Ernest Lorraine Associates LLC (ELA) is a USA-based business development firm that assists economic development organizations, private firms, and government agencies worldwide to identify and attract business opportunities and investment. ELA has conducted promotion initiatives in the United States, Mexico, Australia, Singapore, Germany, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, the Caribbean, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
In total, Joel Burgess, the CEO, has worked on over 90 match-matching initiatives for both trade and/or investment purposes including NRW.INVEST (Dusseldorf, Germany), Choose New Jersey, The Right Place (Grand Rapids, MI), Invest Canberra (Australia ACT), Lansing Economic Area Partnership (Lansing, MI), Entergy (Baton Rouge, LA), Greater New Orleans, Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Belfast Harbour (Belfast, Northern Ireland), St. Gallen, Switzerland, Euromediterranee Economic Development (Marseille, France), and l’Agence pour l’Economie en Essonne (Paris, France), Grupo Prodensa (Monterrey, Mexico), Thurgau, Switzerland, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, Oklahoma Governor’s Marketing Team, Team Texas, Northeast Texas Economic Alliance, U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Authority, and Invest Queensland (Brisbane, Australia).
Ernest Lorraine Associates’ expertise areas include trade facilitation, foreign direct investment, business retention and expansion analysis, investment attraction, economic development strategies, target industry analysis, company intelligent reports, company identification, appointment setting, executive calling, and outreach programs.
Joel D. Burgess started Ernest Lorraine Associates in 2008 after a 3 year tenure ending as Vice President of Whittaker Associates. Joel has managed a diverse portfolio of initiatives, both domestic and international, in the economic development, real estate, energy, and/or corporate sectors for trade or investment purposes.
Joel has worked initiatives in many leading industry sectors. Joel earned his Master of Urban Planning from Hunter College of the City University of New York, following a B.A. in Business Management Administration from Concordia University – Irvine, Irvine California. Joel also holds a real estate license in the State of Michigan.
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