About Us

Manheim Solutions, Inc.


A consultancy specializing in community economic development services, workforce development, and now Economic Development Strategies. Clients range from small municipalities requiring general economic development staffing to corporate real estate houses and school districts. Current and past clients include Wells County Economic Development (Bluffton, IN); Village of Alsip (IL); PADD Muhlenberg/Hopkins Counties (KY); American Ordinance, (Burlington, IA); Village of Tinley Park, (IL); the Clearwater Economic Development Association (Lewiston, ID), Village of Appleton (WI), Village of Lansing (IL), Treasure Coast Research Park (Fort Pierce, FL), Elgin (IL) School District U-46’s Career and Technical Education Division, and South Suburban College Business & Career Institute (Oak Forest, IL).

Key Services


  • Long-term Economic Development professional services for small cities and rural economic development programs that typically cannot afford full-time staff. Fees are based upon $125 per hour, plus expenses.
  • Workforce Development services are twofold
  • ACT WorkKeys Authorized Job Profiling and Curriculum Profiling Studies. Since 2009 we regularly conduct studies for food processing, manufacturing, trade union apprenticeship programs and service industries. We conduct studies nationwide. Fees are based upon what local community colleges charge for customized training services.
  • As part of other studies, our firm uses labor market experts to conduct labor-shed studies. Fees are negotiated, usually through a response to an RFP.

Key Results


  • Laborshed Study for PADD Muhlenberg / Hopkins Counties, KY
  • TIF District Business Development, Alsip, IL
  • Economic Development / Food Networking Strategy, Wells County, IN
  • Economic Development Strategic Plan, City of Appleton, WI
  • Economic Development Training Workshops, Village of Justice, IL
  • Economic Development Marketing, Village of Lansing, IL
  • Conduct Economic Development Workshops for Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, IL
  • Conducting ACT WorkKeys Job Profiles for a Fortune 500 aerospace manufacturer
  • Economic Development Administration Grant application, CARE Business Incubator Project, St. Lucie County, FL
  • Completion of a Food Innovation Feasibility Study for Latah County, ID
  • Attraction of American Aluminum Extrusions, LLc. to Roscoe, a $27 million manufacturing project creating 130 jobs
  • Retention/expansion of Forest City Gears, Inc., Roscoe, IL. FCG is an aerospace gear manufacturer with its gears on both first and second generation Mars Rovers. Retention of 85 highly skilled jobs and creation of another 25 positions
  • Retention and Expansion of Diversapack, LLC to Marengo, IL, retaining 100 jobs and creating 10 additional jobs
  • Conducted ACT WorkKeys Job Profiles for South Suburban College, Oak Forest, IL; American Ordinance, Burlington, IA; Woodward, Loves Park, IL; TH Foods, Loves Park, IL; Owens Corning, Feura Bush, NY; Ashland Chemical, Parlin, NJ; Stepan Co. of Elwood, IL; and Waubonsee Community College, Aurora, IL.
  • Subject Matter Expert on WorkKeys Job Profiling for ACT, Inc.

Sample Studies


Below are examples of the types of documents we prepare for clients:

  • Retail Marketing Flyer. Here is a current example for the Village of Alsip, Illinois, to promote its Pulaski Road TIF District. Alsip Retail Flyer 10 Minute 12-19-18.
  • Economic Development Strategic Plan. This is an example of one of several reports we prepared for a variety of communities across the country. This one is a PowerPoint presentation for Appleton, Wisconsin. FINAL_REPORT-MV 4-19-15.
  • The implementation of our study and action plan for the Northeast Indiana Food Network may be found at https://www.neifood.org/.