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.
Jay Moon, CEcD, FM, HLM
Jay C. Moon is the former President and CEO of the Mississippi Manufacturers Association. The association represents more than 2,400 manufacturers and associated businesses in Mississippi. Jay also managed Mississippi’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. Jay is a Certified Economic Developer with more than 30 years of professional experience in site development, business retention, strategic plan development, financial incentive creation and marketing.
Prior to joining the MMA, Jay served as the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer and Director for International Development with the Mississippi Development Authority. Through Jay’s efforts, the Mississippi Development Authority received consistent recognition for its innovative business attraction and support programs, including acknowledgment by Site Selection Magazine as one of the top ten economic development organizations in the United States.
Prior to joining MDA, Jay directed the economic development, community development, building and planning programs for the City of Gulfport, Mississippi. As the former chairman of Mississippi’s State Workforce Development Board (SWIB) and the State Longitudinal Data System, Jay is a frequent speaker on the subject of workforce development.
Jay served on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States. He is the past Chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest economic development organization. In 2018, Jay received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic Development from the IEDC. He is the former Dean and continues to be a board member and instructor with the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute (EDI), the nation’s premier economic development training program. Jay is also an instructor with the University of Southern Mississippi basic program and is an instructor with the Certified Louisiana Economic Developer Program.
Jay has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Georgia. Jay is a graduate of the Economic Development Institute.
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.