David A. Dodd, CEcD is the President of DADCO Consulting, Inc., an economic development strategic consulting firm, and Co-Managing Principal of Confluence Advisors, LLC, a development finance strategic advisory firm. David is also involved with several companies engaged in such activities as international trade, film financing, and business performance.
David has a broad base of expertise in the field of economic development and is recognized internationally as an authority in the principles of cluster-based and collaborative regional economic development. He has worked in most states in the U.S., as well as Europe, Asia and Central America.
David is also an authority on small/emerging business development and community development finance. He is an internationally-recognized instructor and lecturer having delivered over 150 presentations to local, state, national, and international audiences over the past 17 years of consulting, including to the Development Bank of Japan and the Australian Parliament. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, David served as lead consultant in organization and implementation of the Gulf Coast Business Reinvestment Forum, sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the International Economic Development Council, and the states of Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.
From 2004-2007, he was the chief architect of the Mexico Economic Development Professional Education Initiative, which aims to build capacity for economic development throughout Mexico. In collaboration with CETYS University, he launched three basic economic development courses and facilitated a strategic alliance between CETYS and the Economic Development Institute to offer the courses throughout Mexico. This program was the first outside the U.S. to be accredited by the International Economic Development Council.
David holds a B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University, and is a graduate of the Louisiana State University Graduate School of Banking of the South.