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U.S. Innovation Hubs: Inventing the Future


Seven of nine planned federally funded national manufacturing innovation institutes are getting a head start on tomorrow’s high-growth technologies.

Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings Report: Texas, Utah Top Flagship Business, Economic Categories


Our 11th annual rankings report is Business Facilities’ most comprehensive evaluation to date of state, metro and international leaders in more than 50 critical categories essential to site selection choices.

Cover Story: Global Biotech Report 2015

University Research Park (aerial view above), in Madison WI, generates about $1 billion for Wisconsin’s economy each year. URP companies spend more than $200 million annually on Wisconsin goods and services.

There hasn’t been a lot of good economic news coming from Europe these days, but the continent is getting a much-needed boost from its growing biotech/pharma labs.

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.

Cover Story: 2014 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards


Nevada wins the most hotly contested economic development prize in years by bagging Tesla’s lithium battery plant near Reno. Washington successfully pulled out all the stops to keep Boeing from leaving the state. Comcast’s gleaming new tower will transform Philadelphia’s skyline.

Cover Story: High-Tech Hubs

Samsung has invested more than $13 billion in its semiconductor fabrication complex in Austin. TX.

With smart new regional growth strategies and generous federal funding initiatives, high-tech hubs are springing up all over the United States.

Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities Rankings Report

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We’re marking the 10th anniversary of our annual rankings festival by doing what we do every year: refining our rankings criteria to give you the most meaningful benchmarks of state and metro performance.

Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings


In this year’s Metro Rankings Report, we’ve taken note of the crucial role exports are playing in the Recovery for many locations by charting their success in two of our rankings categories, Exports Growth Leaders and Exports Recovery Leaders. We’ve also included our Global Rankings within this story.

Cover Story: Global Biotech Report

National Graphene Institute

A resurgent bioscience sector pulls Europe into recovery, while U.S. biotech leaders train the next generation of an essential skilled workforce.