Business Facilities January / February 2020
ON THE COVER
State Of The Year: Texas | We could have called it State of the Decade and the name of the winner wouldn’t have changed: the Lone Star State has lassoed our top honor for an unprecedented fourth time. Click here to find out how Texas keeps sitting tall in the saddle.
2019 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEAL OF THE YEAR AWARDS
- Gold Award: Automotive Deal Of The Decade | Michigan Economic Development Corp. took the top prize for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) $4.5-billion expansion project, including a new Jeep assembly plant in Detroit.
- Silver Award: Growth Turbocharged With Lithium | South Korea’s SK Group is getting a leg up on the competition for lithium-ion batteries by putting a new plant in Commerce, GA, within shouting distance of automotive OEMs in the Southeast.
- Bronze Award: Live-Work-Play All Night | Uber selected the ultra-cool Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas for its new U.S. General and Administrative Hub. Howdy, hipsters. Plus, our Honorable Mention winners!
Power To The People | The U.S. Energy Information Administration says 42 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity will go online in 2020. Meanwhile, our annual Editor’s Picks: Utilities will electrify you.
Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Janet LaBar, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance | LaBar, Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, discusses Lowe’s $153M global tech center, tech jobs, and the region’s vision for economic growth.
Floating Your Economic Boat | See how far the economic reach of U.S. seaports extends from revenue generation to jobs creation.
Onward And Upward | Growth is expected for the Aerospace & Defense industry in 2020, after a decline in the commercial aerospace sector in 2019.
On The Cutting Edge Of Data | The exponential growth of data consumption is creating an imperative that requires data centers to be closer to their customers, resulting in more “edge” locations.
Lone Star Bright | The success of Texas economically is getting redundant. Learn about some of the locations contributing to this seemingly never-ending story.
More Than A Great Place To Run Out Of Gas | From massively talked about talent initiatives, to major business expansions and attractions, Topeka, KS is turning the corner on economic development.
Logistics Gem In Central Florida | See how West Melbourne offers international market access with small town friendliness close to the beach.
Shreveport: Ready For Prime Time | A maintenance, overhaul and repair shop is coming to Shreveport Regional Airport, getting this hub in northern Louisiana ready to reach new heights.
The Golden Goose In CA | The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) Committee approved $88.7 million in tax credits for 14 companies projected to create 2,327 new, full-time jobs and more than $1.5 billion in new investments across the State.
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