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Tennessee has implemented reforms that have made its educational system the most improved in the nation, but Gov. Bill Haslam is aiming at a much bigger goal: building an army of skilled workers.


Tennessee has implemented reforms that have made its educational system the most improved in the nation, but Gov. Bill Haslam is aiming at a much bigger goal: building an army of skilled workers.

Feature Story: Tennessee Governor’s Report – Staying Ahead Of The Curve

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Feature Story: Tennessee Governor’s Report – Staying Ahead Of The Curve

Gov. Bill Haslam recently presided over the 61st Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville. The two-day conference featured educational sessions on a wide range of topics. 

Tennessee has implemented reforms that have made its educational system the most improved in the nation, but Gov. Bill Haslam is aiming at a much bigger goal: building an army of skilled workers.


Business Report: Louisiana – Matheson Tri-Gas Expands In Southwest Louisiana

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The Lake Charles area project will supply Sasol’s petrochemical complex, creating more than 2,800 new jobs.


Business Report: Georgia – Mercedes-Benz USA Relocates Headquarters To Atlanta

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The auto giant cites the quality of life in Metro Atlanta as a key factor in its decision to invest $74 million in a new facility, creating 800 jobs.


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?

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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

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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.