Yearly Archives: 2009

Trade Surplus in the Sunshine State

Florida’s total merchandise trade exceeded $130 billion in 2008, a 13.7% increase over the previous year.

The Carolinas Are Ready for Your Business

If you are looking for skilled labor, shovel-ready sites, and robust ports, these two southeastern powerhouses have it all.

Ohio Corporate Moves

Better Built Snares Two Projects from Army Corp Better Built Construction, based in Middletown, OH, has garnered two major defense contracts in the past four...

Mississippi Corporate Moves

Advanced Manufacturing Flocks to Mississippi Mississippi is becoming a magnet for companies specializing in advanced manufacturing techniques that also are seeking centralized logistics operations. With...

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.