Jana Jones, Top Economic Developer in N. America


The Boise Valley Economic Partnership is proud to announce that Jana Jones was just listed as one of the Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015.  Jana Jones has been with the Boise Valley Economic Partnership since 2006, and is the Director of Economic Development Services. Below is the press release issued by Consultant Connect:

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Contact: Ron Kitchens, Managing Partner, Consultant Connect
PO Box 50664, Kalamazoo, MI 49005

Consultant Connect Announced

 KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Consultant Connect, a consulting agency designed to bridge the gap between economic developers and site consultants, announces North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers of 2015. The economic developers selected for this list were nominated by their colleagues in both the economic development industry and the site consultant community for excellent practices, innovation and success in building the communities they serve. 

Along with the honor of being recognized as top performing economic developers, these recipients will also be featured on the podcast, From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers. Each of these industry leaders will be interviewed to share insights gained from their experiences in the field of economic development, what makes their communities unique and their perspectives on the most important industry and leadership trends of the future. 

“The list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers was developed as a way to acknowledge the work of these 50 economic development leaders and elevate the conversation around best practices in the industry,” said Ron Kitchens, managing partner of Consultant Connect. “Each leader named is absolutely deserving of this recognition for the work they do every day to build their communities. The insights they share on the podcast are invaluable and worth every minute of your time to listen in.” 

The complete list of North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers includes: 

Andrea Schruijer, Valdosta-Lowndes Development Authority 
Annie Baxter, Georgia Department of Economic Development 
Bentley Story, Arkansas Economic Development Commission 
Beth Doughty, Roanoke Regional Partnership 
Bob Marcusse, Kansas City Area Development Council 
Brenda Robbins, Georgia Power 
Brett Doney, Great Falls Montana Development Authority 
Brian Hilson, Birmingham Business Alliance 
Cal Wray, Clarksville Montgomery County Economic Development 
Cecilia Harry, Greater Fremont Development Council 
Chris Camacho, Greater Phoenix Economic Council 
Christopher Chung, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina 
Cindy Symons-Milroy, City of Oshawa, Economic Development Services 
Courtney Ross, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 
David Ginn, Charleston Regional Development Alliance 
David Swenson, York County Economic Development 
Doug Lawyer, Knoxville Chamber 
Douglas W. Rasmussen, St. Louis Economic Development Partnership 
Gary Thompson, Toledo Regional Growth Partnership 
Gray Swoope, Enterprise Florida 
Greg Wathen, Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana 
Jana Jones, Boise Valley Economic Partnership 
Jay Foran, Team NEO 
Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage 
Jeremy Vannatta, Big Sky EDA 
Jerry Mallot, JAXUSA 
John E. Greuling, Will County Center for Economic Development 
Jonathan Sangster, Georgia Power 
Justin Horvath, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership 
Kenny McDonald, Columbus 2020 
Larry Burkhardt, Fox Cities Regional Partnership 
Laura Brandt, Metro Denver EDC 
Laura Leigh Savage, Virginia Economic Development Partnership 
Lynn Myers, Denver South Economic Development Partnership 
Marty Vanags, Indy Partnership 
Michael Chrobak, Choose New Jersey 
Michael Hecht, Greater New Orleans, inc. 
Michael Langley, Greater MSP 
Mike Harvey, Northwest Arkansas Council 
Mike Ogan, Greater Okalahoma City Chamber 
Mike Rosa, Dallas Regional Chamber 
Neale Wade, University of Alabama Economic Development Academy 
Rachel Pierson, Baton Rouge Area Chamber 
Randy Kelly, Three Rivers Planning & Development District 
Rodrick T. Miller, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation 
Rusty Brockman, New Braunsfels Chamber of Commerce 
Scott Connell, Sherman Economic Development Corporation 
Tim Cowden, Kansas City Area Development Council 
Todd Battle, Kenosha Area Business Alliance 
Wendy Dant Chasse, One Southern Indiana

For more information about North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers or to subscribe to the weekly podcast, visit The podcast series is also available via iTunes by searching “From The Ground Up: North America’s Top 50 Economic Developers.”  

About Consultant Connect Consultant Connect is designed to bridge the gap between leading economic developers and location consultants through exclusive networking events and educational services. Consultant Connect not only gives economic developers an inside look into the world of site selection – it gives them the applicable information necessary to propel their communities forward. For more information, please visit or call 269.290.3546. 

Clark Krause
Executive Director
Mobile: 208-863-9675
Phone: 208-472-5230
Charity Nelson
Director of Economic Development
Mobile: 208-863-8521
Phone: 208-472-5240
Ethan Mansfield
Project & Research Manager
Mobile: 208-921-4686
Phone: 208-472-5246
250 S. 5th St.
Suite 300
Boise, Idaho 83702
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