Bernie McShea has led award-winning economic development teams in Florida and Pennsylvania for more than 15 years, in each case instilling industry-leading practices for identification of markets, consultative business development, and due diligence. He currently leads Space Florida’s business development efforts, assisting aerospace, aviation, and related companies which range in size from start-ups to the Fortune 500, with a robust tool kit to assist their growth and pursuit of new markets. His team has been instrumental in efforts to transition Florida from reliance on the Space Shuttle program to a broad portfolio of commercial aerospace activity. These efforts were recognized with CoreNet Global, the premier association for corporate real estate executives, awarding its top honor, the 2012 Global Innovators Award, to Space Florida for its work to bring Boeing’s Commercial Crew program headquarters and spacecraft manufacturing site to Florida. Similarly, his team at the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance was recognized by Site Selection magazine with its prestigious Top Ten Economic Development Groups award in 2001, 2007, and 2008, an achievement equaled only by a handful of economic development executives nationally. Additionally, he established Space Florida’s Aerospace R&D Commercialization partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority, which has provided more than $8 million in funding for innovative technology commercialization projects.
Prior to entering the economic development profession, Bernie’s role as a senior advisor on corporate location strategy in Deloitte’s Fantus Consulting practice enabled him to work with senior executives of Fortune 1000 companies in crafting and implementing strategies for new and expanded facilities. He also served as Legislative Director of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Washington, D.C. office under Governor Robert P. Casey, and as a Legislative Assistant to U.S. Representative James H. Bilbray (Nevada – 1st District). He has taught business attraction and marketing, and incentive negotiation techniques in courses sponsored by the International Economic Development Council, the Community Development Institute-East, and the Pennsylvania Economic Development Association. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University, and a M.B.A. from the University of Michigan.