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In the age of “big data,” where and how information is housed can be key to a successful business expansion strategy. Here are some ideal locations for your next data center.

Industry Focus: Data Centers – To Serve And Protect

Industry Focus: Data Centers – To Serve And Protect

In the age of “big data,” where and how information is housed can be key to a successful business expansion strategy. Here are some ideal locations for your next data center.

Industry Focus: Food Processing – The Process Of Consistency

In this day and age, food processing plays an essential role in enhancing our way of life by ensuring that the food produced meets consistent quality standards.

Industry Focus: Logistics – Going With The Flow

To service customers efficiently, tailored logistics and transportation solutions are essential to ensure coordinated goods movement from origin to end user through each supply chain segment.

Industry Focus: MidAmerica’s World-Class Flow Chart

How strategic water planning gave a 9,000-acre industrial park in the middle of rural Oklahoma a “clear, clean and abundant” advantage in a global market.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Soaring To New Heights

The U.S. Aerospace/Defense sector broke altitude records in 2012 for revenue and profits, but now the industry must adjust its sights to absorb mandatory sequester budget cuts. From the July/August 2013 issue.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: More Than Just Production And Plating

From quality meats to sugary treats, consumers are offered an almost endless supply of options when it comes to food. From the May/June 2013 issue.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Points of Entry for Cash-Rich Cargo

At least $13 billion in public investment is earmarked for port development in the next decade. With the expansion of the Panama Canal and steady growth of U.S. exports, developers and investment interests are bullish on U.S. ports. From the January/February 2013 issue

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Biotech, A Recession-Proof Growth Sector

From 2001 through 2010, the biotechnology sector grew by 6.4 percent, creating 96,000 jobs. From the September/October 2012 issue

INDUSTRY FOCUS: The Process of Food

From taste to cost—and from farms to refrigerators—the food processing industry has several back-end considerations that need to be addressed before anything tasty winds up on your plate. From the July/August 2012 issue

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Ports of Success

U.S. export numbers are on the rise. And as the numbers increase, so do the future business possibilities. From the May/June 2012 issue.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Data Centers – Growing by Gigabytes

From the snow-capped Rockies of Wyoming to the scenic vistas of the Tennessee Valley, new data centers are popping up across the landscape as a hot growth sector continues to expand. From the May/June 2012 issue

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Automotive Shifts Into High Gear

With General Motors back on top, industry analysts are projecting a robust 10 percent increase in global light vehicle production to 83.5 million units compared to 75.9 million in 2011. Find out which locations are ready to put the pedal to the metal. From the March/April 2012 issue.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: The “Space” That Keeps Us Grounded

Aerospace and defense brings us closer to friends and further from foes. With an effect on everything from jobs and travel to military advances and communications, be it home or away, this innovative industry helps keep our nation secure and highly functional. From the March/April 2012 issue.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Ships, Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The past four years have hit hard. And while the logistics industry is no exception, some sectors are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. From the January/February 2012 issue.

Gateway to The Future

U.S. ports play a major role in the many advantages Foreign Trade Zones offer. This one-two punch keeps America competitive in the race for investment dollars and helps power the recovery.

Biotech: Finding the Formula for Growth

The U.S. lead in biotechnology no longer is a sure thing as growth leaders like China and India join the fray. Government, industry and academia must join forces to remain No. 1.

Alt Energy: Powering Growth

In a shaky recovery, one thing is certain—the steady increase in alternative energy projects will continue to power jobs growth across the nation into the foreseeable future.

Billions in Goods, Millions of Miles

In a challenging economic environment, an efficient logistics and distribution network is moving to the top of the list of requirements for business growth and expansion.

Plastics: A Versatile Life-Saver

Home healthcare products—including therapeutic devices, monitors, sensors and telemetry devices—are expected to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the medical device industry.

Biotech is Still Booming

The biotechnology industry is poised to address some of the world’s most pressing challenges, and it continues to outperform annual growth in private-sector employment.

Centers of Job Creation

With cloud computing infringing on the need for bricks and mortar and the Feds consolidating, the competition for data center projects has intensified.

Biotech: Growing New Jobs in the Labs

Bioscience and pharma labs are not just incubators for new drugs and technology—they are building blocks for job growth.

Logical Solutions for the Logistics Industry

As the economy slowly rebounds, businesses will need to restructure their distribution networks to maximize efficiency and minimize miles to capitalize on the recovery when it occurs.

Alternative Energy Powers the New Economy

Locations across the country have made renewable energy central to their economic recovery strategies. The race is on to claim a leadership position in solar, wind, geothermal and biofuel generation and manufacturing.

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