DEVCORE was founded by Tom Cole after a 25-year career of economic development success for the communities he served as Economic Development Administrator, City Administrator, Community and Economic Development Director as well as Vice President of Asset Management for a large workforce housing developer.
Tom has been instrumental in the creation/retention of over 15,000 jobs and $1 billion of new capital investment in numerous communities. Such success has been the result of consensus building and an unwavering commitment to teamwork. Solid partnerships with state agencies, regional development councils, governing bodies, chambers of commerce, real estate professionals, educational institutions and independent business owners have been critical in attaining such success.
Tom holds both a Masters (MBA) and Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Northwest Missouri State University. In 2001, Tom earned and has maintained the designation of Certified Professional Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council and was the youngest person to have earned the designation for nearly 20 years. He brings a methodical, yet distinctly creative approach to every project and client.
Additionally, he has also served on the Board of Directors of numerous economic development agencies and has maintained tenure on the International Economic Development Council’s Education and Certification Committee for over a decade. While Tom Cole serves as the primary consultant, DEVCORE is comprised of numerous economic development associates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas hosting vast experience in all aspects of development.
DEVCORE offers an affordable solution to keep your community actively engaged in attracting, retaining and cultivating a strong business community!