U.S. – Plains Archives

State Focus: Minnesota – The Road To Growth Starts Here

The heart of Elk River, MN is powered by nature, with 45 parks covering almost 1,100 acres, more than 75 miles of paved walkways and numerous hiking and biking trails.

With economic growth and job creation lifting a rising tide in the Land of the Lakes, the state looks to expand its trade horizons to international markets.

Special Report: Call Centers/Back Office – Making A Connection In Southwest Missouri


Call centers are flocking to the Show-Me State, with Taney County, MO poised for development as an emerging hub for back office, call center and IT operations.

Industry Focus: Aerospace Moving Onward And Upward


A positive outlook is on the horizon for the aerospace sector as the demand for fuel-efficient aircraft and the growth of travel ramp up the production cycle.

Industry Focus: Logistics – Winding Roads

Licking County offers diverse and distinct facility options, from office to industrial.

Logistics industry professionals must sometimes resolve issues C through Z to get from point A to B efficiently and hold costs down for the trillion-dollar U.S. distribution industry.

Business Report: Nebraska Receives Infusion Of Small Business Funding

Gov. Pete Ricketts. (Photo: omaha.com.)

The third and final installment of the Treasury Department’s State Small Business Credit Initiative will bring $4.5 million to the Cornhusker State.

Cover Story: Workforce Training Is Job One

The Minnesota Job Skills Partnership supports workforce training like this session conducted by Ben Bomstad (left), Corporate Trainer, Alexandria Industries and Greg Sandeno, Manufacturing Specialist (right), at Alexandria Technical and Community College’s Customized Training Center.

Winning the race to fill the high-tech jobs of the 21st century requires an ongoing commitment to match educational programs with future business workforce needs.

Leggett & Platt Bringing New Product Introduction Operation To Joplin, MO

Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group.

To assist Leggett & Platt with its new Joplin operation, the Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) has offered a strategic economic incentive package.

Feature Story: 2015 Economic Development Awards

2015 Economic Development Achievement Award 2015.

Locations across the nation are rapidly applying the best practices needed to meet the requirements of new and expanding 21st century businesses. This makes it much tougher for us to pick the best of the best, so we’ve expanded our showcase to make room for an ever-increasing number of economic development leaders.