Allison Larsen

Allison Larsen

Allison Larsen is principal of TadZo LLC and a Certified Economic Developer. With over 20 years of economic development experience and more than 10 years in international business management and sales, she serves businesses, economic developers, nonprofits and communities with unconventional approaches to engagement.

She believes her role is to ask insightful questions to explore what’s possible, what’s of greatest interest and, ultimately, what stakeholders find most important to commit resources for action. She employs well thought-out questions and astute listening to get to the core of issues and solutions. Her extensive experience with business leaders, community stakeholders and hard-working professionals contributes to her recognition of what is true excitement and commitment, enabling her to facilitate positive change for clients.

Allison’s core competencies include community competitiveness assessments, site selection screening, action-oriented strategic planning, target industry analysis, talent strategies, marketing, graphic facilitation; and liberating structures for engagement.

Allison is a graduate of the University of California, Davis; the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute; and a Fellow of the California Agricultural Leadership Program.

Her company is named after her two dogs: Tadich and Enzo (a.k.a. TadZo).

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