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Alabama is BF’s 2015 State of the Year

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The Crimson Tide has rolled in a bevy of big-ticket projects, laying a solid foundation for future growth.


Corporate Moves Maintain Texas As Top Magnet State

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Texas has once again topped the Allied Van Lines Magnet States Report, which uses internal data to track U.S. migration patterns, thanks to a net relocation gain of 2,558 families in 2015.


State Focus – Indiana: Regional Plans Are Hopping In The Hoosier State

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Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative, enacted this year, envisions more than 400 projects drawing nearly $4 billion in investments.


West Michigan Lands Largest Third-Party Data Center In Eastern U.S.

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Las Vegas-based Switch will establish a new $5 billion SUPERNAP data center in Gaines Township in greater Grand Rapids, MI.


Crystal Ball 2016

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Step aside, Monmouth and Quinnipiac: BF’s got the odds-on favorites for next year’s headlines.


Finding Employees Who Support Company Culture Top Concern When Expanding Abroad

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New report from The Economist Intelligence Unit identifies “softer” aspects of business expansions, such as finding new employees who support and enhance the brand’s existing culture, as a top concern.


Solar Installer Sunrun Plans 800 Jobs At New Denver Office

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Sunrun, the largest dedicated residential solar company in the U.S., will open an office in downtown Denver before the end of 2015 and plans to hire up to 800 workers over the next few years.



Walking the Walk

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Proposition 6 created an initial SWIFT fund of $2 billion, which the TWBD expects to leverage into a total of $27 billion in financing over the next 50 years to implement the state water plan, with about half of that coming from state financial assistance. State officials said TWDB was able to approve a large number of projects in the first round because a majority of entities applying for funds requested long-term financing, which enabled the board to stretch the available funds. TWBD allocates funding for water projects based on a ranking system it developed that takes into account the length of time it will take to implement a project and the overall long-term improvement the project represents. For example, a seawater desalination plant proposed by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority received seed funds from TWDB even though it will take much longer to build than other, higher-priority projects. TWDB must by law spend up to 20 percent of Prop 6 funds in the next five years on water conservation or re-use projects.


State Focus – New Jersey: Garden of Opportunity

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The Garden State offers a “brain trust” with a highly skilled and educated workforce that makes it easy to recruit top talent.