Senior Consultant / Director of Research
Amanda Taylor has more than eleven years of experience in economic development and site selection, joining the McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC) team in 2011.
Ms. Taylor advises and supports corporate site selection decisions, providing location intelligence and incentives negotiation expertise. In addition, she directs research activities at MSC, overseeing all aspects of research and data analyses supporting corporate and economic development projects. Ms. Taylor has supported significant national site selection projects for clients primarily in advanced manufacturing industries, including automotive and aerospace. Recent corporate locations include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Lucid Motors, and Northrop Grumman. Ms. Taylor has provided site selection, incentives negotiation, and workforce analyses services for Michelin North America distribution centers, most recently 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. In addition to corporate siting activities, Ms. Taylor advises economic development organizations in development of real estate product, workforce development, and overall strategy. Recent economic development projects include a statewide Mega Site identification for the Iowa Economic Development Authority, a 5-year economic development strategy for the Charleston (SC) Regional Development Alliance, an incentives and business climate study for the Arkansas Economic Developers Association, and a target competitiveness study for the state of Florida.
As Director of Research, Ms. Taylor provides location intelligence and analytical expertise in the evaluation of data important to location decision making. Research capabilities include comprehensive competitiveness studies, workforce analyses, tax and incentive financial analyses, and applications of geographic information systems (GIS) in site selection.
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, 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).