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Rocket motors and solid propellants are manufactured at ATK’s Promontory, Utah facility.

State Focus: Industry Is Not The Only Thing Buzzing In Utah

Utah continues to soar to new heights in business, community and quality of life.
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.

State Focus: Mississippi’s Got It All

Low energy and operating costs, customized incentives and a highly skilled workforce have businesses flocking to the Magnolia State.
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.

State Focus: Iowa Keeps Attracting Major Business Expansions

Fiscal stability, a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce are a formula for growth in the Hawkeye State.
Rogers State University is a regional four-year university serving northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area.

State Focus: Oklahoma – Oil, Cattle and Much, Much More

The Sooner State is diversifying into a variety of hot growth sectors, including a rapidly expanding hub of data centers.
Gerresheimer Glass, Inc. manufactures and distributes high-quality glass and plastic products for the global pharma and healthcare industry from their Vineland, NJ plant.

Location Focus: New Jersey – The Place For Giant Opportunities

The Garden State fields a powerful lineup of assets for business, including a highly educated workforce and game-changing tax incentives.
Italian motorsports innovator, Dallara, built the first American installation of their futuristic race simulator in Indiana.

State Focus: Indiana – A State Of Action

Indiana continues to prove that it can get the job done.
Sugar Land Town Square is an award-winning development that combines some of the nation’s most successful retailers, businesses and a first class hotel and conference center into one 32-acre lifestyle center.

Location Focus: Texas – Big and Getting Bigger

There’s no "mercy" rule in economic development: the Lone Star State keeps crushing the competition.
Goods being loaded into carts at a port.

Industry Focus: Ports & FTZs – Drivers For Commerce And Trade

Foreign-trade zones are playing a greater role in development efforts geared to increased imports and exports.
It’s no wonder that Cape Coral is consistently ranked among the top locations for work and play. The city has more than 400 miles of canals—that’s more than Venice, Italy—making it a true boating and fishing destination.

Location Focus: Florida – Rebounded And Ready

Florida’s economy shines on after a temporary sunset.
Arlington Downs

Location Focus: Illinois – Trying To Make Headway In Every Way

The Land of Lincoln is pulling out all the stops in the name of economic progress.
Port of Everett

Location Focus: Washington – Scenic Vistas And Soaring Industry Side By Side

With world-class ports and a renewed commitment from Boeing to anchor it’s thriving aerospace sector, Washington is ready to take on all comers.
Pat McCrory

Location Focus: The Carolinas – Growth Climate Warms In The Carolinas

Numerous new projects have been drawn to North and South Carolina, where the welcome mat has been set out for innovators and manufacturers across a wide range of industries.

Location Focus: New York – The Empire State Leverages Its Strengths

New York is leveraging its world-class higher education system with an aggressive incentives program geared to business startups.

LOCATION FOCUS: Sooner or Later You’ll Choose Oklahoma

The opportunities and advantages of planting your business in the geographic center of the U.S. abound.

LOCATION FOCUS: Indiana — More And More Roads Are Leading To “The Crossroads Of...

A business destination that removes roadblocks for the good of its people, Indiana is proof that when you rip away the red tape and work together, cooperation brings results.

STATE FOCUS: Lassoing Jobs In Texas

Low taxes, tort reform, a growing population and the availability of a skilled workforce are tough to beat when the Lone Star State competes for new jobs. From the September/October 2013 issue.

STATE FOCUS: Florida – Let The Sun Shine

The recession of 2008 left Florida overcast economically for years. Looks like it may be time to break out the shades. From the July/August 2013 issue.

LOCATION FOCUS: United It Stands

Although divided into regions, New York is a single empire of development. From the March/April 2013 issue.
Downtown Topeka

LOCATION FOCUS: Kansas – Diversification From The Ground Up

The Sunflower State is much more than America’s breadbasket. Today, the state is home to thriving manufacturing, service, wholesale and retail industries. From the January/February 2013 issue

LOCATION FOCUS: California Dreamin’ – A Rebound Fueled By New Energy

As the economic picture brightens in the Golden State, energy reserves that could unlock $1 trillion in new state revenues beckon. From the January/February 2013 issue

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