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The September / October 2021 issue looks at startup ecosystems, innovation centers and Opportunity Zones. Plus, an exclusive interview with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.
The September / October 2021 issue looks at startup ecosystems, innovation centers and Opportunity Zones. Plus, an exclusive interview with North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper.


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September / October 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 5)

September / October 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 5)

Business Facilities September / October 2021 Issue

September / October 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 5)


Startup Ecosystems Are Everywhere | A tidal wave of venture capital is fueling a boom in startup ecosystems around the world. Take our tour of locations that have put together the essentials that make them magnets for unicorns in a diverse group of emerging growth sectors.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Jeff Finkle, IEDC | Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO, IEDC, discusses the impact of COVID-19 and remote work on real estate and economic development, and more.

Centers Of Innovation | The Biden Administration has proposed up to $80 billion worth of investment in innovation centers to be located in regions that have historically been hampered by underinvestment but that still remain powerful centers for R&D.

Aiming To Stay On Top In North Carolina | In an exclusive interview with BF, Gov. Roy Cooper tells us how North Carolina is mounting a strong defense its 2020 State of the Year crown with an expanding tech talent pool and an equity-driven recovery plan.

Playing Catch-Up On Cybersecurity | The burgeoning cybersecurity sector now employs nearly 1 million people, but almost a half-million cybersecurity job openings across the country are waiting to be filled due to a shortage of skilled workers. There’s no shortage of new cyber threats.


Setting The Table | As the official list of agricultural products keeps growing, a new industry report projects U.S. exports of $177.5 billion in 2022.

Logistics: Delivering The Goods | A number of disruptions over the past year have caused supply chains to have to adapt even more than usual, with no end in sight.

The World Wants What Texas Has Got | Texas has been the nation’s No. 1 exporter for 19 years straight, and with a June total of $171.9 billion, exceeds that of the next three largest states combined.

Talent Is Tall In The Land Of Lincoln | Illinois’ talent pool has played a big part in attracting many innovative and iconic companies to the state.

Getting Big While Staying Small | Ottumwa, IA supports a $4 billion economy while still providing a feeling of connection with the community.

Arizona Wants You—To Visit | Gov. Ducey announced $101.1 million in federal American Rescue Plan for a new Visit Arizona Initiative.

Zones Of Opportunity | Federally designated Opportunity Zones are still a great place to reinvest your capital gains.


Tennessee: Serving Science | Thermo Fisher’s new manufacturing facility in Wilson County will lead to 1,400 new jobs.

Mississippi: Retooling For Growth | Milwaukee Tool expects to create 800 jobs in Grenada with a $60 million expansion, adding 400 jobs elsewhere.

New Mexico: Semiconductor Giant | Intel is planning a $3.5-billion chip fab expansion in Rio Rancho, with plans to create 700 jobs.

Alabama: Carbon-Fiber Wrappers | Hanwha Cimarron broke ground on a $130-million plant at Northeast Opelika Industrial Park.

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July / August 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 4)

July / August 2021 Issue

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2021 Business Facilities Rankings Report | Our economic development community proved that it can fulfill its primary mission—to build a better future—while coping with the most disruptive crisis of our lifetime. The outlines of that future can by found on the pages of our 17th Annual Rankings Report.

2021 Rankings Report: Top-Ranked States | Our annual State Rankings Report addresses the growing importance of partnerships between industry and higher education in workforce development with our new Tech Talent Pipeline category.

2021 Rankings Report: Top-Ranked Metros | Find out who made the cut in our annual leaderboads for large, mid-sized and small metros with the Best Business Climate in our annual Metro Rankings Report. Plus, our annual Global Rankings.


Working Where You Wanna Be | Learn about affordable locations with a superior quality of life — offering a live/work/play balance with lots of choices for the live and play parts.

Leading From The Front | Hear Gov. Ned Lamont explain how aggressive testing helped Connecticut mitigate the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Eric Voyles, TexAmericas Center | Voyles, TexAmericas Center’s Executive Vice President & Chief Economic Development Officer, discusses military site remediation, the impact of COVID-19 on development, and low-cost, reliable electricity.


Getting Back Its Mojo | Southwest Louisiana is once again a growing magnet for economic development with a number of new projects in the works.

Fingertip Financials | There has been dramatic growth in FinTech during the pandemic and digital banking will be a new norm.

Headquarters Hunt | The location of the corporate headquarters is an important part of a company’s identity, playing a leading role in the perception of its customers and investors.

Global Gateway In Georgia | The Port of Savannah is adding more ship-to-shore cranes at the nation’s largest single-terminal operation.

Renewable Realization | Global commitments and actions for clean energy have grown, but are they growing fast enough?

Heading For The Hoosier State | The North American data center market is expected to reach $101B by 2026, with Indiana poised for a large share.

Power For The People | Along with advocating for public power communities at all levels, ElectriCities of NC provides administrative, technical and legal services to its member communities.

All Routes Lead To Florida | With access to global markets, the state’s 15 deep-water seaports and 19 commercial airports bring the world to Florida—and take your products everywhere.

ND Gets An Intermodal Upgrade | North Dakota’s recently launched intermodal rail service will reduce shipping costs to markets across the world.

Ins And Outs Of New England | Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts and Maine get down to business.

Source Diverse Source Local | A new partnership looks to strengthen inclusive procurement and a resilient California-based supply chain.

Maximizing Health Care Resources | One legacy of the pandemic is likely to be a renewed focus on collaboration across the health ecosystem.


Ohio: $680 Million PV Expansion | A new First Solar facility will scale its Northwest Ohio footprint to a total annual capacity of 6 GW.

Kansas: So Much To See And Do | Indoors and out, and above and below ground, Hutchinson brings the fun.

Canada: Hydrogen-Powered | Air Products is building the world’s largest net-zero hydrogen network in northeast Edmonton in Alberta, expected to be operational in 2024.

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May / June 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 3)

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Millennial Magnets | They’re almost three-quarters of the workforce and they know what they want: to work where they really want to live, in a diverse place with a great quality of life, an affordable cost of living and a hip 24/7 work, live, play culture within walking distance. Check out the attraction strategies of locations that are bringing in the talent. Plus, Building The Top Tech Talent Pipeline In Virginia.


Finding The Perfect Fit | The training needed to close the 21st century skills gap in America is highly customized and it can take place in virtual space and laboratories as well as on factory floors—sometimes beginning before a recruit is hired. Take our tour of the customized training leaders.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Peter Denious, AdvanceCT | Denious, AdvanceCT President and Chief Executive Officer, discusses foreign direct investment, why Millennials are flocking to Hartford, and Connecticut’s new long-term economic development strategy.


Manufacturing: Jobs Multiplier | Nearly 500,000 jobs remain unfilled in manufacturing. Find out how the industry can retain and recruit workers in order to prevent a labor shortage that could end up costing the U.S. economy $1 trillion.

Industrial Parks: Building In Risk Resilience | By integrating resource efficiency, circular business practices and benefits of shared services, EIP practices can help industrial parks meet the demands of the post-COVID-19 world.

Turning Up The (Cargo) Volume | People have adjusted their purchasing habits, and the Port of Baltimore is ready as a leading e-commerce logistics hub.

Clear Skies, Strategic City | Henderson shines with Nevada’s highest per capita income, expanding healthcare sector and nationally recognized quality of life.

Poised For Liftoff In Alabama | Alabama is regaining the momentum it lost during the COVID-19 pandemic, with significant growth projects launching in key strategic industrial clusters.

Wilson Strong | Dealing with the effects of a natural disaster on top of the COVID crisis, this Tennessee county demonstrated the strength of its leadership and community resolve.

Creative Culture In Claremont, NH | This thriving New England mill town is full of forward-thinking, cutting edge manufacturers and creative entrepreneurs.

Collaborating For Success In York, NE | York County’s approach to economic development ensures access to all agencies and programs that can be of assistance to a project—with property and buildings ready to go.


North Carolina: Landing A Giant | Apple has chosen Research Triangle Park as the location of its first East Coast campus, a $1-billion project that will create 3,000 new jobs. The company also plans to establish a $100 million fund to support schools and community initiatives in the Raleigh-Durham area.

Delaware: Diverse Tech Talent Pipeline | The Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP) has completed a strategic plan to support a more diverse tech talent pipeline in the state.

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March / April 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 2)

March / April 2021

Business Facilities March / April 2021 Issue

March / April 2021ON THE COVER

Rethinking The Global Supply Chain | With traffic jams in ports that have container ships backed up miles at sea and the U.S. rapidly decoupling from China, the momentum to reshore overseas supply chains is building. Our experts tell us what to expect in the race to go “local for local.”


The Best Way From Here To There | Take our annual tour of the top logistics hubs and find out which locations are in the best position to serve your markets.

Standing Tall At The Crossroads | Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tells us in her own words what it was like to respond to the pandemic in Michigan while facing down domestic terrorists trying to overthrow the state government.

Adding Favor To FDI | Miami is the gateway to Latin America—and the world. This unique global address for high-tech players is a rapidly growing hub in a culturally rich community.


Regional Drivers Of Economic Growth | FTZs, located in or near U.S. customs ports of entry, enable duty-free movement of foreign and domestic merchandise.

Molecular Miracles | Successful introduction of mRNA vaccines has created a platform for the rapid development of new treatments.

Where Steel Turns Into Sugar | Sucro Sourcing will invest $19 million to transform the old Bethlehem Steel Mill in Lackawanna, NY into a sugar refinery.

Powerhouse For Growth In SC | Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power provider and a favorable business partner, acting as a major driver of regional economic development.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Ariel C. Gruswitz, J.D., Delaware Prosperity Partnership | Gruswitz, DPP’s Director of Innovation, discusses the First State’s focus on innovation, and how it’s attracting growing companies.

Not Just A Pretty Face | The Grand Canyon State is proving it’s more than meets the eye, demonstrating success in a variety of key sectors in AZ.

Laying The Groundwork | Kentucky continues to invest in its communities and develop initiatives to prepare for sustainable growth.

Master-Planning For Success | The master-planned and deed-restricted 99.5-acre Tomball Business & Technology Park is fully served with all utilities and is minutes from major highways.

Building What Matters In Minnesota | The Minnesota Investment Fund is turbocharging growth in the thriving medical device and biotech sectors in the Land of the Lakes.

Industrial Enchantment | Despite the challenges of 2020, New Mexico saw growth and success across a wide range of industries and is preparing for even more growth in 2021.

10 Tickets To Success In Amarillo, TX | Whether looking to move operations, expand your company or start a brand new enterprise, Amarillo can help.


New Jersey: Partners With Israel | A world-class Institute for Future Technologies is coming to the NJIT campus in Newark.

Mississippi: Connecting At High-Speed | The Magnolia State is undertaking a $65-million installation of broadband service in rural areas.

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January / February 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 1)

January / February 2021

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January / February 2021ON THE COVER

State of the Year: North Carolina | A rising star with a global reach, North Carolina has been on our radar for several years. In 2020, NC was a top 10 state in our most important State Rankings categories. Now, the Tar Heel State has won our top honor for the first time.


2020 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Gold Award: Cybertruck Gigafactory | Elon Musk likes to invent new words to describe his products and his manufacturing facilities. Tesla’s newest Gigafactory grabs our Gold Award for Greater Austin, TX.

Silver Award: Turning Renewables Into Diesel | Louisiana may be a fossil fuel giant, but the Pelican State has its eye on a green future. Our Silver prize goes to Louisiana Economic Development for the $9.2-billion Grön Fuels complex.

Bronze Award: Regional HQ in Charlotte | Centene’s transformative project delivers more than 3,000 new jobs and our Bronze Award to the City of Charlotte, NC. Plus, Honorable Mentions! 

Editor’s Picks: Top Utilities | Electricity consumption in the commercial sector during 2020 was down, but our top power players are all preparing for a robust recovery in 2021.

Preparation Is Key | States across the country are implementing certification programs that give available sites a shovel ready designation—labeling them primed and ready for economic development.

West Virginia: Rising To The Challenge | Governor Jim Justice gives BF an inside look at his successful strategy to distribute vaccines.

60 Seconds… with Ryan Combs, Research Triangle Regional Partnership | Combs, Executive Director at North Carolina’s Research Triangle Regional Partnership, discusses foreign direct investment, higher education, and biotech in the region.


Time For Lift-Off | Commercial aviation took a much harder hit than the defense industry last year, and it will take longer to recover as the hospitality industry struggles.

Bouncing Back | Florida continues to look for ways to regain its economic strength, and shine like it should.

The Future Will Be Electric | Electric vehicle sales, and the charging stations that power them, are still on the rise, despite reductions in general car usage.

Nurturing In The Natural State | Through the pandemic, Arkansas has defined resiliency, remaining open and ready for business.

Gigs Of Growth In Data Capacity | With more than 373MW of new data center capacity under construction, CBRE is forecasting that total data center inventory will grow by 13.8 percent this year.

Business Is Booming In Box Elder | This Utah county continues to learn and grow in order to help create a community where business can thrive.

Living Large In Life Sciences | With the need for new treatments more urgent than ever, private investors put more than $16 billion to work in the life sciences sector in the first half of 2020.

Making It Happen In Missouri | Joplin is a regional transportation hub and a thriving, diverse community of dreamers and doers.

Still Bigger, Still Better, Still Texas | The stars align to create the most advantageous business climate for expanding and relocating companies.

One-Stop Shop In NC | Food processing facilities are flocking to North Carolina thanks to its diverse agricultural economy and acclaimed food science resources.

On The Short List For Investment | The Edmonton Metropolitan Region has what the world needs to solve some of its biggest challenges.


Kansas: Setting The Table | Food processing is thriving in the nation’s breadbasket.

Louisiana: Producing More Plastics | Shintech invests $1.3 billion to expand its manufacturing and packaging facilities.

Nevada: Linking Hands With Canada | MineConnect will give rural northeastern Nevada access to the heart of the Canadian mining industry.

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November / December 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 6)

November / December 2020

Business Facilities November / December 2020

November / December 2020ON THE COVER

COVID-19: The Road To Recovery | It’s been our privilege to tell you about the heroic efforts of economic development organizations and state governments who have joined forces with local businesses to respond to the most urgent needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.


State Profiles | In this issue, we unveil our 21st Century Site Seekers’ Guide, featuring our new State Profiles. Spoiler Alert: We put each state’s most dazzling gems into our new showcase (and there’s a new Directory!)

Ready To Scale New Heights | Join us as Colorado Gov. Jared Polis explains how the Rocky Mountain State is getting the jump on climate change and growing a highly skilled workforce for emerging growth sectors like cybersecurity.

Wanting To Live Where You Work | Businesses and EDOs are vying to attract Millennials—and quality of life is key—making it crucial that talent attraction strategies address work-life balance as well as affordability.

Featured Locations Directory | As we were saying, we’re also debuting a new Site Seekers’ Guide Featured Locations Directory in this issue. If your eyes are tired when you get there, just scan it with your smartphone.


Insurance Capital Of The World | The Hartford Region offers a skilled workforce with an ideal and strategic location for cutting-edge advances in InsurTech innovation

From Skincare To Supplements | Find out how the business of biotech is branching out and becoming a coveted asset in a number of other industries.

Shifting Supply Chain Priorities | Minimizing lead times and lowering costs was a top do-do in Logistics, but COVID-19 moved ensuring critical supply chain resiliency to the number one spot.

Cutting The Red Tape In Kentucky | The Bluegrass State is putting expansions on the fast track with several new facilities in the works and job creation on the rise.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Matt Hurlbutt, Greater Rochester Enterprise | Hurlbutt, President & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise, discusses the region’s Economic Gardening program, along with its status as a high-tech, life sciences and food processing hub.

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September / October 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 5)

September / October 2020

Business Facilities September / October 2020

September / October 2020ON THE COVER

Cybersecurity 2.0 | The red-hot growth sector of cybersecurity has created an estimated 1 million jobs in the U.S., but at least half of these positions are going unfilled because of a severe shortage of workers with the specialized skills required for cyber jobs. Take our annual tour of the cyber sector and see which locations have put together the assets that are required to become a top cyber hub.


COVID-19: Response And Recovery | Economic development organizations and local businesses keep finding inspiring and innovative ways to join forces to meet the most urgent needs of this unprecedented crisis.

Planting The Seeds Of Growth | The most important metric in evaluating a startup ecosystem is how many startups succeed in putting down roots in a community. Find out which locations are nurturing startup ecosystems with access to skilled labor, angel investors and an affordable quality of life.

Staying Safe And Strong In Ohio | When the first coronavirus cases were announced in Ohio in early March, Gov. DeWine acted quickly, putting public health first and establishing best practices for staying safe and strong—which also is his blueprint for recovery in the Buckeye State.


Mississippi’s Battle Plan | Scientists at Vicksburg’s Engineer R&D Center have been deploying supercomputers to develop models illustrating how the coronavirus spreads.

Generating Growth In Genesee | Fast approval times along with preparation and delivery help maximize western New York’s abundant talent and power.

Putting Food On The Table | COVID-19 caused major disruptions to the agribusiness and food processing supply chain, but these locations have what it takes to bring goods from farm to market.

Lone Star State Can Take A Punch | Depressed oil prices and the coronavirus hit Texas like a one-two punch, but instead of hitting the deck, the heavyweight champ of state economies is punching back.

On The Front Lines | In locations throughout the nation, advanced manufacturing facilities and resources are being enlisted in the fight against COVID-19.

Find, Fund And Foster | Canada continues to position itself as a global cleantech leader with assistance from the Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

The Illinois Advantage | A great logistics network and a world-class education system enable the Land of Lincoln to generate the fifth-highest GDP among states.

Rolling On The River | River Ridge Commerce Center in southern Indiana has become an economic magnet for the entire region due to its logistical advantages.

Getting Busy In Baltimore | Record cargo volumes and the biggest container vessels ever are surging into the Port of Baltimore, raising the economic tide in Maryland.

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July / August 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 4)

Business Facilities  July / August 2020

July / August 2020ON THE COVER

2020 Business Facilities Rankings Report | We put the impact of the pandemic in lockdown mode when we calculated the results for our 16th annual Rankings Report, so our red carpet still is reserved for the best of the best, as usual.

2020 Rankings Report: Top-Ranked States | We’ve got a new name for our workforce development ranking, a new category ranking the leaders in Digital Infrastructure and an early look at the states poised to dominate offshore wind power.

2020 Rankings Report: Top-Ranked Metros | Our Metro Rankings report features our first-ever ranking of the leading industrial parks. The top metro in our Millennial Magnets scoreboard may surprise you (hint: they’re also tall in the saddle).


Doubling Down On Renewables | The U.S. EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook 2020 forecasts a rapid decline of coal and nuclear power in this decade, the continuing expansion of renewables and the growth of U.S. exports of oil and gas.

Deadline Extended To Invest In Opportunity | The IRS has extended a critical deadline for investments in qualified opportunity zones until the end of 2020, hoping to entice investors who have largely sat on their money during the global pandemic.

COVID-19: Response And Recovery | EDOs and local businesses continue to join forces, finding inspiring and innovative ways to meet the most urgent needs of the crisis.


Florida’s Way Forward | The Sunshine State is used to making things grow, this includes its tech industry, where FL is sprouting thousands of new jobs.

Is It OK To Scream On The Roller Coaster? | Visitors to the most popular sites and attractions in the country will find them adjusted to the reality of life in a pandemic…but it’s still better than staying home.

Over-The-Horizon Resource Plan | Indiana-based Hoosier Energy is diversifying, integrating new energy-related possibilities in order to help address changing demands.

Making Space For New Priorities | To meet longer-term storage and cargo fluidity needs, Georgia Ports Authority purchased 145 acres adjacent to the Port of Savannah.

Louisiana Commissions Resilience | When COVID-19 rewrote business plans in 2020, Louisiana started charting a path toward safely reopening the economy and making the state more resilient for the long-term.

Tarheel Temptations Reel In Big Fish | Through two popular incentive programs, the NC Department of Commerce tailors grants to help attract jobs and the company making an investment.

Silicon Makes Gold In The Copper State | A semiconductor manufacturer’s $12-billion project announcement could set Arizona up with 1,600 new jobs.

More Than The Sum Of Its Parts | While the New England states fit together like a scenic puzzle, when you dig deeper it’s clear each has its own economic benefits and charm.

Enchanted Land For Logistics | Companies in the manufacturing and logistics sector are making major investments in New Mexico.

Consumers Energy: Energy And Beyond | Consumers Energy is committed to helping small businesses, nonprofits and communities prosper—in energy and beyond—now more than ever.

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May / June 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 3)

May / June 2020 Issue

Business Facilities  May / June 2020

May / June 2020 IssueON THE COVER

COVID 19: Response And Recovery | Economic development organizations have played a central role in distributing emergency financial relief to small businesses during the COVID-19 crisis, acting as the point of contact for federal SBA loans and a plethora of new state and metro grants and loans aimed at providing a lifeline to the local economy. EDOs, businesses and higher ed resources have joined forces to create new supply lines for desperately needed personal protection equipment.


The Skills To Cope With Crisis | According to labor force experts, now is the time for companies to double down on their learning budgets and commit to reskilling in order to help workers adapt to rapidly changing conditions, strengthen businesses for future disruptions and address the pre-pandemic skills gap. Find out how some locations are handling this crisis and evolving technologies.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Mike Grundmann | Grundmann, Senior Vice President, Talent Solutions, Virginia Economic Development Partnership, discusses workforce development, recruitment and training, and the impact of COVID-19.

Biotech Campus Scales Up To Fight COVID-19 | Companies at Huntsville, AL’s HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology have increased lab testing capacity, rolled out point-of-care testing diagnostics, and continued work on antibody treatments for immune response.

Local For Local | Pandemic-related disruptions are forcing industry leaders to rethink supply chain and logistics strategies, with a trend toward localization.

Meet The HQ Magnets | Location is an important part of a company’s identity. Take a look at a few cities that pass the appeal test for corporate headquarters.

Tennessee Charts A Safe Reboot | A statewide initiative pledges to safely reboot Tennessee’s economy through guidance and best practices for employers, employees, businesses and consumers.

Amazon Gets Bigger In Delaware | The First State will soon be home to a third Amazon fulfillment center. The new Wilmington facility is expected to create more than 1,000 full-time jobs.

Hungry For High Tech | Now at the forefront of emerging sectors like cloud computing and cybersecurity, Virginia stands ready to push new boundaries as a U.S. leader in IT.

Healthcare In A Hub With Hometown Feel | See why Sierra Vista, AZ is uniquely positioned for businesses in the healthcare industry that are seeking to expand, relocate or launch a new enterprise.

Center Of Innovation In Scenic New Hampshire | Claremont, NH is a bustling mill town full of forward-thinking manufacturers and creative entrepreneurs.


Maryland: Recovery Effort | Six counties in Maryland, representing a majority of the state’s population, will work together along with federal and state partners to support economic recovery.

North Carolina: Goldenhome Grows | Customized cabinet system manufacturer will invest $86 million to establish its North American HQ in Concord, creating 257 jobs in Cabarrus County over five years.

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March / April 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 2)

March / April 2020 Issue

Business Facilities March / April 2020

March / April 2020 IssueON THE COVER

Manufacturing 4.0 | Innovative technology is catapulting manufacturing into a new age of efficiency across a plethora of industries from aerospace to medical devices. Discover some locations that have diversified their high-tech growth sectors, positioning them to thrive in this new age of efficiency.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Courtney Pogue, City of Dallas, TX | Pogue, Director of Economic Development, City of Dallas, TX, discusses information technology hosting and data center operations, foreign direct investment, renewable energy and more.

Biotech: Finding The DNA For Success | To prepare for the future and remain relevant in the ever-evolving business landscape, biopharma and medtech organizations will be looking for new ways to create value and new metrics to make sense of today’s wealth of data.

Show Me Success Story | Join us as we sit down with Gov. Mike Parson, who gives us an inside look at Missouri’s formula for success. It’s all about infrastructure — physical and human, with workforce development a top priority.


Revving Up To Go The Distance | Automotive revenues and profits have robustly rebounded in the U.S. since 2015, but how automakers respond to several transformative challenges they will face over the next five years will determine the long-term viability of sustainable growth in this sector.

On The Rise In Middle TN | Middle Tennessee is one of the fastest-growing regions in the nation, and Nashville International Airport (BNA) is growing with it.

Rebuilding An Empire | New York State is investing an additional $150 billion in the nation’s largest infrastructure program, reinforcing its prime location status.

Proteins And Pandemic Drive Demand | From health to hoarding, consumers are responding to both the power of plants and the power of panic with the demand for food.

Preparing For Tomorrow’s Jobs Today | Find out what strategies the Carolinas are employing to prepare their workforces for further development to meet changing industry needs.

Taking High-Tech To New Heights | Arizona manufacturing is at the forefront of innovation with a highly-skilled talent base, robust supply chain and low business costs near some of the world’s largest economies.

Metropolises Of Manufacturing | Take a look at a couple of the world’s largest industrial areas according to, and then learn about some closer to home.

Building A Sustainable Future | Locations in Florida and Virginia have taken leadership positions in facilitating sustainable development, proving you can make some green by going green.


New Jersey: Garden State Connects With Israel | A second successful economic mission for Choose New Jersey to Israel strengthened existing economic ties, cultivating further investment opportunities in the state.

Texas: Microsoft Regional Hub Growth | Microsoft will invest $31 million and add 575 new jobs to expand regional hub operations in Irving, TX.

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January / February 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 1)

January / February 2020 Issue

Business Facilities January / February 2020

January / February 2020 IssueON 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.



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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September / October 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 5)

September / October 2019 issue

Business Facilities September / October 2019

September / October 2019 issueON THE COVER

Logistics: In It For The Long Haul | Record growth is taking place in America’s $1.64-trillion logistics and transportation industry. It seems everywhere you look, new and better ways are being found to move goods to market faster, cheaper and more efficiently. Join us on a tour of some of the hottest haulers.


Opportunity Zones: Window Of Opportunity | The U.S. Treasury Dept. has designated total of 8,764 Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZs) in all 50 states, offering federal tax credits for private investments in disadvantaged communities. Plus, a how-to on Understanding Opportunity Zone Guidelines.

Editor’s Picks: Business/Industry/Tech Parks | Business, industrial and technology parks are magnets for attracting a skilled workforce—a top priority for 21st-century growth sectors.

Mississippi Is Ready For Liftoff | The Magnolia State is surging to the top with a skilled workforce that is setting new standards for success in advanced manufacturing. Join us as Gov. Phil Bryant gives us his recipe for success.

Making Connections In Michigan | Advanced manufacturing makes up a huge part of Michigan’s business structure, blending its traditional work ethic and a high-tech innovative vision.


Advancing In The Inland Empire | InTech has been awarded a $700,000 grant to expand its advanced manufacturing apprenticeship program.

Starting Up Is Big In Texas | Is there anything that isn’t big in Texas? Learn how the Lone Star State is cornering the market for business startups.

Building A Better Maryland | A Better Maryland is the new state development plan that includes 10 goals—along with the visions, objectives and agencies that will achieve them.

Harvesting Growth In Stormy Weather | Although America’s farmers are feeling the impact of the current trade war with China, locations that have established strong agribusiness sectors continue to thrive.

Business Is Blossoming In MS | Mississippi has reduced the amount of capital investment and the minimum number of jobs required to receive aerospace and data center incentives.

Data-driven Doctors Will Text U Now | Digital transformation is driving innovation in the life sciences sector, with transparency as a top priority and a focus on relationship-driven partnerships.

World-class Workers In IL | One of Illinois’ greatest assets is its people. This talent pool of nearly 6.5 million is hard to match.


Tennessee: Select Sites Are Ready | TNECD has selected four counties to participate in the latest round of the Select Tennessee PEP, which helps communities identify opportunities for site development.

New Mexico: Permian Basin Booming | Southeastern New Mexico is upgrading its logistics network to facilitate growth generated by oil and gas production in the Permian Basin.

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July / August 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 4)

July / August 2019 Issue

Business Facilities July / August 2019

July / August 2019 IssueON THE COVER

2019 Business Facilities Rankings Report | Our 15th annual Rankings Report maintains BF’s standard for credible and comprehensive results. And while the rankings ecosystem is getting crowded and the categories may evolve over time, our commitment to an unbiased assessment of valid metrics never wavers.

2019 Rankings Report: Best States | If you want to know which state has the best business climate and who’s got the up-arrow mojo in cybersecurity, unmanned aerial systems, wind farms, data centers and a bevy of other growth sectors, head straight for our 2019 State Rankings.

2019 Rankings Report: Top Metros | We’ve added a couple of new blades to our rankings Cuisinart, slicing and dicing statistical chunks into easily digestible categories that serve up results for cities, counties and MSAs in our most comprehensive Metro Rankings to date.

2019 Rankings Report: Global Locations |We measure international locations’ progress on a range of factors, including artificial intelligence, renewable energy, economic growth potential, global competitiveness, and beyond.


Ready To Hit The Ground Running | Precertified sites—also known as shovel ready—speed up the development cycle for projects by cutting the read tape and lining up key approvals in advance of the site selection process. Take our tour and find out where the sites that are ready to go are waiting for you.

Special Reports

The Tourist Game Is Growing | With more than 450 commercial casinos across 24 states, the $261 billion U.S. casino industry supports 1.8 million jobs nationwide.

A Sunny Outlook In Florida | Commercial real estate projects brought $20 billion into Florida’s economy in 2018 and similar to the state’s population, the growth will continue.

An Impressive History | Partnerships with local communities and Hoosier Energy’s 18 member systems have resulted in more than $11.5 billion in new investments and 50,000 new jobs.

Southern Indiana Hot Spot On The River | With 6,000 acres located along the Ohio River, River Ridge Commerce Center boasts a $2.3 billion regional impact in Southern Indiana.

Next-Gen Workforce In MI | Michigan is gaining national attention as a preeminent place for business with its next gen workforce and amenities for talent.

The Copper State Goes For The Gold | Arizona’s pro-business climate is bringing more jobs, more companies and more opportunities to the state.

Public Power Fuels Growth In NC | NC’s Electricities’ nonprofit membership organization provides economic development support to 70 communities.

Peer-To-Peer Learning In Louisiana | LED is expanding its network of Small and Emerging Business Development Roundtables.

Yellow Light For Driverless Cars | Programming is turning out to be a bit more difficult than predicted, causing a slowdown in the anticipated early 2020s road release of fully autonomous vehicles.

New England: Rising Regional Tide | The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s 1Q 2019 report showed increased wages in all six New England states.

Cultural Hybrid As Business Model | Curaçao’s service environment and infrastructure are well suited for dealing with multicultural complexities.

New Mexico Enchants Digital Media | The state aims to become the go-to place for video game development with key incentives already in place.

The HQ Relocation Equation | Strategic, singular or a combination of many issues may be the drivers of analysis leading to relocation.

Business Reports

Kentucky: Unveiling A Super Car | GM will build the next-generation Chevrolet Corvette at their Bowling Green Assembly Plant.

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May / June 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 3)

May / June 2019 Issue

Business Facilities May / June 2019

May / June 2019 IssueON THE COVER

Global Investment: Destinations of Choice | The U.S. surge in incoming FDI has made foreign direct investment a top economic development priority for state and metro economic development organizations throughout the country. Some of the leading destinations for FDI are offering up the keys to their successful strategies. Take some time to learn from the best.


Leading By Example In Louisiana | Gov. John Bel Edwards has dug his way out of the deficit he inherited from his predecessor and restored full funding for education, but he didn’t stop there. During Edwards’ tenure Louisiana has become a national leader in cybersecurity and a global leader in water management and coastal restoration.

On The Front Lines Of The Cyberwar | The severe shortage of cyber security professionals around the world—there’ll be an estimated 3.5 million unfilled positions by 2021—is getting worse while cybercriminals get bolder and bolder. Find out which locations are ready to lead the battle.

Editor’s Picks: Tech Hubs | Tech hubs are complex organisms that draw nourishment from an environment in which startups flourish. Explore our Editor’s Picks for leading hubs that have developed viable startup ecosystems.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds With James Chavez, South Carolina Power Team | Chavez, SC Power Team President and Chief Executive Officer, discusses recent economic development successes, the Site Readiness Fund, workforce development and foreign investment.

Special Reports

Fostering Opportunity | Maryland’s governor announced a series of initiatives and legislation to further expand the thriving Maryland Opportunity Zones.

Smooth Sailing On The Delaware | Gulftainer’s multimillion-dollar investment is transforming the Port of Wilmington into the largest logistics facility on the Delaware River.

Logistics Is Moving Into A New Age | Digital transformation technologies rapidly are moving the logistics and distribution sector into what is broadly known as Industry 4.0.

Sizing Up Sites In Tennessee | Find out which five counties are benefitting from the latest round of the Select TN Property Evaluation Program, helping improve their inventory of industrial sites and buildings.

Setting the Bar High In Nevada | The Silver State’s shiny new law requires 50 percent of its electricity be generated from renewable sources by 2030.

Bioscience Boom Grows In Iowa | Iowa has a new cash crop. The Cornhusker State offers a number of benefits—including abundant access to raw materials—that make it a leader in the Bioscience industry.

Canada: Look West For Growth | Start. Grow. Thrive. in Sturgeon County, the second-fastest growing region in Canada.

Business Reports

April Showers (Of Jobs) In Arkansas | A banner month for job creation in Arkansas brought more than $200 million in investment & 900 new jobs.

A Materials Mega-Factory In North Carolina | Cree will invest up to $1 billion in a North Carolina expansion while Pella will invest nearly $20 million in a new operation in the Tarheel State.

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March / April 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 2)

Business Facilities March / April 2019 Issue

Business Facilities March / April 2019

Business Facilities March / April 2019 IssueON THE COVER

Putting Talent To Work | Your father’s workforce training doesn’t live here anymore. What used to be an on-the-job osmosis of acquired skills from senior co-workers now starts in college or even high school, and it’s a cooperative effort with locations leveraging higher ed and business resources to set the curricula. Jenny Vickers will tell you how they’re doing it.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Jose Lozano, Choose New Jersey | Lozano, President and Chief Executive Officer, Choose New Jersey, Inc., discusses the state’s workforce development plans, plus efforts to encourage its innovation ecosystem.

Manufacturing Growth | The U.S. manufacturing sector finally has regained the output levels lost during the Great Recession. Find out which locations have put in place the essentials to attract and sustain the high-tech manufacturing clusters that are turbocharging the U.S. economy.

Biotech Is Ready For The Big Time | The biotechnology sector has shown great promise for more than a decade, but until recently the path from the lab to the marketplace was a bumpy road. The surging science of genomics promises to speed things up, by deciphering the DNA in the formula for success.

Editor’s Picks: STEM Leaders | The U.S. is trailing in the critical race to develop a STEM-skilled workforce, with China outpacing us at a rate of almost 10-1. The only thing at stake is the global technology crown, which the U.S. has owned longer than the Stanley Cup. The good news: locations across the U.S. are busy creating an army of high-tech reinforcements.

Special Reports

Data Centers: Get Ready For 5G | The Industrial Internet of Things will be connected by 5G networks. Burgeoning clusters of data centers will be there at the creation.

The Best Are Moving To New Brunswick | International giants are finding it easy to support their global footprint while they enjoy the scenic wonder of Canada’s New Brunswick.

Making Green By Being Green | More and more places are hitching their growth wagon to green development and sustainability. Take our tour.

Recreational Development In New Mexico |  New Mexico is putting its spectacular landmarks and parks to work with a new Division of Outdoor Recreation.

Retail Is Rushing To Goodyear | Find out why the retail giants are falling all over themselves to plant their flag in the valley west of Phoenix, AZ.

Corridor Of Industry In Islip | You can’t get to the center of industrial growth on Long Island without going through the middle of Islip.

Growing Side By Side In Fairmont | Agribusiness, manufacturing and distribution are thriving shoulder-to-shoulder in this rural gem in south central Minnesota.

It All Comes Together In Sierra Vista | History, nature and education converge in Sierra Vista, AZ, a military outpost that has become a high-tech hub.

The Commonwealth Of Choice | The industries are diverse, the workforce is skilled and it seems like everyone wants to put their HQ in Virginia.

Business Reports

Texas Extends Its Bootprint | Tomball’s Business & Tech Park grows while state officials go to California looking for silicon cowpokes yearning to roam.

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January / February 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 1)

January / February 2019 Issue

Business Facilities January / February 2019

January / February 2019 IssueON THE COVER

State of the Year: Virginia | Virginia is doing it all. Already home to the nation’s top data center market and dozens of major corporate headquarters, VA’s top five projects in 2018 pulled in nearly $6 billion in capital investment and cemented the Commonwealth’s reputation as a high-tech leader.


2018 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Gold Award: Amazon HQ2 Times Two |  Jeff Bezos’ decision to split up his Amazon HQ2 project resulted in the first tie in the history of our Gold Award, with Empire State Development and Virginia Economic Development Partnership sharing the top prize.

Silver Award: Mazda and Toyota Join Forces |  Alabama lands a coveted $1.6-billion auto assembly plant expected to bring 4,000 jobs to a 2,000-acre site in Huntsville.

Bronze Award: Detroit’s Crown Jewel |  Michigan Central Station Depot will be restored to greatness as the centerpiece of Ford’s 1.2 million-square-foot Corktown campus. Plus, our 2018 Honorable Mention Awards.

Editor’s Picks: Top Utilities |  These utility power players are energizing economic development and proactively diversifying their sources of energy for a rapidly adjusting market while offering old-school reliability combined with cutting-edge efficiency.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Eloisa Klementich, Invest Atlanta |  Eloisa Klementich, CEO, Invest Atlanta, discusses the factors that are making the city a thriving high-tech hub.

Special Reports

Onward and Upward |  The aerospace sector is poised to stay on its growth trajectory in 2019, led by commercial aircraft production and defense spending.

Staying Golden in California |  The California Economic Summit’s 2019 Roadmap to Shared Prosperity outlines how to make the “Dream” possible for more Californians.

Warming Up to the Digital Dish |  A majority of food processing professionals are developing a healthy appetite for digital transformation

The Beehive State Keeps Buzzing |  Utah keeps outperforming the U.S. economy with steady job growth while setting the standard for fiscal stability.

Getting Connected in Kansas |  The Kansas Office of Broadband Development is bringing high-speed broadband to rural parts of the Sunflower State.

Competitive Communities in Arkansas |  A new Initiative aims to make locations across Arkansas even more attractive for new and expanding businesses.

Ringing in the New Year Right |  If January is an indication of what 2019 will hold for Indiana, it is going to be a banner year for Hoosiers.

Secure a Spot While You Can |  The largest city in SW Florida, Cape Coral is only 50 percent built out. Here are some hotspots prime for investment.

Hub for Headquarters in TX |  Corporations are finding a comfortable home in the master-planned community of the Woodlands.

Business Reports

Methanol Behemoth on the Bayou |  South Louisiana Methanol and SABIC aim to create one of the world’s largest methanol production sites.

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September / October 2018 Issue (Volume 51, Number 5)

September / October 2018 Issue

September / October 2018 IssueBusiness Facilities September / October 2018


Foreign Direct Investment Lives Here | FDI begats more FDI. Locations that have successfully transformed themselves into FDI magnets are busy forming “recruiting committees” of transplants that already have put down roots in their community, targeting overseas players in the same industries. Join Jenny Vickers as she tours our Editor’s Picks of FDI magnets worth emulating.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Andrew Deye, JobsOhio | Deye, Managing Director for JobsOhio, discusses Ohio’s strategy to become a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment.

Ports/FTZs: Critical Link In Global Chain | Ports and Foreign Trade Zones continue to upgrade their ability to move cargo in and out as critical links in the expanding global supply chain. Come aboard for our annual voyage.

A High-Tech Leader With Home-Grown Talent | Colorado is more than a great place to chill amid the scenic splendor of the Rockies—CO is a high-tech powerhouse poised to plant its flag atop a bevy of emerging growth sectors. Join us as we sit down with Gov. John Hickenlooper and analyze his formula for success.


Ontario Has Everything You Want | If you’re looking for a skilled talent pool, solid infrastructure, great universities, ease of access to global markets and an unmatched quality of life, look North. Ontario, Canada has it all.

Manufacturing Is Back | U.S. manufacturing is in the midst of an impressive resurgence. Here’s a report from the field on locations that are busy making things.

Mississippi: A Team Effort | Find out how the can-do cooperation between state, regional and metro EDOs in the Magnolia State can bring your project to fruition.

Mid-Sized Market With Maximum Reach | With quality of life a top site selection priority, big players are choosing Richmond, VA over larger metros.

Renewal In The Midwest | Renewable energy companies are flocking to Illinois to reap the benefits of IL’s Future Energy Jobs Act.

Colorado Is Aiming Higher | The Rocky Mountain State supports advanced industries with four types of grants and two global business programs.

Texas Is Big And Getting Bigger | The Lone Star State—the leading exporter among U.S. states for 16 years—shows no signs of slowing down.

Cyber Jobs Are Open In California | The Golden State is stepping up efforts to ensure that it has the skilled labor pool to support its cybersecurity sector.

World-Class Cluster In Tennessee | The Sullivan County region in Northeastern TN is home to a dynamic plastics and chemicals industry cluster.


New Mexico: Intel Expands Footprint | The microchip giant is developing a new class of faster, denser storage and memory tech in Rio Rancho.

South Carolina: Green Tech Grows | Cherokee County lands China-based Green Tech Solution’s $75-million recycling facility.

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

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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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May / June 2018 Issue (Volume 51, Number 3)

May / June 2018 Issue

May / June 2018 IssueBusiness Facilities May / June 2018


Training And Talent Acquisition | For several years now, we’ve been tracking the efforts of locations to meet the top priority in economic development: assuring that a skilled workforce will be available when big-ticket projects come knocking. Take this year’s annual tour of leading workforce training programs and learn how talent acquisition and recruitment have been added to the workforce development toolkit.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds…with Paul Helton, Executive Director, LED FastStart | Helton discusses the recruitment, training and support services at the heart of one of the nation’s top workforce development programs.

The Knowledge-based Heart Of Canada | Take a trip with us to Fredericton in New Brunswick, an entrepreneurial hub that is a one-stop shop where startups can have a single point of contact to access a variety of programs designed to spur new business ventures.

Editor’s Picks: Incentives | It’s getting tougher and tougher to make our picks from the increasingly creative and targeted incentives that are being offered to attract big-ticket projects. Turn the page and see who made the cut.

Betting Big On High Technology—And Winning | Nevada, a state that was hit hard by the Great Recession, has turbocharged its impressive recovery by putting out the welcome mat for high-tech growth sectors. In an exclusive interview with BF, Gov. Brian Sandoval shares us his formula for success.

Special Reports

Engine for Growth In RI | You can find 14 percent of Rhode Island’s manufacturing jobs at Quonset Business Park, a tally that keeps growing.

A Safer Supply Chain | As the logistics industry moves the global supply chain onto digital platforms, cybersecurity will be a key priority.

The World Is Coming To Tennessee | The Volunteer State’s red-hot financial sector, which has added more than 24,000 jobs in this decade, continues to attract foreign direct investment.

Call Centers Seek Instant Feedback | Call centers stay ahead of the curve with unified omnichannes and instant feedback from social media.

Business Is Welcome, Not New Taxes | If you’re looking for a place where there’s a big welcome mat for new business, but no personal income tax, corporate taxes or an inventory tax, then Nevada is for you.

Winning The Battle For Jobs In MA | Devens, a diverse and thriving community on a former army base, is now home to dozens of businesses.

Tourism Brings Top Dollar | The travel and tourism industry supports an estimated 8.6 million U.S. jobs. A 2017 dip in overseas visitor to the U.S. has led to the creation of the Visit U.S. Coalition.


Maryland: Cybersecurity Magnet | Maryland is home to a bevy of top cybersecurity players, including industry experts in data encryption and digital forensics, two critical components of cyber safety.

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March / April 2018 Issue (Volume 51, Number 2)

March / April 2018 Issue

March / April 2018 IssueBusiness Facilities March / April 2018


Cybersecurity Takes Center Stage | You just need to glance at the latest headlines to know that the cyber crime threat is growing exponentially. Here’s the good news: at least a dozen states are competing for a leadership position in the emerging cybersecurity sector. You are cleared to take our tour.


Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Jason Ford, Greater Houston Partnership | Jason Ford, CEcD, Greater Houston Partnership’s VP of Regional Economic Development, discusses his city’s recovery from Hurricane Harvey, and opportunities for startups, foreign direct investment, and technology.

Biotech: Hungry for Big Deals | Industry analysts are predicting that 2018 will turn out to be a banner year for merger and acquisition activity in the biotech/pharma sector, a side effect of the federal tax overhaul.

From the Boardroom to the Governor’s Mansion | Gov. Matt Bevin is bringing his CEO skills to the dealmaking table, and the results are spectacular: an annual record of $9.2 billion in capital investment in the Bluegrass State.

The Cobots Are Coming | Collaborative robots—the type that work alongside human workers—are the next big thing in advanced manufacturing. Join us as we rub shoulders with our new automated friends on the factory floor.

Editor’s Picks: STEM Leaders | Here are our choices for the locations that are ahead of the curve in filling the STEM gap: the shortage of workers with science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills.


New Mexico’s Energy Capital | Lea County produces more oil than 43 states, but diversity is the hallmark of its energy initiatives, including a $4 billion nuke facility.

Aiming for the Leading Edge | The need to be near end-users is driving an uptick in the expansion of smaller satellite markets in the data center sector.

A Niagara of Revitalization in NY | The restoration of the Gorge at Niagara Falls is part of an effort to give a shot in the arm to the tourism industry.

Retail: Alive and Kicking | Reports of the demise of the retail sector are a bit premature. Online sales may surge, but bricks and mortar shops are still here.

There’s Good Karma in the Valley | Moreno Valley is booming in the heart of Southern California’s Inland Empire adding more than 8.4 million square feet of industrial space during the past two years.

Asian Markets Like Minnesota | More than $7 billion in goods were shipped from MN to Asia in 2017, lead by a 30 percent surge in exports to Japan.


Arizona: A Bridge, Not a Wall | AZ heralds a new era of cross-border commerce with SkyBridge, the first international air cargo hub to house customs operations for the U.S. and Mexico.

New Jersey: A Feast in South Jersey | The food processing sector is thriving in Vineland, a gem that offers ease of access to key markets along the East Coast and in Canada.

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January / February 2018 Issue (Volume 51, Number 1)

January / February 2018 Issue

January / February 2018 IssueBusiness Facilities January / February 2018

ON THE COVER – State of the Year: South Carolina | With BMW and Volvo doubling down on their investments and Samsung opening a new appliance plant in SC, the Palmetto State is expanding the foundation of its already impressive manufacturing base while diversifying into new growth sectors.

2017 Economic Development Deal Of The Year Awards

Gold Award: Foxconn’s Mega-Project | It was no contest for the top honor in our annual dealmaking contest—the judges were unanimous: Foxconn’s choice of Wisconsin for a new LCD flat-screen panel plant that will create 13,000 new jobs.

Silver Award: Digital Transformation Center | Louisiana continues to set the standard for high-tech hubs as DXC Technology agrees to bring its digital gumbo to the Central Business District of New Orleans.

Bronze Award: An Exxon-Saudi Partnership | Corpus Christi, TX wins Gulf Coast Growth Ventures’ new ethane cracker. a project with a direct economic impact of $11.3 billion. Plus… Honorable Mentions!

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce | Canfield discusses landing Toyota-Mazda’s $1.6B investment, workforce development initiatives, foreign direct investment, food processing, and more.

Arkansas Is On Everybody’s Radar | In an exclusive interview with BF, Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives us the lowdown on the ultra-friendly business climate that’s creating new jobs at a record pace in the Natural State.

Editor’s Choice: Top Utilities | Size counts—but so do smart grids and renewable energy—as we make our picks for the leading U.S. powerhouses.

Sometimes Bigger Is Better | Even with a decrease in automotive sales expected in 2018, automakers can still bank on sales of SUVs and CUVs. Take our industry tour.

Armed To The Teeth | Warfare technologies and demand for cost-efficient production are driving revenue growth in the U.S. Aerospace & Defense industry.

Business Blooms In Buckeye State | Ohio’s business climate consists of a $2-billion budget reserve, a high credit rating and a competitive tax structure.

You Are What You Eat | Transparency is the buzzword in the food processing industry. Fill up your plate with our industry focus.

Corridors of Growth In South Carolina | The North Eastern Strategic Alliance Region in SC attracted more than $850 million in investments in 2017.

Side-By-Side In Stamford, CT | Development in Stamford, CT expands a strong and diverse commercial, industrial and retail business base.

Adapting To The Shape of Water | Building resilient infrastructure in the Port Lands will increase Toronto’s capacity to adapt to climate change.

California Made | The Golden State is increasing benefits for manufacturers that participate in its CA Made state labeling program.

Florida: Sea-Worthy Production | Maverick Boat Group will build a new boat manufacturing facility in Fort Pierce, creating 100 jobs and investing $7 million in the local economy.

Michigan: Fiat Chrysler Ramps Up | Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will invest more than $1 billion in its Michigan manufacturing operations.

Louisiana: Ready To Entertain You | Deep South Studios will be the state’s first Qualified Entertainment Company under a new program that cultivates sustainable jobs for the entertainment sector.

Texas: Gartner Grows In Irving | Gartner, Inc. will expand in Irving with 800 new jobs and over $12 million in investment thanks to a $3.9 million TEF grant.

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September / October 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 5)

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ON THE COVER – Centers of Technology: The Future is Now | Locations far and wide have figured out the formula for leveraging their higher ed assets and planting the seeds that grow into high-tech hubs. Join Jenny Vickers as she tours the tech centers where innovation and commerce have joined forces.

New Mexico: Catalyst for High-tech Growth | In an exclusive interview with BF, Gov. Susana Martinez gives us her blueprint for transforming New Mexico into a business friendly growth leader that is outpacing the competition for big-ticket projects, including a big “like” from Facebook.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Terry Gill, Secretary, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development | Gill discusses the commonwealth’s workforce revolution, distribution and logistics industry, STEM-related jobs, and Build-Ready Certification.

Mississippi Has the Winning Ticket | Mississippi has proven time and again that it has a winning combination—including a skilled workforce, low tax rates and one-stop permitting process—for stimulating corporate growth and success.

The Rise of the Machines | The logistics industry has seen a major shortage of truck drivers over the past few years, but the rise of autonomous road transportation eventually may render this issue moot.

Advanced Manufacturing: Smarter and Faster | Smart sensors and digital process controls are poised to exponentially improve the efficiency and safety of U.S. advanced manufacturing operations.

Revival in the Heartland | Reinstatement of the EDGE program puts Illinois in contention for an auto manufacturing plant which could hire 4,000 workers.

Moving to the Top of the Class | A newly enacted, public-private initiative aims to ensure at least 70 percent of Iowa’s workforce has a post-secondary education.

Jump-starting Rural Development | Blueprint 2.0 leverages state partnerships in Colorado to address economic development goals of rural areas.

MD is Commercializing Clean Energy | The University of Maryland’s new Green Energy Institute will develop and attract private investment and commercialize clean energy innovations and deployment solutions.

The Grand Parkway to Success | Tomball’s Business & Technology Park offers quick access at an ideal address on nearly 100 acres.

Tennessee: Tyson Foods Expansion | The company plans to spend approximately $80 million to add 25,000 square feet to its Union City facility.

New Mexico: Aerospace and Oil | While Raytheon adds 60 jobs to its Albuquerque operations, the SE oil patch is seeing a flow of investments.

South Carolina: Growth Leader | In Q1, York County had the highest employment percentage increase of the nation’s 346 largest counties.

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Business Facilities & COVID-19

Moderna Will Invest $500M To Build mRNA Capabilities In Africa

Moderna will build a state-of-the-art mRNA facility in Africa with the goal of producing up to 500 million doses of vaccines each year at the 50 µg dose level.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Jeff Finkle, IEDC

Finkle, CEcD, President and CEO, IEDC, discusses the impact of COVID-19 and remote work on real estate and economic development, and more.

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Camp Hall – A Next Generation Commerce Park in South Carolina

Camp Hall is a first-of-its-kind, master-planned industrial work space located in Charleston, S.C. As a convergence of people, place and programming, Camp Hall delivers thoughtful infrastructure and logistical features that empower people — and business — to thrive.