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NOTICE TO VISITORS: Although this website remains available for reference, the content is no longer being actively updated, nor are we performing project referral work for professional advisors as in 2001 - 2008. Many of the links and search tools may still be useful. If a decision is taken to resume active updates to this website at some point, it will be announced here and involve substantial changes to the content and website design. No such change is foreseen at this time (December 2010) - at least until the US economy improves. For now, the focus of our work is reflected at 
ShortListNews complements our reference websites, market research work, and independent referral services for executives and their professional advisors, including economic development organizations in the USA and worldwide.

New custom search tools support business site selection and other decisions as executives plan investment projects to expand operations in new locations.  Background below.  

This is an independent project research and referral service, somewhat like a global concierge in this niche market.  We assist executives at growing companies who are facing site selection decisions for new, relocated, or consolidated operations.  About Us.

Our individual project referrals are confidential, but this website also helps economic developers and professional service providers to efficiently reach more executives and advisors as they do online market research for expansion projects in new business locations.

September 2009 analysis of the latest Business Roundtable CEO Survey results.  They didn't see this recession coming ... and still don't see any end in sight.  Sales expectations are starting to recover a little, but not job creation or investment.

October 2008 analysis of the location research interests of our visitors through the Search: Americas tools.  April 2009 analysis.

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USA News: Oct 1, 2009 - The quarterly Business Roundtable CEO Survey results are at our 2002-2009 analysisNo glimmers of hope found here.
USA PR: Jan 9, 2009 - webinar about the Satyam Computer Services scandal in India and offshore IT outsourcing risks
USA News: Nov 5 2008 - our directory of US governors has been updated for election results
USA News: Sept 11 2008 - The quarterly Business Roundtable CEO Survey results are at our 2002-2008 analysis, including their latest PR.
USA PR: September 9, 2008  Cityscape USA event in New York City for commercial real estate developers and global investors.  Event info.
USA PR: Alaska - August 12, 2008 - fDi magazine had an interview about investment in Alaska with Governor Sarah Palin, now candidate for Vice President with Senator John McCain.
Media: July 2007 - Fortune magazine has released their new Global 500 list.  We share our point of view on the changing global distribution of it.
USA News: May 10, 2007 - The White House has announced a new Open Economies Policy Statement which includes the Invest in America initiative at the US Department of Commerce.  (see background details, PR, and sources).
Regional News: April 23, 2007 - fDi magazine announced the selections for the 2007 North American Cities of the Future awards. - for local conservative approaches to community development

Join the nationwide "Tea Party" movement

Editorial about charity

Support the good work in rural northern Pakistan and Afghanistan by the Central Asia Institute.  If you haven't read the remarkable book about Greg Mortenson and his work setting up schools there, "Three Cups of Tea", you should do so.  See why.

US Project Trends

1994 - 2006

Analysis of Directory Visits by State

Global Analysis of Regional Directory Visits

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For those who may not yet be familiar with The Christian Science Monitor, it is an excellent objective source of independent global reporting.  We have no affiliation with it, but respect it highly as a news source.
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July 15, 2009 - French auto workers threaten to blow up factory - Comment:  How will the "Invest in France" economic development marketers spin this story for potential foreign investors?  See also: French Nortel workers secure talks after blow-up threat - Is this a new trend for labor negotiations?

New Executive Summary research tools: Search groups of selected websites for the specialized market knowledge, surveys, or "thought leadership" articles which professional services firms share on global business growth issues - without millions of irrelevant results from other types of websites.
bullet Management consulting firms - strategy, human capital, risk
bullet International retained executive search firms
bullet International tax and international business law firms
bullet Architects, engineers, and commercial construction project firms
bullet Global commercial real estate search - market reports, contacts

Recent Editorials:


Investor Alert : How will China respond to this recession?


Is the Obama stimulus plan a federal Santa Claus wish list?


Time to say good-bye, Illinois Governor Blagojevich.


A modest market proposal for the US auto industry bailout.

New: many industry research sources have been added - see Research

Try our new Search: Americas feature - for the USA, Canada, and Mexico.  The state search tools make it easy to find content on over 2000 local economic development and chamber of commerce websites.

A similar Search: Europe feature covers 40 countries.

Media Search Tool for multiple economic development magazines

Easily compare their content on business development topics and potential locations of interest, which may include sponsored advertorial content.

International Business Times

Online business news - published in 12 countries and in 7 languages.

Our analysis of Business Roundtable

CEO Survey 2002-2008 Results

Analysis of US Regional Directory Visits on our reference website

Visit our selective directory of humanitarian, charitable, and philanthropic community services, as well as our "green" directory with resources related to sustainable economic development.

We provide independent referrals for capital investment project planning.

Contact:   TEL 847-304-4655  Chicago. 

Growth from 200,000 to 600,000+ visits per year in just 3 years

Chart of monthly website visitors, 2004 - 2008

Which were the "hot states" or regions among our 600,000 visitors in 2007?

Our analysis of 2006 - 2007 visits to our state economic development directories is an indicator of the diverse geographic business interests of our visitors. 

Analysis of US investment project trends since 1994.

Our directory of local, national, and international business forums makes it easier to find organizations through which global business leaders collaborate on issues related to world affairs, foreign relations, global trade and competitiveness, as well as economic development issues and corporate or personal philanthropy.

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What is

This is a new way to consolidate and openly share useful information in this niche market through online collaboration among many professionals.

Global Direct Investment Solutions is a global reference guide and independent referral service - like a concierge service for executives in this niche - to support business location strategies and site selection decisions by sharing over 25,000 resources and contacts worldwide.
This ties together three networks of contacts to share knowledge which can help executives to plan capital investment projects in new locations.
bullet Professional service providers specialized in this niche
bullet Economic development professionals
bullet Executives responsible for business location decisions

Contact us to discuss how our work can support corporate project plans as well as economic development and professional services marketing by helping to introduce relevant contacts to each other more efficiently.

Try our unique custom Search tool above.  You can add it to your own iGoogle home page with the "Add to Google" button.  There are many other custom search tools on this website for US regions and states or professional services. Contact us to become a PR, news, or professional contributor.  Please refer to the Add News guidance in this regard.  We will feature qualified professional contributors of useful content through our Links page or in other ways as appropriate.
Our new Search: Americas service makes it easy to search through multiple states in a region as well as multiple counties, cities and other local economic development websites within any US state.  This unique research tool for business site selection decisions covers all US states, Canada, and Mexico. We selectively share relevant news, press releases, professional insights, global contacts, and business location research tools. 

Refer to the links above to Add News or Advertise at low cost on the most relevant pages. 


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