September/October 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 5)

Business Facilities: September/October 2014 BF September October 2014 High Tech Hubs Cover.

FIRST WORD | Look At The Bright Side

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds… | with Larry Parman, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce

COVER STORY: High-Tech Hubs | Federal funding initiatives are turbocharging advanced manufacturing and putting everyone in a 21st century state of mind.

LOCATION FOCUS: Texas – Big and Getting Bigger | Infrastructure has helped Texas become the top overall exporter in the U.S., and in January, the state also became the country’s top exporter of technology.

STATE FOCUS: Iowa – Keeps Attracting Major Business Expansions | Fiscal stability, a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce are a formula for growth in the Hawkeye State.

FEATURE STORY: Logistics – Big Wheels Keep On Rollin’ |  A recent decline in logistics’ percentage of GDP is traced to lower volumes and lower spending on transportation and services.

BUSINESS REPORT: California – Sacramento County Plans For The “Next Economy” | Take a look inside at the Capital Region’s Prosperity Plan to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

STATE FOCUS: Oklahoma – Oil, Cattle and Much, Much More | Find out how Oklahoma is defying expectations and diversifying into several hot growth sectors, including data centers.

STATE FOCUS: Indiana – A State Of Action | Indiana isn’t leading in manufacturing job growth by accident.

BUSINESS REPORT: North Carolina State – Next Generation Power Electronics Hub | North Carolina will be home to the $140-million Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Institute.

FEATURE STORY: Michigan Governor’s Report – Reinventing Michigan | The Wolverine State has transformed its business climate, and Gov. Rick Snyder shares some of his successful growth strategies.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Ports & FTZs – Drivers For Commerce And Trade | FTZs and ports are playing a greater role in development efforts geared to increased imports and exports.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Call Centers – Welcome Home | Changes in technology, rising overseas labor costs and language barriers leading to customer dissatisfaction are some reasons for the offshoring reversal.

LOCATION FOCUS: New Jersey – The Place For Giant Opportunities | New Jersey fields a powerful lineup of assets for business, including game-changing tax incentives.

STATE FOCUS: Mississippi’s Got It All | Low energy/operating costs, customized incentives and a skilled workforce make the Magnolia State the place to be.

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