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

The May / June 2019 Issue looks at locations that are making foreign direct investment an economic development priority. Plus, our editor's picks for tech hubs, and an exclusive interview with Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards.

Business Facilities May / June 2019

May / June 2019 IssueON THE COVER

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


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

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

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

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

Special Reports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Business Reports

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

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

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