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LiveXchange 2014 offered a selection of informative presentations, including "The Site Selector's Guide To Working With Boomtowns & Bustvilles," by Al Jones.


LiveXchange 2014 offered a selection of informative presentations, including "The Site Selector's Guide To Working With Boomtowns & Bustvilles," by Al Jones.

LiveXchange 2014 Presentation: The Site Selector’s Guide To Working With Boomtowns & Bustvilles

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Cover Story: New Energy Powers Growth

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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.


Feature Story: 2014 Economic Development Awards

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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.


BUSINESS REPORT: AeroTurbine Opens HQ In Miramar As Florida Aerospace Grows

Secretary of Commerce Gray Swoope, President & CEO of Enterprise Florida.

The sunshine state is home to more than 2,000 aviation companies.


BUSINESS REPORT: Hat World Puts Expanded Headquarters In Zionsville, IN

Hat World, Inc., a homegrown Hoosier company, manufactures sports apparel and operates retail stores primarily under the LIDS brand, a familiar mecca for team caps in shopping malls across the U.S. (Photo: HOLY-CRAFT.COM.)

The manufacturer of hats and sports apparel will add 758 new jobs and invest $21.8 million to expand its operation in central Indiana.


BUSINESS REPORT: Stafford County – Where Connectivity And Opportunity Intersect

A new fiber-optic network along the I-95 right-of-way will be completed this fall.

Home to the Marine Corps Base at Quantico, Stafford County, VA is known as a destination for Defense and technology companies. Its location and business climate offer much more.


BUSINESS REPORT: Ontario Unveils Plans To Achieve An Energy Balance

Biomass feedstock storage silos near completion at Atikokan Generating Station. (Photo: Flickr.com.)

The Ministry of Energy has worked with the Ontario Energy Board, Ontarians and a host of others to put together its most ambitious energy plan yet.


10th Annual LiveXchange Kicks Off April 6

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The 10th annual Business Facilities LiveXchange event will kick off Sunday, April 6 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC. During the event, corporate executives (delegates) will meet one-on-one with economic developers from the U.S. and Canada to discuss their location needs; attend seminars, workshops, and think tanks led by experts in the field of relocation; and enjoy networking activities with other delegates, leading site selection consultants and economic development representatives. CONFERENCE PROGRAM This year’s LiveXchange will present a comprehensive, practical, and strategic conference program to help delegates better plan and manage their companies’ relocation or expansion projects. This year’s speakers and topics include: The Future of Site Selection Moderator: Jack Rogers, Editor in Chief, Business Facilities Panelists: Philip Anderson, PhD, President and CEO, P.W. Anderson & Partners; Mark Lautman, Principal, Lautman Economic Architecture; Anatalio Ubalde, CEO, GIS Planning, ZoomProspector.com and SizeUp; Mark Williams, President, Strategic Development Group Negotiating Incentives, Land Costs and Energy Costs Speaker: Mark Williams, President, Strategic Development Group Boom/Bust Cycles and Site Selection Opportunities Speaker:  Al Jones, Chief of Scouts, aljonesbusinessgrowth Site Selection Case History Speaker:  Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates Evaluating Financial Incentives Speaker:  Mark Sweeney, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting KPMG Market Forecast/Competitive Alternatives Study Speaker:  Hartley Powell, Principal, KPMG Workforce Analysis and the Site Selection Process Speaker:  David Brandon, Senior VP, Site Selection Group SPONSORS The current roster of 2014 LiveXchange sponsors, by region, includes: U.S. NEW ENGLAND/MID-ATLANTIC • Buffalo Niagara Enterprise, NY • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania & Pittsburgh Regional Alliance U.S. SOUTH • Almost Nashville, KY • Fayette County Development Authority, GA • Hernando County, Florida Office of Business Development • Louisiana Economic Development/AEP SWEPCO • Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority • Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation and Santee Cooper, SC • West Virginia Development Office U.S. SOUTHWEST • Greater Houston Partnership / Centerpoint Energy, TX • Norman Economic Development Coalition, Norman, OK • San Antonio Economic Development Foundation,TX U.S. GREAT LAKES • Lansing Economic Area Partnership / LEAP, MI • Quad Cities First, IL and IA • Regional Growth Partnership [Toledo] JobsOhio U.S. PLAINS • GO Topeka Economic Partnership, KS • The Joplin Regional Partnership (Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma) • Overland Park Economic Development Council, KS CANADA • Durham Region, Ontario, Canada To learn more, visit BFLiveXchange.com today!



STATE FOCUS: Business And Life Are Elevated In The Beehive State

Boeing Utah

Like the mighty Rocky Mountains looming over everything, Utah’s business environment and quality of life are reaching for the sky.