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It's time to take a closer look at the economic bonanza that will result from the expanded Panama Canal.


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It's time to take a closer look at the economic bonanza that will result from the expanded Panama Canal.

Supersized, (Almost) Ready to Go

It's time to take a closer look at the economic bonanza that will result from the expanded Panama Canal.

Industry Focus: Ports & FTZs – Drivers For Commerce And Trade

Foreign-trade zones are playing a greater role in development efforts geared to increased imports and exports.

Global Passport

The CDC director opposes a ban on travel from the Ebola hot zone in Africa. Why?

Business Report: Georgia – Latvian Fiberglass Producer Puts U.S. HQ in Dublin, GA

Valmiera Glass will invest $20 million in a new manufacturing facility, creating 150 jobs.

More Commercial Real Estate Execs Expect To Increase Capital Spending Amid Tepid Economic Growth In 2014

The KPMG survey was completed from February through April 2014 and reflects the responses of 100 senior commercial real estate executives from the United States.

Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities Rankings Report

We’re marking the 10th anniversary of our annual rankings festival by doing what we do every year: refining our rankings criteria to give you the most meaningful benchmarks of state and metro performance.

Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings

In this year’s Metro Rankings Report, we’ve taken note of the crucial role exports are playing in the Recovery for many locations by charting their success in two of our rankings categories, Exports Growth Leaders and Exports Recovery Leaders. We've also included our Global Rankings within this story.

Location Focus: Washington – Scenic Vistas And Soaring Industry Side By Side

With world-class ports and a renewed commitment from Boeing to anchor it’s thriving aerospace sector, Washington is ready to take on all comers.

Giving and Getting

A report on one state's use of huge tax credits to lure or retain businesses provokes some thoughts on diminishing returns.

Chiquita To Return Shipping Operations To Port Of New Orleans

Chiquita Brands represents Port of New Orleans’ biggest container shipping win with a project that will increase container volume by roughly 15 percent and create 270 to 350 new jobs in New Orleans.

First-Class Visas

Austin, TX is thinking of setting up an immigrant investor program: Fund a project, get a visa.

State Focus: Pennsylvania – Built To Advance

As the keystone state supports the industries of today, Pennsylvania also is well-positioned for tomorrow.

Industry Focus: Logistics – Going With The Flow

To service customers efficiently, tailored logistics and transportation solutions are essential to ensure coordinated goods movement from origin to end user through each supply chain segment.

STATE FOCUS: Kansas Focuses On The All-Around

While the shape of the sunflower can be used to capture the sun, so can the environment of the sunflower state help capture the attention of business.

Danos Selects Port Of Iberia, LA For New Manufacturing Facility

Energy firm’s $23.2 million capital investment will create 100 new direct jobs in Iberia Parish.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Opportunity Knocks in Southwest Louisiana

World-class infrastructure, a burgeoning energy sector and a cornucopia of available sites await expanding businesses looking for the perfect place to put down roots and nurture growth.

Colliers International Predicts Moderate Growth For The Global Economy In 2014

Global investors will look to second-tier foreign markets for new investment opportunities.

Remembering Ed Coene

A visionary entrepreneur who boldly embraced the future, but never lost sight of the enduring values of family and friendship. From the September/October 2013 issue.

STATE FOCUS: Lassoing Jobs In Texas

Low taxes, tort reform, a growing population and the availability of a skilled workforce are tough to beat when the Lone Star State competes for new jobs. From the September/October 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Game-Changer In The Heartland

The Midwest Inland Port ramp—ADM’s new intermodal freight shipping and receiving facility—puts Decatur front and center as a leading logistics hub. From the September/October 2013 issue.

Water Risks To U.S. Companies Are Becoming More Acute

CDP U.S. Water Report 2013 calls for a shift from water management to water stewardship.

KI Logistics Locating New HQ, Operations In Greenville County, SC

The $11.5 million investment will generate at least 149 new jobs.

STATE FOCUS: Florida – Let The Sun Shine

The recession of 2008 left Florida overcast economically for years. Looks like it may be time to break out the shades. From the July/August 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Racing To Be Ready – U.S. Ports Prepare for Post Panamax Era

A shipping bonanza soon will be heading this way from an expanded Panama Canal. Every major port wants to attract the larger vessels, but who will be ready? From the July/August 2013 issue.

Ed McCallum, 1953 – 2013

Business Facilities mourns the loss of a widely respected consultant, colleague and friend, a perennial speaker at our LiveXchange event.

COVER STORY: 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report – State Rankings

Our 9th annual report card of the state, metro and international pecking order features more than 50 rankings categories, including new energy rankings and a close look at which locations are maintaining/upgrading critical infrastructure. From the July/August 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Logistics Clusters Are Jobs Magnets

As more companies understand the advantages of near-instant access to their markets, the trend of service businesses partnering with logistics providers will continue to grow.

COVER STORY: 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report – Metro And Global Rankings

Baton Rouge tops the field in economic growth potential; China surges into the lead in renewable energy investment. From the July/August 2013 issue.

Cool Planet Energy Systems Announces $168 Million Investment In Louisiana Bio-Refineries

New venture will convert wood waste to gasoline and create nearly 500 new direct and indirect jobs in Alexandria and Natchitoches

Linde Opens New Offices In Houston, TX

The new offices will house several groups for the company and allow expansion to support a variety of projects managed by Linde Engineering North America Inc.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: More Than Just Production And Plating

From quality meats to sugary treats, consumers are offered an almost endless supply of options when it comes to food. From the May/June 2013 issue.

Texas Cities Lead Recovery Employment Leaders In BF 2013 Metro Rankings Report

The rising tide of jobs in the Lone Star State is an across-the-board phenomenon, as six Texas towns two-step into our top 10.

NOLA Tops Logistics List, San Jose Leading IT Hub In BF’s 2013 Metro Rankings Report

New Orleans, Newport News (VA), Baltimore and Philadelphia are standouts in our Logistics Leaders (Ports) category.

FEATURE STORY: Thailand — Nuanced Nation, One-Stop Shop

Many site selectors are surprised to learn the country is an economic leader in Asia and a top-shelf business destination. From the May/June 2013 issue.

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Location Spotlight: Northwest Ohio – Shovel Ready Sites

Northwest Ohio is home to five certified sites tailored to the food/beverage industry. Discover the major assets of these shovel-ready sites and learn how your company can capitalize on the strategic advantages of doing business in Northwest Ohio.

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“We Build It Better.” | Virginia’s Industrial Advancement Alliance

In a thriving region with industry-leading credentialing programs, a world-class engineering institute, Class A rail line, superior interstate access, and prospering internationally recognized companies like ABB, General Dynamics, and Mohawk Industries, we simply build it better!