The Brand Acceleration team’s work to support economic development clients has generated significant interest in and business for their communities, regions, and states — as well as praise for our team and the way we work.

Below are what economic development professionals throughout the country think about the work we’ve handled on their behalf.

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Samuel L. Brady
Jackson County (Ohio) Economic Development Partnership
Executive Director

Brand Acceleration’s team overperformed in every phase of our project. Their level of staff engagement with our website was like having another team member in the office working with us. They didn’t just collect datapoints on our location. They got to know us and our community. They were able to combine a complex mix of information on incumbent industries, infrastructure, and sites and buildings into a world-class website that tells just who we are.

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Greg Anderson
Town of Brownsburg, Indiana
Economic Development Director

Talk about raising the bar! Brand Acceleration delivered our vision through a retail video describing the quality of life, lifestyle and family-oriented nature of our community. The videos were produced to be timeless and show a vibrant community that continues to grow and mature from its roots with the homegrown, national, and international businesses that call Brownsburg home. Thank you, Jim and Colleen, for delivering a video message which will continue to support what Brownsburg is all about.

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Paul Brehm
Ohio Economic Development Association
Past President

Colleen Walton from Brand Acceleration, Inc. is a dynamic speaker who will add value to your event. Her presentation to our statewide conference on the value of social media in economic development was both entertaining and interesting. She demonstrated a clear understanding of our industry, showing how you can use social media to better promote your community, attract business investment, and even improve your workforce. Outstanding advice from a true professional who understands the challenges that face economic development professionals today.

Crystal Morphis, CEcD
Creative Economic Development Consulting
Founder and CEO

Our firm enjoys working with Brand Acceleration on economic development projects. The resulting websites and marketing materials position communities to attract target sectors. We are impressed with your team’s ability to maximize limited resources and deliver a high-quality product.

Another thing we like is the economic development expertise that your team brings to branding and marketing. Not all marketing firms understand the nuances of marketing a community.

Beyond collaborative projects, we have been highly satisfied with the design work you have done directly for our firm. The design of the Women’s Economic Development Network logo, signage, and materials was very well received at the conference.


Larry Taylor
Success Warrick County (Indiana)
Executive Director

Brand Acceleration has helped our economic development organization take our communications and marketing effectiveness to a higher level. We felt we had good product in our community and industrial sites but were not getting the message out. Many agencies could prepare a new brochure or website, but Brand Acceleration provided us tools that met the needs of our audiences and assisted us in ways to utilize those tools. I feel that Brand Acceleration’s specialized knowledge helped us be successful in reaching our potential customers, which in turn has helped Warrick County land three major prospects this past year.

Beth Kirkland, CEcD
Gadsden County (Florida)
Executive Director

Jim and his team at Brand Acceleration created an award-winning website for us that tremendously increased our profile with economic development professionals and resulted in a substantial number of new contacts and prospects. Brand Acceleration also developed a targeted email campaign that increased our visibility with site location consultants and is driving leads to us. I highly recommend Brand Acceleration for all your economic development marketing needs.

Walter Williams, EDFP
City of Edwardsville
Economic Development Director

If your community needs an economic development website design/redesign, I would recommend Brand Acceleration. Brand Acceleration completely overhauled our site by bringing their years of successful economic development website design with their own creative design, input, and ideas. Brand Acceleration understands the mission of an economic development organization, consequently their design/redesigns made the material “pop” on the pages — photographs, artwork, dashboard, maps, and writings. The City is getting great results from our new website and couldn’t be more thrilled with Brand Acceleration’s ongoing customer service.

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Gregory J. Anderson, AICP, MBA
Town of Brownsburg
Economic Development Director

What can I say that has not already been said? The Brand Acceleration team worked with us to inspire our creativity and motivated us to look beyond the possibilities. We looked at our marketing needs and wanted to create something that would be timeless. A tall order, and they delivered a package that has interchangeable parts that can be replaced. We set the expectations high and Brand Acceleration delivered, with professionalism, energy, and an abundance of creativity, all within our budget. I would highly recommend Brand Acceleration above anyone else.

Larry Gigerich
Managing Director and Owner

Brand Acceleration’s team are true professionals. They are very experienced in their industry and provide excellent counsel to their clients. We have recommended them to a number of our clients due to our confidence in their abilities.

Jasmine Almoayed
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Economic Development Manager

The City of Cedar Rapids worked with Brand Acceleration for our comprehensive economic development marketing strategy including the creation of an economic development website. Jim and his team did an amazing job engaging a number of disparate stakeholder groups and incorporating several different sources of information into our finished product. They were highly responsive to our questions and patient with us throughout the process including being extremely flexible with us on providing information when unexpected circumstances put this project on the back burner. The finished product was highly successful, and we have already landed a new project as a result of the website. I would highly recommend using Brand Acceleration to any economic development organization.

Jason Kester
Agracel, Inc
Regional Development Director

Jim and his cohorts assisted the port authority with our first economic development website. Brand Acceleration helped us craft our marketing message and the website was produced on-time and under budget. I would strongly recommend their work.

Ed Burghard
Strengthening Brand America Project

Jim is a master brand builder. He has the rare combination of being 1) a subject matter expert with 2) the ability/experience to translate theory into practical recommendations that can be realistically implemented by clients and 3) the teaching skills to enable clients to consistently replicate branding success even after his firm’s engagement is completed. I view Jim as one of only a handful of place brand builders who actually “get it.” He is on my personal short list of consultants I unequivocally recommend to EDO Boards of Directors and Executive Directors looking to better brand their communities for sustainable economic success.

Jaime Johnson
Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership
Former Marketing Director

The Brand Acceleration team assisted HCEDP with our “Hendricks is Hiring” talent attraction campaign. They proved themselves very responsive and nimble as we took the initiative from concept to launch in just four weeks. To date, we’ve seen more than 35,000 unique visitors pushed to our jobs website through our multi-channel marketing efforts. Brand Acceleration is a trusted partner and highly valued resource.

Jamie Gilbert
Lancaster County South Carolina Department of Economic Development

The newly created Lancaster County Department of Economic Development selected Brand Acceleration to design and build our website. Jim and his team worked closely with us to create a website that reflected our economic development vision for the county. They understand our field and what is critical to our audience. We are very pleased with our website!

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Marcel W. Wagner, Jr., CEcD
Great River (Illinois) Economic Development Foundation

The Great River Economic Development Foundation was privileged to have Colleen Walton in Quincy, Illinois, to meet with our board and be the keynote speaker at our annual meeting. Colleen gave our audience of 300 business leaders an inspired presentation about what our community needs to do going forward to stay competitive, secure our existing industry, and cultivate the next generation workforce that will be required. I would highly recommend Colleen. She is engaging and informative and the best comment I received from one of my board members was that “Colleen told me what I didn’t want to hear but very much needed to hear.

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Mitch Robinson
Salina (Kansas) Community Economic Development Organization
Executive Director

Colleen presented to the Kansas Economic Development Alliance’s 2018 Fall Conference.  Her presentation – Doing a Lot with a Little:  How to Best Spend Your Marketing Dollars – was a big hit among our attendees.  Those who had been in the business for many years and others just starting in our profession found Colleen’s information helpful.  Her suggestions were useful for communities with limited resources as well those with well-funded marketing programs.  I would highly recommend any organization looking for speakers to select Colleen on a wide variety of topics in the economic development marketing field.

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Shawn Hershberger
City of Winchester, Virginia
Development Services Director

When setting up a website with Brand Acceleration, the Economic Dashboard feature was seen as a must have from the beginning. Knowing that an extensive amount of data is available in an almost effortless manner to anyone researching our community provides confidence that our online presence is fulfilling the role it should. Stylistically, it blends well into the framework of the site and creates an easy presentation of the statistical story of our city and region.

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Shane Graham
City of Cedar Falls, Iowa
Economic Development Coordinator

Jim and the entire team at Brand Acceleration were an absolute pleasure to work with. In developing our new economic development website, Jim spent several days in Cedar Falls getting to know our community and meeting with area businesses and educators. He then used that valuable information to create a website and message that was specifically designed for our target markets. Working with Jim and his team was easy, as they were very attentive to any questions, comments or suggestions that we had throughout the design process. I would highly recommend Brand Acceleration for all of your economic development needs!

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Alan Wood, CEcD
Burke Development Inc.
President & CEO

Colleen and her Brand Acceleration team did a great job on our website. They worked with us to determine what we needed and delivered a great product. I believe they are the best when it comes to products for economic development agencies.

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Tony Iriti
Jefferson County Illinois Development Corporation
Executive Director

Brand Acceleration knows what it takes to have a successful economic development organization. Focusing only on economic development marketing, continuously improving through cooperation with site selectors and offering myriad marketing services gives their organization a distinct advantage. I have worked with Brand Acceleration on three occasions for three different organizations. I would highly recommend them!

Steve Hebert
Town of Bennett, Colorado
Planning & Economic Development Manager

Brand Acceleration has helped us immensely! Their insight and honest evaluation of our economic development program have helped us rethink and retool. They shed light on community assets we have ignored or took for granted. They also helped us identify missing pieces. We are in a much better position to focus our messaging and be more efficient and cost-effective in communicating with our target industries.

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