About Navigator Consulting

New Markets. Strategic Locations.

Navigator Consulting provides industrial site selection and re-location services, as well as community & economic development consulting services.

Whether you are looking for a site, a building or an initial feasibility study, we can help you. We coordinate the full range of site location services: definition of project parameters; identification and evaluation of qualified sites; location screening; analysis of operating costs; liaising with state and local decision-makers; coordination of site visits; navigation of workforce training programs, environmental permitting and incentives discussions.

Between 2014 and 2020 the firm’s clients located manufacturing operations in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and California, announcing $1.7 billion in capital investment and 3,700 jobs.

Key partners in any successful U.S. business site selection include professional service providers like Attorneys and Tax Consultants who can assist your company with advice on real estate, employment, incentives, and taxes. We have a strong, experienced group of professional allies whom we can bring to the table to work with us for you. Or we can work with your own team of experts.

Whatever your needs are, a greenfield site, a shell building, an existing building, a market or site report, we are here to help you.

Our proprietary site selection methodology is designed to provide you with decision transparency and to avoid costly mistakes and delays. With our extensive experience and empirical approach, we will find the optimal business location for your company, a location that meets your project requirements and maximizes your capital investment.

James Blair has extensive economic development backgrounds and understands the expectations of local EDOs and development boards. Having worked with international executives for more than 30 years, accompanying FDI project teams to hundreds of communities, Mr. Blair and the Navigator Consulting team can share valuable insight into the decision-making process of international executives. Navigator Consulting provides a range of community development services that help communities focus on FDI opportunities, help ED managers prepare for international project visits, maximize communication with international executives and ensure greater competitiveness for these communities.

Navigator Consultants work closely with Berlin-based Transatlantic Business and Investment Council (TBIC) to offer a unique “FDI-Qualified Community” certification. This program is designed to help Economic Development organizations prepare and perform better for visits by international executives, while at the same time developing more sophisticated and relevant business location options for international companies and business consultants.

Company history


After more than 30 years as an economic development executive for the State of Georgia in Brussels (Belgium) and Atlanta (Georgia), and then as Director for Site Selection at the German American Chamber of Commerce (Atlanta), Mr. Blair assisted more than 185 international companies in locating facilities in North America.

In 2014 Blair founded Navigator Consulting as a “boutique site selection consulting firm” focused on assisting mid-sized international clientele. Between 2014 and 2016 the firm’s clients located manufacturing operations in Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and California, announcing $1.3 billion in capital investment and 2,300 jobs.


In order to expand the trans-Atlantic investment platform and provide clients on both continents greater continuity of service, our core team of consultants – James Blair and Philip Marschall along with since retired partners Mirko Semler & Jonas Wendler – co-founded Germany-based Blair & Partner Unternehmensberater in 2016.


Since its founding, Navigator Consulting has assisted small and medium-sized international companies from a wide range of industries in locating manufacturing facilities in North America. An increasing number of larger firms has entrusted their site searches to our specialized team of site selection, geoanalytical and project management professionals.

With our community development services portfolio designed for communities looking to develop their understanding of FDI and their interest in attracting an increased share of this important inflow of greenfield capital investment, Navigator Consulting has become a trusted partner to economic development organizations.