Who is the CR Group

Community readiness is our common interest

A Site Selector and an ED Consultant Walk into a Bar…

Okay, it was a sushi bar. But that really is how it began. Consultants Don Schjeldahl, Michelle Comerford and Allison Larsen, along with executives from Chabin Concepts, EDsuite, and Applied Economics gathered around a table to talk about the common mistakes they see communities making on the road to business attraction. The outcome was a “sushi menu” of typical challenges facing communities — “How do I attract a target industry?” “What incentives do we offer?” “How do I become more competitive?” and so on.

Multiple Perspectives

They realized that their combined expertise (site consultants, economic development practitioners, economic analysts, marketers, web developers) made them a powerful ally for economic development organizations. The result was the CR Group, where the corporate site selection point of view and the community strategy point of view converge.


The CR Group is composed of leading experts teamed to make your community competitive for investment and jobs.

Applied Economics, Sarah Murley — Data analysis, modeling, economic and fiscal impact.

Chabin Concepts, Audrey Taylor, Vicki Doll — Economic development strategies, marketing strategies, targeting, business cases, marketing collateral

Comerford Consulting Group, Michelle Comerford — Corporate strategies and site selection

Don Schjeldahl Group, Don Schjeldahl - Corporate staregies and site selection

EDsuite, Hunter Hilburn — Web development, social media, e-strategies, branding and design

TadZo, Allison Larsen — Community competitiveness assessments, strategic planning, marketing and economic development training