Tom Croteau

Tom Croteau, Senior Managing Director, Project Management and Client Services

Tom Croteau joined Development Advisors (DAI) in a leadership capacity for the company’s business development and incentives negotiation services. Tom is establishing DAI’s Atlanta office to help the company better serve its client base in this region of the Southeastern U.S.

Before joining DAI, Tom recently served as Deputy Commissioner, Global Commerce for the Georgia Department of Economic Development. In that role, he led Georgia’s team focused on job creation and investment through locating new and expanding businesses, as well as growing small businesses. After assuming the role of Deputy Commissioner in 2013, Tom led the Global Commerce team to locate nearly 1,700 projects that have created over $23 billion investment and nearly 127,000 new jobs for Georgia. Notable recruitment projects during this time include: Mercedes-Benz USA, Honeywell, ASOS, and Sentury Tire.

Honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Georgians in 2019, Tom has overseen the expansion of hundreds of Georgia’s existing industries, including significant investments such as NCR, UPS, Kia, and Pratt and Whitney. Tom has also worked in the economic development divisions of MEAG Power (currently Electric Cities of Georgia) and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.


B.S. in Economics, Florida State University

Professional & Civic

Board Member, Georgia Economic Developers Association

Board Member, Georgia Quick Start Industry Services Advisory Council

Speaking Engagements & Events

Southern Automotive Conference - 2018

IAMC Spring Conference - 2015

Georgia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives, Annual Meeting - 2018

NSSF Industry Conference - 2016

Electric Cities Mayor’s Summit - 2015 & 2017



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Our Four-Step Process Is The Framework For Your Confidential Location Solution


Establish Project Scope


Site Selection & Incentive Analysis


Maximize Incentives Through Negotiation



Our Approach

CEOs and CFOs recognize they are not experts in location analysis and that their companies do not maximize incentives associated with new or routine capital investments. Our highly skilled team of former public officials and senior business executives has worked with clients throughout the United States on engagements ranging from $2 million to $1 billion in capital investment. Our diverse industry sector knowledge, subject matter expertise, and market understanding––combined with our background in the public sector––consistently add value to your capital investment decisions.


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Alan Asbury/ Controller Mountaire Farms