Strategic Partnership with Brimeyer-Fursman

CDJ Consulting is excited to announce our new strategic partnership with Brimeyer-Fursman Executive Search/Services (BFES). BFES is a very well known local government search firm located in Maplewood, Minnesota. They have concentrated their work in Minnesota, North and South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Wisconsin. With their help, we will be carrying the BFES “brand into Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Tennessee.

The BFES team are first class individuals and professionals. Firm founder, Jim Brimeyer, also a former city manager with an extensive career has led searches in each of the aforementioned Upper Midwest states, as well as supplying interim manager services.

Richard Fursman has extensive background in city manager and department head searches. Irina Fursman has equal experience in group facilitation processes and development of personality profiles. They are both very strong in conducting strategic planning programs. They have used these skills to help city managers/administrators and city councils throughout the Upper Midwest.

Associate Patrick Callahan from Iowa will be handling executive searches in that state. Pat too, is a former city manager.

At our Chicago retreat we identified five core areas of service to local governments: Executive Searches (including city managers and department heads), Strategic Planning, Community Building, Economic Development, and Administrative Solutions.

This team has created very positive relationships with both city managers and city councils in these states. Their core competencies blend well with our core of strategic planning and administrative solutions and we look forward to many years of cooperative work together. If your community is considering a need for any of these services, please contact us. This new team will provide a program to guide your organization into the future.

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About Economic Development Data Services, Inc.

EDDS is a company focused on providing effective, efficient solutions for local governments in the areas of community and economic development and strategic planning. We offer the BARC - Business Assistance Recruitment Calculator - tool and website solutions in developing economic development websites. Our new website is
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