We are economy builders
Underpinned works with countries, states, cities and regions to attract inward investment that creates jobs and contributes to a robust tax base. We are passionate about creating opportunities for people, and an equitable quality of life in the communities we work with.
We have a passion for improving
economies and improving people’s lives.
What makes us different
Every one of our employees has worked on your side of the desk, in economic development. What truly sets us apart is our understanding of the corporate investment decision chain and process. We know how companies evaluate locations for new operations. Our deep understanding of what drives and motivates location decisions and knowing how and where to intercept the decision makers, is what makes us different.
We are experienced economic developers.
Economic Development isn’t only about changing and improving economies, it is about changing and improving people’s lives.
Media Relations for Investment Attraction
Media Relations for BRE
Sector Specific Media Relations
Inbound Press Familiarization Tours
Social Media Marketing
Data Analytics and Data Strategies
Training for Economic Developers
Trade Show Logistics
& Participation Management
Organizational Business Planning
Sector Marketing & Propositions
Managing Metrics & Reporting
Do fewer things and do them
Shirar has been in economic development, specializing in direct investment and foreign direct investment for nearly 29 years, working on both sides of the desk, for government agencies and as a consultant. Her expertise is in providing government-to-business, economic development services in public relations and marketing.
Kara Hordlow Smith
Kara is an international economic development specialist. She has worked in international economic and business development across Europe, the Middle East, and North America throughout her 25-year career-- both within economic development organizations, and alongside local governments, private industry, and non-profit partnerships.
Sandy has been in economic development for 31 years working at local, regional and state levels. Her expertise is in global business attraction, business retention and expansion, strategy, and economic development support services in marketing and public relations. Sandy is knowledgeable in numerous industry sectors including aerospace, defense, corporate services, energy, bioscience, healthcare, advanced manufacturing,
“Shirar and the Underpinned team are some of the most experienced and successful economic development professionals you’ll find anywhere. Their understanding of foreign direct investment and global commerce, combined with their marketing and public relations expertise, make them a powerful resource for any economic development organization.”
Secretary of Louisiana Economic Development
“I have had the pleasure of being both a colleague and client to Shirar O’Connor. She and her team at Underpinned are seasoned economic development professionals who can provide valuable support to destinations in need of marketing and communication expertise. Underpinned operates effortlessly in both the U.S. and international markets. Shirar’s acumen and experience in investment promotion run deep and I cannot recommend her highly enough.”
Bloomberg Associates Economic Development
"The Underpinned team supports the Thailand Board of Investment's New York Office with marketing and public relations activities. We are very pleased with the professionalism of the team, their responsiveness and the collaborative way in which they work."
Director, Thailand Board of Investment, New York Office