Amanda Taylor has more than eleven years of experience in economic development and site selection, and joined the McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) team in 2011.
Since joining MSC, Ms. Taylor has assisted corporate clients with site selection projects, providing location analytics expertise and incentives negotiation services. In addition, she directs research activities at MSC since January 2017, overseeing all aspects of research and data analyses supporting corporate and economic development projects at MSC. She is actively assisting nationwide advanced manufacturing site selection projects in automotive and aerospace industries, with recent corporate locations including Lucid Motors, Aerojet Rocketdyne, and Northrop Grumman. Ms. Taylor recently completed work conducting site selection, incentives negotiation, and labor analyses for Michelin North America distribution centers in Spartanburg, South Carolina and Wilmington, Illinois. Other notable project work includes site, labor and financial analyses for Dollar General, Shaw Industries, OTICS USA, and Tronox. Active economic development projects Ms. Taylor is working on include a site certification program for the state of Iowa, with recent work including a 5-year economic development strategy for the Charleston, South Carolina MSA, an incentives and business climate study for the Arkansas Economic Developers Association, and a target competitiveness study for the state of Florida.
Prior to joining McCallum Sweeney, Ms. Taylor spent more than four years with the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA) in Savannah, Georgia. While at SEDA, she held positions in project management, geographic information system (GIS) analysis, and research, assisting with projects such as the 2009 location of Mitsubishi Power Systems (500 jobs, $325 million investment), and 2010 Gulfstream Aerospace expansion (1,000 jobs, $500 million investment). Ms. Taylor previously held an internship with Cornerstone Alliance, an economic development organization serving Berrien County in Southwest Michigan.
Ms. Taylor received a Master of City and Regional Planning (MCRP) from Clemson University and was honored with the 2012 American Institute of Certified Planners award. She received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) from the University of Connecticut, double majoring in Geography and Economics. Ms. Taylor is an accredited Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Associate (LEED® Green Associate).