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People Who Need People: Economic Development & the Value of Talent as a Location Driver

February 23, 2021 37 Minute Listen

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Location strategy is evolving rapidly. Economic development leaders from Columbus, OH; Kansas City, MO-KS; and Salt Lake City, UT, and CBRE’s Eric Stavriotis join Spencer Levy to weigh in on how secondary markets are luring talent and employers seeking increased flexibility.

People Who Need People: Economic Development & the Value of Talent as a Loc...

February 23, 2021 37 Minute Listen


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Tim Cowden

President & CEO, Kansas City Area Development Council

A national thought leader on economic development, Tim Cowden speaks regularly to business leaders across the country including at the City Nation Place Conference in NYC and as a guest lecturer for renowned urbanist and professor Joel Kotkin at Chapman University. Tim has also been featured in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Industry Week and The Washington Post. In 2020, KCADC was named the No. 1 Regional Economic Development Group in the U.S. for the third consecutive time by Development Counsellors International, and the team was a global finalist for best communication strategy by City Nation Place.

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Theresa Foxley

President & CEO, EDCUtah

Theresa is the president and CEO of EDCUtah, the state of Utah’s economic development agency, based in Salt Lake City Theresa has helped lead Team Utah’s efforts to attract dozens of companies on expansion and relocation projects representing various industries throughout the state, including Goldman Sachs, Stadler Rail, and Facebook.

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Kenny McDonald

President & CEO, One Columbus

Kenny is the president and CEO of One Columbus, an economic development organization focused on the Columbus, Ohio MSA and has been in that role since the organization’s inception in 2010. He is the immediate Past Chair of the International Economic Development Council.

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Eric Stavriotis

Executive Vice President

Eric Stavriotis is an Executive Vice President in the Advisory & Transaction Services Practice and the leader of CBRE’s Location Incentives Group. This advisory group assists clients globally with site selection and economic incentive negotiations, in conjunction with the overall strategy and execution of corporate real estate initiatives.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.

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