Providing Economic Development

Software & Advisory Services


Software Solutions

Having been in your position, we know the software needed to manage your contacts, projects, business retention & expansion, and workforce programming.

Advisory Services

Put our four decades of economic development leadership to work for you. We developed and implemented the programs we now offer to you.

Economic Development Strategy

Business Retention & Expansion

Business Attraction Marketing

Talent Development

Company & Project Management

Marketing Strategy & Planning

Synchronist Suite

Synchronist is a cloud based platform for managing the mission of your economic development organization.

  • A system of five independent, but related tools
  • Strategically know your clients and create personalized value for them
  • Tame complex projects and business relationships seamlessly
  • Focus limited time and resources on the highest value activities

Client Relationship Management

Synchronist CRM is a tool kit built to create a knowledge base on companies. It is the foundation to the other Synchronist Suite modules, and allows users to easily track and report their work with their clients.

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Prime BR|E

Synchronist Prime® creates a powerful new anchor for a business development organization’s existing industry program. It gives your organization absolute control over existing business information.

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Main Street BR|E

Synchronist Main Street (MS) information is pivotal to enhancing your community’s quality of life. Plus, MS is designed to provide insight into these important sales tax generators and their growth potential.

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Talent Development

Talent/workforce is a central issue, if not the biggest, in business in America. Record numbers of economic development organizations are responding by initiating workforce tactics and working to build a talent strategy. Yet, most of the solutions are supply-side solutions with 3, 5, 20-year fixes: important, but what about NOW!

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Project Tracking

Synchronist Opportunity Manager (OpMgr) is built for economic development’s complex sales and multi-party decision-making in business attraction and expansion. Stay on top of prospects, coordinate and simplify investor and partner accountability reporting with OpMgr.

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Services We Offer

With more than four decades of combined executive leadership at the local, state and regional levels, we’ve implemented the various advisory services we now offer to your organization

Business Retention & Expansion Strategy

A BR|E interview is not an existing business strategy. Our LEAN process helps clients frame the perfect program for the community.

The LEAN Process

Marketing Strategy & Planning

Success is not how much you spend, it is how you spend the money you have. Our proven planning process brings leadership through a shared experience to a custom outcome designed for the community’s circumstances.

Customize Your Strategy

Economic Development Strategy

Vision is the linkage between what is and what could be. Our visioning process forges alignment… within a group of how the future will be described.

What’s Your Vision

Speaking, Training & Workshop Facilitation

Blane, Canada excels at providing a structure and principles for the transfer of economic development knowledge. Anyone can string together anecdotes and success stories… we offer more.

Training That Works

Talent Development Strategy

Talent is the top issue impacting economic development today. Our four-prong approach (framing the issue; data for decision making; tactics employed; and roadmap for participation) provides the process for your competitiveness.

Bring the Talent

Cluster Sales Xcelerator

Foster targeted business growth, healthy competition, and joint-ventures. Our new industry cluster strategy is designed to identify, build and support the foundation to a markets economic success, B2B sales.

Let’s Xcelerate

25 Years of Innovation

  • Launched American Economic Development Council’s Marketing for Results! course

  • Economic Development: Marketing for Results! popularizes B2B marketing

  • Created Synchronist Business Information System® software to manage executive interview data.

  • Created Synchronist Business Information System® software to manage executive interview data.

    First application of competitive intelligence in a BR|E executive interview

  • “Lost in the Twilight Zone: BR|E Fails the Strategic Value Test” published in AEDC’s Journal of Economic Development

    Still one of the most downloaded and shared articles on business retention interview design.

  • “Rocketing Out of the Twilight Zone: Gaining Strategic Vision from BR|E” introduced advanced analytical techniques to improve results from BR|E.

  • “The Missing Link: A Vision for BR|E”

    A North American field study of results and outcomes in BR|E programs.

  • Synchronist 4.0 launched online browser based access.

    Synchronist Matrix Analysis, U.S. Patent No. 6,757,660,B2

  • Delivered 1st and still only predictive analytical tools for BR|E

    Delivered 1st and still only national, regional, and local benchmarks for BR|E analysis.

  • Formed the largest independent business retention incubator to conduct BR|E research and share best practices

  • Local R&D began on Synchronist Talent Module

  • Launched successful Proof of Concept for an economic development based manufacturing sales network for the “forgotten” entrepreneurs

  • Launched Synchronist Talent Module

  • Associates Guide to Economic Development book recognizes the importance of the associates who have critical roles in economic development and lack training resources



Economic Development for the Team covers the fundamentals of economic development, our clients, programs, and issues. Stories and visuals make concepts relatable. It is packed with terms and a glossary serving as a quick source on the language of the field.
Free Resources

Over 20+ years, Blane, Canada Ltd. has been a prolific publisher of economic development business retention and expansion as well as economic development marketing white papers.
Featured Publication

The Coach’s Playbook originates from frequently asked BR|E program questions. It covers general principles that can be used by any development professional to “up their game” regardless of the style of their current BR|E program.

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