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March / April 2022 Issue (Volume 55, Number 2)

March / April 2022 Issue

First Word: The Times They Are a-Changin’

Bob Dylan wrote that famous song in 1964, but those lyrics still resonate today. All it took was a global pandemic and, most recently, the first major military conflict in Europe in more than 75 years to show just how vulnerable the global supply chain has become. And suddenly the supply chain was turned upside down.

Ted Coene
Ted Coene, Chief Business Officer, Business Facilities

A broken supply chain can lead to disastrous consequences such as lack of inventory, inflation and potentially recession. And now it has forced major manufacturers to rethink how they bring products to the market.

Tesla has managed to avoid the brunt of the crisis in semiconductor supply by building its own supply chain. When Tesla built its Gigafactory in Nevada, the goal was to control its battery supply chain and not rely on foreign parts. This decision gave Tesla more control over its software and battery components and provided the company with inherent flexibility which other manufacturers didn’t have.

Now others have followed suit. GM is working with a list of semiconductor companies on co-development, sourcing and manufacturing, helping to drive predictability in the supply chain. As Buckley Brinkman, CEO for the Wisconsin Center for Manufacturing and Productivity (WCMP) notes in our cover story this month, “you need to keep your manufacturing on your own shores and build up your inventories.”

Of course, the best part of keeping manufacturing and the supply chain on our shores is the increase in jobs that will benefit the economy. More job opportunities aligned with the manufacturing industry, which has long been a desired goal, could be an unintended consequence of the pandemic and supply chain shortage. And it could lead the United States back to a time when manufacturing was the biggest job producer in this country.

The more things change, the more they stay the same…


Business Facilities March / April 2022 Issue

March / April 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER

Linking The Global Supply Chain | A number of states are now in the matchmaking business, all trying to help companies solve their increasingly-complex and demanding supply chain issues. Can they be successful?

FEATURES

Governor’s Report: Building A New Image In Maryland | Governor Larry Hogan says that a combination of a great location, educated workforce and a streamlined attitude towards business is helping the state create the right image

Top Logistics Hubs: On The Move | Cities and counties are leveraging their locations, skilled workforce and intermodal services to keep goods moving along.

Foreign Direct Investment: A Foreign Affair | States are vying to attract foreign direct investment (FDI) funds as cross border investments pump much-needed funds into local economies.

Business/Industrial Parks: There’s No Place Like Home | Operators of business and industrial parks realize that they need to offer more of everything to attract new companies to their sites.

SPECIAL REPORTS

Connecticut Focus: Location Plus | Connecticut is situated between two major metro areas. But the Nutmeg State offers much more than just a great location.

Automotive Special Report: Driven To Success | The automotive category is hot and states are vying for their share of a growing and lucrative pie.

Manufacturing Industry Focus: On The Bright Side | Economic developers are going to great lengths to highlight their advantages as competition dramatically increases for new manufacturing sites.

Locations For The Ports & FTZs Industry | Ports and free trade zones have taken on much greater importance as supply chain issues increase and demand for products grow.

Life Sciences Industry Focus: The Circle Of Life | The Life Sciences field has taken on much greater significance in recent years. Economic developers are responding with more options to make their communities more appealing.

Arizona State Focus: Heading To The Desert | Arizona is offering great incentives and a business-friendly environment to attract new business.

New York State Focus: A New York State Of Mind | New York is much more than just New York City. Upstate offers tremendous opportunities, including a well-educated workforce.

Focus On Puerto Rico: Its Place In The Sun | Emerging business opportunities are thriving in Puerto Rico.

PROFILES

Connecticut Gets Back In The Show | Officials at AdvanceCT say that the Nutmeg State is ratcheting up its game to convince businesses—near and far—to take their business to a better place: Connecticut.

Why…West Virginia? | Mitch Carmichael, Secretary of West Virginia’s Department of Economic Development, has many reasons why businesses should consider the Mountain State. Here are some of the state’s many business-related activities and advantages.

Missouri: Showing The Way | G. Subash Alias, CEO of Missouri Partnership, said that the Show Me State is ideally positioned to attract businesses. Here is his outlook for the partnership and the state.

Sweet As Sugar (Land) | Sugar Land, TX boasts a sizable cluster of biotech companies, a strong advanced manufacturing industry, and various corporate headquarters, according to Elizabeth Huff, the city’s Director of Economic Development.

Canada: Supply Chain Partner For Businesses Seeking Stability, Growth | Canada’s advanced economy means that supply chains and the infrastructure to support them already exist in numerous industries, according to Katie Curran, Interim CEO, Invest in Canada.

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January / February 2022 Issue (Volume 55, Number 1)

January / February 2022 Issue

First Word: Winning Hearts And Minds

Abig congrats to Virginia, Tennessee and Massachusetts for being named winners of the three separate categories of the Best States in 2021 by Business Facilities magazine.

Seth MendelsonAs you will read in this issue, Virginia was named the state (commonwealth) with the Best Overall Business Climate, Tennessee was named the state with the Best Deals last year, and Massachusetts was named the state (commonwealth) with the best talent and educational system.

To the officials in each of these states, take a bow.

Now get back to work…STAT.

If anyone believes they can rest on their laurels in today’s super-hyper competitive environment, they are sadly mistaken. Every state in the country, plus regional economic development associations and city groups, are eagerly upping their games to attract new business development and relocations.

They have to. With the workplace changing as fast as anyone can say COVID-19, corporations throughout the land realize they have a great opportunity and need to search for the best location to place a new facility or even relocate existing operations, including regional, national or worldwide headquarters.

The battle is on. Officials in Virginia, Tennessee and Massachusetts should be admired and commended for what they accomplished last year and the great job they have done over the years to get their communities into that position.

But, they are not alone in this journey to entice corporations to their communities.

The struggle to win hearts and minds—and projects that bring capital investment and jobs to communities—in a rapidly-evolving post-COVID world is just beginning.

Seth MendelsonSeth Mendelson
[email protected]


Business Facilities January / February 2022 Issue

January / February 2022 Issue

ON THE COVER

STATES OF THE YEAR: Virginia, Tennessee, and Massachusetts | Despite intense competition from across the country, Virginia, Tennessee and Massachusetts stand out as the states with the overall best business climate, best deals and workforce/education respectively for 2021.

FEATURES

2021 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEAL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

  • Gold Award | The Ford Motor Company and SK Innovation are investing about $5.6 billion to turn a previously-empty lot into a state-of-the-art battery and vehicle manufacturing plant in West Tennessee.
  • Silver Award | Samsung is coming back to central Texas to build a semiconductor manufacturing facility and invest $17 billion in the project.
  • Bronze Award | KORE Power chose the growing city of Buckeye, AZ for its next lithium-ion battery storage manufacturing facility. The deal will create about 3,000 new advanced manufacturing jobs.
  • Impact Awards | Business Facilities magazine picked 15 companies that had the most impact in their respective categories in 2021.

Top Utilities: More Power To You | From municipally-owned power providers to expansive regional entities, these top utilities of 2021 did much more than provide energy.

Digging In With Shovel-Ready Sites | Being prepared for any and every corporate relocation or expansion scenario is vital for any community seeking new business ventures. Certified sites are a good start.

SPECIAL REPORTS

The Aerospace Industry: Soaring Away | Expectations that the COVID-19 pandemic may soon ease is giving some hope to aviation and aerospace executives.

Locations For Intermodal Facilities: Connecting The Dots | Intermodal services are becoming much more important as supplies seek a faster way to market.

Processing A New World In The Food Chain | Quality and freshness remain the two top priorities in the food processing industry. Can suppliers keep up?

Florida Is Shining Bright | Changing lifestyle choices are helping Florida gain an edge against other states in the battle for awareness among corporate executives.

Kansas: Smack In The Middle | The Sunflower State wants to use a number of assets, including geographic location, to entice more companies to try it out.

The Eyes Of Texas | The Lone Star State remains at the front of the pack in terms of economic development. Interest in the state might just be starting to heat up even more.

Community Profile: Seeking Paradise In The U.S. Virgin Islands | The U.S. Virgin Islands offers companies looking for a new place to grow a plethora of impressive business advantages in a tropical paradise.

The Last Word | Even in the age of COVID-19, the process of selecting the right site for a business remains a crucial part of business activities across the country.

BUSINESS REPORTS

Louisiana Fights Back | The Cajun State is taking the right steps to come out strong after the COVID-19 pandemic.

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November / December 2021 Issue (Volume 54, Number 6)

November / December 2021 Issue

First Word: Man In The Arena

Has there ever been a time that requires a better knowledge of the business of doing business?

I don’t think so and that is exactly why I am here, ready to take on the challenge of continuing to educate our readership as the new Editorial Director of Business Facilities magazine.

Seth MendelsonBetween the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the battle between states and communities for relocations, expansions and startups, hybrid work environments and skyrocketing costs across most of the spectrum, those who decide the future of their companies need more information than ever from sources like ours.

I intend to continue this publication’s great tradition of offering our readers as much information as possible to allow them to make the right decisions on where to operate their businesses from.

But, I need your help. No journalist can successfully cover any marketplace or issue without help from those in the middle of the action. You are the experts, the people who can explain what is happening out in the real world and what steps need to be taken to benefit the most businesses and their employees.

So, I am asking you to reach out. Whether by phone (973) 650-0263 or email at [email protected], I hope that you feel comfortable enough to engage me—and educate me—as I start on my next adventure. All of us at Business Facilities have the same goals as you: to help businesses understand what locations and communities will help them be most successful in the years to come.

I am up for the challenge. I hope you come along for the ride.

Seth MendelsonSeth Mendelson
[email protected]


Business Facilities November / December 2021 Issue

November / December 2021 Issue

ON THE COVER

Site Seekers’ Guide: State Profiles* | Our Annual Site Seekers’ Guide, featuring in-depth profiles of all 50 states, is your one-stop source in your quest to find the best new location for your company’s expansion or relocation project.

Featured Locations Directory* | As a critical part of our Site Seekers’ Guide, our Featured Locations Directory provides all the economic development listings you’ll need to make your journey a success!

* See the digital issue for our State Profiles and Featured Locations Directory.

FEATURES

Snapshots: 60 Seconds with Felicia Howard, Dominion Energy | Howard, Dominion Energy’s new VP of Economic Development Strategy, discusses the future of economic development, clean energy, and the “new normal.”

Manufacturing: Building Back Fast | Despite turbulence caused by labor and supply chain challenges, the manufacturing industry is experiencing a positive trajectory as it recovers from the pandemic.

Automotive: The Road To Everywhere | While we’re still deep in the drive toward technical and autonomous, what’s old is new and what’s mine is yours when it comes to next year’s auto trends.

LiveXchange 2021 Review | Corporate executives and economic developers hailed the return of an in-person LiveXchange event in 2021 while participating in more than 265 one-on-one meetings.

SPECIAL REPORTS

Focus On Film Production  | Its many advantages—including incentives, facilities and skilled crews—make Louisiana a perfect host for film and TV production.

Tourism: Headed For Recovery | U.S. domestic travel is nearly at pre-COVID levels, but business and international are seeing a more uneven recovery.

Retail Trends Put Shoppers First | To keep customers happy and meet expectations in the year ahead, savvy retailers must focus on these five key trends.

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

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

Business Facilities September / October 2021 Issue

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

ON THE COVER

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

FEATURES

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

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

GE Launches New Co-Creation Center In Connecticut | CoCREATE Stamford will merge innovation, education and inspiration, and bring small appliances manufacturing back to Connecticut.

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

July / August 2021 Issue

Business Facilities July / August 2021 Issue

July / August 2021 Issue

ON THE COVER

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

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

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

FEATURES

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

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

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

SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

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

May / June 2021
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Business Facilities May / June 2021 Issue

May / June 2021
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ON THE COVER

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

FEATURE

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

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

SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

March / April 2021

Business Facilities March / April 2021 Issue

March / April 2021ON THE COVER

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

FEATURES

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

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

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

SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

January / February 2021

Business Facilities January / February 2021

January / February 2021ON THE COVER

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

FEATURES

2020 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

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

November / December 2020

Business Facilities November / December 2020

November / December 2020ON THE COVER

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

FEATURES

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

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

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

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

SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September / October 2020

    Business Facilities September / October 2020

    September / October 2020ON THE COVER

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

    FEATURES

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

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

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

    SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Business Facilities  July / August 2020

    July / August 2020ON THE COVER

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

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

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

    FEATURES

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

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

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

    SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May / June 2020 Issue

    Business Facilities  May / June 2020

    May / June 2020 IssueON THE COVER

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

    FEATURES

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

    SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

    March / April 2020 Issue

    Business Facilities March / April 2020

    March / April 2020 IssueON THE COVER

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

    FEATURES

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

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

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

    SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

    January / February 2020 Issue

    Business Facilities January / February 2020

    January / February 2020 IssueON THE COVER

    State Of The Year: Texas | We could have called it State of the Decade and the name of the winner wouldn’t have changed: the Lone Star State has lassoed our top honor for an unprecedented fourth time. Click here to find out how Texas keeps sitting tall in the saddle.

    FEATURES

    2019 ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEAL OF THE YEAR AWARDS

    Power To The People | The U.S. Energy Information Administration says 42 gigawatts of new electric generation capacity will go online in 2020. Meanwhile, our annual Editor’s Picks: Utilities will electrify you.

    Snapshots: 60 Seconds With Janet LaBar, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance | LaBar, Chief Executive Officer, Charlotte Regional Business Alliance, discusses Lowe’s $153M global tech center, tech jobs, and the region’s vision for economic growth.

    SPECIAL REPORTS

    Floating Your Economic Boat | See how far the economic reach of U.S. seaports extends from revenue generation to jobs creation.

    Onward And Upward | Growth is expected for the Aerospace & Defense industry in 2020, after a decline in the commercial aerospace sector in 2019.

    On The Cutting Edge Of Data | The exponential growth of data consumption is creating an imperative that requires data centers to be closer to their customers, resulting in more “edge” locations.

    Lone Star Bright | The success of Texas economically is getting redundant. Learn about some of the locations contributing to this seemingly never-ending story.

    More Than A Great Place To Run Out Of Gas | From massively talked about talent initiatives, to major business expansions and attractions, Topeka, KS is turning the corner on economic development.

    Logistics Gem In Central Florida | See how West Melbourne offers international market access with small town friendliness close to the beach.

    BUSINESS REPORTS

    Shreveport: Ready For Prime Time | A maintenance, overhaul and repair shop is coming to Shreveport Regional Airport, getting this hub in northern Louisiana ready to reach new heights.

    The Golden Goose In CA | The California Competes Tax Credit (CCTC) Committee approved $88.7 million in tax credits for 14 companies projected to create 2,327 new, full-time jobs and more than $1.5 billion in new investments across the State.

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

    September / October 2019 issue

    Business Facilities September / October 2019

    September / October 2019 issueON THE COVER

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

    FEATURES

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

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

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

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

    SPECIAL REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    BUSINESS REPORTS

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

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

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

    July / August 2019 Issue

    Business Facilities July / August 2019

    July / August 2019 IssueON THE COVER

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

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

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

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

    FEATURES

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

    Special Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Business Reports

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

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

    May / June 2019 Issue

    Business Facilities May / June 2019

    May / June 2019 IssueON THE COVER

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

    FEATURES

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

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

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

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

    Special Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Business Reports

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

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

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

    Business Facilities March / April 2019 Issue

    Business Facilities March / April 2019

    Business Facilities March / April 2019 IssueON THE COVER

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

    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

    September / October 2018 IssueBusiness Facilities September / October 2018

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    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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    Business Facilities magazine recognized the Commonwealth of Virginia for its commitment to building a strong business environment in 2021.

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