July / August 2018 Issue (Volume 51, Number 4)

The July / August 2018 Issue features our 14th annual Rankings Report, presenting the top states, metros and global locations — with a special focus on new technologies.

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2018 Business Facilities Rankings Report | Our 14th annual Rankings Report takes a close look at red-hot emerging growth sectors, including cybersecurity, unmanned aerial systems and artificial intelligence. Find out which locations are leading the way in new technologies.

2018 Rankings Report: Best States | Our solar and wind power kings still wear their crowns—and our heavyweight champ in workforce training still is undisputed—but you’ll find some surprising up-and-comers throughout or categories.

2018 Rankings Report: Top Metros | We’ve taken extra care in this year’s report to make sure that small- and medium-sized metros get their place in our spotlight alongside large cities and sprawling MSAs. Turn the page and see who takes a bow. Plus, don’t miss our 2018 Global Rankings Report.


The HQ of Corporate Headquarters | Join us as we visit a city in the heart of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex that has the most Fortune 1,000 corporate headquarters per capita than anyplace of a similar size in the United States.

Marshall Plan for Talent in Michigan | MI is investing in its workforce by backing a new partnership between educators and employers that promises to transform Michigan’s talent pipeline, attracting and developing in-demand talent.

VIAA: A Manufacturing Future | They can make just about anything in Southwest VA, from snack foods to HR software to advanced power systems for electric vehicles.

Hi-Tech, Creativity and Sunshine | While we sprawl on their beautiful beaches, Floridians are busy securing a bright future by producing 28,000 STEM grads per year.

Port Houston Has a 10-Year Plan | With shipping increasing exponentially, Port Houston is investing $1.2 billion on new cranes, gantries and container yard space.

Get Happy in South Louisiana | With Southern Living’s “Tastiest Town in the South’ (hint: it’s Lafayette, LA) in its midst, South Louisiana has the secret sauce for success. Take our tour and try not to spill any of that famous red sauce on our pages.

Agri-Business Is Growing Like Topsy | Agri-business generates more than 5.5 percent of the U.S. GDP, with $137 billion of that coming directly from U.S. farms. Fill your plate and enjoy our smorgasbord.

Patriots Opt For Zone Defense | With funding from a $1.5-million grant from the Department of Defense, the six New England states have created a Regional Defense Industry Collaboration.

Billion-dollar Boom in Arizona | Intel puts down $7 billion to finish its semiconductor fab in Chandler while Nikola Motor bets a billion on a million-square-foot hydrogen-electric powered truck plant.

Carolinas: No Boundary to Growth | North and South Carolina recently adjusted their 334-mile border, but there’s no boundary to their growth potential.

Innovation Meets Logistics in NV | Whether it’s testing unmanned aerial systems overhead or moving freight on the ground, Henderson, NV is ready to meet your business needs.


Wyoming: Microsoft Expands | Work on Microsoft’s $200-million data center expansion, first announced in 2015, finally gets underway.

Kansas: Visitors from China | A delegation from Henan Province, a “sister state,” takes an economic development tour of the Jayhawk State.

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