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State Focus: Mississippi’s Got It All

About 2,000 people are employed at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in Blue Springs, MS, where the best-selling Toyota Corolla is made. Overall, more than 3.2 million vehicles of all types have been produced in Mississippi.

Low energy and operating costs, customized incentives and a highly skilled workforce have businesses flocking to the Magnolia State.

Polaris Plans Alabama Facility

Gov. Bentley with Polaris hat.

Polaris said the Alabama manufacturing facility will feature multiple assembly lines and state-of-the-art technologies.

State Focus: Iowa Keeps Attracting Major Business Expansions

Iowa is meeting businesses’ growing needs for highly skilled workers, like the technicians pictured here. Nearly 33 percent of Iowans ages 25 to 34 hold bachelor’s degrees. Iowa’s refundable tax credit on R&D activities has allowed many bioscience companies to build new research centers.

Fiscal stability, a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce are a formula for growth in the Hawkeye State.

State Focus: Oklahoma – Oil, Cattle and Much, Much More

Rogers State University is a regional four-year university serving northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area.

The Sooner State is diversifying into a variety of hot growth sectors, including a rapidly expanding hub of data centers.

IBM, Fluor, University Of South Carolina To Create Innovation Center

Seated from left: Mark Easton, VP, Industry Solution Sales, IBM; Cameron Art, General Manager of Application Management Services, IBM; Harris Pastides, President, USC; Gene Warr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, USC (standing from left) David Miller, Director, Application Management Services North America, IBM; Andy Bernardin, Director of Enterprise Sales for South Carolina and Public Sector in North Carolina, IBM; Bill Hogue, VP for Information Technology and CIO, USC; Steve Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina. (Credit: USC; PRNewsFoto/IBM.)

The collaboration is part of an ongoing effort to expand student skills and understanding of applied computing to meet the growing demand for highly skilled IT professionals and business leaders.

Nissan And Tennessee Partner To Train Future Manufacturing Workforce

Nissan, Smyrna.

The training center will develop a pipeline of skilled workers for Nissan’s Tennessee manufacturing operations and critical opportunities for current and prospective employees to learn valuable skills in advanced manufacturing.