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President Obama’s Promise Zones Initiative


The five Promise Zones—San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma—are part of the 20 that will be announced over the next three years.

GEICO Expansion Will Create 1,000 Jobs In Katy, TX


GEICO was founded in Fort Worth in 1936 to provide auto insurance to federal employees and members of the military. It currently serves over 830,000 Texas policyholders.

Deal of the Decade


States from coast to coast have put in mega-bids to try to land Boeing’s 777X assembly line.



As Amazon aims to fill our skies with mini-drones, the Supreme Court brings it down to Earth on sales tax collections.

STATE FOCUS: Lassoing Jobs In Texas

Hands-on training at Byron Martin Advanced Technology Center. (Credit: Lubbock EDA.)

Low taxes, tort reform, a growing population and the availability of a skilled workforce are tough to beat when
the Lone Star State competes for new jobs. From the September/October 2013 issue.

Natgasoline Tapping TEF Investment For Beaumont, TX Expansion


To date, the TEF has invested over $508 million and closed the deal on projects generating 69,873 new jobs and more than $23.6 billion in capital investment in the state.

FEATURE STORY: Talking The Talk And Backing It Up With Results


Gov. Rick Perry has been barnstorming the country, extolling the virtues of doing business in the Lone Star State. He’s packin’ a lot of ammo: Texas leads in job-creating projects and in attracting relocations. From the September/October 2013 issue.

San Antonio Economic Development Foundation To Sponsor LiveXchange!


  San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Texas has signed on to sponsor next year’s Business Facilities LiveXchange event, which will take place April 6-8, 2014 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC. So far, 17 economic development agencies from the United States and Canada have signed up as sponsors. The current roster of 2014 sponsors now includes:     Brick City Development Corporation, New Jersey     Buffalo Niagara Enterprise (BNE), New York     Centerpoint Energy     GO Topeka Economic Partnership, Kansas     Greater Houston Partnership, Texas     Hernando County Florida Office of Business Development     Louisiana Department of Economic Development     Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, South Carolina     Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority     Overland Park Economic Development Council, Kansas     Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development     Quad Cities First, Iowa     Region of Durham, Ontario, Canada     San Antonio Economic Development Foundation, Texas     Santee Cooper     The Joplin Regional Partnership, Missouri     West Virginia Development Office Be sure to check the LiveXchange website often for an updated list of sponsors! If you’re searching for new locations for your business, you need to attend LiveXchange. During the event, you will meet personally with economic developers to discuss your location needs; attend seminars, workshops, and think tanks led by experts in the field of relocation; and network with other delegates, leading site selection consultants and economic development representatives. All approved delegates are entitled to complimentary deluxe accommodations and meals at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Beach Resort and a $350 travel stipend. Click here to register today!

Air Products Announces West Texas Facility

Air Products' fleet of cryogenic tankers carries liquid products to thousands of customers around the world.

Beyond the core focus on the Permian Basin area, the new facility will expand Air Products’ existing nitrogen production and distribution network in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Kansas.

COVER STORY: 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report – State Rankings


Our 9th annual report card of the state, metro and international pecking order features more than 50 rankings categories, including new energy rankings and a close look at which locations are maintaining/upgrading critical infrastructure. From the July/August 2013 issue.