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Business Report: Alabama – Polaris Industries Bringing 2,000 Jobs To Huntsville

Gov. Robert Bentley (right) announced the Polaris deal at the Jackson Conference Center in Huntsville.

The company’s new 600,000-square-foot, $127-million manufacturing facility will produce off-road vehicles on a 453-acre site.

Consultant’s Corner: Incentives For Economic Development – A Good Or Bad Idea?


Are the huge public-sector financial incentives used to lure big economic development projects wise investments? The answer is found in how these incentives are structured and evaluated.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds… With Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary Of Commerce

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield.

Alabama is accelerating its jobs incentives and upgrading its training programs to attract prospective businesses to the state.

Feature Story: 3D Printing Is Shaping Up

3D printing is being used by the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center to manufacture prosthetic limbs, and a new hand for a six-year-old boy who was born without one.

Additive manufacturing is the hottest new growth sector, promising to revolutionize how just about anything you can imagine gets made.

Feature Story: Tennessee State of the Year AGAIN!

Volkswagen’s expansion of its assembly plant in Chattanooga positions the German automaker to achieve its goal of selling at least 1 million vehicles in North America.

A powerhouse auto cluster, the nation’s most-improved education system and world-class infrastructure keep the volunteer state on its pedestal.

Cover Story: 2014 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards


Nevada wins the most hotly contested economic development prize in years by bagging Tesla’s lithium battery plant near Reno. Washington successfully pulled out all the stops to keep Boeing from leaving the state. Comcast’s gleaming new tower will transform Philadelphia’s skyline.

State Focus: Mississippi’s Got It All

About 2,000 people are employed at Toyota’s manufacturing facility in Blue Springs, MS, where the best-selling Toyota Corolla is made. Overall, more than 3.2 million vehicles of all types have been produced in Mississippi.

Low energy and operating costs, customized incentives and a highly skilled workforce have businesses flocking to the Magnolia State.

State Focus: Iowa Keeps Attracting Major Business Expansions

Iowa is meeting businesses’ growing needs for highly skilled workers, like the technicians pictured here. Nearly 33 percent of Iowans ages 25 to 34 hold bachelor’s degrees. Iowa’s refundable tax credit on R&D activities has allowed many bioscience companies to build new research centers.

Fiscal stability, a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce are a formula for growth in the Hawkeye State.

State Focus: Oklahoma – Oil, Cattle and Much, Much More

Rogers State University is a regional four-year university serving northeastern Oklahoma and the Tulsa metropolitan area.

The Sooner State is diversifying into a variety of hot growth sectors, including a rapidly expanding hub of data centers.