Yearly Archives: 2009

Considerations for Back-Office Consolidation

Combining back-office or service center operations may be an attractive way to reduce costs, but a number of key factors must be weighed before picking a location.

60 Seconds with Alex Brigham, Executive Director, Ethisphere Institute

BF: What factors or qualities are considered paramount for the Ethisphere Institute to designate a company as ethical?AB: More than 70 criteria make up...

Viral Growth

From the Desk of the Editor in Chief

Worst, er, Best Idea of the Week: No Blagojevich!

Former Illinois governor and current punchline, Rod Blagojevich, was my surefire pick for Worst Idea of the Week. Yes, I know--his despicable,...

Global Water Tech Headquarters in Indy

On Earth Day, Global Water Technologies, Inc. has announced its corporate headquarters have moved to Indianapolis, IN.

Green Giant

The Empire State Building soon will stand as a model for retrofitting existing structures for environmental sustainability.Five leading consulting, design, non-profit and construction partners—including...

TARP cop turns up heat on Treasury chief

Neil M. Barofsky, the special inspector general appointed by President Bush in November to oversee the government's Troubled Asset Relief Program, ...

Walgreens Creates Jobs for Disabled Workers

Walgreens recently opened a $175-million distribution center in Windsor, CT, where 30 percent of the workforce will be people with disabilities.

Worst Idea of the Week: Texas or Somalia?

Following on the "popularity" of last week's Worst Idea, this week's contenders are the governor of Texas and the pirates of Somalia.

Moody’s to U.S.: Drop Dead

The renowned rating agency, which somehow missed the insolvency of Wall Street's fraud factories, has downgraded the creditworthiness of every local government in the country.

Lousiana Lures Location from Wisconsin

Monroe, LA has won 200-300 new jobs by 2011 as Gardner Denver Thomas company consolidates its Wisconsin manufacturing operations to the South.

Worst Idea of the Week: Recession on FOX?

Here's my nomination for the Worst Idea of the Week—and yes, it's only Wednesday but I'm confident this gem will not lose its luster...

Texas Innovates, Attracts Technology

The Innovate Texas Foundation got started this week in Austin to serve as an umbrella organization that will help Texas compete with other states attracting technology companies.

Building A Greener Economy

In the midst of a deep recession, sustainable development, green building, smart growth and alternative energy move to the top of the priorities list.


Consumed by guilt, former U.S. Treasury Chief Hank Paulson has donated his net worth to charity and is now peeling potatoes at a soup kitchen.

Economic Lessons In Hessen

My recent jaunt through central Germany featured high-profile interviews with economic ministers, financial experts, and corporate executives...and some local apfelwein.

The Real State of Commercial Real Estate

In our fifth annual top executive interview, Ross Moore, executive vice president at Colliers International, answers some tough questions about one of the nation's hardest-hit markets: commercial real estate.

A New York State of Mind

The Empire State still has "the economy that never sleeps", a powerful global hub of commerce, finance, culture and entertainment.

Aging Population Spurs Demand For Medical Plastics

As the need for home healthcare continues to increase for the baby boom population, the plastics and medical device industry meets this challenge with expanded growth and new products.

Michigan is Still in Motion

The automotive industry may have hit a stop sign, but Gov. Jennifer Granholm's aggressive strategy is maintaining forward momentum in the crown of the Great Lakes. From motion pictures to nanotechnology, the Wolverine State is in the hunt for new jobs.

Georgia Corporate Moves

GreenTech Manufacturing Digs Deep in Douglas In March, Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue announced that an environmentally friendly manufacturer of construction products, GreenTech Manufacturing, plans to...

California Corporate Moves

Moving Toward a Better Place Palo Alto-based startup company, Better Place, aims to bring an electric-car infrastructure system to the Bay Area. Its business model...

California Corporate Moves

Moving Toward a Better Place Palo Alto-based startup company, Better Place, aims to bring an electric-car infrastructure system to the Bay Area. Its business model...

Inside LiveXChange

Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only event for corporate executives responsible for choosing a new location for their companies' next facility. Delegates meet with senior economic developers from across North America; attend seminars, workshops, and think tanks led by experts in the field of relocation and expansion; and network with other corporate executives faced with the same corporate growth challenges. This month, we preview the expansion of LiveXchange into an international venue and the launch of Commercial Property Navigator LiveXchange, aimed at the real estate services sector.