Michelle Comerford, Project Director 

JAY BIGGINS JOE LACY ANDREW SHAPIRO TRACEY HYATT BOSMAN MICHELLE COMERFORD TIM COMERFORD PATRICK KENNEY
Michelle Comerford, Project Director/
Industrial & Supply Chain Practice Leader

Michelle Comerford develops and implements corporate location strategies for BLS & Co.'s manufacturing and distribution clients.  Based in Cleveland, Michelle worked across a range of industries during her 12-year site selection career.  She is an expert in transportation/logistics cost analysis, a key variable for industrial and logistics-sensitive projects.  

She was formerly with Austin Consulting, the site selection practice within The Austin Company (U.S. subsidiary of Japanese construction conglomerate Kajima), serving most recently as Managing Director of the group.  During her tenure there, Michelle directed clients in evaluating supply chain logistics, location strategy, and community/site selection alternatives, as well as due diligence, property acquisition, and other aspects of project implementation.  Her clients have included Avon Products, Bimbo Bakeries, Colgate Palmolive, Celebration Foods and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Michelle led the Austin Consulting team in the development of the state-wide shovel ready site certification program for the State of Tennessee, known as Select Tennessee Certified Sites.  Michelle has been a featured speaker at a number of economic development events and meetings, and she is a frequent contributor to industry-specific publications.  

RECENT ARTICLES AND NEWS 

RECENT SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

  • Indiana Economic Development Council Consultant Forum, September 2013
  • State of Connecticut Site Selectors Forum, August 2013
  • American Chambers of Commerce Executives Annual Conference, July 2013
  • Tennessee Valley Authority Economic Development Meeting, July 2013
  • Jobs Ohio Network Northwest Ohio Regional Meeting, June 2013
  • Lincoln Area Partnership Economic Development Update Meeting, May 2013
  • Team Texas Annual Forum, January 2013 
  • State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Annual Governor’s Conference, October 2012 
  • International Economic Development Council Spring Conference, June 2012
  • Wisconsin Economic Development Association Community Training, June 2012

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS 

  • Site Selectors Guild – Board Member and Secretary
AWARDS
  • 2012 Crain’s Cleveland Top Forty Under 40

EDUCATION

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a double major in Logistics and Marketing – John Carroll University, Cleveland, OH
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