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The new $48-million regional center was chosen from 19 candidate sites nationwide to service the Army National Guard's drone operations.

The new $48-million regional center was chosen from 19 candidate sites nationwide to service the Army National Guard's drone operations.

Yearly Archives: 2012

Camp Shelby to Host Unmanned Aircraft Flight Center

The new $48-million regional center was chosen from 19 candidate sites nationwide to service the Army National Guard's drone operations.

Toyota Invests $45 Million in W. Virginia Plant Expansion

The Japanese automaker will increase the Buffalo plant's annual production capacity of 6-speed automatic transmissions from 400,000 to 520,000.

Piximondo Announces Visial Effects Studio in Baton Rouge

The firm that produced Oscar-winning work for the film Hugo is investing $1.2 million to set up shop at the Celtic Media Centre, creating 120 jobs.

New York City Planning First Wind Power Project

Turbines will be installed atop Fresh Kills landfill in Staten Island, as the city considers putting them on building rooftops and offshore.

Yogurt Empire

The explosive growth of New York's yogurt industry is no laughing matter.

Carpenter Technology Expands Manufacturing in Berks County

The maker of metal specialty alloys will pay $6 million for 50 acres in Reading, PA, including four existing facilities totaling 355,000 square feet.

Publix Plans $189-Million Distribution Center for Orlando, FL

The super market chain will receive $3.8 million in state incentives and build a 1-million-square-foot facility, creating 156 jobs.

Exide Technologies Grows Operations in Salina, KS

Exide will add up to 130 new jobs and invest $10 million in an expansion of its battery assembly and electrical charging facility.

Daewon America Expands Production in Opelika, AL

The manufacturer of coil spring and stabilizer bars will invest $13 million to expand its Alabama facility in the Northeast Opelika Industrial Park.

Saks to Open Distribution Center in Tennessee

The upscale retail chain will move into a 564,000-square-foot facility in La Vergne, TN, creating 250 jobs.

GE Capital to Open Technology Center in New Orleans

GE's decision to site a major new corporate office in New Orleans will create 300 new jobs in information technology and software development.

January/February 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 1)

As usual, we open this year's volume with our annual Economic Development Deal of the Year and State of the Year awards. From the January/February 2012 issue.


Business Facilities LiveXchange is an invitation-only event for corporate executives responsible for choosing a new location for their companies’ next facility. From the January/February 2012 issue

Caterpillar to Build New Plant in Georgia, Creating 1,400 Jobs

The equipment giant will build a 1 million-square-foot, $200-million facility in Clarke and Oconee counties for its Building Construction Products Division.

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds…with Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner Of The Georgia Department Of Economic Development

The Georgia Competitiveness Initiative outlines the needs of each of the state’s 12 regions and includes a set of comprehensive recommendations to shape an economic development strategy for the state to ensure the success of job creation and business growth in Georgia. From the January/February 2012 issue.

FIRST WORD: Bigger and Better

The larger format will enable us to deliver our most comprehensive package of insightful features to date. We also will be introducing some new departments that will expand the scope of our coverage, while maintaining the level of expertise you have come to expect from a national publication that has been an industry leader for four decades. From the January/February 2012 issue.

BUSINESS REPORT: Washington – Aerospace Giant Aims Higher

To ensure future success of its flourishing aerospace industry, Washington is focusing on new investments in training and a new statewide coalition aimed at competitiveness. From the January/February 2012 issue.


Befitting a state that is home to majestic snow-capped Rockies, Utah continues to scale new heights with an aggressive economic development strategy that has made the Beehive State a leader in a bevy of high-growth sectors. From the January/February 2012 issue.

GM Building $224-Million Plant in MD for E-Car Motors

The White Marsh facility in Maryland will produce components for electric and hybrid vehicles, bringing U.S. auto jobs back from Mexico.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Ships, Planes, Trains and Automobiles

The past four years have hit hard. And while the logistics industry is no exception, some sectors are beginning to see light at the end of the tunnel. From the January/February 2012 issue.

COVER STORY: 2011 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Kentucky has a century-long tradition of building cars, going back to the Model T. A new long-term partnership with Ford will bring a bonanza of jobs to the Louisville region as the Bluegrass State sets its sights on becoming the top U.S. automotive manufacturing center.

BUSINESS REPORT: Sunshine State Shines Light on Innovation

Florida launched a number of major projects in 2011 that are helping to provide momentum for its innovative industry clusters and create higher-paying jobs. From the January/February 2012 issue.

BUSINESS REPORT: Ontario’s Thriving Green Economy

Forward-thinking renewable energy programs and incentives are catalysts for growth in an area sitting next to one of the largest clean-energy markets in the world. From the January/February 2012 issue.

BUSINESS REPORT: Mississippi Aims To Move To The Head Of The Creative Class

With a new governor, the Magnolia State is moving to revitalize Mississippi’s business outlook in 2012 by focusing on emerging industries, including clean energy and the creative economy. From the January/February 2012 issue.

BUSINESS REPORT: Louisiana Keeps Moving Up Way Down South

Louisiana remains a solid front runner for job growth and business development with best-in-the-nation workforce training and technology incentives that are cultivating a high-quality workforce. From the January/February 2012 issue.

Wichita Airport Authority Gets $2-Million Federal Grant

The investment will support infrastructure improvements on WAA land adjacent to the Bombardier Flight Test Center in Wichita, KS.

FEATURE STORY: Aerotropolis – Landing In The Heart Of 21st Century Urban Planning

The future of economic development is taking shape at major international air hubs that have become the anchor of an organically expanding growth strategy: the Aerotropolis. From the January/February 2012 issue.

State of the Industry 2012

In his annual State of the Industry presentation, the IEDC president details how economic development professionals adapted after the Recession.
By Jeff Finkle, President & CEO of IEDC

NY Asks Feds to Fund ‘Launch New York’ Jobs Program

Upstate New York was selected as one of seven regions nationwide to participate in the new JumpStart America initiative, aimed at accelerating small business growth.

Thinking Differently

Apple responds to a global uproar over its labor practices by hiring a non-profit to inspect the factories in China that make its products.

NuStar Energy Plans $365-Million Expansion in Louisiana

The energy producer will expand capacity at its St. James Terminal to 11 million barrels, creating 301 new direct and indirect jobs in Southeast Louisiana.

FEATURE STORY: Powering New Markets – Converting Green Energy To Currency

Sky-high expectations that renewable energy would be the growth driver of a new economy are giving way to market-driven realities. From the January/February 2012 issue.

Ulthera Puts Global HQ in Mesa, AZ, Adds 100 jobs

The medical device company, which pioneered applications using its therapeutic ultrasound platform, will invest $1.68 million in its Arizona operation.

Honeywell Expands Advanced Fiber Production in Virginia

The company is investing $27.5 million in its Chesterfield County operation, which produces bullet-resistant composites for the U.S. military and law enforcement.