About the MBG:

Mike Barnes Group, Inc. is an economic development consulting firm specializing in economic development consulting to companies, communities, and organizations. Mike Barnes, an economic development executive with over 30 years in the profession, heads the Mike Barnes Group, Inc.

Mike Barnes has provided leadership to award-winning economic development organizations in Terre Haute, IN, High Point, NC, Plano, TX, Florence County, SC, Southern IN, Waco, TX, and Clermont County, OH. Mike possesses a Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science from Indiana State University. Barnes is a licensed real estate broker in two states. He also has completed the Texas Attorney General's Open Meetings Training and the TEDC Sales Tax Seminar.

Mike Barnes Group, Inc. is a nationally/internationally recognized firm engaged in economic development. The company is a member of the following organizations:

International Economic Development Council
Mike Barnes Group, Inc. currently is a member. Mike Barnes previously served on its Board of Directors.

Industrial Asset Management Council
The Mike Barnes Group, Inc. enjoys an Associate Membership (Mike Barnes is a Charter Member)

Texas Economic Development Council
Mike Barnes Group, Inc. currently is a member. Mike Barnes previously served on its Board of Directors.

Texas Municipal League
The Mike Barnes Group is a current member of the organization.

Clients:

New Mexico Economic Development Summit

MBG was selected to provide the session on Strategic Planning in Economic Development to the 2014 New Mexico Economic Development Summit in Hobbs, NM.  In addition, Barnes gathered a panel of Site Selectors and served with them in a Roundtable Discussion on the Site Selection Process.

 

Blanco City Council
The Blanco City Council retained Mike Barnes Group to serve as its Project Manager for the Blanco Streetscape Project.  MBG will provide funding, demographic, and technical information relative to the project.  MBG selected Adams as its engineering/development services partner on the project.
DeSoto, Texas Economic Development Corporation
MBG was hired to provide marketing/analysis services for this DFW Metroplex agency.
Groesbeck, Texas Economic Development Corporation
The Groesbeck, Texas Economic Development Corporation retained the Mike Barnes Group to serve as its economic development consultant.  The firm develops prospects, negotiates, markets, and identifies those economic development issues that are important to the community.  The firm also provides a Community Assessment for Site Selection (CASS). The firm provided 20 hours each week in staffing of the EDC.
Brookshire, Texas Economic Development Corporation
The Brookshire, Texas Economic Development Corporation retained the Mike Barnes Group to serve as its economic development consultant.  The firm provides marketing, negotiating, site evaluation and comprehensive economic development services for the Brookshire EDC.
International Economic Development Council
Mike Barnes served with the IEDC team after the BP Oil Spill to develop economic development solutions for Escambia County, FL in this crisis.
Stafford, Texas Economic Development Corporation

The firm served as the SEDC’s economic development entity. Stafford's location within the Houston Metro, coupled with the unique fact that Stafford does not levy property taxes serves as a major foundation for its economic development effort.

Jefferson County Commissioners Court
Retained MBG to provide leadership to their Strategic Planning Workshop held in Beaumont.
LHP Hospital Group
LHP Hospital Group, Inc. (LHP) and the Seton Family of Hospitals, the leading provider of health care services in Central Texas, have formed a joint venture to construct Seton Medical Center Harker Heights in Bell County.
The approximately $100 million, 180,400-square-foot, 83-bed hospital is slated to open in the third quarter of 2012.  The Mike Barnes Group provided the incentive negotiation and assisted in the site selection for this project..
Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation Board
Mike Barnes provided leadership to the Foundation Board’s Workshop/Retreat in terms of identifying Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats as it relates to LIT
City of Lufkin, Texas Economic Development Corporation
The Lufkin EDC retained the MBG to develop a Market Evaluation and Action Plan for this East Texas community.
Lacy Lakeview, Texas
The firm served as the economic development staff for the City of Lacy Lakeview.  The firm provided economic development leadership to projects located within the city. The firm was retained for three years.
California Workforce Association
Mike Barnes and Jon Chara of Workforce 1 Partners presented to the California Workforce Association in San Diego during April, 2010 regarding the linkages of Workforce and Economic Development issues.
Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas (SETWORKS)
Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas retained the Mike Barnes Group to provide a Workforce Intelligence System for the three county region of Texas that includes Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties. The firm partnered with Workforce 1 Partners to initiate the first 3 phases of this 4 phase project, which will integrate workforce development and economic development activities. Contact Mike Barnes or Jon Chara regarding this innovative approach to workforce intelligence systems.
Economic Development Corporation of Lea County, New Mexico

The Mike Barnes Group was selected to provide the Economic Development Strategic and Marketing Plan. This represents a multiple assignment from the EDCLC. The firm has enjoyed multiple assignments with the EDCLC, including a CASS, advise/counsel and marketing assistance.

Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
The Mike Barnes Group provided economic development leadership to the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce Planning Workshop for 2009/2010.
Michigan Works Association
The Mike Barnes Group partnered with Workforce 1 Partners to conduct a workshop on Economic Forecasting in Regional Economies for the Michigan Works Association.
South Central Michigan Works
South Central Michigan Works retained Workforce 1 Partners to provide a comprehensive analysis and trend projection for the South Central Michigan Region in terms of its workforce needs.  Workforce 1 Partners, a nationally recognized expert in the field of Workforce, has asked the Mike Barnes Group to assist in the economic development portion of the project.  The Workforce 1 Partners team consists of Jon Chara, Tim Condon, and the Mike Barnes Group. 
Carlsbad, New Mexico Department of Development
The Mike Barnes Group was retained to provide leadership to the organization’s Strategic Planning Retreat.  The firm assisted in the development of the organization’s Mission Statement, defining the role of the organization, partners, and allies, and identification of the areas of focus for the organization.
Orange County Economic Development Corporation
Orange, TX— the firm, in partnership with an Austin company, established the Strategic Plan providing for the marketing, fund-raising, and overall guidance and direction of the economic development effort.
Balch Springs 4B Corporation
Balch Springs, TX— the firm completed the Economic Development Strategy of Action including marketing, business attraction and retention/expansion.  The firm provided on-site staffing for the Balch Springs 4B group with 20 hours per week in the community. The firm was retained for two years and has completed multiple assignments including a Strategic Planning Workshop for the departments within the city. 
Robinson, Texas
The firm was engaged to complete an Economic Development Strategy of Action containing marketing, business attraction and retention/expansion.  The firm served as the economic development staff for the city for a two year period.
Everman, Texas
The firm was engaged to provide leadership to the community in the context of completing an Economic Development Strategy of Action.  This included the overall economic development plan for the city.  The firm is now engaged (has been for 3 years) to provide on -site staffing in the economic development context.
Llano, Texas
The firm provided the Economic Development Strategy of Action for the Llano EDC.
Hobbs Bonded Fibers,
Waco, TX-- the firm was engaged to provide site selection assistance and incentive negotiation assistance on a major project in Tennessee
Triad Hospitals, Inc.
 Plano, TX— the firm was retained to provide incentive negotiation on a $166 million project in Tennessee
Royal Classic Properties/Management
The firm was retained to provide the day-to-day management of this real estate investment/development company. 
Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce

Bowling Green, KY— the firm was retained to provide research on a special project.

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Hillsboro, Texas
Establishment of the Marketing and Development Department, cataloguing of sites and buildings, ongoing advice/counsel on economic development matters.  The firm was retained for three years and recently provided a Labor Analysis for the Hillsboro EDC.
Rockdale County, Georgia
The Development Authority of Rockdale County (Georgia) retained the Mike Barnes Group to provide a Critical Analysis and Strategic Directions as part of an overall “What Path Should the County Follow?”  project.
Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation
The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation has retained the Mike Barnes Group to establish a regional economic development effort. The SETEDF consists geographically of Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties. The organization selected the Mike Barnes Group from a number of economic development consulting firms submitting proposals. The firm has previously provided strategic economic development services in Orange County in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita. The firm's experience in dealing with post-hurricane issues and regional economic development efforts were cited. Mike Barnes, President/CEO of the MBG stated," We are very appreciative of this opportunity. This dynamic region has tremendous assets including billions of dollars of industrial infrastructure in place coupled with location attributes to attract numerous additional diversified companies." For information regarding the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation, please contact the Mike Barnes Group at 254.848.4888.

 

 

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“It was my privilege to work with Mike Barnes during the years I was a member of the Waco City Council. He is a person of energy, integrity, and purpose, and he has a high level of expertise in the field of economic development. I was particularly impressed with the high level of respect that he was given by the many prospects with whom he worked.”

Dr. William Carden,
President/CEO, The Carden Group,
former city council member, Waco, Texas