The boards of investment and economic development agencies bring together CEOs, local authorities, unions, chambers of commerce, universities, etc.
The teams of investment agencies are made of highly qualified professionals (engineers, sales managers, etc.)
In France, the first economic development agencies were created in the 1950s. Since then, their number has been steadily growing worldwide, particularly in Europe and North America. According to OECD, there are about 10 000 of them.