A Speaker in the U.S., Europe and Asia

Joseph Vranich has been a keynote speaker and panelist for more than 25 years.

Special Note for 2019: Joe Vranich is available to speak on his new report, “It’s Time for Companies to Leave California’s Toxic Business Climate” – a summary of the report can be found on the California page (once there, scroll down).

Joe’s emphasis is on helping companies find great locations in which to grow. His speeches center on business challenges and how public policies can help or hinder opportunities for growth. He also has a focus on the quandary that small businesses and family-run enterprises face when considering a location or relocation project.

He has been a public speaker and panelist throughout the United States and in Europe and Asia with his comments appearing several times in Vital Speeches of the Day. Although he is serious about providing value in his presentations, he also is known for injecting some spirited comments that resonate with audiences.

A noteworthy projection by Joe came in May, 2018 when he said at an ECONOMIX conference that he thought Amazon would avoid locating its HQ2 in one metro area but would select two, primarily because of workforce issues. Four months later the company announced just that when it said it would split the project and will place offices in Long Island City (section of New York City) and Arlington County, Virginia.

Joe has appeared before many types of organizations, as reflected in the following list.


Potential 2019 appearances will occur in Palm Beach County, Fort Worth and San Antonio depending upon the dates that the events are scheduled. The events will be posted here when more is known.

Economic Development / Site Selection Messages

  • “Regional Summit,” Research Triangle Regional Partnership, Raleigh, North Carolina, Jan. 8 – 9, 2019
  • “Top Ten Countdown: A Year in Review,” ECONOMIX, Nashville, Tenn., sponsored by Consultant Connect, Dec. 4 – 6, 2018
  • Economic Development Forum, “Dialogue with Economic Development Officers,” sponsored by Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, Oct. 9 – 12, 2018
  • “Metrics to Help the Midwest Identify Prospects in California” – Site Link Forum, Michigan City, Indiana, August 1 – 3, 2018
  • “Trends in Company Location Searches” – The Summit, sponsored by Consultant Connect, New York, NY, July 19, 2018
  • “Realities of Site Selection” – ECONOMIX Conference sponsored by Consultant Connect, Frisco, Texas, May 17, 2018
  • “Perspectives & Possibilities for the Pittsburgh Area” – Pittsburgh Regional Alliance and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Nov. 14, 2016
  • “The Role Lifestyle Plays in a Location Decision” – Carmel-Noblesville-Fishers, Indiana, Sept. 8, 2016
  • “Motivations for Family Company Relocations” – SiteLink Conference, Klamath Falls, Oregon, May 19, 2016
  • “Trends in the Site Selection Process Affecting Arizona” – Greater Phoenix Economic Council, March 18, 2016
  • “Making the Cut: Dialogue with National Site Selectors” – Metro Denver Site Selection Conference, Denver, Sept. 19, 2014
  • “Why Your Colleagues Leave California” – San Gabriel Valley Business Group, Palm Desert, Calif., Oct. 26, 2013
  • “When Lifestyle is the Deciding Factor in Site Selection” – Roundtable in the High Desert sponsored by Industry Week, Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 17, 2013
  • “State and Local Policies that Motivate California Businesses to Leave” – Texas Economic Development Delegation, Laguna Beach, Calif., Feb. 12, 2013
  • “New Perspectives About Business Expansions and Relocations” – Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Feb. 1, 2013
  • “Heading for the Border: Why More Companies Will Head for the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex” – Dallas Regional Chamber, Dallas, Texas, March 7, 2012
  • “How to Improve a Local Business Environment in a Business-Hostile State” – Association of California Cities, Orange County, June 9, 2011
  • “Colorado Springs: A Robust Relocation Choice” – Colorado Springs Economic Development Corp., May 24, 2010
  • “How California Can Moderate its Tough Business Environment” – Economic Recovery Group, CalChamber Building, Sacramento, Calif., February 8, 2011
  • “Recommendations for a Healthy California Business Climate” –Economic Recovery Group, CalChamber Building, Sacramento, Calif., February 24, 2010

Joe has held positions in various arenas: coaching, consulting, aerospace, defense, railroads, non-profits – so it’s only natural that he has appeared before a wide variety of audiences as reflected in the following list.

Testimony before the U.S. Congress

  • Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation (Senate)
  • Committee on Energy and Commerce (House)
  • Committee on Science, Space and Technology (House)
  • Committee on The Budget (House)

Presentations to Federal Agencies

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Transportation
  • General Services Administration
  • White House Office of Management and Budget

Testimony before the California State Legislature

  • Jobs and Economy Town Hall Meeting (Senate)
  • Legislative Summit on Jobs and Regulation in California (Assembly)
  • Transportation and Housing Committee (Senate)

U.S. Organizations, Corporations, Universities (and location of speech)

  • Aerospace Industries Association (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (Milwaukee)
  • American Consulting Engineers Council (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Lung Association of Sacramento-Emigrant Trails (Sacramento)
  • American Road & Transportation Builders Association (Pine Isle, Georgia)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers (Washington, D.C.)
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Washington, D.C.)
  • Americans for Energy Independence (Washington, D.C.)
  • Architects and Planners for Social Responsibility (Washington, D.C.)
  • Arizona Tourist Symposium (Phoenix)
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory (Albany, N.Y.)
  • Building Owners & Managers Association International (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • Chambers of Commerce in California, Illinois, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia
  • Commonwealth Transportation Board (Fairfax, Va.)
  • Composites Fabricators Association (Arlington, Va.)
  • Council on Superconductivity for American Competitiveness (Washington, D.C.)
  • Electric Power Research Institute (Chicago)
  • Electric Transportation Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
  • Federal Budgets and Issues Conference (Washington, D.C.)
  • George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)
  • Governor’s Conference on Economic Development (Birmingham, Ala.)
  • Institute for Electrical Engineers (Washington, D.C.)
  • Intermodal Transportation Conference (Newark, N.J.)
  • International Maglev Forum (Princeton, N.J.)
  • International Motor Press Association (New York)
  • International Technology Institute (New York)
  • IVHS Intelligent Vehicle Highway System Conference (Waco, Texas)
  • Maryland Department of Transportation (Hanover, Md.)
  • National Association of Home Builders (Washington, D.C.)
  • National Governor’s Association (Washington, D.C.)
  • Nevada Conference on Travel and Tourism (Las Vegas)
  • Northrop Grumman (Washington, D.C.)
  • Partnership for Improved Air Travel (Washington, D.C.)
  • Pennsylvania Milrite Council (Pittsburgh)
  • Pittsburgh Traffic Club (Pittsburgh)
  • SAIC Corporation (McLean, Va.)
  • Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (Washington, D.C.)
  • Spectroscopy Society Technology Forum (Pittsburgh)
  • Texas A&M (College Station)
  • Transportation Research Board (Washington, D.C.)
  • Union League Club (Chicago)
  • University of Iowa (Iowa City)
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham)
  • Washington Department of Transportation (Seattle)
  • Wings Club (New York)


  • China – China State Economic & Trade Commission
  • Germany – Lufthansa Airlines
  • Italy – Fiat Ferroviaria
  • Japan – Ministry of Transport
  • Japan – Railway Technical Research Institute
  • Japan – Transport Economics Center
  • Netherlands – Siemens World Marketing Conference