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                                             Ardyn M. Thriffiley, CEcD

                                             President, Ardyn M. Thriffiley and Associates

Ardyn M. Thriffiley has entered her 20th year in assisting communities, economic development organizations, and businesses in developing strategies for more comprehensive growth planning. Ardyn has worked in seven southern states on business and economic development plans, marketing strategies, workforce development assessments, and market research projects over these years.


Ardyn’s combined experience conducting business intelligence research & analysis with strategic planning and workforce development is advantageous to her clients as one supports and provides direction to the other. Her approach to working with clients in both areas is crafted from her work in small to medium size communities and businesses along with her partnerships on the national level on large regional projects. She is knowledgeable about many state and regional economies and industries from her competitive and industry analyses. Ardyn tracks business, economic and workforce trends on an ongoing basis.

Ardyn’s marketing work includes web site development, marketing material development, speech writing and newsletter writing/publication for clients including the Mobile Alabama Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association, Entergy Louisiana Economic Development, the Port of South Louisiana, and the Livingston and Morehouse Economic Development Councils with several receiving awards from international organizations.

She formed Ardyn M. Thriffiley & Associates in 2000 and has collaborated with numerous top economic development and marketing consulting firms. She earned an MBA in Marketing from the University of New Orleans and has been a certified economic developer (CEcD) since 1999. She is a certified Market Research Specialist MRc(EG) through The Edward Lowe Foundation’s Economic Gardening Program.

M.B.A., Marketing, University of New Orleans, 1995 B.A., Sociology, University of New Orleans, 1984 Diploma, Economic Development Institute, University of Oklahoma Diploma, Community Development Institute, University of Central Arkansas

Don Pierson, CEcD
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