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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.

Energy Power Systems Announces New Manufacturing Facility In Pontiac, MI

Energy Power Systems.

EPS has enjoyed great support from the State of Michigan, including the Legislature, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Oakland County; and the City of Pontiac.

Scatec Solar Gets Financing For Solar Plant In Utah

A computer-generated model of the Utah Red Hills Renewable Energy Park site. (PRNewsFoto/Scatec Solar)

When operational by the end of 2015, the plant will be Utah’s largest solar energy generation facility.

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.

Opportunity Missed


There was bold talk about tax reform in President Obama’s speech, but not a word about the most important tax.

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.

Data Download: West Leads In Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced manufacturing gears.

Dan Levine, Oxford Economics writes, “As the large metro areas find themselves in an increasing competition for highly mobile talent and jobs, there will probably be continued convergence in community and economic development strategies; particularly in urban centers seeking to attract technology talent and promote business incubation.”