Ed Bee, Ph.D., CEcD
Ed Bee is founder and President of Taimerica. Ed holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics and International Development as well as Certified Economic Developer status. He is one of a half-dozen persons in North America with both credentials. He is probably the only person in North America that is both a professional economist and a professional economic developer.
Prior to founding the company in 1997, Bee led economic development programs in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and Georgia, including the largest regional ED group in Louisiana. Bee has worked personally on over 50 office and factory locations and has led more than 80 consulting assignments for states, communities, and regions throughout North America and Latin America.
Among his career accomplishments are the development and passage of payroll based incentive programs in Louisiana and Oklahoma. Economic models developed for Sasol NA in Lake Charles and the Tennessee Valley BRAC in Huntsville, AL are among the most complex economic and fiscal impact studies in the last decade. Bee has published more than a dozen peer-reviewed papers on cutting edge development topics like technology-led economic development, incentives, small business growth, and globalization. Ed Bee is the author of Fueling Prosperity: The Role of Fossil Fuels, Renewables, and Energy Efficiency in Economic Development, available in e-book and print form.
Ardyn Thriffiley, CEcD
Ardyn Thriffiley has spent 15 years in the field of research and marketing. Ms. Thriffiley spent many years with Entergy Louisiana’s Economic Development Group where she established a research center containing resources used in the site selection decision making process including the AEDC award winning web site, a web-based searchable database of available buildings and sites, parish and community profiles, marketing materials on key resources in Louisiana communities, and research and analysis of target industries for Louisiana.