We maximize the branding of communities, facilitate the attraction of expanding and relocating companies, and assist in the retention of existing businesses to sustain and ensure economic growth through strategic partnerships.


Over 19 years, WEDA started as Executive Outlook Magazine. Over the years, it blossomed into a full service Economic Development Consultant service.

Mission Statement

We maximize the branding of communities, facilitate the attraction of expanding and relocating companies, and assist in the retention of existing businesses to sustain and ensure economic growth through strategic partnerships.


LobbyPicAs print magazines became scarcer, due to the Internet, WEDA refocused its efforts on lead generation and complete ED marketing.

Today WEDA is the nation’s leading economic development consulting firm, with more experience than most of our competitors combined.

All of our services are dedicated to a single focus: Economic Developers and their needs.

We have a dedicated team of Project Managers whose function is to help you articulate your needs and find solutions.

We have a Lead Generation Team that scours public and private resources to discover companies that are looking to expand or relocate. We get this info to our members in a timely fashion so they can throw their hat in the ring.

We have a Digital Design Team that can create anything from full websites to business cards, in record time.

We have a Project Management Team that is able to take control of your project from start to finish, ensuring that everything is done on time and correctly.

Our leadership, CEO Eric Kleinsorge, is one of the pioneers of modern Economic Development consulting, having been responsible training dozens of consultants, both as WEDA employees and through seminars and lectures.

WEDA is your ‘one stop shop’ for everything your economic development organization might need.

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The World Economic Development Alliance is a Site-Location Firm that was founded in 1994. WEDA has helped over 1,200 companies identify Economic Development Professionals that could assist them with their site-location decisions. We have over 75 Site Location Expert offices nation-wide. We use a Project Qualification Team to conduct our initial interviews with companies to identify the viability of projects. The balance of our staff is Customer Service, Project Managers, Production, Web-Designer’s and Finance.

WEDA was founded by Eric Kleinsorge to assist the Economic Development Community to more effectively market their areas to companies that were expanding or relocating. Some of his notable accomplishments include:

Invited Professional Speaking Engagements:

  • Florida’s Governors Economic Council.
  • American Economic Development Councils Annual Conference
  • Midwest Economic Development Councils Annual Conference
  • IOWA Economic Development Councils Annual Conference
  • OMAHA Recognized Professional Developers Tour
  • Oklahoma Department of Commerce’s Annual Conference

Interviews conducted to enhance the credibility of the organization:

George W. Bush                    Colin Powell                             Donald Trump
Rudy Giuliani                         Mike Dell                                   Richard Branson
Jay Leno                                Dick Clark                                  Roger Staubach
Jerry Jones                            Kay Bailey Hutchison              Herb Kelleher

  • Nominated by Judge Army to sit on Denton County Economic Development Commission as a recognized professional adviser for expansion and development of North Texas.
  • Quoted in over 110 articles as recognized industry expert which enhanced company credibility.
  • Created and Launched the nation’s premier Economic Development portal; ed-link.net
  • Graduated from Texas Tech University with Bachelors in Business & Advertising.

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Brad Struck

E Smith Realty Partners
capitalpartners@esmithrealty.com

FOCUS: Commercial Real EstateESmith

Summary
I'm pleased to announce that I'm joining the new national real estate services firm with Emmitt Smith, Chairman, Sharon Morrison, CEO and Brant Landry, President & CEO.

They are building a world-class services platform to help clients and internal partners grow and will be announcing national expansion over the next 12 months.

Making a difference, doing it better, being the best … that’s what drives Emmitt Smith. Throughout his career, impassioned performance has been the key to his success. This same passion is now the guiding force behind our new national real estate services firm. After a Hall of Fame football career, Emmitt Smith has founded two companies in real estate, E Smith Legacy and EJ Smith Construction. Launching a national commercial real estate services company is the natural extension of his previous experience and is perfectly aligned with his commercial real estate development company ESmith Legacy.

Driven, service-oriented, and highly professional, E Smith Realty Partners brings a dynamic, high-level energy to the entire range of commercial real estate services including Tenant Consulting, Project Management, Agency Leasing, Industrial,  Property Management and National Account Services.

Please visit our website ESmithRealty.net to stay up to date on our growth, and thank you for your support in our new endeavor.

Specialties
Agency leasing, property & facility management, investment services, tenant advisory, development and research.

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Brad Struck

Brad Struck

E Smith Realty Partners

Bob Grigsby

Newmark Knight Frank
bobgrigsby@FairleadCRE.com

FOCUS: Commercial Real EstateNewmark

Summary
Newmark Knight Frank is one of the largest independent real estate service firms in the world. We provide comprehensive real estate solutions to many of the most prominent corporations, property owners, investors and developers across the globe.

In January of 2006, Newmark formed a partnership with London-based Knight Frank, forming Newmark Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy with extensive worldwide capabilities and coverage throughout North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The Newmark Knight Frank partnership now operates more than 220 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. With a staff of 7,300 employees, we have created an effective global platform from which to serve the property needs of our growing list of clients.

Specialties
Commercial real estate consulting, corporate real estate strategic planning, in-depth market research and analysis, logistics planning, construction bid analysis, project management, contract negotiation, real estate portfolio administration and management, workplace design, lease administration, IWMS consulting and lease audit services.

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Bob Grigsby

Bob Grigsby

Newmark Knight Frank

Andrea Velasquez

Epstein
info@epsteinglobal.com

FOCUS: Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Graphics

Summary
Epstein is one of the largest and oldest architecture, interiors, engineering and construction firms in the world. Since 1921, we have delivered value-added design solutions for clients throughout the world. We celebrate our rich history while we focus on the future: creating a sustainable world.

The firm currently has over 30 projects in design or construction that are pursuing LEED Certification, and nearly 30% of Epstein’s domestic design and engineering staff are LEED Accredited Professionals. We have a diverse portfolio of work in the commercial, industrial and institutional markets and the firm’s reputation is continually linked to high-profile projects. Epstein has proven its ability to assemble and manage large, multi-faceted teams of specialists and to bring large, complicated projects to a successful conclusion. Epstein is an employee-owned firm with over 250 employees worldwide. We are headquartered in Chicago with regional domestic offices in Los Angeles and New York, and international locations in Warsaw, Poland and Bucharest, Romania.

Specialties
Epstein provides clients design services including architecture, planning, interior design and graphics; full-service engineering including civil, MEP and structural; and construction. Our designers and engineers also provide specialized consulting in sustainability including LEED program management and LEED feasibility assessments.

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Andrea Velasquez

Andrea Velasquez

Epstein

Chris Michalek

US Capital Corporation

FOCUS: Financing SolutionsUsCapital

Summary
US Capital was founded in 1989 with the purpose of providing the highest quality financing and leasing solutions to business entities across the United States. Today, they are a full service financial intermediary dedicated to providing progressive financing options internationally for today's sophisticated business environment with the skills to finance transactions for the commercial, municipal and federal markets. US Capital Corporation works with many financial partners, they are able to provide financing and leasing solutions to most companies regardless of the type of equipment requested or financial profile.

In the 22 years US Capital has been in the financing industry, US Capital Corporation has expanded their scope of financing from within the United States to any country in which the US government permits.

In addition to their capacity for international financing, US Capital Corporation also has a large product offering: equipment, acquisition and inventory financing are just a few.

Specialties

US Capital Corporation will help you realize your company's potential through their financing assistance.  Their professional staff stands ready to deliver the aggressive financing programs you need to compete in today's demanding business climate.

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Chris Michalek

Chris Michalek

US Capital Corporation

Chris Schupp

NAI Robert Lynn GLobal
cschupp@robertlynn.com

FOCUS: Commercial Real EstateNai

Summary
A worldwide leader in the corporate real estate consulting and advisory arena, NAI Global and NAI Robert Lynn have provided strategic advisory services to thousands of companies around the world to help maximize the value of a client’s real estate assets. We begin every new corporate relationship by collaborating with you to fully understand your company’s overall facility portfolio, business goals, competitive strategy, financial objectives and workplace environment goals. What makes us different is how we bring together the people, talents and resources we have around the world to deliver uncompromising results for our clients.

Specialties
Commercial real estate consulting, corporate real estate strategic planning, in-depth market research and analysis, logistics planning, construction bid analysis, project management, contract negotiation, real estate portfolio administration and management, workplace design, lease administration, IWMS consulting and lease audit services.

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Chris Schupp

Chris Schupp

NAI Robert Lynn GLobal

Claus Habermeier

Germany Trade & Invest

FOCUS: Foreign Trade and InvestmentGermany

Summary
Germany Trade and Invest is the economic development agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. The organization promotes Germany as a business and technology location and supports companies based in Germany with global market information.
Furthermore Germany Trade & Invest informs and advises international companies setting up business in Germany and promotes the economic development of Germany's new federal states including Berlin.

Germany Trade & Invest provides up-to-the-minute foreign trade information to German-based businesses seeking to expand in international markets. A team of industry analysts spread across the globe compiles constantly updated country reports.

Specialties
Germany Trade and Invest can help investors that are based in Europe, Asia, or North America, our experts are on-site to help match their specific business goals to the German investment landscape. We also work to promote Germany as an economic and technological center, and we are the primary source for information on FDI in Germany.

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Claus Habermeier

Claus Habermeier

Germany Trade & Invest

George G. Maragos

CB Richard Ellis
george.maragos@cbre.com

FOCUS: Global Real Estate

SummaryCBRE
CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) is the world's premier, full-service real estate services company.  Operating globally, the firm holds a leadership position in virtually all of the world's key business centres. Whether it's a local, regional, national or global assignment, CBRE applies insight, experience, intelligence and resources to help clients make informed real estate decisions.

CBRE combines to empower our people, and our clients, with the information they need to anticipate market opportunities, seize competitive advantages and execute the best possible real estate strategies. CBRE strives to create market knowledge that allows us to seize opportunities, speed the business process and create the most thorough, precisely accurate picture of global commercial real estate conditions and trends.

Specialties
CBRE provides skilled professionals through commercial real estate, asset services, brokerage services, capital markets, consulting, development and investments, global corporate services, and project management.  CBRE’s has a fully integrated, global service platform who are ready to meet every aspect of their clients’ commercial real estate needs.

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George G. Maragos

George G. Maragos

CB Richard Ellis

Jason Claunch

Catalyst Commercial

FOCUS: Retail Consulting/Brokerage FirmCatalystLogo

Summary

We are experts at identifying your retail and real estate customers by researching and understanding your consumers. Catalyst is a Texas based retail consulting, market research and brokerage firm that combines strategy, technology and retail analytics to deliver high-impact retailer recruitment and development strategies to local governments, private developers, retailers and economic development organizations.

Catalyst has completed over 2 Million SF of retail leases and closed over 190 raw land transactions including retail, office, hospitality and restaurant uses. Catalyst has consulted, developed and procured business for Target, Albertsons, Wachovia, Panera Bread, Panda Express, Starbucks, Chili's, Ashland Oil, CVS, Walgreens, Kroger and numerous other retailers.

Specialties

We develop a unique solution for each project. This may include marketing analysis, aerials, traffic counts, property analysis, customer segmentation, economic impact analysis, merchandising, marketing collateral through implementation. Catalyst uses a blend of both art and science. We realize that each market is unique but we also have defined fundamental approaches using technology, research, and data to optimize the process.

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Jason Claunch

Jason Claunch

Catalyst Commercial

John Schook

Haskell
info@haskell.com

FOCUS: Custom Building & ConstructionHaskall

Summary
Corporate and institutional clients, developers and public agencies repeatedly select Haskell on the basis of its consistent record of performance excellence.  Founded over forty years ago, the company ranks among the foremost design-build organizations in the U.S. Serving clients throughout the Western Hemisphere, Haskell provides complete planning, architectural, engineering, construction, program management, real estate, financing and facility management services on a single-responsibility basis.  The company’s expertise spans industrial, commercial, institutional, public and civil infrastructure projects.

Specialties
Industrial, commercial, institutional, public and civil infrastructure projects with individual areas of expertise within each category.

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John Schook

John Schook

Haskell

Mark Gilewski

iMark Development, Inc.
i@imarkdevelopment.com

FOCUS: Custom Building & ConstructionIMarkDev

Summary
i mark Development, Inc has been providing quality commercial construction services from the beginning as a small business. We have grown into a multi-million dollar company that has not forgotten what it takes for a project to be successful. It begins with hard work, perseverance, attention to detail and ends with quality constructed projects built on time and within budget.

For over 20 years, i mark Development, Inc has built industrial & commercial facilities and many impressive, custom interior office build outs.

Specialties
Facility Design, Equipment layout, Warehousing, Material Handling systems, and Utilities.  Other service specialties include the installation of Foundations, Electrical Lighting and Distribution Systems, HVAC and Air Handling Systems, Chilled Water Systems and Cooling Towers, Compressed Air Systems,Material Conveying Systems, Plant Relocation

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Mark Gilewski

Mark Gilewski

iMark Development, Inc.

Mason Harris

Rooflifters
info@rooflifters.com

FOCUS: Roof LiftingRooflifters

Summary
Formed to specifically to meet the increased demands for clear height across North America, ROOFLIFTERS is now the driving force behind continued innovation and methods of cost efficient roof lifting solutions.

By providing the combined services of a design build company, general contractor and roof lifting contractor, ROOFLIFTERS is able to maximize cost savings for its clients as the complete source for roof lifting. ROOFLIFTERS was formed to take advantage of one of the most unique cost saving construction processes in the industry.

Specialties

By using a team of experts from conception to completion of the project of lifting the roof of your business for expansion and cost effective purposes.

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Mason Harris

Mason Harris

Rooflifters

Rhyno Stinchfield

GreenWorld Partners

FOCUS: Sustainable/Renewable EnergyGreenWorld

Summary
GreenWorld Partners mission is to facilitate the advancement of innovative ideas and technologies through collaboration and imagination.  Their goal is to turn these ideas into reality.

GreenWorld Partners envisions a world of sustainable communities connected in their common commitment to the health and well being of their citizens.  The culture of these communities will be one of wise use of their natural resources and nurturing of innovative ideas.

On September 3, 2010 GreenWorld Partners broke ground on a State-of-the-Art Vertical Axis Wind Turbine at COT.  This project will support education and employment in the renewable energy field.  The turbine will be used by the MSU Billings College of Technology who will enroll in the new Sustainable Energy Technology Program.

Specialties
GreenWorld Partners offers consulting services in the Renewable Energy sector.  They are located in Billings, Montana.

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Rhyno Stinchfield

Rhyno Stinchfield

GreenWorld Partners

Robert Hess

Newmark Knight Frank
rhess@ngkf.com

FOCUS: Incentive NegotiationsNewmark

Summary
Newmark Knight Frank is one of the largest independent real estate service firms in the world. We provide comprehensive real estate solutions to many of the most prominent corporations, property owners, investors and developers across the globe.

In January of 2006, Newmark formed a partnership with London-based Knight Frank, forming Newmark Knight Frank, a global real estate consultancy with extensive worldwide capabilities and coverage throughout North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. The Newmark Knight Frank partnership now operates more than 220 offices in established and emerging property markets on six continents. With a staff of 7,300 employees, we have created an effective global platform from which to serve the property needs of our growing list of clients.

Specialties
Commercial real estate consulting, corporate real estate strategic planning, in-depth market research and analysis, logistics planning, construction bid analysis, project management, contract negotiation, real estate portfolio administration and management, workplace design, lease administration, IWMS consulting and lease audit services.

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Robert Hess

Robert Hess

Newmark Knight Frank

Serge Hanoca

French Trade Department/UBIFRANCE

FOCUS: French Companies exporting or investing in the USUBI

Summary
UBIFRANCE, the French agency for international business development, comes under the aegis of France's
Ministry for the Economy, Industry & Employment. UBIFRANCE lies at the heart of France's public-sector export support framework. With 64 Trade Commissions in 44 countries, UBIFRANCE offers a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at accompanying French-based companies in their development on export markets. This agency helps with knowledge-based products and services, from business information to consultancy and monitoring services, in order to help companies elaborate a strategy for international expansion. The French agency focuses on promotional operations in order to foster partnerships with companies outside France.

The French Embassy’s Department of Economic Affairs is responsible for monitoring and analyzing, on behalf of the French authorities, the situation and policies relating to economic, industrial, financial, commercial and agricultural issues in the United States. The Department also acts, as needed, as a liaison office on the same issues between the US authorities and their French counterparts.

The Department of Economic Affairs is part of the international network of the Treasury of the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Employment. It works closely with other departments in the embassy and with the Agency for International Development of French Companies (UBIFRANCE) and with IFA (Invest in France Agency) which promotes foreign investment in France.

Specialties

The French Trade Office is the main gate for French companies willing to exporting or investing in the US.  UBIFRANCE offers a comprehensive range of products and services aimed at accompanying French-based companies in their development on export markets.

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Serge Hanoca

Serge Hanoca

French Trade Department/UBIFRANCE

Tammi Kim

Kotra

FOCUS: Korea Trade and InvestmentKotraLogo

Summary
KOTRA’s efforts to support partnerships and cooperation between Korean and overseas firms will continue unabated into the future. Going forward, the agency plans to increase its support activities toward global cooperation in promising business fields including knowledge services, the medical, biotech and green industries, and government procurement. KOTRA is also striving to stimulate international exchange in skilled human resources through Contact Korea, a division newly established in 2008.

Furthermore, KOTRA provides comprehensive support for inbound and outbound direct investment, and stands behind efforts to expand both exports and imports. Acknowledging the importance of emerging markets in China and Africa, KOTRA will open 12 new Korea Business Centers in the areas, providing direct support for Korean companies to enter unexplored markets.

Specialties
Kotra provides a comprehensive service to meet the foreign investors' every need as a one-stop window, Invest KOREA is staffed with experts from various ministries and relevant organizations. Kotra also serves as a bridge between Korean Exporters and Overseas buyers, to help foreign buyers get quality products at the most competitive prices.

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Tammi Kim

Tammi Kim

Kotra

Wim Van Cauteren

Flanders Investment & Trade
atlanta@fitagency.com

Focus: International Trade and DevelopmentFlanders

Summary
Since 1998, Wim Van Cauteren has been an integral part of the sourcing of great US suppliers for Belgian companies. In every sector of business, Van Cauteren also helps to forge partnerships with Belgian companies and even helps US companies to find great locations for expansion in the Heart of Europe.

His international experience has taken him from Saudi Arabia to Argentina to Atlanta. Today, he works in the Southern United States to promote Belgian businesses in every sector and in any capacity.

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Wim Van Cauteren

Wim Van Cauteren

Flanders Investment & Trade

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Jason Lemle

VP of Business Development
JLemle@wedaconnect.com

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Jason Lemle

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Customer Service & Marketing Coordinator
brooke@wedaconnect.com
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