Social Media: It’s All About Strategy

The explosion of social media is a gold mine, especially for EDOs.

Every EDO knows that their communities’ stories and needs are unique from one another. Social media blows the doors wide open for each EDC to reach those within and beyond their communities – especially site selection decision-makers.

GSLI’s latest Master Series webinar, Social Media – It’s All About Strategy, explored the 5 must-do’s of EDO social media, helped organizations understand how to leverage social media to increase ROI and provided applicable solutions to enhance your social media presence.

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Prospect Live – Project Steel Housing

Join the GSLI site selection team for an in-depth project needs discussion with the Blair, CEO of Project Steel Housing, a manufacturer of single and multifamily steel frame housing and steel frame panels.

The company is looking for a site along the Gulf Coast, where natural disasters such as hurricanes are likely to occur and communities are in need of more sustainable housing for safety. Though the company is willing to look at both existing building and land options, an existing building would need to be 65,000 sq ft with room to grow to 100,000 sq ft. The project will employ around 300 people (production) by year 2.

If your community would be interested in a project like this, or you know a community that could assist, we welcome all parties to join us and learn more! If you aren’t a great fit but would like to learn more about this type of project, register today!

The initial States In Consideration: Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida.

Submission Deadline: August 13 @5pm CST

Prospect Live – Project Quick Charge

On our latest Prospect Live webinar, GSLI talked with the COO and North America General Manager from Project Quick Charge, a European manufacturer and distributor of charging systems for electric vehicles.

The company is looking to lease an available 95,000+ sq ft facility in the Southwestern part of the U.S within the next 1-3 months. This is an incredibly fast-tracked project, so we are looking for communities that meet the exact facility and operational needs.

Communities within the geographic region of interest are encouraged to submit proposals. Non-member communities can utilize your one free lead submission if you haven’t submitted on another GSLI project within the past 12 months. GSLI is membership-based so member communities and sites are presented to our projects if opportunities are available.

Regions in Consideration: Southwestern U.S. and Nevada

The initial States of Interest: Texas and Nevada. The company is also open to New Mexico and Arizona

Submission Due Date: Tuesday, June 29th at 5 P.M. CST

Submission Instructions

To make a submission, visit new.gsliprojectportal.com, search the code name “Quick Charge”, and login to view the submission process.

RFP 101: 5 Critical Components of a Standout Submission

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending hours reviewing, writing and submitting a response only to find out you lost another RFP opportunity. Your Economic Development Organization (EDO) puts time (if not hours) into each proposal. So, if your hard work isn’t paying off as often as it should, it may be a good time to explore what critical components make up a standout submission.

Behind every winning RFP response is an EDO team. And you’ve learned with years of experience, creating compelling and engaging proposals is a learned skill. Not only does it take time and practice, it also requires a bit of trial and error.

On GSLI’s next Master Series Webinar, we’ll discuss the top 5 critical components to a successful RFI. Based on our experience of reviewing thousands of proposals with corporate clients, we want EDO’s to walk away with a set of takeaways they can implement in their RFP response process. We will review submission packets and help you see into our RFP review

Looking to increase qualified lead flow, submission feedback and project conversations? We've got the solutions and we're ready to help.

Prospect Live – Project Hitch

Listen to GSLI’s latest Prospect Live Webinar with Project Hitch, a Southeast manufacturer of premium trailers, storage buildings and shed solutions.

GSLI sat down with the CEO to uncover motivations and needs for the company’s facility expansion plans. The company is looking for a 20-25 acre greenfield site to construct a 160,000 sq ft facility within the next 9-12 months. The company prefers greenfield land, but they are open to an existing building for lease. The project will employ 150 people, with the potential for more as they actively scale the company’s retail footprint.

Communities capable of meeting the project’s needs, and located within the geographic states of interest, are encouraged to make a site submission. Non-members can utilize their one free lead submission if they haven’t submitted on a GSLI project within the past 12 months.

Regions In Consideration: Southeast
States of Interest: Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama

 

Submission Deadline: July 1st, 5 P.M. CST

Submission Information

If you’d like to submit a site proposal to Project Hitch,  please login as a member or guest GSLI Project Portal. Search “Hitch”and quickly submit your proposal.

GSLI loves working with non-member communities! Non-member communities receive 1 submission every 12 months. Please review the project scope before making your submission. Our team vets all submissions, and we will review proposals with the Hitch team after the submission deadline has passed. Member sites receive first review from the project.

If you do not meet the minimum site criteria, we ask that you do not submit on this project. Out of consideration for the company’s time, we are requesting sites that can at least meet the minimum site requirements. Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in the project and how you can provide solutions to their needs. Provide any economic opportunities that might pertain to the project.

Project Hitch’s corporate team asks that you do not upload submission packets over 30 pages long. We appreciate your consideration and time, and we look forward to reviewing your submission!

Free Webinar – 5 Tips for Mastering Your Prospecting

Do you feel like your lead generation efforts have caused a loss in time, budget and resources for your organization? You are not alone! We understand the challenges EDO professionals face every day, and the need to proactively attract, engage and sell decision makers on your location. Since we work with both EDOs and projects, we’ve noticed a few common programmatic themes to successful lead generation and business attraction that we want to share with you. 

Join this webinar to master your prospecting and learn about our 5 tips and best practices we believe EDOs should implement for successful, long-term business attraction and lead generation in 2021.

GSLI’s CEO, Eric Kleinsorge, will moderate an insightful discussion of prospecting tips and best practices we’ve identified over 26 years of experience. He will be joined by GSLI’s Project Director, Brooke Edwards, and Project Manager, Ashley Kleinsorge, to discuss their successes and challenges with GSLI’s lead prospecting. 

SPEAKERS:

Eric Kleinsorge
CEO / Chairman
GSLI
Brooke Edwards
Project Director
GSLI
Ashley Kleinsorge
Project Manager
GSLI

Prospect Live – Project Technical Textiles

Join GSLI for an in-depth conversation with the CEO of Project Technical Textiles, an east coast manufacturer of high-performance industrial fabrics and composites for a multitude of industries.

The company is looking for a site within 100 miles of a port, from North Carolina to Texas. Though they are open to locations outside of 100 miles,  drayage costs must be considered for longer shipping times. They are needing to find an existing 70,000-100,000 sq ft facility within the next 6-8 months. The project will employ 60+ people in 3 years and the annual payroll should reach $3.5-4.0 million after 24 months.
States In Consideration: Southwest and Southeast, specifically Texas to the Carolinas. 

Project Technical Textiles Overview:

  • Time Frame: 6-12 months
  • Looking to buy an existing building but also open to a long-term lease or lease to own.  Purchasing is preferred if they can secure low-cost financing i.e. industrial revenue bonds, etc.
  • Project Location of interest: Southeast to southwest states
  • Building or land needs?: Existing building and BTS
    • Open to considering a lease buyback. The lease must be a long-term option because of equipment moving costs. 
  • Building Specs: 70,000-100,000 sq ft
  • Land Specs: <5 acres
  • Jobs created: Y1-25, Y2-50, Y3-60+
  • 75% floor workers/25% salaried admin/technical/management
    • +/-35 hourly production 
    • +/- 5 maintenance workers
    • 4-5 production supervision
    • 5-7 salaries technical (quality/engineering)
    • 5-7 office admin (customer service, scheduling, expediting, accounting)
  • Special Location Needs: High interest in being located within 100 miles of a port (not a determining factor), a rail-served site is not important
  • Capital Investment:+/- $5,000,000
  • Annual payroll: $3.5-4.0 million after 24 months.
  • Utilities:
    • Electric: Year 1-1,200,000 Kwh, Year 2-1,600,000 Kwh, Year 3-2,000,000+ Kwh
    • Natural Gas: Year 1-50,000 dth, Year 2-75,000 dth, Year 3-100,000 dth
  • New equipment to be invested in the facility will be approx. $2-2.5m over the first year
  • Relocated equipment: $5m

Submission Information

If you’d like to submit a proposal containing sites to the project, please do so directly by logging in as a guest or member in the Project Portal. Search “Technical Textiles”, claim your free lead, and quickly submit your proposal.

Non-alliance member communities are encouraged to use their one free lead submission on GSLI’s projects. Non-member communities receive 1 submission per 12-month time frame. Please review the project scope before submitting. Our team vets all submissions and will review proposals with the Technical Textiles team after the submission deadline has passed. Member sites receive first review by the project. 

If you identified that you do not meet the minimum critical site criteria, we ask that you do not submit on this project. Out of consideration for the company’s time, we are requesting sites that can at least meet the minimum site requirements. Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in the project and how you can provide solutions to their needs. Provide any economic opportunities that might pertain to the project. GSLI and Technical Textiles ask that you do not upload submission packets over 30 pages long. We appreciate your cooperation with our policy and we look forward to reviewing your submission!

New Submission Deadline: March 29th, 5:00PM CST

Prospect Live – Project Bone Appetit

During this Prospect Live webinar, Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) learned about the site needs of a growing pet treat manufacturer. GSLI sat down with the CEO, CFO and Senior Analyst of Project Bone Appetit to discuss motivations and specific needs of their expansion project. 

Communities interested in submitting sites on the project are encouraged to read below. 



Project  Bone Appetit Overview:

Location Interest: All of United States
New Jobs Created: 225 in 3 years
Sq. Ft. Needs: 100,000-200,000+
Build or Lease: preferably looking for an existing building to lease or buy
Time Frame: Operational by Q1 of 2022



Submission Information:

If you’d like to submit a proposal containing sites to Bone Appetit, please do so directly by logging in as a guest or member in the Project Portal. Search “Bone Appetit”, claim your free lead, and quickly submit your proposal.

Non-alliance member communities are encouraged to use their one free lead submission on GSLI’s projects. Non-member communities receive 1 submission per 12-month time frame. Please review the project scope before submitting. Our team vets all submissions and will review proposals with the Bone Appetit team after the submission deadline has passed. Member sites receive first review by the project. 

If you identified that you do not meet the minimum critical site criteria, we ask that you do not submit on this project. Out of consideration for the company’s time, we are requesting sites that can at least meet the minimum site requirements. Please include a cover letter expressing your interest in the project and how you can provide solutions to their needs. Provide any economic opportunities that might pertain to the project. GSLI and Project Bone Appetit ask that you do not upload submission packets over 30 pages long. We appreciate your cooperation with our policy and we look forward to reviewing your submission!

Submission deadline: Friday, February 26th 2021 at 5 P.M. CST

Prospect Live – Project Metal Fab

During this Prospect Live webinar, EDO’s learned about a project that can turn a brown field-building into wage earning jobs. Join GSLI as we speak with Project Metal Fab’s Vice President of Sales, Pat, to discuss the motivation and specific needs of their expansion project. If you are interested in submitting sites on the project please see below. 
 

Project  Metal Fab Overview:
Location Interest: All of United States, Southwestern, Southeastern U.S.
New Jobs Created: 50
Sq. Ft. Needs: 20,000-40,000 +/- sq ft, open to looking at larger facilities
Build or Lease: Looking for an existing building to lease or buy
Time Frame: 6 months

Submission Information:

If you’d like to submit a proposal with sites to Metal Fab, please do so directly by logging in as a guest in the  Project Portal. Search Metal Fab, claim your free lead, and quickly submit a proposal.

Non-alliance member communities are provided one free lead submission on GSLI projects. Non-member communities receive 1 submission per 12-month time frame. Please review the project scope before submitting. Our team vets all submissions and will review proposals with Pat after the submission deadline has passed. We appreciate your cooperation with our policy and we look forward to reviewing your submission!

If you have identified that you do not meet the minimum critical site criteria, we ask that you please do not submit on this project. Real estate costs are requested for inclusion in your proposal. Please also provide any economic opportunities that might pertain to the project – the project is very deal motivated. GSLI and Project Metal Fab ask that you do not upload submission packets over 30 pages long.

Submission deadline: Monday, February 15th 2021 at 5 P.M. CST 

Prospect Live – S2A Modular (Project Energy Homes)

In this session, GSLI’s Project Director, Brooke Edwards, and Project Manager, Ashley Kleinsorge, introduce S2A Modular (Project Energy Homes) to communities and companies around the country.

The GSLI team helped communities identify the motivations, “must-haves” and tipping points of S2A Modular’s site location strategy by asking specific questions around topics like:

  • Key motivations and goals for the 35 new facility locations by 2023
  • Key site criteria needs
  • S2A Modular’s specific proposal needs, identifying “must-haves” vs “nice-to-haves”
  • Recently announced locations and the decision making process behind them

The webinar provided an opportunity for over 40 communities to get answers directly from S2A Modular’s Chief Growth Officer, Sharon Amecua.

 

S2A Modular Project Overview:

Location Interest: Multiple locations of interest across the U.S.
New Jobs Created: 150 y1, 250 y2
Acreage needed: 30-40 acres of shovel ready land. Must be located near a major interstate or highway. Company to build structures totalling 250,000 sq ft at each location.
Time Frame: 3-6 months start up at each location, 35 locations identified by 2023
Economic impact at each location: $80 million
Capital Investment at each location: $30 million