The strongest team in the economic development and investment promotion industry

fDi Intelligence

fDi Intelligence is a specialist division from the Financial Times Ltd established to provide industry leading insight into globalisation with a portfolio of worldclass products, services and business tools that allow organisations such as economic development organisations, companies, services providers and academic institutions to make informed decisions regarding foreign direct investment and associated activities.

Golden Shovel Agency

Golden Shovel Agency brings creative energy to the work of economic development. Whether the goal is to attract and support great businesses or great talent, we are specialists in your world: We’ve helped more than 140 communities across North America to shape and tell their stories in order to strengthen the vitality of their regional economies. Our core services include branding, marketing, strategy, web development, and online communications. More than that, we are a true partner to our clients.


Underpinned provides economic development marketing/pr services and was founded by Shirar O’Connor. Shirar has been in foreign direct investment-economic development for nearly 29 years, working on both sides of the desk, for government agencies and as a consultant. Her expertise is in government-to-business, economic development public relations and marketing. Shirar has worked with hundreds of economic promotion organizations such as the Board of Investment of Thailand, the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, the City of Birmingham (UK), Invest in Germany, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the German region of Bavaria, Invest in Canada, Scottish Development International, Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority, JETRO, Tampa-Hillsborough Economic Development, and KOTRA-Korea, just to name a few.

YS Growth Strategies

YS is a specialized strategy and business development consulting company located in Tel Aviv - with over 20 years of experience working for and consulting to leading international companies. We Works with CEOs and management teams helping them to materialize their organizations’ potential and deliver growth. We exercise cross disciplinary know-how in areas such as corporate strategy, technology planning, financial modelling, strategic marketing and M&A.


Strings® is the acronym for Strategy, Investments, Global Business. We are an agile company based in São Paulo, Brazil, with worldwide operations. We provide tailormade solutions to companies willing to operate or invest in Brazil. We also support governments at all levels to design their strategy for investment promotion and provide capacity building initiatives to their teams. Strings® services include investment facilitation, government relations and business development, while connecting suppliers, customers, and investors. “We pull the right Strings® to make things happen.” 

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