Monthly Archives: April 2008

April 2008 | Business Facilities - Area Economic Development, Site Selection & Workforce Solutions


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The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 started a national conversation about levees. Suddenly, a lot of people who couldn’t tell the difference between a levee and a highway berm wanted to know if these manmade barriers were high enough and strong enough to withstand the next big wave from Mother Nature. While most […]

A river runs through it

A river runs through it

The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 started a national conversation about levees. Suddenly, a lot of people who couldn't tell the difference...

The Hopeful Hopi Tribe

Today, an article out of Arizona caught my attention for a couple of reasons. First, I don't often come across economic development news stories...

A breath of fresh air from coal country

Earth Day has everyone thinking "green" this week, so we thought this would be the perfect time to talk about a coal...

U.S. Bumper to Bumper Blues

With the familiar dread of my 5pm drive home on the New Jersey Garden State Parkway hovering, I have decided to ...

Will Minnesota’s JOBZ be AXED . . . for good?

It was about this time last year that I blogged about Minnesota's economic development golden child—JOBZ—which was on the legislative chopping block last year--largely...

Brother, can you spare a tank of Exxon Supreme?

Do you have a tough time deciding whether to order that side of fries with lunch or put those nickels aside in case gas...

Beijing drivers carry a torch for Detroit

The biggest status symbol in China isn't a Mercedes, it's a roomy, six-passenger Buick. That's right, General Motors' venerable sedan is the most sought-after vehicle...

Maybe they should put a high-tech door in that big border fence

With the U.S. economy on life support -- in the form of regular transfusions of cash from the FED -- and jobs disappearing in...

American Jobs on a Death March?!

The word recession has been emblazoned in the psyche of most Americans over the past few months. The term has become ubiquitous (although most...

Airlines Nosediving One by One

For years now—probably since after the 9/11 attacks, understandably—I've noticed the media paying a lot of attention to the troubles of the airline industry....

Businesses on the Move

In our fourth annual top executive interview, KPMG's relocation and expansion expert, Hartley Powell, reveals site selection trends and the truth about financial incentives.

How to Choose the Right Commercial Real Estate Broker

When undertaking an expansion or relocation project, where you decide to locate and the facility you choose to locate in will have a tremendous impact on your company's bottom line. With that in mind, finding the right commercial real estate broker for your next project is critical to your company's success.

Economic Transformation in the Islands

The Caribbean island nations of Barbados and Jamaica are in the midst of transitioning their economies to rely on higher-value activities.

Missouri Downtowns Dare to DREAM

A statewide initiative is revitalizing the downtown areas of 20 communities throughout Missouri, with more recipients to be announced later this year.

Key Kansas Industries Get a Boost

The labor pool for the aviation, healthcare, and advanced materials industries in South Central Kansas will soon benefit from the federal WIRED initiative.

If You Build It, They Will Come

After Toyota announced it would locate a plant in Mississippi, suppliers have been quick to follow suit ... and the suppliers' suppliers aren't far behind.

Growing in the Sun

The fastest-growing workforce in the nation also happens to be one of the best-trained and best-educated, helping to make Arizona a first-tier choice for expanding companies.

A Tale of Two Industries

The convergence of two weighty North American industries—plastics and medical devices—has facilitated numerous healthcare advances. We bring you a sampling of locations that are helping these industries prosper.

Diversity: A New York State of Mind

From medical centers to ethanol plants and agribusiness to high technology, New York offers a fertile empire where various industries grow alongside each other.

Ohio Corporate Moves

Cleveland’s Teamwork Wins Over ViewRay In February, ViewRay Incorporated, a medical device manufacturer, announced that it will move its headquarters from Gainesville, FL to Cleveland,...

Nebraska Corporate Moves

Catalog Retailer Doubles Capacity One of the most prominent recent corporate expansions in Nebraska is Oriental Trading Company, Inc.’s (OTC) new 737,000-square-foot fulfillment center in...

Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

This month, the Expert explains why existing industry interviews are a necessary component of labor market analysis.

60 Seconds with Mark O’Connell, CEO of OCO Global

Mark O'Connell is the CEO of OCO Global, a consulting firm he founded in 2001 that specializes in international investment and trade. O’Connell also...

A First and Final Word

From the Desk of the Editor in Chief