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

Business Facilities: March/April 2015bfcover:mar-apr:2015

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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