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Resources to help economic development and site selection professionals connect with new places and locations. The archive for Dean Barber articles.


Not So Wild A Dream

If you look at a map, you will notice there is no interstate highway connecting Memphis to Birmingham, two major industrial cities of the Southeast. That lack of good road certainly did not help the growth prospects in Northwest Alabama, which historically based its economy on natural resources—coal and pulpwood—and smaller cottage industries.

The Wave Will Spread

In the drive to remain competitive and to free themselves from the encumbrances of labor unions, US manufacturers have been shifting resources to right to work states, where they believe the machine can run better.

INSIDE LIVEXCHANGE: You Rank, We Rank, Some Stank

Dean Barber will be presenting a site selection seminar at LiveXchange (Oct. 28-30, Hyatt Regency, Bonita Springs, FL). Here, he shares his observations on the value of rankings. From the July/August 2012 issue

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