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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.
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State Focus: Nevada: Soaring To New Heights

Home to some of the premier training facilities for the U.S. Air Force, Nevada’s aerospace industry is heading for the stratosphere.
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Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings Report: Metro and Global Rankings

We’ve revamped our Metro and Global rankings this year to include some new technology oriented benchmarks.
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Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings Report: Texas, Utah Top Flagship Business, Economic Categories

Our 11th annual rankings report is Business Facilities’ most comprehensive evaluation to date of state, metro and international leaders in more than 50 critical categories essential to site selection choices.

May/June 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 3)

The global biotechnology industry is the focus of Business Facilities' May/June 2015 issue, which also includes a focus on high-tech manufacturing and coverage of the water resources industry.
High Liner Foods, a frozen seafood producer based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, recently moved its U.S. headquarters from Danvers, MA to a new facility in Portsmouth, NH.

Business Report: New Hampshire – High Liner Foods Opens U.S. Headquarters In Portsmouth

The Canadian seafood producer includes a culinary innovation R&D facility in its new HQ at the Pease International Tradeport.
Boston Scientific has had offices in Marlborough for years and, after building a new state-of-the-art facility, it officially moved its Global Headquarters to the city in 2014.

State Focus: Massachusetts – Nothing Common About Its Wealth

Massachusetts is taking in and out of the box approaches to help increase jobs and decrease unemployment.
BWI-Thurgood Marshall Airport is in the midst of a $105-million expansion, to be completed in 2017, that will enhance international service from the air hub, which sits between Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Business Report: Maryland Exports Hit Record Level In 2014

The top trade markets for Maryland goods and services are Canada ($1.9 billion), Saudi Arabia ($915 million) and China ($714 million), with transportation equipment, chemicals and electronic products leading the surge.
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Business Report: Investment Tide Keeps Rolling In Alabama

There were 392 new projects in Alabama in 2014, bringing in nearly $3.4 billion in Investment, with automotive and aerospace leading the way.
The new U.S. headquarters of So.F.teR. in Lebanon, TN is dedicated to the production, development and sale of engineering plastics for the automotive, appliance, construction and electrical markets.

State Focus: Tennessee Reigns Supreme In The Southeast

The Business Facilities back-to-back State of the Year honoree shows no signs of slowing down its jobs juggernaut, with every week bringing a new project to the volunteer state.
The 108-acre Centennial Industrial Park features 58 acres that are ready to build and available for sale or lease; an adjacent 50 acres, available for future development, is ideal for light industry, advanced manufacturing and supply-chain support.

State Focus: Washington – A Legendary Place To Do Business

Construction cranes are dotting the idyllic skies in the northwest, where, among other projects, the new world headquarters of Amazon is taking shape amid a bustling real estate market.
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First Word: Precious Commodity

You’ll be tempted to gulp down this refreshing news in this issue, but we recommend you sip and savor it.
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Snapshots: 60 Seconds… With Val Hale, Executive Director, Utah GOED

Utah has the sixth fastest average Internet speeds in the country and the fastest speeds in the Western U.S.

State Focus: Carolinas – Similar States With Coastal Clout

North and South Carolina may not be alike in many ways, but it appears they share similar stories.
Memphis Light Gas and Water’s Sheahan Station is one of several huge pumping facilities that keep Memphis Sands Aquifer water flowing through city pipes.

Industry Focus: Water Resources – Greater Memphis, 100 Trillion Gallons

Greater Memphis has an abundant supply of pure, sweet water: the Memphis Sands Aquifer holds nearly 100 trillion gallons of this precious commodity, which is becoming an economic development priority.
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Feature Story: A Rising Star In The Southwest

Whether it’s cutting taxes 24 times while turning a huge deficit into a surplus or guaranteeing an adequate supply of water in the worst drought in history, New Mexico has a plan that works.

Industry Focus: Advanced Manufacturing – Manufacturing High-Tech Growth

In terms of its contribution to GDP, the advanced manufacturing sector punches well above its weight, producing $2.7 trillion in value-added economic activity.
University Research Park (aerial view above), in Madison WI, generates about $1 billion for Wisconsin’s economy each year. URP companies spend more than $200 million annually on Wisconsin goods and services.

Cover Story: Global Biotech Report 2015

There hasn’t been a lot of good economic news coming from Europe these days, but the continent is getting a much-needed boost from its growing biotech/pharma labs.

State Focus: Destined For Success In Arkansas

The Natural State boasts an educated workforce enriched by long-term training and a strategic location that offers cost-efficient access to tens of millions of U.S. consumers.
The heart of Elk River, MN is powered by nature, with 45 parks covering almost 1,100 acres, more than 75 miles of paved walkways and numerous hiking and biking trails.

State Focus: Minnesota – The Road To Growth Starts Here

With economic growth and job creation lifting a rising tide in the Land of the Lakes, the state looks to expand its trade horizons to international markets.

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Featured Location Videos

BF Location Video: Empire State Development – Big Happens Here

New York, home to the fastest-growing tech sector in the U.S., one of the best-educated workforces in America, over $1 billion in incentives and tax breaks, and the lowest middle-class tax rate in over half a century. This is an economy that launched over 50,000 new businesses last year alone.

Latest Blog Posts

Italian Paper Company Breaks Ground In Ohio

Sofidel Group’s new $300 million integrated paper mill is expected to bring 300 jobs to Circleville, OH.

Cape Coral Economic Development Office: Location Spotlight of the Week

As the 10th largest city in Florida and the largest city in Southwest Florida, Cape Coral is an ideal location for relocating businesses due to its large, talented and available workforce.

iCIMS Opts To Grow At New Jersey’s Bell Works

The SaaS company will join a collection of top-tier technology companies by moving its headquarters to the redesigned landmark building in Holmdel, NJ.

Surveys & Research

CRE Functions Becoming More Aligned With C-Suite

A recent survey of corporate real estate executives finds an increased focus on the strategic aspects of CRE within companies.

Wisconsin: Where Collaboration Drives Industry Advancement

From water technology and food processing to energy, power and control, companies in Wisconsin that recognize their mutual dependency and have formed partnerships to address common challenges are thriving and creating new economic opportunities.

Lack Of Skilled Talent A Threat To Meeting Business Goals

Sixty-seven percent of companies are more concerned about employee turnover than they were last year, according to a new survey by Randstad US.

London, New York Top Global Cities 2016

A.T. Kearney’s Global Cities 2016 can help businesses make key investment decisions such as where to place regional and global headquarters, as well as manufacturing and research hubs.

Chinese Real Estate Investment Plays Growing Role In U.S. Economy

Chinese investment in U.S. real estate has grown dramatically since 2010, according to a new report by Asia Society and Rosen Consulting Group.