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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.


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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.

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Latest: 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.

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.

Motor Vehicle Parts Suppliers Are Nation’s Largest Employer of Manufacturing Jobs

Industry employs more than 734,000 workers and generates nearly $355 billion to economy, study finds.

Prologis Research: United States Industrial Market Signals Strength, Expansion

"The Shape of the U.S. Industrial Recovery" report indicates pent up demand, rent growth as key drivers.

Deloitte Report: Continued Decrease In Defense Sector Revenue And Earnings, Growth in Commercial

Overall, the top 20 U.S. A&D companies' revenues increased 5.5 percent to $354.7 billion, primarily driven by record-setting commercial aircraft production, which offset the negative revenue decline within the defense subsector.

ACEEE Outlines 16 Policies to Remove Market Barriers to Energy Efficiency and Leverage Market Forces

According to a new report from ACEEE, energy efficiency policies could save the U.S. economy nearly $1 trillion.

Study: Unmanned Aircraft Industry Poised To Create 70k New U.S. Jobs In Three Years

New study finds enormous job creation potential following integration of unmanned aircraft into the national airspace.

New Partnership Releases Guide To Stimulate Private Investment In Natural Infrastructure

Report is first effort of “NatLab,” a cross-sector partnership between the Nature Conservancy, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and EKO Asset Management Partners.

Commercial Property Execs’ Mood Brightens, Yet Outlook Clouded by Economic, Fiscal Uncertainties, Interest Rate Risks

Q1 survey from the Real Estate Roundtable shows continued bifurcation between "gateway" and "non-gateway" markets.

Fannie Mae Report: Economy Stuck in Slow Growth Track

The full effect of fiscal policy is still to be determined according to Fannie Mae's Economic & Strategic Research Group.

Competitive Analysis: KPMG’s Guide To International Business Location Costs

While many variations in country results are explained by the trends identified in this report from KPMG, some caution must be applied in the interpretation of historical trends due to ongoing refinements to the costing methodology used and range of business operations examined in successive editions of Competitive Alternatives.

Study Finds New Natural Gas Development Could Create More Than 45,000 Jobs And $9 Billion In Economic...

Study is first comprehensive look at Illinois jobs that could be created using hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling technologies

Seaports Safe Harbors for U.S. Industrial Real Estate Sector

Seaports proving to be safe harbors for U.S. industrial real estate sector, despite a turbulent global economy; big box space close to seaports is disappearing fast.

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.

Creating Fiscally Sound State Tax Incentives

This report from the Pew Center on the States shows that policy makers often create tax credits, deductions, and exemptions without reliable cost estimates and annual cost controls.

Economic Growth Continues, Manufacturing Growth Expected In 2013

The manufacturing sector is optimistic about growth in 2013, with revenues expected to increase in 17 manufacturing industries. From the Institute for Supply Management, Dec. 12, 2012 @ 4:25 PM

Investment Cash Available In Chemical Industry Sector

Chemical companies will invest pent-up cash with focus on acquisitions and new products to fuel growth. From KPMG, Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:38 AM

U.S. Luring Manufacturers Away From China?

Low-cost energy fueling U.S. manufacturing and jobs renaissance. By Elliott Gue, Energy & Income Advisor, Oct 19, 2012 @ 1:16 PM

Study Ties Cities’ Smart Grid Use To CRE Health

Jones Lang LaSalle’s “Connected City” study ties cities’ smart grid use to economic drivers for commercial real estate health. Oct 9, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

H&A Public Incentive Legislation Update

By Jason Hickey, President, Hickey & Associates
Sep 25, 2012 @ 11:13 AM

APPA, NRECA, NYAPP Release New Study On NYISO Capacity Market

APPA, NRECA, NYAPP release new study showing NYISO capacity market not primary factor driving new electricity. Sep 20, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Water: Fuel for Food, Beverage Expansions

By Beth Doughty, Executive Director, Roanoke Regional Partnership
Aug 27, 2012 @ 1 PM

New Report Out On U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Initiative

By Heidi Schwartz, Internet Director, Group C Media, Aug 22, 2012 @ 3:42 PM

One Building, Two Countries

By Heidi Schwartz, Internet Director, Group C Media, Aug 10, 2012 @ 2:14 PM

Why Toyota is Lean…and You’re Not

By Dr.Jeffrey Liker, professor of industrial and operations engineering, University of Michigan

Baltimore Industrial and the Panama Canal

By Matthew Myers, Cassidy Turley CRE Services

State Incentives Legislation Update

By Hickey and Associates

Rethinking Workforce Development

By Todd Greene, vice president, Atlanta Fed community and economic development group

Winners in the Next Economy

Report from the Mid-South Aerotropolis Conference
By Christina Meek, Greater Memphis Chamber

A Driving Force in Recovery

Eco. Dev. pros play a leading role in the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing.
By Jay C. Moon, CEcD, Chair, IEDC

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

Bridging Generational Workplace Chasms

Setting the Stage for Gen Y Leaders
By Jeff Mariola
President, Ambius’ Europe & North America

Qualified Leads: Key to Business Recruitment

John A. O'Toole, CEcD, EDP
Business Development Manager, CL&P - Yankee Gas Services—Economic & Community Relations

Doing Your Homework

Here are 25 things to consider if you are leasing new commercial space.
By Dave Richardson, VP, McCall & Almy

Time to Break the Chain

The author makes the case that it is time to “decouple” the U.S. and Chinese currencies.
By Quint Tatro, Managing Member, TatroCapital

Gaining a Competitive Advantage

One question every small business owner must answer.
By Doug and Polly White, principals, Whitestone Partners

Doing Business in China

Companies doing business in China need to understand the Chinese approach to contract law.
By David Atkins, CEO, Atkins International

Demand Response = New Revenue

Demand response energy efficiency programs are helping large facilities generate more revenue.
By Terrill Laughton, Director of DR Integration, Johnson Controls

Good News For U.S.

Domestic manufacturing has grown for 23 months in a row and is poised for continued expansion.
By Jim Dieter, SIOR, executive VP – Industrial Brokerage, Cushman & Wakefield

Quality is in the Eye of the Beholder

A guide to assessing quality of life for target locations during site selection.
By Jeanette Goldsmith, principal, McCallum-Sweeney Consulting

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