirst works with the Alliance Board of Directors providing management support and strategy for the four-state collaborative organization. Melissa and Griff, working with an incredible group of volunteers, produced the recent event in New Orleans which attracted some of the leading aerospace companies in the world as well as community, state and economic development leaders.

Griff Salmon spoke to Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity sharing the state of economic development in Florida, the art of the deal, and discussing how communities can still be competitive in the current environment.

Earlier in October, Griff also spoke at Ohio’s Electric Cooperatives’ (Formerly Buckeye Power) Economic Development Session held for the cooperative’s community partners. Much of the event’s focus looked towards using technology for economic development competitiveness.

Gray Swoope spoke to Madison County (Mississippi) Business League on October 17. VisionFirst completed the Competitive Assessment for the County and lead the executive search, naming the new executive director, Joey Deason.

VisionFirst CEO, Gray Swoope, and Annette Fago, Director, Anderson Tax in San Francisco, lead a General Session on Election Fallout and Negotiating During Turbulent Times at the recent Institute for Professionals in Taxation Credits & Incentives Symposium. The event was held in Chicago October 22-25, 2017.

Members of the VisionFirst Advisors team led a day-long staff retreat for The Link Economic Development Alliance, a partnership of Sumter and Lee county, S.C. working with the organization’s leadership team to focus its brand and its efforts to expand investment and job creation in both Sumter and Lee counties as the organization moves into its new facility.

Working with the Highlands County Florida Office of Economic Development, members of VisionFirst met with County leadership and led a community economic development strategy session with its EDC Board as part of a community strategic assessment. The assessment provides recommendations for improving the competitiveness of the organization and community.

For the second year, Melissa Medley was asked to speak to the University of Alabama Economic Development Academy Applied Economic Development Honors Class of young professionals from across the state of Alabama. A partnership between The University of Alabama Economic Development Academy and the Economic Development Association of Alabama, the Applied Economic Development Honors Class helps prepare Alabama’s next generation of practitioners.