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Having worked with over 450 economic development organizations from around the world, no other investment attraction firm has the same breadth of experience as ROI Research on Investment. That being said, 2020 has been, well to say the least, different! We know that tradeshows and travel are extremely limited and your need to create business development deal flow is more challenging than ever.

We’ve got you covered. With our industry leading data analytics and new suite of virtual lead generation services, we’ll make sure that your funnel is as healthy as ever. The meetings may be virtual, but with ROI, the leads are as real as ever.

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Virtual Lead Generation Programs

As the industry leader in investment attraction, ROI combines cutting-edge technology, talented staff and 20 years of experience to help you succeed in today's unprecedented environment. Our programs include:

  1. Re-examination of your target industries to ensure alignment with post-COVID high growth sectors
  2. Identification of geographic areas rich with growth companies in your target industries
  3. Virtual one-on-one video meetings with pre-qualified leads considering expansion to YOUR jurisdiction
  4. Virtual one-on-one meetings with companies attending your favorite trade shows
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What We Offer

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Specifically designed for economic development professionals, is a one-stop business intelligence and lead generation platform that forecasts company growth and expansion.
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Virtual Lead Generation

Timing is essential to building fruitful relationships. We connect you to high-growth companies primed for expansion so that you can discuss investment opportunities while they are still in their most receptive planning stages.


Business Retention & Expansion

Your community benefits when established businesses grow or expand locally. Our data monitors companies in your backyard that are expanding, so that you can keep those businesses in town.

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In-Market Representation

You can’t be everywhere, but we are. From North America to Europe and Asia, our economic development team can meet with companies on your behalf in order to qualify and nurture investment opportunities until your local team is ready to take them on.


Recovery Action Plan 

Recovery plans involve significant collaboration and coordination among local and state agencies, private sector, and stakeholder organizations to develop resilient solutions. Before developing a strategic plan, we will help you get your recovery blueprint ready with a Recovery Action Plan (RAP).


Targeting Strategy

You need to focus your efforts on the markets that matter, and you need to know them inside and out. We’ve conducted cluster and market opportunity assessments of multiple industries: aerospace, automotive, cloud computing, electronics, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and many others.

Unparalleled Experience

ROI has worked with over 400 EDOs globally, servicing the needs of both large metropolitans, rural jurisdictions, states and national-level entities and targeting all major industries.
clients worldwide

“When our travel plans were interrupted, the ROI team was able to pivot and has converted planned in-person meetings to virtual meetings without breaking their stride. These meetings have been very productive as we continue to work on projects and build our pipeline.”

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Eric Miller
SVP, Development Officer
Greater Richmond Partnership

“With all the uncertainty in the market, it has been very helpful to have the ROI team continue to prospect on our behalf. Through their work we have maintained our overall lead count even through the COVID crisis. We have been very happy with the quality of the virtual meetings the ROI team has helped facilitate with potential investors.”


Eric Voyles
Chief Economic Development Officer
TexAmericas Center

“ROI has helped my organization adapt quickly to not only overcome the challenges presented by COVID-19, but seek out unique business development opportunities resulting from the pandemic. The ROI team was able to work quickly, shifting to more virtual meetings with companies exploring expansion opportunities meeting worldwide demand brought on by the crisis.”


John Sweeney
Director of Business Development
North Eastern Strategic Alliance

About ROI Research on Investment

Headquartered in Montreal, with multiple offices in North America and Western Europe, ROI Research On Investment is the global authority on investment attraction and lead generation services for economic development and investment promotion organizations. Since 2003, ROI has embraced innovation and modern economic development practices to help clients attract job-creating investment to their communities.

Success Stories


Japan External Trade Organization

ROI has scheduled 266 meetings to date for the JETRO teams based in Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Toronto. ROI has engaged with decision-makers at over 1,600 companies presenting Japan as an investment destination.
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Invest in Finland

Finland’s primary focus was to encourage FDI from North America. Time differences of up to nine hours posed an in-house prospecting challenge. As a result, the team required on-the-ground support to drive inbound investment opportunities.
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City of Scottsdale Economic Development

Specifically designed for economic development professionals, is a one-stop business intelligence and lead generation platform that forecasts company growth and expansion.
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Contact Us

Our value proposition begins and ends with the quality of our people. Our experience, expertise and passion for results are unmatched.

  • Over 60 multi-disciplinary economic development professionals
  • Proprietary certification process
  • Former Head of Utility Economic Development
  • Former Executives of International Investment Promotion agencies
  • 3 PhD staff members with over 50 years of combined experience in benchmarking and investment attraction
  • Over 300 years of combined experience in investment attraction

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