Economic development and media firm launches

Published 9:37 am Monday, January 23, 2017

Three nationally known leaders have come together to launch an international economic development and media firm. Economic Development Advisor Steve Vassallo, TruthPR President Jackie Jones, and TruthPR CEO and Media Consultant Russ Jones announce the formation of Economic Development Media Partners.

The Oxford-based ED Media Partners offers an extensive range of services for both public and private clients to shape the places where people live and strategies to be more economically viable.

“We bring three decades of media experience reaching stakeholder groups and leveraging media to strengthen brand identities and deepen virtual footprints,” Russ Jones said. It is this informed knowledge of the evolving media landscape that gives us a competitive edge.”

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What separates ED Media Partners from other economic development firms is the full spectrum of brand communication services offered. The use of new media platforms, media placement with targeted unique content, guest booking, and consumer marketing to attract new residents, tourists, businesses, and investors are employed to help communities prosper.

Vassallo is a Certified Economic and Community Developer as well as an Economic Development Finance Professional. He has three decades of “hands-on” Economic Development experience spanning ten states and eight foreign countries.

“This is a new and exciting initiative that will provide communities the ability to separate themselves from the field while at the same time, opening doors for enhanced domestic and international opportunities,” Steve Vassallo said.

ED Media Partners is a high-impact firm that understands how economic development and tourism must work in harmony.  Their experience knows what it takes to attract national attention on the places people call home and want to invest.

“There is a new optimism for America’s future,” Jackie Jones said. “We’re prepared to equip communities and organizations in both public and private partnerships with the tools they need to grow.”

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