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Ports and FTZs: Gateway to Fair Trade

A variety of incentives enable U.S.-based companies to compete in a global marketplace. Current economic conditions have moved the government to increase...

Calling for Growth

Sectors of the call center industry did more than show surprising resilience in the downturn—they actually thrived and added job growth across...

Production, Processing and Distribution—In States That Suit

Market, transportation and material access help fuel location choices for the businesses that feed us.

Aerospace: Onward and Upward

Innovations and advances in technology are poised to send aerospace industry growth into orbit.

Illinois: Industrial Powerhouse in America’s Heartland

The Land of Lincoln boasts a $590-billion economy, the fifth-largest in the nation, and a talented workforce that numbers more than six million.

Medical Plastics: Getting Bigger As Boomers Get Older

The need for medical plastics continues to grow despite the economic downturn as there is greater demand for life-saving and quality of life products to meet the needs of our aging population.

Gateways to 21st Century Business and Industry Solutions

U.S. ports and foreign trade zones are poised to play a huge role in economic recovery, forming a vital interface between the nation and the world.

Supply Chain Strategies for Success

An optimal distribution network is intelligently designed to minimize costs by providing the right goods, in the right quantity, at the right place, and at right time.

Biotech Comes of Age

Innovative incentives and regional initiatives keep U.S. biotech at the forefront of global product sales and new biotech discoveries.

LOCATIONS FOR THE AEROSPACE/DEFENSE INDUSTRY: Stability With High Hopes

An industry that innovates oftentimes accelerates change. Aerospace may soar steadily, but can it help get the economy off the ground?

Logistics Gets Lean, Mean and Green

These days you've got to choose a warehousing site that keeps your supply chain costs and your carbon footprint in check. Here are the locations that provide great transportation infrastructure and a business-friendly atmosphere.

Peaks and Valleys of Retail Stability

Business as usual: when one retailer fails another succeeds. In the current economy, sink or swim has become sink or float. And while not all looks bleak, regardless of marketing, product quality, and cost, less competition is one way retailers can keep from drowning.

Aging Population Spurs Demand For Medical Plastics

As the need for home healthcare continues to increase for the baby boom population, the plastics and medical device industry meets this challenge with expanded growth and new products.

Biotech is Still Booming

Rapid growth continues in this seemingly recession-proof industry, spurring regions to keep creating innovative initiatives and incentives.

Volatility Creates Opportunity For Innovation

Southern states, with lower business costs and a ready workforce, as well as a critical mass of suppliers, still rule in terms of foreign automotive investment.

Supply Chain Priorities

Stories Include: Mississippi: The Right Location for Success - Baton Rouge, LA: Outpacing the Nation in Transportation Employment - Joplin, MO: Logistics Advantage Near the Nation's Largest Retailer - City of Hesperia, CA: New Rail Spurs New Opportunities in Logistics - Luxembourg: Putting Europe at Your Fingertips - Troy, OH: An Automotive Hub - Barstow, CA: Located at the Crossroads of Opportunity - Moreno Valley, CA: One of America's Fastest Growing Cities - Laurens County, SC: A Ready Workforce in a Great Location - Illinois Valley: Con-way's New Freight Facility Puts LaSalle on the Map - North Carolina's Piedmont Triad: World-Class Infrastructure With Ready Access.

Renaissance in Medical Plastics

Our aging population is the driving force behind tremendous growth in the plastics and medical device industries. Where will you grow your facility?

Foreign-Trade Zones—Global Expansion at Reduced Cost

Economic developers can leverage the benefits of FTZs to attract jobs and investment, while facilitating maintenance and expansion of their industrial base.

Information Technology: No Signs of a Slowdown

When it comes to innovation and a talented workforce, these are the locations that merit a close look.

Bioscience: Building Block for Growth

The biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sectors have become engines for economic development across the country.
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