~ J&A Launches Interim Economic Development Management Services Program  ~ Names Melissa Woodall, CMSM as New Senior Vice President ~

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   ~ Executive Search   ~
~ Community Economic Development Management   ~  

~Interim Economic Development Management Services Program ~
Strategic Planning ~ International Business Consulting ~
~ Team Talk   ~

~  April 2016  ~

Melissa Woodall, CMSM, Named Senior Vice President, Johnson & 

Melissa joined the J&A team in 2013 after spending twenty-three years working in economic and community development in the states of Texas and Arizona.

Having worked in communities with populations ranging in size from 3,500 to over 500,000 provided her with an extensive depth of experience and knowledge that she offers to our clients.

In fact, during her twenty-three years in economic development, she worked to create over 4,500 new full-time jobs and over $2 billion in private sector investment.

Melissa brings short-term business solutions as well as organizational process improvements to J&A clients.  Her approach is that of a ‘Business Coach’ – someone who will be there not just once, but as often as needed to ensure that clients have the skills necessary to succeed.

Clients include economic development organizations, chambers of commerce and businesses interested in expanding.

Here are examples of some of the topics commonly requested:

  • Managing Change
  • Public-Private Partnership Development
  • Social media marketing program development and launch
  • Annual strategic planning retreat facilitation
  • Business Retention and Expansion (BRE) Program development

Some area of her expertise include:

  • revitalization of rural and urban commercial districts
  • development of industrial park
  • creation of Tax Increment Financing Districts
  • working to leverage local, state and federal resources to create new capital investment and jobs for communities

“This opportunity to work with my dear friend, Melissa, is very exciting”, states Chloe Johnson, Founder, Johnson & Associates. “Melissa is the most creative, ‘out of the box’ thinker in the Economic Development field today. Her programs are dynamic, forward-thinking and completely customizable!” Susi and I can’t wait to see what adventures ensue.

Please contact us regarding any questions you may have regarding our new Interim Economic Development Management Services Program.

Many blessings,

J&A Launches Interim Economic Development Management Services 

Recently, J&A was contacted by a community seeking assistance with an executive search to fill their Economic Development Director position.  Because they had been without the services of an economic developer for some time, they inquired as to the options that might be available regarding hiring a professional economic developer to guide their agency during the search process so that when the new full-time staff began their new duties, the program and office would be ready to roll.

Chloe, Susi and Melissa spent some time brainstorming this concept and developed what we believe is a dynamic offering to our clients that find themselves going through staffing transitions.  The Economic Development Management Services (EDMS) Program provides the short-term services of an experienced, award-winning economic developer with over 23 years of experience in Texas and Arizona to your community or organization.  During that period of time, the EDMS Consultant will work with the Board, staff, City and other stakeholders to ensure that all regular functions of an economic development organization are being achieved as well as preparing for the arrival of the new full-time staff.   Other services that can be included in the EDMS agreement include:


  • Strategic plan development and/or update
  • Board training (highly recommended)
  • Review and/or development of staff/board policies and procedures

While we believe there is value in working closely with the firm that is coordinating your executive placement (and of course we believe that J&A is the best in the business), it is not required that you contract with J&A for your executive search to contract for our EDMS services.  You can be assured that we support your ultimate goal of identifying and bringing the ideal professional on board to lead your team – the EDMS program simply provides a bridge to assisting communities in reaching that goal.

“We tailor every contract to meet the specific needs of each community that seeks our EDMS services,” notes Melissa Woodall, J&A Senior Vice President.  “The goal is to provide flexibility while ensuring that responsive, successful economic development services are delivered during the transition period.  This short-term professional services agreement allows the Board to focus on finding that ideal candidate while ensuring that the day-to-day operations continue.”

To learn more about this unique program, please contact Melissa Woodall at or via phone at 817-999-8387.










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