It is said that great things come in small packages; and at the EDA, we believe this to be true when it comes to our staff. The EDA staff may be small in numbers, but our delivery in support and service to our community and the clients we work with is anything but small.
Professional, yet highly approachable, the EDA staff is big in heart and dedication to economic development and enhancing the region. Whether you are a local business in need of help, an investor seeking development opportunities or a company looking to expand or relocate, our team is capable and ready to help.
Please give us a call at 810.982.9511
Dan Casey, CEO
Dan Casey is the Chief Executive Officer of the Economic Development Alliance (EDA). Dan is charged with leading the organization’s economic development team and its mission to enhance and grow the region’s economy, influence job creation and attract capital investment to St. Clair County. Dan has served the public sector for 25 years and transitioned to the economic development profession in 1998. During his economic development career, Dan has assisted dozens of companies to establish, expand or relocate to Michigan and worked on many significant community development projects, totaling more than $2-billion in investment and creating 10,000 new jobs. Prior to joining the EDA, Dan worked in the city of Rochester Hills where he established its economic development program. During his time in Rochester Hills, he worked collaboratively with Oakland University to establish the Rochester Hills SmartZone™, and OU INCubator. Dan also managed the City’s local development finance authority and economic development corporation.
Bruce Seymore II, Manager of Business and Community Services
Bruce Seymore is the Manager of Business and Community Services responsible for growing, retaining and expanding organizations already operating within St. Clair County. Bruce leads the EDA’s Business Retention & Expansion program. This is a region-wide economic development initiative that creates a pro-business environment and works with companies that may be expanding, facing a risk, or needing connections to a variety of resources to accelerate growth or help a company to thrive. Mr. Seymore has over ten years of economic development experience. In addition to working for the EDA of St. Clair County, Bruce has also previously worked for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Director of Business Attraction
The Director of Business Attraction is responsible for leading the organization's economic development recruitment efforts. The main goal of the DBA is to recruit companies in the industrial, commercial and retail sectors to locate in the county, and to support business growth strategy and entrepreneurial programs. In this role, the DBA promotes available properties; assists in developing new sites; conducts competitive research on companies and industry segments; generates leads; writes and responds to request for proposals; and networks with business and real estate industry professionals. The Director of Business Attraction also oversees the development of entrepreneurial programs associated with the state-designated Smart Zone.
Tina Frazer, Marketing Manager
Tina Frazer is the Marketing Manager for the Economic Development Alliance (EDA). EDA’s marketing program is the driving force behind increasing the overall awareness of the region’s assets and opportunities. Tina ensures that the EDA uses a variety of media platforms to promote St. Clair County and our organization’s services, including: the EDA’s website, digital marketing, placement and promotion of positive news stories, various advertising and print collateral, and organizing a variety of EDA hosted or co-hosted community events. Tina has over ten years of economic and business development experience. Tina previously worked in a leasing and marketing capacity in the shopping mall industry for developers such as The Taubman Company, Rouse, and General Growth Properties.
Stacy Elliott, Administrative Lead
Stacy Elliott is EDA’s Administrative Lead and is responsible for professional administrative support to the CEO, EDA team and overall organization. Stacy serves as the crucial first point-of-contact for clients, guests and incoming calls. As the Administrative Lead, Stacy also manages daily office operations of the organization, scheduling and correspondence for various committees and the EDA Board of Directors, as well as various membership communications and supporting activities. Stacy also plans and coordinates EDA's domestic and international flights, hotels and related travel arrangements.
Mike Mancini, The Underground Business Incubator Manager
Mike Mancini serves as the Incubator Manager for the Underground Business Incubator & Service Center managed by the EDA. The Underground provides free entrepreneurial training, entrepreneurial funding, successful incubation programs and low cost Co-Working, Private Offices and Smart Technology meeting and training rooms. Mike was previously a small business counselor for SBDC serving St. Clair Coounty. He invites you to start your own entrepreneurial journey Underground as coworking or private office tenant or to utlize any of The Underground funding and training resources. For a tour of the Underground or to inquire about entrepreneurial programs, funding and other resources, you can reach out to Mike at 810.937.2003 or visit www.startunderground.com