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The March / April 2019 Issue features a look at workforce training programs, manufacturing growth, biotechnology and STEM leaders. Plus, data centers and green development.


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The March / April 2019 Issue features a look at workforce training programs, manufacturing growth, biotechnology and STEM leaders. Plus, data centers and green development.

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Latest: March / April 2019 Issue (Volume 52, Number 2) - The March / April 2019 Issue features a look at workforce training programs, manufacturing growth, biotechnology and STEM leaders. Plus, data centers and green development.

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

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Business Facilities January / February 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.

FEATURES

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.

FEATURES

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

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ON THE COVER

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.

FEATURES

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.

SPECIAL REPORTS

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.

BUSINESS REPORTS

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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ON THE COVER

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.

SPECIAL REPORTS

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.

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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ON THE COVER

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.

FEATURES

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.

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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ON THE COVER

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.

FEATURES

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.

SPECIAL REPORTS

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.

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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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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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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Location Spotlight: Hoosier Energy

The Hoosier Energy Power Network’s Economic Development team is dedicated to providing valuable site selection information and assistance to companies considering a relocation or expansion in Indiana or Illinois.

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Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia: The Perfect Place

Valdosta-Lowndes County, Georgia is a vibrant and premier location for business development opportunities. Located midway between Atlanta and Orlando in the heart of South Georgia, Valdosta-Lowndes County is strategically positioned for businesses to access and serve the global economy.