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The economic outlook is positive as operations and employment continue to expand, and new industrial construction inquiries are streaming into Wheeling. From the July/August 2013 issue.


The economic outlook is positive as operations and employment continue to expand, and new industrial construction inquiries are streaming into Wheeling. From the July/August 2013 issue.

BUSINESS REPORT: Illinois – Strong Demand Lifts Industrial Parks In Wheeling, IL

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BUSINESS REPORT: Illinois – Strong Demand Lifts Industrial Parks In Wheeling, IL

Rendering of the new Tin Goose Hanger, which is under construction at Chicago Executive Airport. (Photo: Morganharbour.com.)

The economic outlook is positive as operations and employment continue to expand, and new industrial construction inquiries are streaming into Wheeling. From the July/August 2013 issue.


BUSINESS REPORT: Missouri – Ford Invests $1.1 Billion In Kansas City Truck Plant Expansion

On May 02-2013, Ford Motor Company announced it would add a third crew and more than 2,000 jobs at the Kansas City Assembly Plant which builds the F-150. Ford will also start production of the Ford Transit in 2014 at the plant. (Photo: Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor Co.)

Ford’s F-Series assembly line is adding more than 2,000 jobs to support high demand for F-150 trucks and new transit vans. From the July/August 2013 issue.


INDUSTRY FOCUS: Soaring To New Heights

Shreveport Regional Airport

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.


STATE FOCUS: Florida – Let The Sun Shine

Southwest view of the Fort Lauderdale International Airport. (Photo: Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.)

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.



FEATURE STORY: Racing To Be Ready – U.S. Ports Prepare for Post Panamax Era

Super-sized cranes, pictured above at PortMiami, are required to load and offload the huge containers that are carried by Post-Panamax ships into harbors that are deep enough to accommodate 50 feet of underwater clearance. (Photo: PortMiami.)

A shipping bonanza soon will be heading this way from an expanded Panama Canal. Every major port wants to attract the larger vessels, but who will be ready? From the July/August 2013 issue.



BUSINESS REPORT: Kansas – Agricultural Biotechnology Research Is Growing In Kansas

This facility in Overland Park, KS will remain the home to the primary administrative offices for Staples Promotional Products.

As biotech continues to expand in the Sunflower State, consumer giants Staples, Starwood and a revived Hostess Bakery also call Kansas home. From the July/August 2013 issue.


FEATURE STORY: Washington Is Aiming Higher

Puget Sound Gateway Project Event at the Port of Tacoma. (Photo: Flickr.com/phogos/govinslee.)

Washington is sure it can defend its aerospace manufacturing crown and it is on the front lines of the effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. From the July/August 2013 issue.


Two New Sponsors Join LiveXchange!

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Two new communities have signed on to sponsor next year’s Business Facilities LiveXchange event, which will take place April 6-8, 2014 at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort at Grande Dunes, Myrtle Beach, SC.  The new sponsors are the Brick City Development Corporation of Newark, NJ and the Region of Durham, Ontario, Canada. So far, 15 economic development agencies from the United States and Canada have signed up as sponsors. Many have successfully sponsored previous LiveXchange events and are making sure to reserve their spots early. The current roster of 2014 sponsors now includes: Brick City Development Corporation, New Jersey Centerpoint Energy GO Topeka Economic Partnership, Kansas Greater Houston Partnership, Texas Hernando County Florida Office of Business Development Louisiana Department of Economic Development Myrtle Beach Regional Economic Development Corporation, South Carolina Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority Overland Park Economic Development Council, Kansas Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development Quad Cities First, Iowa Region of Durham, Ontario, Canada Santee Cooper The Joplin Regional Partnership, Missouri West Virginia Development Office Be sure to check the LiveXchange website often for an updated list of sponsors! If you’re searching for new locations for your business, you need to attend LiveXchange. During the event, you will meet personally with economic developers to discuss your location needs; attend seminars, workshops, and think tanks led by experts in the field of relocation; and network with other delegates, leading site selection consultants and economic development representatives. All approved delegates are entitled to complimentary deluxe accommodations and meals at the Myrtle Beach Marriott Beach Resort and a $350 travel stipend. Click here to register today!