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Sustainability: Moving from Common Sense to Common Practice
2016 International Conference
Leesburg, VA - National Conference Center

September 18th - 21st


Managing Constraints for Agile Economic Development

Bahadir Inozu - Ph.D. is a Co-Founder of NOVACES, LLC and SharpFocus, LLC.
David Dodd - Senior Associate with NOVACES, the Chief Executive Officer of DADCO Consulting, Incorporated




Why was there a need for change?

Economic Development in 2016 is extremely competitive. Communities, regions, and states must all respond quickly, provide thorough information, and win new investment and jobs. There is a saying among commercial real estate professionals—"Time Kills All Deals”. In economic development, that is particularly true.

What to Change?

› Shorten response time to inquiries with more thorough information
› Reduce time to secure commitments for incentives/grants
› Streamline regulatory and permitting processes
› Respond rapidly to changes in project parameters
› Have real-time progress tracking

The time it takes between the time of an expansion, relocation, or start-up announcement and the opening of the facility is a combination of lost market opportunity, giving competitors time for defensive strategies, and expense of credit facilities and other financial commitments. Shortening time from breaking ground to cutting ribbons can provide a significant competitive advantage.

What to Change to?

Providing a combination of TOC/CCPM strategy & tactics along with Lean Six Sigma tools can widen the gap between a specific location and its competitors in the relocation, expansion, and start-up arenas, and provide a high level of customer satisfaction before, during, and after the investment decision.

A special process based on TOC/CCPM principles can be replicated in county and local economic development operations, thus giving the opportunity for even greater speed, lack of frustration, and transparency at every level of the public sector. There are 3 critical components of Economic Development System we refer to as the "Eco-System” as shown below: 1. Incentives, 2. Licensing, Permitting and Regulatory, 3. Workforce Training & Development.

How to Cause the Change?

Economic Development in 2016 is extremely competitive. Communities, regions, and states must all respond quickly, provide thorough information, and win new investment and jobs. Federal, State and Local Governments can address a systemic issue that has plagued the relocation, expansion, and start-up process since the inception of economic development: Time and difficulty. There is a saying among commercial real estate professionals—"Time Kills All Deals”. In economic development, that is particularly true.

The time it takes between the time of an expansion, relocation, or start-up announcement and the opening of the facility is a combination of lost market opportunity, giving competitors time for defensive strategies, and expense of credit facilities and other financial commitments. Shortening time from breaking ground to cutting ribbons can provide a significant competitive advantage to a specific government seeking economic development.

There are 3 critical components of Economic Development System that we call the "Eco-System” : 1. Incentives, 2. Licensing, Permitting and Regulatory, 3. Workforce Training & Development.

Understanding the interdependencies and applying the principles of TOC to the these eco-system components improves competitiveness of a specific location in the relocation, expansion, and start-up arenas, and provide a high level of customer satisfaction before, during, and after the investment decision.
is a Senior Associate with NOVACES, the Chief Executive Officer of DADCO Consulting, Incorporated, and is the newly-appointed Chairman of the University of Oklahoma International Resilience Institute. David develops, implements, and teaches innovation in economic and community development, specializing in resilience and recovery from disasters/disruptions worldwide. David has a 25-year history of success in economic development, including serving as Dean of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI), the oldest and largest professional development program in The field, and continues to be one of its’ highest rated instructors. David also engineered the first offering of OU/EDI outside the United States in partnership with CETYS University. David has a very broad background in all aspects of development, including development finance, public-private partnerships, comprehensive planning, workforce/education development, community capacity-building, international trade/investment, and inter-firm collaboration, all of which provides added value in resilience and recovery. In 2011, he was named a Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council, for "demonstrated leadership and significant contributions to the profession”. David is a leading expert in the arenas of economic research and strategy, business and community collaboration, and disaster resilience and recovery. David has worked in 47 states in the U.S. and in Australia, France, Japan, and Mexico. His experience spans 20 years of professional consulting and almost 30 years in the field of economic development. David and former partner Ed Morrison created the Forward Oklahoma City initiative, implemented as an economic development compliment to the highly successful MAPS program, both of which helped Oklahoma City recover from both a financial crisis and the 1995 Murrah Building bombing to achieve more than $6 billion in private investment. David has also advised the Development Bank of Japan on regional economic development, presented before members of the Australian Parliament, and advised Electricity d’France on regional development strategy. His disaster recovery experience began with coordination of the Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum after Hurricane Katrina, and continued with recovery work in Mexico and Japan, and in Louisiana after the BP oil spill. David is widely recognized for his work with industry clusters and technology-based economic development. He also specializes in New Markets Tax Credits and other development finance programs, and sits on the advisory board of the $265 million National New Markets Fund. He was most recently named to the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Under a strategic partnership agreement with NOVACES LLC, David entered into a 5-year master services agreement with the Economic Development Administration to provide Subject Matter Expertise in long-term economic recovery from disasters under FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Under that agreement, David worked on location in New Jersey to develop a recovery support strategy, in Oklahoma to develop a Mission Scoping Assessment, and in Arkansas to develop a Short-Term Economic Recovery Action Agenda. David returned to Oklahoma at the request of stakeholders to develop a Comprehensive Resilience Strategy, the first of its kind under the NDRF. That strategy has already resulted in a $4.25 million commitment from the Avidas Foundation for implementation of a comprehensive community resilience strategy. Most recently, David was invited to participate in the Summit on the Future of The Tropics, an event held in conjunction with the G-20 meeting in Cairns, Australia, and is currently working on development of the Center for International Tropical Resilience Education and Implementation (CITREI), in part to assist in meeting the G-20 goal of increasing global GDP via reductions in losses due to natural disasters worldwide. We will describe how this approach was implemented in a mid size city government with its partners in the US.


Bahadir Inozu Ph.D. is a Co-Founder of NOVACES, LLC and SharpFocus, LLC. He is a co-author of "Performance Improvement for Healthcare: Leading Change with Lean, Six Sigma and Constraints Management" (McGraw-Hill 2011). He is also a Professor Emeritus at University of New Orleans and he teaches at its Engineering Management Program. He is a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and a Theory of Constraints Jonah. He has more than 20 years of performance-improvement experience in government and the healthcare, maritime, and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) industries. He led more than 20 major applied research projects and wrote more than 70 journal articles and conference papers. Previously, he held the positions of Professor and Chairman of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and Professor in the Engineering Management Department at the University of New Orleans. He was also the Director of the Reliability, Operations, and Maintenance Division of Gulf Coast Region Maritime Technology Center for more than 10 years.

David Dodd is a Senior Associate with NOVACES, the Chief Executive Officer of DADCO Consulting, Incorporated, and is the newly-appointed Chairman of the University of Oklahoma International Resilience Institute. David develops, implements, and teaches innovation in economic and community development, specializing in resilience and recovery from disasters/disruptions worldwide. David has a 25-year history of success in economic development, including serving as Dean of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI), the oldest and largest professional development program in

The field, and continues to be one of its’ highest rated instructors. David also engineered the first offering of OU/EDI outside the United States in partnership with CETYS University. David has a very broad background in all aspects of development, including development finance, public-private partnerships, comprehensive planning, workforce/education development, community capacity-building, international trade/investment, and inter-firm collaboration, all of which provides added value in resilience and recovery. In 2011, he was named a Fellow Member of the International Economic Development Council, for "demonstrated leadership and significant contributions to the profession”.

David is a leading expert in the arenas of economic research and strategy, business and community collaboration, and disaster resilience and recovery. David has worked in 47 states in the U.S. and in Australia, France, Japan, and Mexico. His experience spans 20 years of professional consulting and almost 30 years in the field of economic development. David and former partner Ed Morrison created the Forward Oklahoma City initiative, implemented as an economic development compliment to the highly successful MAPS program, both of which helped Oklahoma City recover from both a financial crisis and the 1995 Murrah Building bombing to achieve more than $6 billion in private investment. David has also advised the Development Bank of Japan on regional economic development, presented before members of the Australian Parliament, and advised Electricity d’France on regional development strategy. His disaster recovery experience began with coordination of the Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum after Hurricane Katrina, and continued with recovery work in Mexico and Japan, and in Louisiana after the BP oil spill. David is widely recognized for his work with industry clusters and technology-based economic development. He also specializes in New Markets Tax Credits and other development finance programs, and sits on the advisory board of the $265 million National New Markets Fund. He was most recently named to the Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships for the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Under a strategic partnership agreement with NOVACES LLC, David entered into a 5-year master services agreement with the Economic Development Administration to provide Subject Matter Expertise in long-term economic recovery from disasters under FEMA’s National Disaster Recovery Framework (NDRF). Under that agreement, David worked on location in New Jersey to develop a recovery support strategy, in Oklahoma to develop a Mission Scoping Assessment, and in Arkansas to develop a Short-Term Economic Recovery Action Agenda. David returned to Oklahoma at the request of stakeholders to develop a Comprehensive Resilience Strategy, the first of its kind under the NDRF. That strategy has already resulted in a $4.25 million commitment from the Avidas Foundation for implementation of a comprehensive community resilience strategy. Most recently, David was invited to participate in the Summit on the Future of The Tropics, an event held in conjunction with the G-20 meeting in Cairns, Australia, and is currently working on development of the Center for International Tropical Resilience Education and Implementation (CITREI), in part to assist in meeting the G-20 goal of increasing global GDP via reductions in losses due to natural disasters worldwide.



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