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MBG is located in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, midway between the cities of Austin and San Antonio.

MBG Recent engagements include executive searches for Andrews, TX, EDC and Kaufman, TX, EDC. MBG welcomes the opportunity to assist economic development agencies with their staffing needs. The Duncan, OK, Area Economic Development Foundation retained MBG to provide strategic planning services to assist the board and staff in developing their overall plan of work and strategy. The Cities of Huntsville, Crandall, Nolanville, Brookshire, Bastrop, Mathis and Gregory have retained the firm to provide a variety of economic development services including strategic planning, community assessments, virtual economic development services and prospect development/incentive negotiations.

MBG provided the keynote address to the New Mexico Association of Commerce and Industry, this statewide business advocacy agency, during their Legislative Focus. MBG appreciates the opportunity to visit New Mexico as the firm has provided considerable services to agencies within the state. Included among these services is the recent panel discussion of nationally recognized site selector/brokers Barnes convened in Hobbs, NM to present to the Economic Development Corporation of Lea County stakeholders.

MBG was retained to provide an Economic Development Strategic Plan for Odessa Development Corporation, Odessa, TX.  The firm analyzed the community's strengths/weaknesses/opportunities/threats and developed a strategy to enhance its overall economic development effort.

The Southeast Texas Economic Development District retained MBG to provide the Community Economic Development Strategy- 2015. MBG has worked extensively in the region since 2006.

MBG provides leadership to the Lamesa EDC/LEAP Executive Director Search. LEDC/LEAP names executive director

MBG was retained to provide the Executive Search for the Executive Director of the Lamesa, TX EDC. 

Recent engagements of the firm include: DeSoto EDC, Stafford, TX EDC, Balch Springs Strategic Planning Workshop, Groesbeck EDC and Brookshire EDC.

MBG Continues Work with the Economic
Development Corporation of Lea County, New Mexico

The EDCLC, NM has retained Mike Barnes to serve as its Interim President/CEO and assist in identifying a new President/CEO.  Mike Barnes has worked with the staff and policymakers of this great economic development agency, located in Southeastern New Mexico on a consulting basis for five years.  Barnes stated, “I welcome the opportunity to serve this agency on an interim basis.  Dr. Lisa Hardison did an outstanding job providing leadership to this group.  I hope we can find someone equally able to replace her.”

The Groesbeck Economic Development Corporation has retained the Mike Barnes Group to serve as its economic development consultant. This Central Texas community provides outstanding opportunities for expanding and relocating businesses. Contact the Mike Barnes Group for information.

The Hillsboro Economic Development Corporation selected the Mike Barnes Group to provide the organization with a Labor Market Analysis. The firm appreciates the opportunity to work for the HEDC.

The Jefferson County, Texas commissioners court selected the Mike Barnes Group to provide leadership to the Strategic Planning Workshop in Beaumont, TX.

MBG provides leadership to the Southeast Texas Regional Planning Commission Economic Development Board in updating the Community Economic Development Study.

MBG retained by the Lufkin EDC/Angelina County Partnership to provide Market Valuation and Action Plan.

MBG provided leadership to the Lamar Institute of Technology Foundation Board Retreat in identifying Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats relative to the Beaumont educational institution.

MBG Retained by SETWORKS for Workforce Intelligence Project
Workforce Solutions of Southeast Texas has retained the Mike Barnes Group to provide a Workforce Intelligence System for the three county region of Texas that includes Hardin, Jefferson, and Orange Counties. The firm has partnered with Workforce 1 Partners to complete the first 2 phases of this 4 phase project, which will integrate workforce development and economic development activities. Contact Mike Barnes or Jon Chara regarding this innovative approach to workforce intelligence systems.

Mike Barnes presentation

Consultant describes development plan
for Southeast Texas

Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation retains the Mike Barnes Group The Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation has retained the Mike Barnes Group to establish a regional economic development effort.  The SETEDF consists geographically of Jefferson, Orange, and Hardin Counties.  The organization selected the Mike Barnes Group from a number of economic development consulting firms submitting proposals.  The firm has previously provided strategic economic development services in Orange County in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.  The firm’s experience in dealing with post-hurricane issues and regional economic development efforts were cited.  Mike Barnes, President/CEO of the MBG stated,” We are very appreciative of this opportunity.  This dynamic region has tremendous assets including billions of dollars of industrial infrastructure in place coupled with location attributes to attract numerous additional diversified companies.”  For information regarding the Southeast Texas Economic Development Foundation, please contact the Mike Barnes Group at 830.833.5300

Terre Haute Tribune Star recalls 1983 economic development undertaken by Mike Barnes.


LHP Hospital Group, Inc., (LHP) and the Seton Family of Hospitals, the leading provider of health care services in Central Texas, have formed a joint venture to construct Seton Medical Center Harker Heights in Bell County.
The approximately $100 million, 180,400-square-foot, 83-bed hospital is slated to open June 2012. Ground-breaking is scheduled for the first quarter of 2011. The hospital campus will include a 60,000-square-foot medical office building being developed by Rendina Companies, one of the nation's largest full-service healthcare real estate development firms, in joint ownership with the many specialists who will occupy the building. “We are proud to join Seton in building this new hospital to serve the health care needs of Bell County and the surrounding area,” Dan Moen, LHP CEO, said. “The hospital will feature a full-service emergency department plus acute-care services including women's services, obstetrics, cardiology, surgery, oncology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, imaging and diagnostic services, general medical and surgical services, and intensive and critical care.”

The Mike Barnes Group appreciates the opportunity to serve LHP Hospital Group as its economic development consultant in its incentive negotiation process.

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