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BUSINESS REPORT: EC Railway, Port Everglades Join Forces on Intermodal

A new 42.5-acre container transfer facility will facilitate movement of cargo through the port and from the mainline. From the January/February 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
Last year’s G20 summit was held in Los Cabos, Mexico.

INTERNATIONAL REPORT: Mexico’s Export Economy Adds Emerson

The Latin American leader leans on its reliable workforce, countless industrial parks and a robust network of trade agreements to grow its economy in 2013. From the January/February 2013 issue.
Georgia is America’s leading source of sustainable biomass, and is ranked third in the US for its biomass potential. Georgia has the world’s largest biomass pellet facility, exporting 750,000 tons a year.

BUSINESS REPORT: GA Notches Record Job Growth And Investment In 2012

Projects grew by 11 percent, with the top three projects creating 4,100 jobs. Expansions accounted for 64 percent of the new project activity in the Peach State. From the January/February 2013 issue

BUSINESS REPORT: Indiana Employment is Getting Bigger, Faster

More than 250 companies agreed in 2012 to create 27,620 new jobs in Indiana, exceeding any year on record. From the January/February 2013 issue
Rendering of new Boeing facility in West Jordan, UT

BUSINESS REPORT: Life Sciences Grow High-Wage Jobs in the Beehive State

The average wage for jobs in the Utah life sciences industry is $59,480, or 53 percent above the private-sector average of $38,932. From the January/February 2013 issue

BUSINESS REPORT: Streamlining FTZ Process Speeds Business Development in Virginia

Putting a trade zone under an Alternative Site Framework gives locations greater flexibility to meet requests for zone status while making the process less expensive. From the January/February 2013 issue
Atlantic Aviation

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

FIRST WORD: Making The Call

As always, we congratulate the winners in our 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition. From the January/February 2013 issue

LIVEXCHANGE 2013: Ed Burghard To Speak At Business Facilities LiveXchange

Ed Burghard, CEO and Manager of The Burghard Group, LLC, will join the all-star list of guest speakers featured at the upcoming Business Facilities LiveXchange event, which will take place May 19-21, 2013 at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas.

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds…with Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

Airbus is putting its North American manufacturing hub in Mobile. We asked AL DOC chief Greg Canfield about the impact on the state’s growing aerospace industry. From the January/February 2013 issue

INSIDE LIVEXCHANGE: LiveXchange Review

LiveXchange offers a unique opportunity for corporate executives eyeing location for their new facilities to have quality face-time with delegates bearing pre-certified projects. From the January/February 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.

LIVEXCHANGE 2013: Mark Williams To Speak At Business Facilities LiveXchange

Mark L. Williams, President, Strategic Development Group, Inc., will join the all-star list of guest speakers featured at the upcoming Business Facilities LiveXchange event set for May 19-21, 2013 at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, Texas.

LIVEXCHANGE 2013: Tim Feemster Joins Business Facilities LiveXchange Speaker Lineup

Tim Feemster, senior managing director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, will be among the all-star list of guest speakers featured at the upcoming Business Facilities LiveXchange event.

LIVEXCHANGE 2013: Dean Barber To Speak at Business Facilities LiveXchange

Dean Barber, President/CEO of Barber Business Advisors, will be among the all-star list of guest speakers featured at the upcoming Business Facilities LiveXchange event. The ninth annual event will take place May 19-21, 2013 at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, TX.

LIVEXCHANGE 2013: Registrations Now Being Accepted

Registration is now open for the 9th annual Business Facilities LiveXchange, taking place May 19-21 in Frisco, TX. Companies that are searching for new locations to expand or relocate their businesses will have the opportunity to meet one-on-one with economic development agencies from across the U.S., attend educational sessions led by leaders in the field of relocation and expansion, and benefit from invaluable networking events. Attendance at LiveXchange is free to qualified professionals and space is limited. Secure your seat at this year’s LiveXchange and register now!

LIVEXCHANGE 2012: Where Top Projects Find the Best Locations

Despite the ominous presence of Hurricane Sandy churning up the East Coast, the eighth annual LiveXchange went off without a hitch, bringing together high level site selection executives and industry experts from around the country. The next event will be held on May 19-21, 2013 at the Westin Stonebriar in Frisco, TX.

September/October 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 5)

We encourage you to check out our annual Editors' Location Picks in this issue, which also features stories on high-tech hubs, biotech hot spots, and an overview of Kentucky's growth strategies. From the September/October 2012 issue.

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