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Logistics: On the Road, Water or Rails…or in the Air — AGAIN

Despite an uneven track record in annual revenues vs. costs, the logistics industry keeps on trucking, railing, sailing and flying to get your goods where they need to go.

Feature Story: 2016 Economic Development Awards

With so many locations embracing cutting-edge technologies and innovative development strategies, it was hard to pare down the worthy nominees for our economic development awards festival. Here are the folks who made the cut, the best of the best in the applications of smart practices for sustainable growth.

Seven Projects Land Deal of the Year Honorable Mentions

Business Facilities 2015 Economic Development Deal of the Year contest attracted a record number of project submissions from across the country, seven of which were singled out for a tip of the hat by our judges.

Louisiana Economic Development Wins Deal of the Year: Bronze Award

The Bronze Award winner in BF’s 2015 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition will generate an estimated $17.7 billion in economic impact for the region over the next 10 years.

Deal of the Year: Silver Award Goes To South Carolina Department of Commerce

The Palmetto State, long-time home of BMW’s production hub, moves into the top tier of automotive manufacturing states by snaring Volvo’s first U.S. plant.

Economic Development Deal of the Year: Gold Award

Greater Houston Partnership snares a coveted 4.1-million-square-foot campus with a unique proposal utilizing an online site-selection app and intense data crunching.

Logistics Networks Are Getting Back On Track

Lower fuel prices, a surge in railroad hiring and the need to get goods to market faster are boosting growth and profits in the logistics sector.

Shovel-Ready Sites: Certified and Ready to Go

Site selection professionals zero in on certified shovel-ready sites, which reduce development costs and put projects on a fast track to success.

Feature Story: A Rising Star In The Southwest

Whether it’s cutting taxes 24 times while turning a huge deficit into a surplus or guaranteeing an adequate supply of water in the worst drought in history, New Mexico has a plan that works.

Feature Story: 2015 Economic Development Awards

Locations across the nation are rapidly applying the best practices needed to meet the requirements of new and expanding 21st century businesses. This makes it much tougher for us to pick the best of the best, so we’ve expanded our showcase to make room for an ever-increasing number of economic development leaders.

Feature Story: Tennessee Governor’s Report – Staying Ahead Of The Curve

Tennessee has implemented reforms that have made its educational system the most improved in the nation, but Gov. Bill Haslam is aiming at a much bigger goal: building an army of skilled workers.

Feature Story: 3D Printing Is Shaping Up

Additive manufacturing is the hottest new growth sector, promising to revolutionize how just about anything you can imagine gets made.

Feature Story: Tennessee State of the Year AGAIN!

A powerhouse auto cluster, the nation’s most-improved education system and world-class infrastructure keep the volunteer state on its pedestal.

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.

Feature Story: Logistics – Big Wheels Keep On Rollin’

So far, 2014 has been a banner year for freight haulers, but this success has a down side: a capacity crisis may be looming.

Feature Story: Michigan Governor’s Report – Reinventing Michigan

Gov. Rick Snyder has identified core problems and brought stakeholders together to solve them in an effort the governor likes to call relentless positive action.

Feature Story: Public-Private Partnerships – An Alliance For Progress That Works

More states are forming public-private partnerships to leverage the expertise of leading businesses in luring new projects.

Feature Story: Georgia’s Governor’s Report – Rising And Ready For The Future

With a welcoming, down-home business climate, the peach state is reinventing itself as an automotive powerhouse and a film production mecca poised to give Hollywood a run for its money.

Feature Story: Shovel-Ready Sites – Fired Up, Ready To Go

Matching industrial projects to infrastructure-rich sites that are certified as shovel-ready is essential to winning the site-selection battle.

Feature Story: Indiana Governor’s Report – Homegrown Success In The Hoosier State

A skilled workforce and ultra-efficient government services make Indiana fertile ground for business growth and an attractive landing spot for foreign investment.

Feature Story: Aiming For The Top In Utah

When Gov. Gary Herbert took office, he set a lofty goal of making Utah the top-performing state economy. Four years and thousands of jobs later, the Beehive state is poised to plant its flag at the summit.

Feature Story: 2014 Economic Development Awards

There may be fewer projects to aim for in the highly competitive environment of a recovering economy, but those who hope to succeed must find a way that distinguishes them from the rest of the field. Here are the organizations who have established a consistent standard of excellence and embraced the best practices to secure the projects that bring bundles of new jobs to their locations.

Feature Story: Workforce Development Programs – The Recipe For Success

Workforce training programs are a top priority in economic development. Here are some of the most innovative training programs offering 21st-century workforce solutions.

FEATURE STORY: Ringing The Bell For Growth

With huge reserves of low-cost energy, world-class R&D facilities and streamlined grants that yield solid returns, Pennsylvania wants everyone to know it’s ready to take on all comers.

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