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                                             Dr. Ed Bee, CEcD

                                             President of Taimerica Management Company


Ed Bee, PhD, CEcD, is President and founder of Taimerica Management Company. Taimerica, headquartered in Mandeville, Louisiana.  Dr. Bee counsels development groups and businesses worldwide on issues of strategic planning, corporate site selection, targeting and incentive development. The company has clients in over 21 states of the United States, and in Puerto Rico and Central America. Ed is an adjunct professor in the MBA and Economic Development Master’s programs at University of Southern Mississippi.

Bee has earned a number of achievements and awards during his career, including a Distinguished Service Award conferred by the American Economic Development Council in 1994 and the Alumni of the Year Award in 2004 by the Geography Department of Youngstown State University. He has authored nine peer reviewed articles on leading edge economic development topics in globally recognized publications such as Economic Development Quarterly, the Economic Development Journal, and Economic Development Review.

Prior to founding Taimerica, Bee led regional and local economic development groups in New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, TX, and Darien, GA. His global trade strategy for the New Orleans region, entitled Intercambio 2000, won the Best of Class award from the Council for Urban Economic Development (predecessor to IEDC) in 1998. Other marketing awards include the Best of Class Award by the Southern Economic Development Council for marketing literature in 1986.

Ed completed the PhD in Economic Development at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is an active member of LIDEA, IEDC, American Economic Association, and International Association of Energy Economists. His dissertation topic is "The Influence of the Electric Supply Industry on Economic Growth in Less Developed Nations."

Don Pierson, CEcD
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