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Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report: State Rankings

BF’s 12TH ANNUAL RANKINGS report is our most comprehensive analysis to date of the locations that are leading the pack in the most important benchmarks for sustainable growth in the 21st century. Part One: State Rankings.

Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report: Metro, Global Rankings

BF’s 12TH ANNUAL RANKINGS report is our most comprehensive analysis to date of the locations that are leading the pack in the most important benchmarks for sustainable growth in the 21st century. Part Two: Metro Rankings.

Workforce Training: Engineering A Skilled Workforce

States, regions, businesses and higher ed resources are joining forces in an aggressive and innovative effort to fill the skilled labor shortage in the United States.

Cover Story: Global Biotech Report

The global life sciences industry has adopted an attitude of cautious optimism, expecting reliable growth that will fall short of pre-recession investment surges.

Business Facilities’ 2015 State of the Year: Alabama

The Crimson Tide is rolling, big time, and now it’s brought in our top honor: Alabama is BF’s 2015 State of the Year.

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: Metro and Global Rankings

We’ve revamped our Metro and Global rankings this year to include some new technology oriented benchmarks.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cover Story: New Energy Powers Growth

An energy revolution is sweeping across the U.S., creating thousands of jobs and making it likely we’ll achieve the long-sought goal of energy independence by 2020 or sooner.

COVER STORY: State of the Year – Tennessee

Tennessee, already an automotive powerhouse, motors into our winner’s circle with a diverse growth strategy that’s hitting on all cylinders.

COVER STORY: Shovel Ready Sites Are Growing From The Ground Up

Many locations are gaining an advantage in the battle for new projects with pre-certification programs for available sites. From the September/October 2013 issue.

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.

COVER STORY: 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report – Metro And Global Rankings

Baton Rouge tops the field in economic growth potential; China surges into the lead in renewable energy investment. From the July/August 2013 issue.

COVER STORY: Advanced Manufacturing — Creating Jobs In 3Dimensions

From the digitization of equipment and processes to 3D printing to materials with custom-designed properties, advanced manufacturing is driving high-tech innovation, exports and the creation on high-wage jobs. From the May/June 2013 issue.

COVER STORY: Global Biotech Report

As the global financial system continues to mend, venture capital is beginning to flow back into the biotechnology sector. In Europe, the largest biomed players are thriving, while entrepreneurial biotech start-ups gain traction in the U.S. From the March/April 2013 issue.

COVER STORY: 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Baxter International's decision to make a $1.3-billion investment in an expansion of its bio/pharmaceutical manufacturing promises to propel the Peach State into the front ranks of national biotech powerhouses. From the January/February 2013 issue.

COVER STORY: Editors’ Location Picks

We deployed our growth detector to winnow the field for our annual showcase of leading locations. As usual, making the picks was harder than singing their praises, as all of the finalists were worthy. From the September/October 2012 issue

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