Economic Recovery Funding

Our Recovery Services


ROI Research On Investment

Founded in 2003 by Steven Jast, ROI is an award-winning global authority on investment attraction and lead generation for economic development organizations. We are economic development experts dedicated to driving investment to your region.

ROI is comprised of over 60 highly skilled research professionals, throughout Canada, the US and Europe. We're strategically located in key markets where they can build and foster relationships with expanding companies in targeted industries.

In 2017, ROI founded Gazelle.ai, an AI-powered investment attraction platform that forecasts corporate growth. We combine cutting-edge technology with big data and talented people to identify and target companies primed for expansion.

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SAGAX offers subject matter expertise for economic recovery strategic planning, project funding strategies, organizational and governance operations, and ongoing technical assistance with the development of recovery events, policies, and initiatives. The SAGAX approach to recovery is to support clients with strategic and coordinated planning, capacity building, and governance structures to execute long term economic priorities and vision that can change the trajectory of the recovery to a steady-state to be stronger and more prosperous than when the disruption occurred. 

Ms. McGregor, Principal of SAGAX Associates, LLC, served as a Senior Policy Advisor to President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Task Force, Economic Recovery lead coordinator for FEMA/US Dept. of Commerce for New Jersey Hurricane Sandy recovery, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Coordinator for the US Economic Development Administration, Deputy Director of the Delaware Economic Development Office, and Economic Recovery lead coordinator consultant for FEMA/US Dept. of Commerce for the US Virgin Islands Hurricanes Irma and Maria recovery. 

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Economic Development Services


ROI is a global leader in developing investment attraction and business development strategies for economic development organizations. SAGAX Associates supports governments, non-profit organizations, public private partnerships, and businesses in responding to and preparing for significant economic disruptions. Together, we offer expert recovery planning.


SAGAX Associates

Funding strategy

ROI Research on Investment has identified and facilitated over $10 billion of capital investment and the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs. We are a global player and have worked with over 350 economic development organizations and private sector companies worldwide.

Economic Assessment

Recovery Strategy

There are several resources from different federal government agencies and a range of funding sources not limited to the CARES Act. With so many regulations and specific eligibility requirements, it can be challenging to navigate supplemental grant opportunities and how to leverage other resources for local match and related priority projects. We will help you:

  • Prioritize projects for economic recovery
  • Identify appropriate funding source
  • Assist with the grants application process

All funding sources will require an assessment of the existing conditions of your community with your grant application. We will work with your staff to develop a better understanding of your current and future economic outlook. We will help you:

  • Develop plans and tools for resourcing stakeholder engagement for qualitative data
  • Provide local economic indicators for quantitative support
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of your current and future economic outlook 

Recovery plans involve significant collaboration and coordination among local and state agencies, private sector, and stakeholder organizations to develop long-term, resilient solutions. Before developing a long-term strategic plan, we will help you get your recovery blueprint ready with a Recovery Action Plan (RAP) that will:

  • Identify your community's most pressing priorities
  • Identify local entities best suited to champion each priority
  • Provide recommendations to immediately respond to those identified priority issues 

Lead Generation

Timing is essential to building fruitful relationships. Not only do we connect you to high growth companies primed for expansion so you can discuss investment opportunities, but we do it when it matters most: when they are in their planning stage, and at their most receptive. 

Business Retention & Expansion

Your community benefits when established businesses grow or expand locally. Our data monitors companies in your backyard that are expanding, so that you can keep those businesses in town. 

Market Intelligence

You need to focus your efforts on the markets that matter, and you need to know them inside and out. We’ve conducted cluster and market opportunity assessments of multiple industries, including: aerospace, automotive, cloud computing, electronics, food processing, pharmaceuticals, and many others. 

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ROI Research on Investment and SAGAX Associates have joined forces to provide economic recovery services to Economic Developers through this challenging time. View the Press Release.

Business Development Strategy

Now is also the time to capitalize on new opportunities that may have arisen or re-assess existing industry targets that may be slower to recover. EDOs need to use all available tools to create jobs, including investment attraction.  We will help you: 

  • Assess regional assets and workforce 
  • Assess the suitability of targeting industries that are in-demand as a result of COVID-19 
  • Review overlap between regional assets and national growth trends to uncovers opportunities 
  • Develop a virtual lead generation process to kick-start growth 
  • Assess the suitability of targeting industries that may seek to re-shore activities

The US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (USEDA) recently announced their CARES Act funding streams under the more flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) program.

Identified Economic Development Districts, Tribes, Revolving Loan Funds, and University Centers have 3 WEEKS to respond to EDA with their plans to utilize this unprecedented funding. We can help you prepare this documentation.

There are several unique eligibility requirements, waivers, and flexible options offered from USEDA with the CARES Act funding supplemental. There are also several opportunities to leverage funds with federal inter-agency priorities to make your competitive grant application a leading consideration for several agencies.

Does your area have a current CEDS? If not, we can help. If you do, you will want to think about developing a more robust recovery plan that incorporates the COVID 19 disruption eligible for non-competitive and competitive funding with USEDA.

Competitive applications are reviewed on a rolling admission timeline. So get your application in ASAP!

USEDA has been tasked, like all CARES Act supplemental funded agencies. to get the funds out to the communities that need it immediately!

We can help you develop your immediate and longer-term funding strategies.

See our complete suite of recovery services below.