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The July / August 2017 issue features our 13th annual rankings report, presenting the top states, metros and global locations from every possible economic development angle.


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The July / August 2017 issue features our 13th annual rankings report, presenting the top states, metros and global locations from every possible economic development angle.

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Latest: July / August 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 4) - The July / August 2017 issue features our 13th annual rankings report, presenting the top states, metros and global locations from every possible economic development angle.

July / August 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 4)

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ON THE COVER – 2017 Business Facilities Rankings Report | As always, the 13th Annual edition of the most credible and comprehensive rankings in our industry has evolved to give you critical benchmarks in emerging 21st-century growth sectors, including cyber security and offshore wind energy.

2017 Rankings Report: Best States | Texas, Utah, California and North Carolina posted strong overall results in our state rankings, with the Lone Star State grabbing first place in our flagship Best Business Climate category. Colorado achieved an unprecedented Rocky Mountain high as no. 1 in Economic Growth Potential.

2017 Rankings Report: Top Metros | We’ve refined our criteria and expanded our categories to give you the most detailed evaluation yet of the metros who are staying ahead of the curve—and ahead of the pack—in a wide variety of critical economic development priorities.


The Sky’s The Limit In The Lone Star State | In an exclusive interview with BF, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott explains how his credo of “restrained” government (especially when it comes to taxes and regulations) is fueling skyrocketing growth sectors, including a few that literally are aiming for the stars.

Tennessee: Energy Of The Future Live Here | There is a reason Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley in Tennessee is considered a mecca for renewable and alternative energy.

Florida: Sunny Side Up | Florida’s business climate is warming up growth with a favorable tax structure, streamlined regulatory environment and competitive costs.

Data Centers: Hyper-Serving The Cloud | Data Center projects expected to be completed this year may finally help meet the demands of expanding cloud providers.

Food Processing: Having Their Cake And Eating It | When taken together, all of the parts that make up the food processing sector have proven to be a formidable force, putting the icing on the cake for a 2017 feast.

Arizona: A Grand Ecosystem Out West | Arizona offers the tools and support that attract the early-stage entrepreneurs and tech-savvy talent necessary for innovation.

Less Is More: Patriots Run Up The Score | New England seems to have perfected the art of staying low when it comes to unemployment.

Surge In Southwest Louisiana | The Five-Parish area of SWLA has more than $44 billion worth of mega-projects under construction.

Minnesota: Expanding Exports | Strong export activity is helping to drive a healthy and growing Minnesota economy.

Kansas: Raising The Bar For Higher Ed | Kansas State University is aiming to become a top-50 public research university by 2025.

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May / June 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 3)

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Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Matt Hurlbutt, Greater Rochester Enterprise | Hurlbutt, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Greater Rochester Enterprise, discusses the Economic Gardening program, local talent, food processing, photonics, higher education and the importance of water.

ON THE COVER – Logistics Leaders | New technology is poised to digitally transform the supply chain from end to end, bringing logistics and tech services closer together as system-guided manual processes at distribution centers move to full automation. Join Jenny Vickers as she takes our annual tour of the locations that are leaders in logistics and distribution, moving the goods by land, by rail, on the water and in the air.

Ports and FTZs: Perfect Together | With the nation’s ports handling a record amount of shipping, importers are getting more bang for their buck by moving their goods through the duty-free foreign trade zones located within or adjacent to ports. Find out how and where you can gain these financial advantages in one of the more than 230 foreign trade zones or nearly 400 subzones in the United States.

LiveXchange 2017 Review | A five-time U.S. Olympian, a spirited debate on the future of free trade and unparalleled face-to-face dealmaking between corporate site selectors and prime locations. All of this was to be had at BF’s 13th Annual LiveXchange event, held in the scenic splendor of Park City, UT. Check out our review and get the skinny on next year’s event.

Maryland’s Winning Combo | Harford County offers a strategic position on the I-95 corridor along with a highly skilled workforce and business friendly environment.

Risk and Reward | After a tough year in 2016, new immuno- and gene therapies are leading the way for a much stronger biotech performance in 2017.

A Global Water Management Mecca | Coastal rebuilding projects are driving the growth of the water sector in Louisiana, with the state aiming to become the Silicon Valley of the global water industry.

Tennessee: Prime Destination for FDI | Businesses across the globe are eager to make huge investments in Tennessee, which already has more than 900 foreign-based companies operating in the state.

Small Business Leads to Big Things | After getting clobbered in the Great Recession, Nevada’s economic recovery has been led by small businesses and fueled by functional policies.

The Symbiotic Sector | Travel and Tourism offers “both sides of the coin” benefits—with tourists enjoying what they spend money on and destinations benefitting from the money they spend.

Fired Up and Ready To Go | The competition for projects requires sites that are ready on demand. Find out which locations have certified sites programs that streamline the approval process.

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March / April 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 2)

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Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Stephen Moret, Virginia Economic Development Partnership | Moret, President and CEO of the VEDP, discusses the commonwealth’s top priorities for 2017, including becoming one of the South’s fastest employment growth states.

ON THE COVER – The Next Generation Workforce | As U.S. manufacturing rebounds, the need to fill the shortage of skilled workers is intensifying. This makes our annual tour of workforce development programs required reading. Join Jenny Vickers as she showcases the locations busy training the next generation.

Top Utilities: The Power Behind Growth | High-tech growth sectors are making the availability of low-cost power a top priority in their final site-selection decisions, and leading utilities are finding innovative ways to seal the deal and maintain their leadership positions in the power pecking order.

Energizing Louisiana’s Future | In an exclusive interview with BF, Gov. John Bel Edwards gives us the coming attractions on Louisiana’s lock on global hegemony as the top LNG exports hub and its national leadership in cybersecurity.

Heading for the Outer Limits | The aerospace and defense industry will see healthy growth in 2017, with revenues expected to surge due to higher defense spending. Buckle your seat belt, put your tray tables up and prepare for liftoff.

An Enchanting Combination | New Mexico’s scenic beauty, available workforce and logistical benefits continue to help support an enticing business climate.

From Bluegrass to Blue Skies | Amazon’s new air hub has pushed Kentucky further down the runway to its destination as a global air-freight logistics leader.

Manufacturing Accelerates | According to industry analysts, overall growth in manufacturing is expected to speed up in the second half of this year and grow even more in 2018.

A Technology Empire Grows in NY | New York’s $5-billion advanced materials processing industry provides the “enabling technology” for electronics, telecommunications and aerospace.

Land of the Lakes Looks Skyward | The nation’s first “integrated” wind and solar hybrid project will begin producing power outside of Red Lake Falls in northwest Minnesota later this year.

Retail Paradise in Cape Coral | The Florida city offers a low cost of doing business and a relaxed, tropical environment with plenty of room for expansion.

Illinois: Ecosystem for Startups | A community investment program hopes to strengthen Illinois’ start-up and small business ecosystem.

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January / February 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 1)

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Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Robert Buckhorn, Mayor, Tampa, FL | Mayor Buckhorn discusses Tampa’s fast-growing job market, highly-ranked business tax structure, infrastructure improvements, and efforts to become a leader in STEM-oriented manufacturing.

ON THE COVER – State of the Year: Texas | The Lone Star State, the first winner of our top honor in 2007 and a repeat winner in 2012, hits the trifecta in 2016 as it continues to grow the most dynamic and diverse state economy in the nation.

50 Years of Building Inspiration | With this issue, BF commences its 50th volume and commemorates Group C Media’s half-century of building upon Ed Coene’s enduring legacy as a publishing entrepreneur and visionary.

2016 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

  • Gold Award: Mississippi Lands Continental Tire | The Magnolia State, already an automotive powerhouse, becomes an epicenter of tire production with Continental’s $1.45-billion plant, a project that will directly create 2,500 new jobs.
  • Silver Award: GM Doubles Down in Tennessee | General Motors is investing $789 million in an expansion of its Spring Hill, TN plant, a project expected to yield an estimated economic impact for the region of $3 billion in the next decade.
  • Bronze Award: Honeywell Picks Georgia | A partnership with Georgia’s university system to train skilled workers brings Honeywell’s new software development center to Atlanta.

Auto-tech is Revving Up | Auto manufacturers are joining forces with tech giants in a race to hit the road with the latest vehicle advancements.

Food Processing Gets Productive | Compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act, controlling costs and workforce training are among top industry priorities.

Buzz Grows Around the Beehive State | According to a recent report, 2016 was a good year for Utah economically and continued success lies ahead.

Big Data is Getting Even Bigger | Demand continues to surge in the Data Center sector, with cloud computing playing a bigger role.

Hesperia, CA Has It All | A strategic location with a thriving community and low costs all around—Hesperia is ready for your business.

Louisiana: Leading LNG Export Hub | Venture Global LNG will invest $13 billion in a natural gas liquefaction facility and LNG export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, making the Pelican State an LNG export leader.

Kansas: GM Grows Its Footprint | GM is expanding near its Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas City, leasing an 830,000-square-foot industrial building.

Florida: The Sound of Success | A bid to make Jacksonville a base for F-35 fighters could land an annual economic impact of $100 million.

Texas: Expanding a Global Reach | Governor Greg Abbot is working to expand trade relations and commercial ties with Taiwan and Belgium.

Arkansas: A Bang-bang Consolidation | Airgun makers Daisy and Gamo Outdoor team up.

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September / October 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 5)

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ON THE COVER:  Keeping up with Advanced Manufacturing | The advanced manufacturing sector is expected to create 3.5 million new jobs in coming decade, but as many as 2 million may go unfilled if the U.S. doesn’t close its skills gap. Join Jenny Vickers as she tours the front-runners.

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Van Hale, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development | Van Hale, Executive Director, Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development, discusses the Beehive State’s growing financial services sector, its position as a data centers hub, and efforts to keep its growing youth population living and working in Utah.

Ports and FTZs: Gatekeepers for Growth | Exports directly from U.S. foreign trade zones have more than trippled in the past five years, while about a fifth of the goods imported into the U.S. are coming in through FTZs. Get on board for our annual cruise through the nation’s gatekeepers for growth.

New Jersey: A Garden of New Ideas | Learn how Nestlé and other food-processing giants are collaborating with biotech and pharmaceutical players in New Jersey’s brain belt, improving their recipes with 21st-century chemistry.

Iowa: Certified for Development | Finding a suitable location for business has never been easier than it is right now in Iowa. The Hawkeye State has certified sites—ranging from 150 to almost 500 acres—in more than 10 communities that are shovel ready for your latest project.

Ready to Rule the World | The U.S. is poised to dominate the emerging global market for liquified natural gas as U.S. production outpaces domestic demand.

Louisiana: Business as Usual in the Bayou | An energy slump and record floods can’t keep the Pelican State down. Louisiana is bouncing back with a proactive plan of action.

Mississippi: Southern Hospitality | Be it through city-by-city renewal, county-by-county certifications or statewide incentives, Mississippi always has a way of gaining a top position when it comes to business, offering distinct advantages for all involved.

Logistics: $1.4 Trillion and Counting | It’s a buyer’s market as systemic improvements in cost efficiency are delivering better pricing to the logistics sector, but gaps in infrastructure and the accelerating imperative for speed may cloud the sunny outlook. Get the lowdown on the sector that moves everything from here to there.

Texas Talent Toasts the Competition | Travis, Harris and Collin Counties topped Emsi’s tracked talent attraction and retention list, outperforming some heavy hitters in states like Florida and California.

Indiana: Hoosiers Have a Regional Vision | Seven regions in the Hoosier State have lined up more than $3.78 billion in public/private investments for The Indiana Regional Cities Initiative.

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July / August 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 4)

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Snapshots | 60 Seconds … with Michelle Brown, President and CEO, Choose NJ, Inc.

COVER STORY: 2016 Business Facilities Rankings Report | It’s hard to believe we’ve being giving you the lowdown on the best of the best for a dozen years now, but we haven’t cut any corners for our 12th Annual Rankings Report. This year’s evaluation is our most comprehensive to date of the state, metro and global leaders.

2016 Rankings Report: Best States | The Lone Star State achieved the best across-the-board results we’ve ever seen in our State Rankings. Texas made our top 10 in a record-shattering 18 out of 24 categories, including four first-place rankings. UT, FL, CA and GA also ranked among the cream of the crop.

2016 Rankings Report: Top Metros | Need to know which metro has the Best Cost of Living or the Lowest Cost of Doing Business? Are you on the lookout for thriving hubs teeming with data centers, STEM jobs or tech startups? Or maybe you’re just looking for a great place to live. It’s all here.

The Future is Welcome in New Mexico | Last year, we sat down with Gov. Susana Martinez and listened intently as she outlined a bold agenda of forward-thinking initiatives designed to turbocharge job creation in NM. Here’s the sequel, and it’s filled with an impressive array of results.

Sonic Boom | The Sunshine State is on a roll with a bright future led by an aerospace sector that shows no signs of being grounded.

Changing Tastes | Competition in the food market is every growing and those who respond to consumer demand will end up on top of the food chain.

The Makings to Manufacture | New England’s leading research institutions, sought-after talent pool and supportive network of innovators and co-location facilities are spurring growth in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Growing Every Which Way | Not only is Arizona seeing population growth at twice the national rate, the Grand Canyon State also is bursting with incentives, job-training assistance and R&D assets.

Design of the Future Arrives | Chicago’s UI Labs Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute is paving the way for advanced manufacturing breakthroughs of the 21st century.

Kentucky: Biotech Bonanza | Lexington is in the midst of a biotechnology surge with the recent addition of a specialized startup and the expansion of an established pharmaceutical plant.

Kansas: Experiencing Fulfillment | Amazon’s new Kansas City fulfillment center will create more than 1,000 jobs and is the second large distribution facility the tech giant has placed in Kansas this year.

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May / June 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 3)

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Snapshots | 60 Seconds … with Craig Spohn, Executive Director/President, Cyber Innovation Center, Bossier City, LA.

COVER STORY – Engineering a Skilled Workforce | Filling the shortage of skilled workers in the U.S. remains Job One—and the competition for skilled workers has gone global. The good news is that a majority of states are meeting the challenge. Join Jenny Vickers on her annual tour of locations that are tops in training.

So Many Ways to Get There | It’s had some ups and downs in shifting economic tides, but the ship of the state of logistics has kept its bow pointed in the right direction, heading for a land of plenty. Come on board and cruise the sector.

Sooner is Better in Oklahoma | Oklahoma is staying ahead of the curve on the critical priorities for economic development. Join us as Gov. Mary Fallin gives BF an exclusive look at OK’s impressive blueprint for success.

Liquid Gold | Greater Memphis holds the gold standard for water with a 100-trillion-gallon supply at its Memphis Sands Aquifer.

Breaking Records in TN | Tennessee’s business development team landed 25,837 new job commitments in 2015 and is aiming to bring in 28,000 new jobs in 2016.

Together We Stand | Business, Research and Industrial Parks are proliferating in today’s economic landscape and can play an essential role in a company’s success.

NV: A Sure Bet on a Game of Skill | Nevada’s a prime vacation spot for folks looking to put down a risky wager, but the Silver State has improved the odds for business success by building a skilled workforce.

The Road Ahead in the Carolinas | While North and South Carolina are in the process of resolving a long-standing geographical dispute, the future holds new infrastructure and economic promise for both.

A New Century of Scenic Wonders | The National Park Service is celebrating its centennial year of welcoming visitors to the nation’s hundreds of scenic treasures. Join us as we hike to some of the best.

Michigan: Adding Horsepower | Flex-N-Gate Corp. will invest $95 million in a new 500,000-square-foot production facility.

Wisconsin: Tools to Get the Job Done | Milwaukee Tools will expand its Brookfield headquarters by 200,000 square feet, creating hundreds of jobs.

Canada: New Growth in Quebec | Bridgestone America will increase capacity in Joliette.

Alabama: From Farm to Market | Companies across Alabama are investing millions of dollars in specialty food-processing operations.

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March / April 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 2)

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Snapshots  | 60 Seconds … with Dennis Davin, Secretary, Pennsylvania Dept. of Community & Economic Development

COVER STORY – Global Biotech Report | The global life sciences industry is cautiously optimistic that it is achieving sustainable growth, but no one expects a return to the pre-Recession boom. Join our overseas correspondent, Stephanie Ramsperger, as she takes her annual tour of the biotech sector.

2016 Economic Development Awards | We adjusted our annual awards categories to shine our spotlight on locations that are leading the way in addressing today’s hot-button issues, including funding infrastructure upgrades, initiating smart grid modernization and pioneering offshore wind farms.

Accelerating Innovation in NY | The Innovate NY Fund, along with the Partnership Fund for New York City, is helping to spur the development of a biotech cluster in the Big Apple.

The Aerospace Industry – Gaining Altitude | While the performance of the aerospace and defense industry has been less than stratospheric in recent years, it looks as if job creation in this key sector is ready to soar to old heights.

Bluegrass is Looking Green | With advantages in geography, shipping and logistics, Kentucky is in demand as a prime location for new facilities and expansions.

From Processes to Products | Here are some leading locations ahead of the curve in welcoming cutting-edge advanced manufacturing.

Retail: Shopping for New Jobs | The retail industry has an impact on more than just the clothes in our closets and our daily coffee fix.

Expect the Unexpected in Arkansas | Siloam Springs, AR is one of the few places where old-school community meets new school opportunity.

The World Comes to New Mexico | New Mexico is growing as a leading center of commerce, drawing in manufacturers to produce their goods with access to more markets around the country and the world.

Business Report – Nebraska: Expanding Horizons | The State’s Economic Development Dept. has awarded Community Development Block Grant funding to the City of York for assistance with a facility expansion.

Business Report – Texas: Regional Approach to Jobs | The Tri-Agency Workforce Initiative will assess local economic activity, examine workforce challenges and opportunities and consider innovative approaches to meeting the state’s workforce goals.

Business Report – Illinois: Adopting Best Practices | The Land of Lincoln forms a non-profit organization to focus on sales, marketing and exceptional customer service to attract job-creating investments.

Business Report – New Jersey: Garden of Expansions | E-commerce venture, Jet.com, and Allied Specialty Foods are growing in The Garden State, adding jobs and expanding facilities.

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January/February 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 1)

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Snapshots: 60 Seconds… with Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

COVER STORY – State of the Year: Alabama | With Mercedes-Benz expanding auto production in Tuscaloosa, Airbus ready for liftoff in Mobile and a new $600-million Google data center, the Crimson Tide rolls into BF’s top annual honor.

2015 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Gold Award: Mega-campus in Houston | Daikin Industries’ Goodman Group is building a 4.1-million square-foot consolidated campus that will integrate manufacturing, offices, distribution and R&D under one roof for the HVAC systems maker.

Silver Award: Volvo Drives into SC | The Palmetto State takes a giant leap up the list of top-tier automotive manufacturing powerhouses by rolling in Volvo’s first North American auto plant, rising on a site in Berkeley County.

Bronze Award: Louisiana Lands Formosa | What may be the largest petrochemical complex on Earth will rise on a 1,000-acre greenfield site in Louisiana’s St. James Parish.

Honorable Mentions | BF’s Economic Development Deal of the Year contest attracted a record number of project submissions from across the country, seven of which were singled out for a tip of the hat by our judges.


Good Eats for a Bulging Bottom Line | Recent mega-mergers of major food companies are not slowing the growth of food processing hubs. Pull up a seat at our dinner table and chow down on the hottest foodie locations.

Hitting on All Cylinders | 2015 was recorded as the best year ever for the U.S. auto industry—but can it keep the pedal to the metal in 2016?

Shining on the Sunflower State | With numerous business advantages in place, it’s no wonder Kansas has experienced significant growth and emerged as a business leader in various industry sectors.

The Golden Standard | Renovate America’s HERO program has helped create thousands of local jobs in California while at the same time helping to increase energy efficiency.

Exceeding Expectations | Utah has proven that sometimes predictability is the best thing for business.

Business Report – Georgia: A Record Year for Ports | The Port of Savannah moved 3.73 million 20-foot equivalent container units, an 11.7 percent increase over 2014.

Business Report – Florida: Rolling for Dollars | Gov. Rick Scott calls for a new Florida Enterprise Fund on his “1 Million Miles for 1 Million Jobs” bus tour across the Sunshine State.

Business Report – Louisiana: Megadeals in Chemicals | Chemical giants Axiall Corp. and Lotte Chemical Corp. are investing a combined $3 billion in two new manufacturing facilities in Lake Charles.

Business Report – Iowa: Growing Bushels of Jobs | The Iowa EDA recently awarded direct financial assistance and tax benefits to four companies for job creation and expansion projects.

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September/October 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 5)

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Business Report -Tennessee: DENSO Manufacturing Expanding in Maryville | DENSO, Blount County’s largest employer, will expand its auto components and systems manufacturing plant, investing $400 million and creating 500 new jobs.

Cover Story: U.S. Innovation Hubs: Inventing the Future | Seven of nine planned federally funded national manufacturing innovation institutes are getting a head start on tomorrow’s high-growth technologies.

State Focus: Regional Plans Are Hopping In The Hoosier State | Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative, enacted this year, envisions more than 400 projects drawing nearly $4 billion in investments.

Panama Canal: Bigger, Better and Ready to Rumble | The expanded Panama Canal will be completed in April, dramatically altering the global shipping paradigm. Get the latest on ports and FTZs.

Feature Story: Logistics Networks Are Getting Back On Track | Lower fuel prices, a surge in railroad hiring and the need to get goods to market faster are boosting growth and profits in the logistics sector.

State Focus: Texas Diversity | Texas is a magnet for business and individuals for a reason—rather, for many reasons, one of which is the tax climate.

State Focus – Iowa: Growing Jobs As Well As Corn | Iowa offers a lot more than fertile soil. It’s got a low cost of living and a business-friendly environment filled with innovators.

State Focus: New Jersey – Garden of Opportunity | The Garden State offers a “brain trust” with a highly skilled and educated workforce that makes it easy to recruit top talent.

Business Report: California – Largest Solar Facility On Earth Goes Operational | BHE Renewables’ 579-megawatt solar project in Antelope Valley, CA is now fully connected to the California ISO grid.

Business Report: North Carolina – Growing Innovation Throughout The Tarheel State | North Carolina doubles down on growth plans for technology and innovation, with new funding and a new university-led program, InnovateNC.

State Focus – Louisiana: Where Partnerships Propel Innovation and Investment | Learn how Louisiana is bringing together state, regional and local partners in intelligent collaborations yielding sustainable growth.

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July/August 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 4)

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Snapshots: 60 Seconds… | With New Jersey Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno

Business Report: Missouri – Manufacturing Millions | Owens Corning will invest $90 million to build a new manufacturing facility in Joplin.

Cover Story: 2015 Business Facilities Rankings Report | Our 11th Annual Rankings Report is the most comprehensive evaluation we’ve ever produced, with more than 50 categories of state, metro and global benchmarks and more than 500 ranking results.

Cover Story: 2015 Rankings Report – Best States | Texas, California and Indiana notched the best across-the-board showings in our 2015 state rankings results, each garnering double- digit appearances on our top-10 lists.

Cover Story: 2015 Rankings Report – Top Metros | Does your hometown rule the roost in economic growth potential, tech jobs, logistics, tax climate and more than a baker’s dozen of other categories? To find out, head straight for our Metro Rankings.

Industry Focus: Digital Media On The Move | Utah and New Mexico are two big players in a digital media game that looks to have an infinite number of levels.

State Focus: Much More Than Fun In The Sun | Florida’s business climate matches its weather with bright, clear skies ahead leading to an even brighter economic development future.

State Focus: Arizona Is Ready For A High-Tech Future | The Copper State is home to quite a few locations that deserve the gold for industry success, market accessibility and a great quality of life.

Feature: Certified And Ready To Go | Site selectors are zeroing in on certified sites, which reduce develop- ment costs and put projects on a fast track to success. Join Jenny Vickers on our tour of locations that are fired up and ready to go.

State Focus: The World Comes To Illinois | The Land of Lincoln has built a $700-billion economy on a solid foundation of global commerce and growth sectors including finance and advanced manufacturing.

Special Report: Ready To Save Lives Today | The medical device industry is making great technologi- cal advances, but also facing significant regulatory challenges in bringing 21st-century tech to market.

Feature: Governor With A Global Reach | Gov. Nathan Deal has been piling up the frequent-flyer miles pitch- ing Georgia’s exports and attracting FDI to the Peach State. He gives BF the lowdown on his recent trip to Brazil in an exclusive interview.

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May/June 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 3)

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First Word | Precious Commodity

Snapshots: 60 Seconds… | With Val Hale, Executive Director, Utah GOED

Business Report: New Hampshire – A Welcome Move | A neighbor’s loss is New Hampshire’s gain as High Liner Foods puts its a new headquarters in Portsmouth.

Cover Story: Global Bio Report | If there’s one bright spot in the economic gloom enveloping most places in Europe, that glimmer of hope is pulsing out of the Old Continent’s burgeoning biotech sector. Join BF contributing editor Stefanie Ramsperger as she navigates the new terrain of Europe’s bio map and updates the latest from leading labs in the U.S.

Industry Focus: Manufacturing High-Tech Growth | In terms of its contribution to U.S. GDP, the advanced manufacturing sector is punching well above its weight, producing $2.7 trillion in value-added economic activity.

Cousins With Coastal Clout | While obviously not twins, North and South Carolina share enough similarities to make them look like business kin.

Business Report: Maryland – Records, Set, Go | Exports from Maryland reached a record high last year, spurred by trade with Canada, Saudi Arabia and China.

Business Report: Alabama – Investment Tide Keeps Rolling | There were 392 new projects in Alabama in 2014, bringing in nearly $3.4 billion in investments.

Thumbs Up For Business Expansion | They’ve got more than a green thumb in Michigan’s thriving 1-69 region, where a bevy of industries have discovered a prime location within reach of key markets.

Far From Thirsty | Greater Memphis wants you to know they have a 100-trillion-gallon supply of pure, sweet water in one of nature’s underground wonders.

Special Report: New Heights In Washington | The Evergreen State’s economy is experiencing historic growth fueled by a diverse group industry sectors with products and services that have changed the world.

Feature: A Rising Star In The Southwest | Whether it’s wiping out a budget deficit while cutting taxes 24 times, doubling trade with Mexico or giving 70,000 students the skills they need for 21st-century jobs, New Mexico is one step ahead of the competition. Gov. Susana Martinez gives BF the secrets to NM’s success.

Special Report: Reaching For The Wild Blue Yonder In Nevada | A major player in national security, Nevada’s aerospace and defense industry has a long, rich history and a bright, innovative future.

Special Report: Reigning Supreme In The Southeast | With so many projects and new jobs announced in Tennessee recently, the Volunteer State shows no signs of giving up its grip on our State of the Year trophy.

Special Report: Nothing Common About Its Wealth | Left, right and center, Massachusetts looks every which way to bring new business home. And once it succeeds, the Bay State is ready to deliver.

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March/April 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 2)

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First Word | Job One

Snapshots: 60 Seconds… | With Jon Barela, Cabinet Secretary, New Mexico Economic Development Dept.

Business Report: New Mexico – New Mexico Notches Record-Breaking Export Growth | Total exports from the Land of Enchantment reached an all-time high of $4 billion in 2014, with shipments of New Mexico goods to Mexico nearly doubling.

Cover Story: Workforce Training  Is Job One | The first thing businesses eyeing sites for new facilities want to know is whether there’s a workforce with 21st century skills ready to go.

Industry Focus: Aerospace Moving Onward And Upward | In the aerospace sector: the demand from airlines for fuel efficient jets is speeding up the retirement of older planes and driving up orders for new ones.

Feature Story: 2015 Economic Development Awards | Targeted incentives, better workforce training programs, and plentiful innovation hubs are among the award winners this year.

Business Report: Texas – First Data’s TeleCheck Services HQ Relocates To Sugar Land | Sugar Land, El Paso, LEDA and Texas Tech University, Houston, Tomball, Enterprise Business Park in Allen, Seguin and Texas becomes FDI Frontlines leader.

State Focus: New York – A Startup Empire Grows In New York | Success breeds success; all kinds of businesses are lining up to join the more than 70 companies already occupying START-UP NY’s tax-free zones.

Industry Focus: Logistics – Winding Roads | The logistics industry has trucked over some bumpy roads, but the path forward is paved with a smooth surface for high-speed growth.

Business Report: Illinois Innovation Council Targets Global Competitiveness | Gov. Bruce Rauner’s newly created Innovate Illinois Advisory Council aims to foster opportunity and increase the state’s global competitiveness.

Business Report: Nebraska Receives Infusion Of Small Business Funding | The Cornhusker State has received another infusion of SSBCI funds to assist with new business development, job creation and angel investments.

Special Report: Call Centers/Back Office – Making A Connection In Southwest Missouri | Southwest Missouri is an emerging call center hub with a skilled workforce, advanced connectivity and a low cost of doing business.

State Focus: Minnesota – The Road To Growth Starts Here | With a robust economy in The Land of the Lakes, officials are expanding their horizons in international markets.

Business Report: Mississippi – Delta-Energy Group Locating Operations In Natchez | A $45-million corporate investment by resource recovery player Delta-Energy Group will create 91 new jobs at a former International Paper mill in Natchez.

State Focus: Destined For Success In Arkansas | The Natural State is strategically sound with a central location, vast transportation network, variety of industries and low unemployment rate.

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January/February 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 1)

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First Word | Ahead Of The Curve

Snapshots: 60 Seconds… | With Greg Canfield, Alabama Secretary of Commerce

Business Report: Iowa – BIVI Plans $110-Million Expansion Of IA Biotech Facilities | BIVI invests $110 million in its facilities in Fort Dodge and Ames.

Cover Story: 2014 Economic Development Deal Of The Year AwardsBusiness Facilities Deal Of The Year winners: Tesla in Nevada with Gold, Boeing in Washington with Silver, and Comcast in Pennsylvania with Bronze.

Feature Story: Tennessee State Of The Year AGAIN! | The state wins the Business Facilities award for the second year in a row based on its strong auto showing, educational programs, and infrastructure.

Business Report: Louisiana – Matheson Tri-Gas Expands In Southwest Louisiana | Matheson’s $8.1-billion petrochemical complex will result in thousands of jobs in the Lake Charles area. Elmer’s expansion is a $40 million investment.

Feature Story: 3D Printing Is Shaping Up | From aerospace components to artificial limbs, additive manufacturing is going to change the way we make just about everything.

Industry Focus: Food Processing – Food Facts | Pleasing the knowledge palate can mean big bucks for the food processing industry.

State Focus: Industry Is Not The Only Thing Buzzing In Utah, The Beehive State | Utah’s slogan is Life Elevated, and they’re not just talking about mile-high mountains.

Feature Story: Tennessee Governor’s Report – Staying Ahead Of The Curve | In this exclusive interview, Gov. Bill Haslam provides insight into how Tennessee is keeping its job creation momentum in high gear.

Business Report: Kansas – Logistics Park Kansas City Grows In Edgerton | LPKC is growing by leaps, with Flexsteel and Kubota coming on board. Wichita expands its exporting goals, and Overland Park welcomes Black & Veatch.

Business Report: Missouri – E-Commerce Fulfillment Center Set For Kansas City | Kansas City, Missouri will now have ReallyGoodStuff.com, with a $3.3 million capital investment and 44 new jobs.

Industry Focus: Automotive – Hitting On All Cylinders | From driverless cars to all-electric vehicles, the auto industry gets ready to roll into the future.

Business Report: Georgia – Mercedes-Benz USA Relocates Headquarters To Atlanta | Mercedes is relocating its North American headquarters, bringing 800 jobs to Metro Atlanta. Osmose Utilities brings another 100 jobs to Georgia.

Business Report: Alabama – Polaris Industries Bringing 2,000 Jobs To Huntsville | Polaris Industries plans to build an off-road vehicle manufacturing facility that will create up to 2,000 jobs.

State Focus: Southern California – Where The Leading Edge Lives | Take a tour of So Cal’s leading facilities for advanced materials, clean transport systems and green energy.

Special Report: Licking County, OH – A Center Of Innovation And Manufacturing | Learn why Licking County is a premier location for manufacturing and technology in the middle of Ohio.

Consultant’s Corner: Incentives For Economic Development – A Good Or Bad Idea? | Recommendations for the public and private sectors.

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September/October 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 5)

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FIRST WORD | Look At The Bright Side

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds… | with Larry Parman, Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce

COVER STORY: High-Tech Hubs | Federal funding initiatives are turbocharging advanced manufacturing and putting everyone in a 21st century state of mind.

LOCATION FOCUS: Texas – Big and Getting Bigger | Infrastructure has helped Texas become the top overall exporter in the U.S., and in January, the state also became the country’s top exporter of technology.

STATE FOCUS: Iowa – Keeps Attracting Major Business Expansions | Fiscal stability, a low cost of doing business and a skilled workforce are a formula for growth in the Hawkeye State.

FEATURE STORY: Logistics – Big Wheels Keep On Rollin’ |  A recent decline in logistics’ percentage of GDP is traced to lower volumes and lower spending on transportation and services.

BUSINESS REPORT: California – Sacramento County Plans For The “Next Economy” | Take a look inside at the Capital Region’s Prosperity Plan to create an ecosystem for entrepreneurs.

STATE FOCUS: Oklahoma – Oil, Cattle and Much, Much More | Find out how Oklahoma is defying expectations and diversifying into several hot growth sectors, including data centers.

STATE FOCUS: Indiana – A State Of Action | Indiana isn’t leading in manufacturing job growth by accident.

BUSINESS REPORT: North Carolina State – Next Generation Power Electronics Hub | North Carolina will be home to the $140-million Next Generation Power Electronics Manufacturing Institute.

FEATURE STORY: Michigan Governor’s Report – Reinventing Michigan | The Wolverine State has transformed its business climate, and Gov. Rick Snyder shares some of his successful growth strategies.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Ports & FTZs – Drivers For Commerce And Trade | FTZs and ports are playing a greater role in development efforts geared to increased imports and exports.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Call Centers – Welcome Home | Changes in technology, rising overseas labor costs and language barriers leading to customer dissatisfaction are some reasons for the offshoring reversal.

LOCATION FOCUS: New Jersey – The Place For Giant Opportunities | New Jersey fields a powerful lineup of assets for business, including game-changing tax incentives.

STATE FOCUS: Mississippi’s Got It All | Low energy/operating costs, customized incentives and a skilled workforce make the Magnolia State the place to be.

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July/August 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 4)

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FIRST WORD | All Arrows Point Up

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds… | with Bill Hagerty, Commissioner, Tennessee Department Of Economic And Community Development

BUSINESS REPORT: Four Cities To Pilot Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative | Four Kansas cities will participate in a pilot program that will help the state develop strategic plans to meet broadband needs and priorities.

COVER STORY: 2014 Business Facilities Rankings Report | After numerous twists and turns—and more than a few jarring dips—most locations are safely back on track and climbing again.

COVER STORY: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings | Tech growth in Austin, TX bounces this city to the top this year, with Baton Rouge, LA in second place.

BUSINESS REPORT: Missouri – Commerce Bank Puts New HQ In Joplin Tornado Recovery Zone | A Commerce Bank branch that was destroyed in 2011 by an F5 tornado in Joplin will rise again, bigger and better; parts supplier LMV Automotive expands in Liberty.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Global Aerospace Production Soars To New Heights | The surge in commercial aircraft production is offsetting declines in the global defense sector.

LOCATION FOCUS: Florida – Rebounded And Ready | The Sunshine State is on its way toward economic redemption with some strategic investments made possible by a new state budget.

BUSINESS REPORT: Georgia – Latvian Fiberglass Producer Puts U.S. HQ in Dublin, GA | A Latvian fiberglass maker finds everything is peachy in Georgia and decides to put its U.S. headquarters there. Plus, new Meridian 75 Logistics Center in Forsythe is ready to go.

LOCATION FOCUS: Illinois – Trying To Make Headway In Every Way | Gov. Pat Quinn and state agencies are using many tools to help grow the state’s economy, preparing for a future of fiscal stability.

FEATURE STORY: Public-Private Partnerships – An Alliance For Progress That Works | Find out why more locations are choosing to organize their economic development programs into public-private partnerships that operate at the speed of business.

BUSINESS REPORT: Arizona – Santa Cruz Is Shovel-Ready | The Ak-Chin Indian Community offers an industrial site with state and metro area advantages.

BUSINESS REPORT: Greater Akron – A Magnet For Investment And New Jobs | The Greater Akron Chamber helped more than a dozen companies locate or expand in the region in 2013 alone.

FEATURE STORY: Georgia’s Governor’s Report – Rising And Ready For The Future | Georgia Gov. Deal discusses his state’s workforce and talks about other business factors including foreign investment in the state.

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May/June 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 3)

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FIRST WORD | Covering The Bases

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds… | with Michael Finney, President And CEO, Michigan Economic Development

BUSINESS REPORT: A Rising Tide Of New Jobs, Investment Rolls Into Alabama | Nearly 17,000 new jobs and more than $4.4 billion in capital investment came to Alabama in 2013, according to a new report released by Gov. Robert Bentley.

COVER STORY: Global Biotech Report | A resurgent bioscience sector pulls Europe into recovery, while U.S. biotech leaders train the next generation of an essential skilled workforce.

BUSINESS REPORT: Wisconsin Spurs Milwaukee Redevelopment With Brownfield Grants | Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. grants will be deployed to prime former Pabst, Schlitz brewery sites and two other projects for redevelopment.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Food Processing — The Process Of Consistency | Food processing plays a central role in enhancing everyone’s quality of life. Find out which locations are growing a new crop of jobs in their established food-processing hubs.

FEATURE STORY: Indiana Governor’s Report – Homegrown Success In The Hoosier State | In this exclusive Indiana Governor’s Report, Gov. Mike Pence gives BF an upfront look at how the state’s economic development effort has been ramped up to match the speed of business.

FEATURE STORY: Feature Story: Shovel-Ready Sites – Fired Up, Ready To Go | Pre-certified, shovel-ready sites are essential to attract expansions and relocations in today’s fast-moving business environment.

BUSINESS REPORT: Coca-Cola Bottling Recommits To Chattanooga | Coca-Cola—which opened its first bottling plant in Chattanooga more than a century ago—has doubled down on its commitment with a new distribution center in the city.

LOCATION FOCUS: The Carolinas – Growth Climate Warms In The Carolinas | The Carolinas are setting out the welcome mat for innovation and manufacturing, drawing in numerous new projects.

BUSINESS REPORT: Maryland – Howard County Opens 3D Printing Prototype Lab | C3D Maryland unveils its new Innovation + Prototyping Lab, dedicated to the advancement of the hot growth sector of additive manufacturing.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Data Centers – To Serve And Protect | A successful business expansion strategy can’t ignore data storage needs.

LOCATION FOCUS: Washington – Scenic Vistas And Soaring Industry Side By Side | In the Pacific Northwest, world-class ports and a renewed commitment from Boeing are lifting the growth potential in Washington.

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March/April 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 2)

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FIRST WORD | We’re No. 1

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds… | with Lesley Whatley, Director, START-UP NY

BUSINESS REPORT: Lindt Expands To Add Ghirardelli Line In Stratham, NH | A 100,000-square-foot expansion will allow Lindt to produce Ghiradelli chocolates in Stratham.

COVER STORY: New Energy Powers Growth | An Energy Revolution has put the U.S. back on top as the world’s leading energy producer. Take this panoramic tour of the locations that are powering growth by unlocking vast reserves and hooking up renewable energy to their transmission grids.

FEATURE STORY: 2014 Economic Development Awards | The magazine has trained its scope on all of the initiatives and programs that came its way in the past year and has picked out those that set the standard for excellence.

LOCATION FOCUS: New York – The Empire State Leverages Its Strengths | Find out how the Empire State is allowing new and expanding businesses to capitalize on its educational campuses and communities.

BUSINESS REPORT: Businesses Are Finding It’s Better In The Bluegrass State | Thanks to its ability to give businesses the tools they need, the Bluegrass State has seen a surge of investments.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: Logistics – Going With The Flow | Here’s the lowdown on how tailored logistics and transportation solutions are the essential link in the growth chain.

INDUSTRY FOCUS: MidAmerica’s World-Class Flow Chart | Learn how strategic water planning gave a 9,000-acre industrial park in Oklahoma a leg up on the competition.

STATE FOCUS: Minnesota’s Formula For Success | Minnesota’s favorable business climate and quality workforce have steadily increased the state’s economic activity.

BUSINESS REPORT: Garden State Growth Zones Aim to Lift New Jersey’s Cities | NJ’s Garden State Growth Zones offer special incentives to developers who invest in urban centers.

BUSINESS REPORT: GEICO Expansion Brings 1,000 New Jobs To Katy, TX | Openings, expansions and relocations will bring more than a thousand jobs to the Lone Star State in the near future.

STATE FOCUS: Arkansas – Easy To Reach, Easy To Grow | A strong transportation infrastructure makes Arkansas an ideal location for businesses that want to move bulk commodities and consumer goods.

BUSINESS REPORT: Chicago Will Host Digital Manufacturing And Design Innovation Institute | The Windy City will be home to a new $320-million Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute.

BUSINESS REPORT: Oilfield Supplier Tejas Tubular Sets New Plant in Norfolk, NE | Tejas Tubular will build a 350,000-square-foot facility and create more than 200 jobs in the greater Norfolk area.

STATE FOCUS: Pennsylvania – Built To Advance | The Keystone State is on a mission to invent the next era of business innovation while taking care to support the needs of industries today.

FEATURE STORY: Aiming For The Top In Utah | Gov. Gary Herbert is closing in on his goal of making Utah the most dynamic state economy. In this Governor’s Report interview, the Beehive State’s chief executive shares the state’s formula for success.

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January/February 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 1)

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FIRST WORD | And The Winners Are

SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds… | with Larry V. Parman, Secretary, Oklahoma Department of Commerce

FEATURE STORY: 2013 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards | Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners are profiled in this article. Honorable Mentions are also included.

BUSINESS REPORT: Georgia – A Harvest Of Ripe Jobs | GA notched a 10-percent surge in job creation in fiscal 2013, with 389 companies investing $6 billion.

FEATURE STORY: Governor’s Report – Ringing The Bell For Growth | Join us as we ride shotgun with Gov. Tom Corbett, who gives us an exclusive overview of the dynamic growth strategy yielding solid results in the Keystone State.

STATE FOCUS: Utah – Business And Life Are Elevated In The Beehive State | Like the mighty Rockies looming over everything, Utah’s business development is reaching for the sky.

COVER STORY: State Of The Year – Tennessee | The Volunteer State motors into our winner’s circle with a versatile growth engine that’s hitting on all cylinders and creating thousands of jobs from Kingsport to Memphis.

BUSINESS REPORT: Florida – AeroTurbine Opens HQ In Miramar As Florida Aerospace Grows | AeroTurbine’s new HQ in Miramar expands the Sunshine State’s bounty of more than 2,000 aviation companies.

BUSINESS REPORT: Ontario – Ontario Unveils Plans To Achieve Energy Balance | The Ministry of Energy unveils its most ambitious plan yet to ensure that Canada’s economic engine is fully powered.

BUSINESS REPORT: Indiana – Hat World Puts Expanded Headquarters In Zionsville, IN | Hat World, parent of the LIDS retail chain, invests $21.8 million in its Zionsville HQ and distribution ops.

FEATURE STORY: Workforce Training – Workforce Development Programs…The Recipe For Success | This article takes an in-depth look at some of the most innovative workforce development programs in the nation.

STATE FOCUS: Kansas – Kansas Focuses On The All-Around | It’s time to tap your red shoes together and find out why Kansas offers one of the most business-friendly environments in the U.S.

BUSINESS REPORT: Missouri – Joplin Area Rises From The Rubble And Reaches For New Heights | Prepare to be inspired as we give you and update of Joplin’s amazing recovery from 2011’s monster tornado.

BUSINESS REPORT: Virginia – Stafford County, Where Connectivity And Opportunity Intersect | With a new dark-fiber network, Stafford County will meet the 21st-century needs of tech leaders.

 

 

 

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September/October 2013 Issue (Volume 46, Number 5)

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First Word | Turning the Page

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Cover Story: Shovel-Ready Sites Are Growing From The Ground Up | More and more states are lining up to introduce site-certification programs to consolidate the timeline for bringing new projects to fruition.

Feature Story: The Cultural Roots of High-Tech Growth | Find out how locations that have a history of nurturing enterpreneurship may have a head start on spurring startups and developing high-tech hubs that yield high-growth sectors.

Business Report: The Carolinas – Regional Utilities Are Busy Powering Growth In The Carolinas | Powerhouses Duke Energy Progress and Santee Cooper maintain more than infrastructure in north and South Carolina—they’re driving development and site readiness.

Location Focus: Indiana – More And More Roads Are Leading To “The Crossroads Of America” | The Hoosier State is ripping away the red tape and laying out the welcome mat for new business.

State Focus: Lassoing Jobs In Texas | Visit some prime locations in the Lone Star State, where low taxes an a growing population of skilled workers are an unbeatable combination for luring new business.

Community Profile: Opportunity Knocks In Southwest Louisiana | World-class infrastructure, a burgeoning energy sector and a cornucopia of available sites await expanding businesses looking for the perfect place to put down roots and nurture growth.

Business Report: Georgia – Automotive Suppliers Are Multiplying In The Peach State | The automotive industry is speeding ahead at full throttle in the Peach State, with Kia Motors the focal point.

Feature Story: Game-Changer In The Heartland | Get an up-close look at the Midwest Inland Port and ADM’s new intermodal freight shipping and receiving facility, which is moving Decatur, IL into the top tier of world-class logistics hubs.

Location Focus: Sooner Or Later You’ll Choose Oklahoma | Find out why there’s an advantage to planting your new facility in the geographic center of the U.S.

Special Report: Greater Fort Lauderdale – Magnet For Biotech/Pharma Growth | The Sunshine State’s Atlantic Coast is winning in the global competition for new biotech business.

Feature Story: Governor’s Report – Talking The Talk And Backing It Up With Results | Gov. Rick Perry’s been popping up all over the U.S. extolling the virtues of doing business in the Lone Star State. In This Governor’s Report, he sat down and gave us the keys to the huge success in Texas.

Business Report: New York – Fracking Boom Spurs Growth Of Supply Chain In Upstate NY | Buffalo will be home to a $102-million steel pipe plant that will serve drilling ops in the Marcellus Shale region.

Special Report: Huntley, IL Has Capacity, Connection And Cooperation | Take a close look at a Golden Corridor gem that’s laid the cable and pulled together a major data hub.

Business Report: New California Incentives Offer Credits For Job Creation | Scheduled to begin in 2014, a trio of tax credit programs will be rolled out by the Golden State  to modernize incentives and spur job growth.

 

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July/August 2013 Issue (Volume 46, Number 4)

Business Facilities: July/August 2013

First Word | Work In Progress

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Stephen Moret, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development.

Business Report: Alabama – Hitting On All Cylinders | Donghee America plans $48-million fuel tank plant in Auburn.

Cover Story: Business Facilities Rankings Report | The evaluations are over and the grades are in. Our 9th annual report card on the state, metro and international pecking order is our most comprehensive to date.

Business Report: Virginia – Tech Park Grows In Richmond | Diagnostic leader HDL will occupy nearly five football fields of space in its expanded research and office complex in the heart of downtown Richmond.

Feature Story: The Race Is On For Post-Panamax Ports | The big ships are coming from the expanded Panama Canal and U.S. ports are racing to get ready. Find out which shipping hubs have dredged their harbors and installed super-sized cranes.

Business Report: Kansas – Agro-Biotech And Twinkies | While the nation’s premier biodefense lab moves closer to fruition, consumer giants Staples, Starwood and a revived Hostess Bakery have set up shop in Kansas.

State Focus: Florida’s Future Looks Bright | Balmy economic weather has broken out in the Sunshine State, and it’s growing jobs as well as oranges and grapefruits.

State Focus: Ohio’s Road To Recovery | Get the latest on the rebound in the Rust Belt that has everyone predicting a bright future and a jobs bonanza in the Buckeye State.

Business Report: Mississippi – A New Burst Of Energy | Mississippi hopes to keep its thriving energy sector humming with a bevy of new incentives.

Industry Focus: Aero/Defense Is Still Rising | The impact of sequester cuts has slowed but not reversed the upward trajectory of the aerospace sector.

Business Report: Illinois – Outlook Is Positive In Wheeling | Chicago Executive Airport gets bigger and better.

Business Report: Missouri – Ford Revs Up In KCMO | Ford is investing $1.1 billion to expand its F-Series truck assembly plant, adding 2,000 jobs.

Feature Story – Governor’s Report: Washington Aims Higher | Gov. Jay Inslee’s plate is full, but he made some time to tell us how he’s dealing with everything from fierce aerospace competition to the impact of climate change and legalized marijuana.

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May/June 2013 Issue (Volume 46, Number 3)

Business Facilities: May/June 2013

First Word | The Shape Of Things To Come

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Eric Borgerding, Executive Vice President, Wisconsin Hospital Association.

Business Report: West Virginia – Marcellus Shale Brings Italy Closer To WV | Find out how the energy bonanza from drilling in the Marcellus Shale formation is bringing manufacturers to West Virginia from near and far.

Cover Story: Advanced Manufacturing  – Creating Jobs In Three Dimensions | Join us as we explore the brave new world of 3D printing, which is moving out of the labs and into the marketplace as fast as you can, well, “print” a finished part from a downloaded design. Get the skinny on the new technology that promises to revolutionize manufacturing worldwide.

Feature Story: Logistics Clusters – Magnets For Growth | Logistics clusters are getting bigger while global supply chains are shrinking. Go figure. Actually, these two trends are related responses to the same dynamic: the need to get product to customer faster than ever.

Business Report: Maryland – Mega Data Hub For Feds | The Social Security Administration has finally broken ground for its new $192-million data center in Urbana, which will replace a 34-year-old facility.

Business Report: Iowa – Doubling Down On Wind Power | MidAmerican Energy is investing $1.9 billion in new capacity, adding 1,050 megawatts by 2015.

Business Report: Minnesota – Fortune 500 Firms Flock | The tally for Fortune 500 firms calling the Land of the Lakes home is now 19, including giants UnitedHealth Group, Target and Best Buy.

Special Report: The Carolinas Are Bringing The Business | A Recession that sent employment below sea level is just a bad memory as the recovery begins to rock in these two coastal cousins.

Business Report: Wisconsin – Partners With Energy To Grow | Wisconsin Wind Works has put together a consortium of 300 vendors and suppliers to the wind energy industry in the Badger State.

Industry Focus: More Than Just Production And Plating | It’s all you can eat as we serve up a hefty portion of the most dynamic food processing locations we can find across the fruited plain.

Special Report: Devens – Secret Weapon In The Battle For Business | A 4,400-acre former military base in the heart of Massachusetts is helping startups and industry leaders succeed and conquer. Join this tour of Devens, a unique place to live and work.

Business Report: Tennessee – Alcoa Expands Auto Sheet Operation In Blount County | The metals giant is counting on a fourfold increase in the amount of aluminum in cars by 2015 to keep its expanding Blount County facility running at full capacity.

Business Report: Arkansas – Dassault Invests $60 Million In Little Rock Expansion | Dassault Falcon Jet is introducing 3D design at its Arkansas production facility, investing $60 million in an expansion that will grow the plant to 1.25 million square feet.

Special Report: Critical Site Location Factors For Automotive Suppliers | Mark Williams, president of Strategic Development Group and a perennial LiveXchange speaker gives the lowdown on the key factors that go into site selection for automotive OEMs and suppliers.

Feature Story: Thailand – Nuanced Nation, One-Stop Shop | When we sent correspondent Bill Trüb to the other side of the planet, we knew he’d return with a fresh look at an exotic, emerging economic power. Sit back and enjoy Bill’s informative, entertaining first person account of his tour.

Inside LiveXchange: LiveXchange Review | Disasters—natural and man-made—were a common theme at this year’s event. Here are highlights from two of the more provocative presentations.

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March/April 2013 Issue (Volume 46, Number 2)

Business Facilities: March/April 2013

First Word | Delivering The Goods

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, State of New Jersey

Special Report: Steadfast And Strong In The Wake Of Superstorm Sandy | The unprecedented and deadly devastation wrought by last fall’s catastrophe demolished entire communities from Montauk Point to Cape May. A $60-billion rebuilding effort is underway. In this Special Report, BF takes a detailed look at each state’s chosen path to recovery and provides a handy guide to available aid.

Cover Story: Global Biotech Report | As the global financial system continues to mend, venture capital is flowing back into the biotech sector. So there’s no better time for us to roll out our most comprehensive tour to date of biotech leaders on both sides of the Atlantic.

Feature Story: Economic Development Awards |
It’s time to give out our annual honors to the organizations that have
established and consistently executed the best practices in service to their locations. And our annual Achievement Awards pay homage to the programs that succeed in matching their tools to their growth targets, delivering the goods.

Business Report: Texas | There’s always a good time to be had at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin. This year’s hoedown brought more than 30,000 eager participants to the state capital to sample an eclectic mix of high-tech and culture.

Location Focus: United It Stands | Don’t let that regional map of agencies fool you, New York’s empire of development is focused on a common goal.

Feature Story: Accelerating In Alabama | Nestled in the piney woods down South is a rising economic powerhouse charging to the top of our automotive and aerospace rankings and putting competitors in its rear-view mirror. In our exclusive interview, Gov. Robert Bentley tells us why global giants like Airbus and Mercedes have put down deep roots in Alabama.

Feature Story: The Story Of Storage | With ever increasing, pertinent information housed in data centers, the evolution from large and complex to leaner and greener was inevitable.

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January/February 2013 Issue (Volume 46, Number 1)

Business Facilities: January/February 2013

First Word | Making The Call

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Greg Canfield, Secretary, Alabama Department of Commerce

Business Report: Utah – Life Sciences Grow High-Wage Jobs In The Beehive State | Utah’s life science industry has been on the rise, increasing job numbers and wages along the way.

Cover Story: Deal Of The Year 2012  | Baxter International’s decision to make a $1.3-billion investment in an expansion of its bio-pharmaceutical manufacturing promises to propel the Peach State into the front ranks of national biotech powerhouses.

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. Download our comprehensive look at the leading high-tech hubs that are generating gigabytes of growth.

International Profile: Mexico – Mexico’s Export Economy Adds Emerson | Mexico is counting on a reliable workforce, countless industrial parks and a robust network of trade agreements to lift its fortunes in 2013. Join us as we sample the wares of a Latin American leader.

Business Report: Georgia – GA Notches Record Job Growth And Investment In 2012 | Georgia Economic Development’s Global Commerce Division is helping to generate record job growth and investment for the Peach State.

Industry Focus: Points of Entry for Cash-Rich Cargo | Book passage now and take our tour of the leading ports and FTZs.

Business Report: Indiana – Indiana Employment is Getting Bigger, Faster | IEDC secured commitments from 256 companies in 2012 to create 27,620 new jobs.

Business Report: Ohio – Ohio Launches Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program | The Buckeye State puts its best foot forward with a new employer-driven training program.

Location Focus: California Dreamin’: A Rebound Fueled By New Energy | The Golden State emerges from the big downturn with its head held high and a bonanza beckoning beneath its feet.

Location Focus: Kansas – Diversification From The Ground Up | Kansas is much more than the nation’s breadbasket. Let us fill your plate with a hefty helping of new developments.

Business Report: Virginia – Streamlining FTZ Process Speeds Business Development In Virginia | Businesses that wish to locate in Culpeper’s FTZ will now face a much easier application process.

Feature Story: State Of The Year – Texas | The dynamic and diverse economy of the Lone Star State made it a hands down pick for our most prestigious annual designation.

Business Report: Florida – EC Railway, Port Everglades Join Forces On Intermodal | A Floridian partnership will help encourage use of a new intermodal container transfer facility.

Inside LiveXchange: LiveXchange Review | Here are the highlights from our blue-ribbon panel of expert presentations at last year’s event, our most successful ever.

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September/October 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 5)

Business Facilities: September/October 2012

First Word | Take Your Pick

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Kenneth Adams, President & CEO, Empire State Development

Business Report: Washington – Aerospace Suppliers Bringing Their Business To Spokane | Building on the success of this year’s aerospace/defense supplier summit, Spokane will host the 2014 confab.

Cover Story: Editors’ Location Picks  | It’s time to shine our spotlight on the up and coming locations that caught our eye and earned a place in our annual showcase. As usual, the task of winnowing the candidates was much tougher than singing their praises. Click the link to find out who made the cut.

Feature Story: Building A Jobs Bonanza In The Bluegrass State | From bourbon to advanced batteries, the Bluegrass State is executing a diverse development strategy and laying the foundation for long-term growth. Gov. Steve Beshear gives a high-level overview in the article.

Location Focus: Texas – BIG Heart, Country, Business | Put on your 10-gallon hat and see how the Lone Star State Continues to outperform the rest of the U.S. in job creation.

Business Report: The Carolinas – Carolinas Put Out Welcome Mat For Business From Far East | The governors of North Carolina and South Carolina are piling up the frequent flier miles seeking business from Asia.

Special Report: Two Train Cars Forward, Three Cargo Ships Back | Getting goods to market is a top priority in site selection decisions. Hop on board as we ride the big cargo routes.

Special Report: PSE&G Adds $883 Million T New Jersey’s Solar Power Push | New Jersey is second only to sunny California in installed solar power generation capacity—and its capacity is about to get bigger, thanks to an investment by the state’s largest utility.

Business Report: New York – Regional Councils: Engines For Growth In The Empire State | Here’s a road map to the sweeping reorganization that transformed economic development in the Empire State.

Location Focus: The Heartland Of America Beats Strong | A broad economic base, supported by strong infrastructure, brings business to the geographic center of the U.S. Check out this tour of the Land of Lincoln.

Industry Focus: Biotech – A Recession-Proof Growth Sector | While the U.S. was losing more than three million jobs, the biotech industry was creating 96,000 high wage positions. This story takes the pulse of this growth sector.

Feature Story: High-Tech Hubs Are Moving To Their Markets | Technology clusters are sprouting in unexpected places as everyone reaches for a piece of the 21st century tech jobs pie. Find out where the action is in this comprehensive look at locations that have put themselves on the high-tech map.

Business Report: Georgia Is Attracting Businesses In Droves | Industry giants like Caterpillar, Starbucks and Baxter International are making long-term investments in Georgia.

Inside LiveXchange: Staying Ahead Of A Rapidly Changing Curve | Anatalio Ubalde, co-founder/CEO of GIS Planning, will be a featured speaker at LiveXchange.

 

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July/August 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 4)

Business Facilities: July/August 2012

First Word | The Best (Not The Rest)

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Richard Fisher, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Cover Story: Rankings Report | Take a trip around the globe with our annual assessment of world beaters.

Feature Story: Nothing Matters More Than Talent | Unemployment rates are still depressingly high, but what’s even more astounding is thousands of jobs going unfilled because of a shortage of skilled labor. Our in-depth roundup reveals which states are filling this gap with innovative and highly effective workforce training programs.

Industry Focus: The Process Of Food | In the journey from farms to refrigerators, back-end considerations must be addressed before you get the first bite.

Business Report: Mississippi – Nissan North America Expanding In Canton, MS | Nissan North America is planning to produce Sentra compacts at its Canton Plant, adding 1,000 jobs.

Location Focus: Things Are Heating Up In The Hoosier State | Business Golaiths and entrepreneurial Davids alike get a friendly reception when they locate in Indiana.

Business Report: Virginia – Virginia’s High-Tech Economy Keeps Growing | The Commonwealth is making sure that businesses have a technology edge when they put down roots in VA.

Location Focus: Ontario Is Green, Growing, And Diversifying | Find out how our friends up North are moving quickly to diversify their base to cope with a strong Canadian dollar.

International Report: Mexico – Nexus Of Industrial Development Across Mexico | Amistad’s Industrial Developers is a growth driver South of the border, working with more than 100 industry leaders.

Business Report: California – California Is Preparing For The Future | The Golden State has made  commitment to link its transportation systems to a new high-speed rail line.

Location Focus: Facets Of Florida | We all know you can get the best oranges, grapefruits, and suntans in Florida. But the Sunshine State also offers bushels of high-tech businesses.

Business Report: Tennessee – Tennessee Initiates Site Certification Program | The Volunteer State is establishing a rigorous set of benchmarks and engaging a top-flight team of consultants to pre-certifty available sites.

Inside LiveXchange: You Rank, We Rank, Some Stank | Dean Barber, principal of Barber Business Advisors, will be a featured speaker at this year’s LiveXchange event. Here,  Dean gives us his insightful take on rankings.

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May/June 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 3)

Business Facilities: May/June 2012

First Word | Great Expectations

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Stephen Moret, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development

Business Report: West Virginia – Open For Business | The mountain state is a bevy of information when it comes to public awareness about its businesses.

Cover Story: Building A Biotech Bonanza | While the big biotech balloon isn’t soaring as high as expected prior to the financial woes of 2008, it definitely hasn’t popped. During the economic recovery, sector initiatives have traded fast and furious for slow and steady—and sometimes that’s what wins the race.

International Report: Germany And Belgium | The economies of advanced and emerging Europe have been spilling over into each other as they jockey for position in the midst of crisis. Find out which areas may get the upper hand as an economic union battles to hold itself together.

Location Focus: Carolinas – Coastal Clout With Global Reach | Follow North and South Carolina as they certify shovel-ready sites and pioneer new incentives for long-term growth.

Industry Focus: Data Centers – Growing By Gigabytes | From the snow-capped Rockies of Wyoming to the scenic vistas of the Tennessee Valley, the growth of cloud computing and a defrosting economy have heated up a resumption of planned expansions and put new projects on the front burner. Look over our shoulder as we measure the expanding footprint of this hot growth sector.

Feature Story: Powerhouses That Put A Jot In New Projects | A select group of utilities have made economic development a central part of their mission. Join Business Facilities as it showcases these standouts and delivers the results of its comprehensive Top Utilities survey.

Business Report: Maryland – Maryland Is Leading The Pack In Energy Efficiency | Maryland’s aggressive energy efficiency goals are within reach as the state moves up in the environmental rankings.

Industry Focus: Ports Of Success  | With export numbers on the rise, find out which ports and FTZs are situated to help keep businesses afloat.

Business Report: Utah – Job Creation Efforts Are Buzzing In The Beehive State | Gov. Gary Herbert is leading and ambitious effort to create 100,000 jobs in 1,000 days. Find out what’s making the Beehive State’s economy buzz.

Special Report: Northeast Ohio – Region On The Rise | The triangle that connects Cleveland, Akron and Youngstown is quickly transitioning to the 21st century knowledge economy. Take our tour.

The Growth Specialist: Everything Must Change – Rethinking Workforce Development | A skilled workforce must be equipped to meet project needs. Let our Specialist help you avoid a mismatch.

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March/April 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 2)

Business Facilities: March/April 2012

First Word | Taking The Prize

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Joseph E. Zeis, Jr., Vice President and Chief Strategist, The Dayton Development Coalition

Business Report: Georgia – GT Info Security Center Supports Cyber Start-Ups | Georgia Tech Information Security Center start ups continue to attract capital funding for cyber security development.

Cover Story: Digital Media Takes The Prize | Millions of pixels are helping to create thousands of jobs in a new high-growth sector of the economy. From feature films to video games, digital media is spreading its computer-generated wings and flying, from traditional locations like California, Massachusetts and New York to up and coming industry leaders Utah, Louisiana and Rhode Island.

Feature Story: 2012 Economic Development Awards | Business Facilities is continuously adapting to meet the needs of our community. What better way to celebrate growth than with a gaggle of new Economic Development Awards? Our new standard of excellence crowns achievement in categories honoring the agencies and organizations who have established the best practices in our industry with measurable success.

Business Report: New Jersey – Transit Hub Tax Credit Fuels An Urban Renaissance In NJ | The Garden State’s Urban Transit Hub Tax Credit is a major tool for investment, development and employment.

Business Report: California – Finding The Lowest Denominator Of Business Cost | In a challenging economic environment, municipalities find that a low cost of business is the key that unlocks new jobs.

Industry Focus: The “Space” That Keeps Us Grounded | From the ground up, find out how the aerospace industry contributes to our safety and economy and advances our way of life.

Business Report: Texas – A Decade Of Prosperity | According to Gov. Rick Perry, low taxes, a fair legal system and a skilled workforce have helped put the Lone Star State on a decade’s long roll for job growth.

Location Focus: New York – A Wealth Of Everything | From the City that Never Sleeps to the City of Good Neighbors, the City by the Sea to the City of Parks, anything can and does happen in New York—and the Empire State is always ready for action.

Business Report: Arizona Is Challenging Its Homegrown Innovators | The Copper State is hoping to win the gold with a money-driven challenge for its dedication to innovation.

Feature Story: Memphis Bioworks – Breaking Ground On Medical Breakthroughs | The new Memphis Specialized Laboratory rising at the UT-Baptist Research Park in Tennessee will help speed the FDA approval process for new vaccines, orthopedics and drugs at one of the nation’s leading biomed hubs.

Industry Focus: Automotive Shifts Into High Gear | Learn why the automotive industry is roaring back to life and who is expected to come out on top.

Business Report: Indiana – A Warm Business Climate Grows A Multitude Of Jobs | The Hoosier State received a record number of job commitments last year and aims to keep pace in 2012.

Feature Story: Rhode Island Is Big On The Future | Gov. Lincoln Chaffee is positioning Rhode Island at the forefront of 21st century economic development by focusing on the building blocks of the new economy. Join us as the governor gives us the tour.

The Growth Specialist: Top Ten Things Local Officials Can Do To Promote Job Creation | The man who oversaw the U.S. government’s $787-billion stimulus program emphasizes a common-sense approach to job-creation based on planning, efficiency and shoe leather.

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January/February 2012 Issue (Volume 45, Number 1)

Business Facilities: January/February 2012

First Word | Bigger and Better

Snapshots: 60 Seconds | with Chris Cummiskey, Commissioner Of The Georgia Department Of Economic Development

Business Report: Louisiana Keeps Moving Up Way Down South | Best-in-the-nation workforce training and technology incentives are growing high-quality jobs in the Bayou State.

2011 Economic Development Deal Of The Year Awards

  • Gold: Kentucky-Ford Partnership
  • Silver: Continental Tire-South Carolina
  • Bronze: First Solar-Arizona
  • Honorable Mentions

State Of The Year: Utah | When the folks in the Beehive State climbed to the top of our flagship Best Business Climate ranking last summer, we knew it was only a matter of time before they planted their flag on our awards summit: Utah is our 2011 State of the Year.

Business Report: Mississippi Aims To Move To The Head Of The Creative Class | A new governor has the Magnolia State focusing on an emerging clean-energy industry and a creative economy.

Industry Focus: Ships, Planes, Trains And Automobiles | For the latest info on thriving distribution centers, all roads lead to our roundup.

Feature Story: Renewable Energy Is Generating Greenbacks | Sky-high expectations that renewable energy would be the growth driver of the new economy are giving way to market-driven realities. The outlook for alt energy is still sunny, and the smartest players have the wind at their backs.

Feature Story: Aerotropolis Update | Find out which airport cities are landing in the heart of 21st Century urban planning by embracing the aerotropolis concept for high-flying growth.

Business Report: Ontario – Going Green By Keeping Fit | A pioneering feed-in-tariff (FIT) program yields long-term pricing for electricity generated by alternative energy.

Business Report: Florida – Shines Its Light On Innovation | With its population increasing as fast as its GDP, the Sunshine State is tying its ambitious job-creation juggernaut to innovative industry clusters and high-wage jobs.

Business Report: Washington – Aerospace Aims Higher | The global aerospace manufacturing hub of the Pacific Northwest is focusing on new investments in training and a statewide coalition on competitiveness to maintain its lofty position as the industry leader.

Inside LiveXchange: 2012 | Our 7th annual LiveXchange event in San Diego matched site selectors with economic development pros for some intense, productive dealmaking. Here’s an inside look.

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