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Innovation hubs and logistics are the focus of Business Facilities September/October issue, plus reports on Indiana, New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina, California.

September/October 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 5)

September/October 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 5)

Innovation hubs and logistics are the focus of Business Facilities September/October issue, plus reports on Indiana, New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina, California.

State Focus – Indiana: Regional Plans Are Hopping In The Hoosier State

Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative, enacted this year, envisions more than 400 projects drawing nearly $4 billion in investments.

State Focus – Iowa: Growing Jobs As Well As Corn

While often stereotyped as an ag state, Iowa has created a business friendly environment that makes it globally competitive in a diverse and growing number of industry sectors.

Louisiana: Where Partnerships Propel Innovation and Investment

Louisiana is bringing together state, regional and local partners, including business and higher education resources, in intelligent collaborations yielding sustainable economic growth.

State Focus – New Jersey: Garden of Opportunity

The Garden State offers a “brain trust” with a highly skilled and educated workforce that makes it easy to recruit top talent.

State Focus: Texas Diversity

Texas is a magnet for business and individuals for a reason—rather, for many reasons, one of which is the tax climate.

Business Report – North Carolina: Growing Innovation Throughout The Tarheel State

North Carolina doubles down on growth plans for technology and innovation, with new funding and a new university-led program, InnovateNC.

Business Report – California: Largest Solar Facility On Earth Goes Operational

BHE Renewables’ 579-megawatt solar project in Antelope Valley, CA is now fully connected to the California ISO grid.

Business Report: Tennessee – DENSO Manufacturing Expanding in Maryville, TN

Automotive components and systems producer DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Blount County’s largest employer, is investing $400 million in an expansion creating 500 new jobs.

Panama Canal: Bigger, Better and Ready to Rumble

Two years later than the original plan, the $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal is set to be completed in April, dramatically altering the global shipping paradigm.

Logistics Networks Are Getting Back On Track

Lower fuel prices, a surge in railroad hiring and the need to get goods to market faster are boosting growth and profits in the logistics sector.

U.S. Innovation Hubs: Inventing the Future

Seven of nine planned federally funded national manufacturing innovation institutes are getting a head start on tomorrow’s high-growth technologies.

July/August 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 4)

The 11th Annual Rankings Report is the focus of Business Facilities July/August issue, plus coverage of certified sites, digital media, and medical devices.

Next-Generation Medical Devices: Ready to Save Lives Today

Rapid advances in technology for new medical devices are outpacing evolving regulatory frameworks, creating a challenge for this sector.

Illinois: A Natural Leader

The Land of Lincoln is a $700-billion economy built around global commerce in advanced manufacturing and financial services.

Arizona: Great and Getting Greater

Greater Phoenix, Arizona is a high-tech hub and a growth juggernaut, with unparalleled market access to the Mountain and Western regions of the U.S.

Florida: More Than Fun And Sun

Florida is serious about business. State and economic development leaders are working to bring business to the state and keep it here.

Digital Media Is On The Move

From the mountains of Utah to the desert in New Mexico, Digital Media pioneers are making magic from pixels in university and government labs that are launching a new growth sector in virtual space.

Business Report: Missouri – Owens Corning to Open Manufacturing Plant in Joplin

Owens Corning's $90-million project in Joplin, MO, a plant that will produce insulation products, is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

Snapshots: 60 SECONDS… with New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno discusses the Garden State's growing biotech/pharma industry and workforce training programs.

Feature Story: Georgia Governor’s Report – Georgia’s High-Powered Growth Engine

From foreign investment to surging film production and expanding water resources, Gov. Nathan Deal is making sure that Georgia is building a foundation for sustainable growth.

Shovel-Ready Sites: Certified and Ready to Go

Site selection professionals zero in on certified shovel-ready sites, which reduce development costs and put projects on a fast track to success.

Special Report: Michigan’s I-69 Thumb Region

The i-69 thumb region is in a prime geographic position to serve as a distribution hub for the entire state of Michigan and a large portion of Ontario.

Business Facilities’ 2015 Global Rankings Report: China Leads In Renewable Energy Investment

China is the top-ranked nation among Renewable Energy Investment Leaders in Business Facilities’ annual Global Rankings Report. Switzerland retained its crown as the top-ranked nation in Global Competitiveness.

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