Jim Bruce is president of Bruce Facility Planning Consultants LLC. He is a specialist in the integration of facilities and capital investments with corporate strategy and has conducted or managed more than 500 consulting assignments.
Jim has been a consultant to more than 300 business planning and location projects including Toyota's first two US assembly plants, which are located in Georgetown, Kentucky, and Princeton, Indiana. Other projects include:
Although his industrial experience is diverse, Jim is particularly experienced in automotive, medical/biotech and electronics facilities. Automotive examples in addition to Navistar include:
Jim's medical/biotech business facilities site selection includes the Mallinckrodt vaccines plant near Raleigh, Amgen/BioNext in West Greenwich, Rhode Island, and a major pharmaceutical plant not yet announced.
In electronics Jim has sited several Polyclad/Cookson plants in California and currently has a major wafer fabrication plant on hold.
Jim has worked on numerous offshore projects, particularly in Latin America. These include Venezuela and the Caribbean and more than half the 31 states of Mexico. He has conducted Latin American projects for Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, Vanity Fair, Volkswagen and several other firms headquartered in the US, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Jim has taught on an adjunct basis at Princeton, Carnegie-Mellon and the US Military Academy. He has been a speaker at many seminars. Jim served on an advisory committee to the Director of the Census on improving economic data. He was a volunteer consultant to a minority business that successfully started a shopping center in a low-income inner-city neighborhood. As a member of the New York Harvard Business School Club, Jim provided volunteer counsel to the city on redevelopment of surplus industrial property.
Jim completed his undergraduate work at Emory University and has an MPA from Harvard with a concentration in regional economics.
Jerry Schneider is a senior vice president of Bruce Facilities Planning Consultants, LLC. He is a proven strategic partner to community and business leaders who have improved their economic outcomes. Jerry has served as an economic development consultant on diverse projects since the mid-1990s. He was the primary economic development project consultant for Fluor Corporation's Government Group. Fluor Corporation is a FORTUNE 200 project management, engineering, procurement and construction company. Fluor has had a solid reputation for providing superior site selection and economic development services worldwide.
As an economic development program manager, Jerry has provided a broad range of services to communities adjacent to government facilities in the U.S. and United Kingdom. He has leveraged government-funded programs, policies and assets for communities. He has experience accessing private-sector resources for local economic benefit. One of the key goals of these communities have been industrial redevelopment and reuse of government land, facilities and equipment.
Jerry has participated on teams that attracted millions in new capital investment and thousands of jobs, often in regions struggling with challenging economic conditions. Other resources he used to accomplish these goals included venture capital, speculative industrial building management and marketing and direct grants.
Jerry has led three Fluor public information and public affairs groups and served as a company spokesman. He has transformed public perceptions from negativity and distrust to positive and respectful, leveraging strong media relationships. As a member of numerous community, business and non-profit boards and committees, he most often served in leadership roles.
Prior to his economic development consulting and public affairs work, Jerry led Fluor home office proposal development teams, winning several billion dollars in project contracts across a wide range of industries. His success led to portfolio assignments as a marketing and sales strategy trainer for Fluor.
Lynn Bruce chairs BFPC, is the company’s chief executive officer, and manages the firm’s business in economic and community development. She has directed and consulted to community development programs across the nation and has particular expertise in designing campaigns to recruit and develop high technology business. She has conducted seminars and training exercises, presented at professional conferences, written numerous articles, and made many other contributions to the field of economic development.
Lynn developed and managed the “Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development” or GRAD Site Program for the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the Georgia Allies for five years until 2016. This has resulted in validation of over 30 sites in all parts of Georgia and has contributed to the construction or announcement of over $2 billion in new capital investment on certified sites, with expected job generation to exceed 10,000.
Her undergraduate degree is from Bryn Mawr College and she has a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Pittsburgh.