Crystal Morphis, CEcD

LEED Green Associate, Founder and CEO

336-526-1332 (office)

336-374-8334 (mobile)

Creative Economic Development Consulting

Economic Development Services

Creative EDC specializes in unique, distinct economic development consulting. Our firm’s approach is tailored to bring innovation to each community. We believe there are no templates in economic development – we like to color outside the lines.

Creative EDC consults on strategic planning, organizational development, target marketing, business retention and expansion, product development and the many facets of a dynamic economic development program including site selection and policy development. Since its founding in 2012, Creative EDC has expanded its consulting practice to include social media and e-marketing services and launched, a first-in-the-nation product development tool.

Creative EDC and Applied Marketing have partnered on numerous projects for county and regional economic development organizations (EDO) and statewide organizations. Our partnership has created winning business recruitment strategies for communities of many sizes.


Rocky Lane

Managing Partner

252-532-5088 (Cell)

919-653-7805 (Office)

Sanford Holshouser

Economic Development Consulting

Sanford Holshouser Economic Development Consulting, LLC was formed with experienced local, regional, and state economic developers who have firsthand experience siting new facilities, retaining existing businesses, developing product, managing EDOs, and marketing. Our approach is different because we are economic developers. We are focused on implementation and results for our clients from the beginning of every project.

Sanford Holshouser offers a full range of economic development consulting: site selection, economic development planning, and public policy analysis.

We specialize in helping EDOs with strategic and action planning; product development; organizational and operational consulting; recruiting; business retention and expansion; and return on investment analysis. Our site selection work has included corporate headquarters, manufacturing, and distribution.

Sanford Holshouser and Applied Marketing have partnered on numerous projects for county-level EDOs and statewide utilities over our nine-year partnership.


John Abbate



Marketing Alliance, Inc.

Economic Development, Tourism, and Real Estate Marketing

Economic development, tourism, and real estate marketing are some of the most fiercely competitive fields in America. Since 2001, Marketing Alliance has helped American communities attract billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of jobs. In today's marketing environment, Marketing Alliance delivers all the resources you need to succeed with measurable results to show return on investment. Strategic Plans, Branding, Best-in-Industry Websites, Interactive Maps, 3D Technology, Dynamic Videos, Comprehensive Digital Campaigns, and much more. Give us a call today.


Courtney Zaugg

Director of Economic Development


The Veridus Group

Government Services

The Veridus Group’s Government Services division was formed in response to a need of customized and data-driven development solutions for the government sector. Tim Jensen, President of Veridus, worked for 8+ years in the development/construction industry and then another 6+ years as a design consultant. Courtney Zaugg, Director of Economic Development, has experience in local, regional, and international economic development for 10+ years. Our government services consulting practice leverages our economic development and private sector experience to conduct comprehensive site assessments and tailored road maps to support locations in attracting future development projects. Our skills are honed from major engineering and economic development firms followed by successful consultancies serving clients located around the world, enabling Veridus with the experience and technical skills to serve our clients.