Our work for our economic development clients has garnered significant interest in and business for their communities, regions, and states. It has also generated praise for our team and the way we work. To see what economic development professionals from throughout the country think of what we do and how we do it, click on the photos below.


Jay Garner
President, Garner Economics

Brand Acceleration's team members are thought leaders in economic development and especially brand messaging and marketing. They work to differentiate their clients from a one size fits all method to what really makes a location unique. Their professionalism and approach to the client engagement is first rate. I highly recommend Brand Acceleration for your marketing needs.

Crystal Morphis, CEcD
Founder and CEO, Creative Economic Development Consulting

Our firm enjoys working with Brand Acceleration on economic development projects. The resulting websites and marketing materials position communities to attract target sectors. We are impressed with your team’s ability to maximize limited resources and deliver a high quality product.

Another thing we like is the economic development expertise that your team brings to branding and marketing. Not
all marketing firms understand the nuances of marketing a community.

Beyond collaborative projects, we have been highly satisfied with the design work you have done directly for our firm. The
design of the Women’s Economic Development Network logo, signage, and materials was very well received at the conference

Connie Neininger
Director of Economic Development & International Trade
at Indiana State Department of Agriculture

Brand Acceleration's team are professionals and someone I would highly recommend to other economic development organizations. They have a good understanding of what needs to be done in the global marketplace to help attract new business to a community.

Larry Taylor
Executive Director, Success Warrick County (Indiana)

Brand Acceleration has helped our economic development organization take our communications and
marketing effectiveness to a higher level. We felt we had good product in our community and industrial sites, but were not getting the message out. Many agencies could prepare a new brochure or website, but Brand Acceleration provided us tools that met the needs of our audiences and assisted us in ways to utilize those tools. I feel that
Brand Acceleration’s specialized knowledge helped us be successful in reaching our potential customers which
in turn has helped Warrick County land three major prospects this past year.

Beth Kirkland, CEcD
Executive Director, Gadsden County (Florida)

Jim and his team at Brand Acceleration created an award-winning website for us that tremendously increased our profile with economic development professionals and resulted in a substantial number of new contacts and prospects. Brand Acceleration also developed a targeted Email campaign that increased our visibility with site location consultants and is driving leads to us. I highly recommend Brand Acceleration for all your economic
development marketing needs.

Walter Williams, EDFP
Economic Development Director, City of Edwardsvillel

If your community needs an economic development web site design/redesign, I would recommend Brand Acceleration. Brand Acceleration completely overhauled our site by bringing their years of successful economic development web site design with their own creative design, input and ideas. Brand Acceleration understands the mission of an economic development organization, consequently their design/redesigns made the material 'pop' on
the pages - photographs, artwork, dashboard, maps and writings. The City is getting great results from our new
website and couldn't be more thrilled with Brand Acceleration’s ongoing customer service.

Gregory J. Anderson, AICP, MBA
Economic Development Director at Town of Brownsburg

What can I say that has not already been said; Jim Walton and the Brand Acceleration Team worked with us to inspire our creativity and motivated us to look beyond the possibilities. We looked at our marketing needs and wanted to create something that would be timeless, tall order, they delivered a package that has interchangeable parts that can
be replaced. We set the expectations high and Brand Acceleration delivered, with professionalism, energy, and
an abundance of creativity all within our budget. I would highly recommend Brand Acceleration above anyone else.

Larry Gigerich,
Site Consultant
Managing Director and Owner, Ginovus

Brand Acceleration's team are true professionals. They are very experienced in their industry and provide excellent counsel to their clients. We have recommended them to a number of our clients due to our confidence in their abilities.

Jasmine AlmoayedJasmine Almoayed
Economic Development Manager, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The City of Cedar Rapids worked with Brand Acceleration for our comprehensive economic development marketing strategy including the creation of an economic development website. Jim and his team did an amazing job engaging a number of disparate stakeholder groups and incorporating several different sources of information into our finished product. They were highly responsive to our questions and patient with us throughout the process including being extremely flexible with us on providing information when unexpected circumstances put this project on the back burner. The finished product was highly successful and we have already landed a new project as a result of the website. I would highly recommend using Brand Acceleration to any economic development organization.

Jason KesterJason Kester
Executive Director, Southern Ohio Port Authority

“Jim and his cohorts assisted the port authority with our first economic development website. Brand Acceleration helped us craft our marketing message and the website was produced on-time and under budget. I would strongly recommend their work.”

Ed BurghardEd Burghard
Creator of the Strengthening Brand America Project

“Jim is a master brand builder. He has the rare combination of being 1) a subject matter expert with 2) the ability/experience to translate theory into practical recommendations that can be realistically implemented by clients and 3) the teaching skills to enable clients to consistently replicate branding success even after his firms engagement is completed. I view Jim as one of only a handful of place brand builders who actually "get it". He is on my personal
short list of consultants I unequivocally recommend to EDO Boards of Directors and Executive Directors looking to
better brand their communities for sustainable economic success.”

Dean BarberDean Barber
President/CEO, Barber Business Advisors, LLC

“Jim is a highly-creative and dedicated marketing professional with a deep understanding of economic development. He will effectively work with ED organizations to hone their message to truly what differentiates their communities from others. In short, he is diligent in looking for a strong story line that grabs attention. His consulting services are of great value.”

Jaime JohnsonJaime Johnson
Former Marketing Director, Hendricks County Economic Development Partnership

“Jim and the Brand Acceleration team assisted HCEDP with our "Hendricks is Hiring" talent attraction campaign. They proved themselves very responsive and nimble as we took the initiative from concept to launch in just 4 weeks. To date, we've seen more than 35,000 unique visitors pushed to our jobs website through our multi-channel marketing efforts. Brand Acceleration is a trusted partner and highly valued resource.”

Jamie GilbertJamie Gilbert
Director, Lancaster County South Carolina Department of Economic Development

"The newly created Lancaster County Department of Economic Development selected Brand Acceleration to design and build our website. Jim and his team worked closely with us to create a website that reflected our economic development vision for the county. They understand our field and what is critical to our audience. We are very pleased with our website!"