On March 4-6 2015, BEST hosted the TeamCalifornia Fourth Annual “Meet the Consultants Forum”. This event brought approximately 80 economic development professionals, city and county staff, developers, and realtors together to gain insight from six global site selection consultants. These consultants help large organizations scour the globe in their relocation or expansion efforts. Consultants discussed topics such as economic forecasts, industrial trends, regional competitiveness, and shared tips on how to build relationships with site selectors.
As the host sponsor, BEST and several board members showcased our region by hosting a reception at Paradise Ridge the evening before the Forum and a breakfast and tour of Keysight Technologies the day following the forum.
Feedback was very positive. The consultants were impressed with Sonoma County’s diverse industry, and the concerted efforts of public and private organizations to help the economy grow. But most of all, they were overwhelmed by the amount of collaboration among businesses within particular industries, highlighted by the Sonoma County BEST Food Industry Group (FIG) and Tech Industry Group (TIG), and other community and trade organizations.