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The 2013 Economic Development Deal of the Year recognizes the locations and economic development agencies that landed the highest impact projects announced between July 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013. This year, the game-changing transformation of a former solar panel plant in Mesa, AZ into a new $1.5-billion manufacturing facility for tech giant Apple takes the top prize.


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The 2013 Economic Development Deal of the Year recognizes the locations and economic development agencies that landed the highest impact projects announced between July 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013. This year, the game-changing transformation of a former solar panel plant in Mesa, AZ into a new $1.5-billion manufacturing facility for tech giant Apple takes the top prize.

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FEATURE STORY: 2013 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

The 2013 Economic Development Deal of the Year recognizes the locations and economic development agencies that landed the highest impact projects announced between July 1, 2012 and December 1, 2013. This year, the game-changing transformation of a former solar panel plant in Mesa, AZ into a new $1.5-billion manufacturing facility for tech giant Apple takes the top prize.

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.

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.

FEATURE STORY: The Cultural Roots Of High-Tech Growth

Locations that have a history of nurturing entrepreneurship may have a head start on spurring startups and developing high-tech hubs. From the September/October 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Talking The Talk And Backing It Up With Results

Gov. Rick Perry has been barnstorming the country, extolling the virtues of doing business in the Lone Star State. He’s packin’ a lot of ammo: Texas leads in job-creating projects and in attracting relocations. From the September/October 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.

FEATURE STORY: Washington Is Aiming Higher

Washington is sure it can defend its aerospace manufacturing crown and it is on the front lines of the effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. 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.

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.

FEATURE STORY: The Story Of Storage

As the industry advances cloud computing and greener operations, leading data centers are no longer sprawling cells of overheating computers and complex cables. From the March/April 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: 2013 Economic Development Awards

There may be fewer projects to aim for in the highly competitive environment of a recovering economy, but those who hope to succeed must find a way that distinguishes them from the rest of the field. Here are the organizations that have established a consistent standard of excellence and embraced the best practices to secure the projects that bring bundles of new jobs to their locations. From the March/April 2013 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Accelerating In Alabama

Nestled in the piney woods of Alabama is a rising economic dynamo that is flexing its muscles and challenging all comers. Gov. Robert Bentley tells us how Alabama is rapidly moving forward to cement its leadership in automotive, aerospace and exports. From the March/April 2013 issue.

SPECIAL REPORT: Steadfast And Strong In The Wake Of Superstorm Sandy

With $60 billion in federal recovery aid and new initiatives, New York and New Jersey are gearing up to rebuild from the historic cataclysm that devastated the region last fall. From the March/April 2013 issue

FEATURE STORY: State of the Year – Texas

By the time we got down to the business of selecting our annual leader, the Lone Star State was so far ahead of the pack it wasn’t even close. A dynamic, diversified state economy that erased the downturn with relentless job-creation makes Texas our 2012 State of the Year. From the January/February 2013 issue

FEATURE STORY: Semiconductor HUBS – Macro Growth from Micro Chips

The nanotech circuits on today’s microchips can’t be seen with the human eye, but they support a $150-billion industry that employs nearly 250,000 people across the U.S. From the January/February 2013 issue

FEATURE STORY: High-Tech Hubs Are Moving To Their Markets

Traditional technology centers like Silicon Valley and the 128 loop in Boston are well known, but new high-tech hubs are sprouting in locations far and wide. From the September/October 2012 issue

FEATURE STORY: Building A Jobs Bonanza In The Bluegrass State

Kentucky has much more to offer than fast horses and smooth whiskey. Gov. Steve Beshear gave us a high-level view of his state’s aggressive push in automotive, logistics, advanced manufacturing and everything in between. From the September/October 2012 issue

FEATURE STORY: Nothing Matters More Than Talent

Unemployment rates are staggering, but what’s even more astounding is that there are thousands of jobs across the U.S. going unfilled due to a shortage of skilled workers. Workforce development training programs are now Job One. From the July/August 2012 issue

FEATURE STORY: Powerhouses That Put A Jolt In New Projects

A select group of utilities are playing a central role in economic development efforts in the regions they serve. This year, we have conducted a comprehensive survey of the leading players and designated the standouts as our Top Utilities for 2012. From the May/June 2012 issue

FEATURE STORY: 2012 Economic Development Awards

Every year, we showcase the economic development deals with the biggest impact and rank the top states and metros. Now, we turn our spotlight on the agencies with the best practices who have achieved overall excellence. From the March/April 2012 issue.

FEATURE STORY: Rhode Island Is Big On The Future

Rhode Island is marshalling all of its assets, including a burgeoning Knowledge District in the heart of Providence, to put the state in a prime position to meet the challenges of 21st century economic development. From the March/April 2012 issue

FEATURE STORY: Memphis Bioworks – Breaking Ground On Medical Breakthroughs

The laboratory at UT-Baptist Research Park will bring new research capabilities to Memphis to help speed the FDA approval process. From the March/April 2012 issue

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