Site Meter
Home » Online Features (Page 162)

Hottest ticket in town

A rather bizarre sight greeted tax attorney Mark Vulcan when he arrived for work at the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development (DBED) in Baltimore earlier this month. Stretched out in front of the DBED office were a bunch of rumpled executives, several of whom had slept on the sidewalk all night, waiting for Vulcan to arrive. No, they weren't trying to purchase seats on the 50-yard-line fo ...

Read more

Fannie Moe, Larry and Curly

As panicked depositors lined up in sweltering heat out West to bang on the doors of the shuttered IndyMac banking giant, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission emerged over the weekend to announce a major crackdown. The SEC usually doesn't work on weekends, because they are so tired from doing almost nothing during the work week, at least for the past seven years. So this figured to be a momentous anno ...

Read more

Retail: Open for Business!

Back in May, Business Facilities ran a special advertising article on the retail industry, which highlighted a couple of U.S. retail hot spots. It also discussed the resilience of the industry, as it struggles to cope with and rebound from a shaky economy. Fortunately, the retail realm got a long-awaited boost thanks to the first round of federal economic stimulus checks reaching millions of Americans eager ...

Read more

“Coal” is the New “Casino”

As I posted in April, Native Americans continue to push past stereotypes that peg their economic development efforts as nothing more than roulette wheels on reservation land. In fact, such casinos don't always find success, as was the case with the Crow Indians' Res-a-Vegas in south-central Montana. Fortunately, with an emphasis on fortune, the struggling Crow tribe has announced a new vision that will shif ...

Read more

Selling ice to the Eskimos

There is a classic scene in the Simpsons movie when Homer and his family—arriving in Alaska to hide out from the EPA after Homer slimes Springfield by dumping a container of pig dung into the local lake—pull up at a toll booth and immediately are handed a $1,000 share of Alaskan oil revenue. The scene typifies the stereotype of Alaska as a state that sold its environmental soul to the oil industry in exchan ...

Read more

New Camrys equipped with cable TV, dirty dishes

Does all the talk about the coming wave of electric cars have you thinking about extension cords? Or, to be more specific, do you toss and turn at night and wonder how you are going to maneuver the lawn mower around the extension cord while your new electric car is charging itself on the driveway? Not to worry. The great minds at Toyota already have given a lot of thought to these concerns, and they have a ...

Read more

Ahnold terminates the competition at BIO

About two dozen state economic development programs were showcased at last week's BIO conference in San Diego, but for at least one afternoon the show floor belonged to a megastar from the host state. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger took center stage at the huge international biotech meeting, first during a laugh-laden keynote address and then at a walk-through and press conference in the California booth. In hi ...

Read more

Business Aviation Rapidly Expands in the United States

Today, we open our blog to Mr. Frederick Metz Shepperd of Switzerland-based Quadral Group (www.quadralgroup.com). Frederick is also a member of Business Facilities' Editorial Advisory Board. If I told you there was a North American-based industry that is undertaking facilities expansions of 50% to increase production, has delivery times for products extending into 2012 and 2013, and is receiving bonuses of ...

Read more

Not the Sheriff of Nottingham

Until recently, everyone in the current fiscal debacle has been playing their parts in a predictable manner. Top banking execs who presided over multi-billion-dollar losses have parachuted out of the wreckage of their financial institutions clutching hideous ''retirement'' bonuses without a shred of shame. Federal lawmakers who blissfully deregulated the banking industry and permitted it to morph into a Jup ...

Read more

The future arrives on 52nd street

We were standing on Sixth Avenue in the middle of Manhattan the other day, trying to hail a cab. The traffic was bumper-to-bumper and barely moving, and the cabs all had "off-duty" signs lit up, their drivers chattering on cell phones as they inched along. We were about to give up and join the hordes on the sidewalk for a 20-block hike, when a pedicab rolled up next to us. The man pedaling the bicycle motio ...

Read more

© 2014 Business Facilities Magazine | Group C Media | Privacy Policy | Terms Of Use