Kansas City Area Development Council’s (KCADC) July Economic Development Alliance Meeting

Mark Beattie, Principal at Hickey & Associates, LLC, was invited to speak at the July 2011 Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC) meeting in Kansas City, MO. Mark was invited on behalf of Hickey & Associates as part of an effort to bring together leading location consultants and their firms to better familiarize them with the area and Kansas City’s team of community partners. Mark shared his insights on the current corporate mindset for relocations and expansions, as well as his take on the competitiveness of the Kansas City region and the importance for transparency and accountability between public/private partnership

In an effort to strengthen accountability and transparency between public/private partnerships, Hickey & Associates developed a new standard in public incentive tracking and analysis. Mark introduced this development known as the Public Incentive Management System (PIMS). PIMS is a tracking system that allows states, cities, and regions administering incentive programs to enhance transparency and reduce costs while identifying programs that may be under performing. Due to diminishing budgets and a push for greater transparency, it is now more important than ever for governments to effectively track all expenditures, especially public incentives and subsidies provided to corporate investors.

Nicaragua: Let’s Grow Together

Ann with OrtegaAnn Harts, Principal at Hickey & Associates, LLC, was invited to speak at the Pro-Nicaragua Premier Investment Forum titled “”Nicaragua: Let’s Grow Together”” on August 16-17, 2011 in Managua, Nicaragua. The forum will showcase Nicaragua’s economic growth and the reasons why it has become increasingly attractive to foreign investors. Ann is well known as a key player in international economic development with almost three decades of experience in real estate, finance, site selection, incentive negotiations and government relations.

Hickey & Associates, LLC, a global site location and public/private advisory firm, recently announced the merger of its company with HartsGroup, Inc. and welcomed Ann Harts as H&A’s newest Team Member. The combined organization, using the Hickey & Associates, LLC brand, will draw on the talented group of leaders from both companies, and greatly enhance the collective effort to provide advisory services in strategic Latin American markets.


Photo to the right: Ann Harts with Daniel Ortega, President of Nicaragua.