USA – Southwest

This section includes articles related to area economic development, corporate relocation, company expansion and site selection news throughout the Southwest, USA region.

They’re Coming to Take Us Away

A new survey says 60 percent of Americans would welcome driverless cars on U.S. roads.

BUSINESS REPORT: Texas – Innovation Moves Front And Center In Austin

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) hoedown shined its bright light this year on emerging technologies in the Lone Star State at a nine-day festival that drew tens of thousands. From the March/April 2013 issue.

New Texas Power Plant Brings Investment, Jobs To Harlingen, TX

Construction will soon start on a $650 million Power Plant to be built in the Harlingen Industrial Park.

Hertz Announces Corporate Headquarters Relocation To Florida

Hertz chose Lee County, FL primarily because of its diverse community appeal, work force availability, and accessibility. The company worked closely with Florida Governor Rick Scott as well as other state and county government and business leaders throughout the decision-making process.

Raytheon Realigns Two Business Headquarters Locations

The move is part of the company's previously announced consolidation initiative.

Prolamsa Group Picks Texas For New Pipe And Tubular Products Mill

Construction on the major buildings of the new facility will begin in the next few weeks and that phase should be complete by the fourth quarter of this year. The plant commissioning is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014. The plant will receive and ship by both truck and rail.

LIVEXCHANGE 2013: Economic Developers from the U.S. Plains Sign On to Sponsor LiveXchange

The U.S. Plains region will be well-represented at this year’s Business Facilities LiveXchange, an invitation-only event for corporate executives and site selection consultants who...

COVER STORY: Global Biotech Report

As the global financial system continues to mend, venture capital is beginning to flow back into the biotechnology sector. In Europe, the largest biomed players are thriving, while entrepreneurial biotech start-ups gain traction in the U.S. From the March/April 2013 issue.

Digital Realty Announces Data Center Lease With RenderWurks In Dallas, TX

Geographic diversity is increasing the demand for large-scale server or 'rendering' farms like Renderwurks, provider of server farms for animation and computer generated visual effects.

Deepwater Horizon: Three Years Later

Legal settlements from the massive BP oil spill, which could total $42 billion, will generate a gusher of economic development funds for the Gulf Coast.

GlaxoSmithKline, Texas A&M To Establish Flu Vaccine Facility In Texas

Team will develop and manufacture GSK’s next generation influenza vaccines to protect the nation against global pandemics.
GENERAL MOTORS INNOVATION CENTERS

GM To Hire 1,000 High Tech Employees In Phoenix Region

Fourth Innovation Center completes GM's geographic plan for hiring best and brightest from the IT sector.

FEATURE STORY: State of the Year – Texas

By the time we got down to the business of selecting our annual leader, the Lone Star State was so far ahead of the pack it wasn’t even close. A dynamic, diversified state economy that erased the downturn with relentless job-creation makes Texas our 2012 State of the Year. From the January/February 2013 issue
Inside a state-of-the-art cleanroom at CNSE’s Albany NanoTech Complex

FEATURE STORY: Semiconductor HUBS – Macro Growth from Micro Chips

The nanotech circuits on today’s microchips can’t be seen with the human eye, but they support a $150-billion industry that employs nearly 250,000 people across the U.S. From the January/February 2013 issue

FIRST WORD: Making The Call

As always, we congratulate the winners in our 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year competition. From the January/February 2013 issue
Texas Gov. Rick Perry held a press conference at the Wharton County Junior College - Bay City campus to announce Bay City as the location of the first US seamless mill for Tenaris.

Tenaris Announces New Seamless Pipe Mill in Bay City, Matagorda County, TX

The new plant will generate 600 direct manufacturing jobs and offer substantial economic impact in Matagorda County as well as in the surrounding areas.

COVER STORY: 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year Awards

Baxter International's decision to make a $1.3-billion investment in an expansion of its bio/pharmaceutical manufacturing promises to propel the Peach State into the front ranks of national biotech powerhouses. From the January/February 2013 issue.
Amazon.com Fulfillment Center RNO1 Fernley, Nevada, August 8, 2007. (IMAGE BY Ken James)

Amazon Announces Three Fulfillment Centers in Texas

Recently, Amazon committed to hire more than a thousand veterans in the U.S. in the upcoming year to join the hundreds of veteran employees it has on staff currently. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates there are more than 1.6 million veterans in the state of Texas. The company will initially create more than 1,000 jobs at the new Texas fulfillment facilities.

Apple’s Austin Operations Center Claims Bronze 2012 Deal Of The Year From Business Facilities

Apple Operations Center in Austin, TX is BF's 2012 Economic Development Deal of the Year Bronze award winner.

Direct Energy To Open New Call Center In Tempe, AZ

Direct Energy will move into the new facility in February. The company expects the call center to be fully functional by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Rankings & Awards

Micron, Intel, Chevron Phillips, Hyundai Top 2022 Deals Of The Year

The annual Business Facilities Deal of the Year awards have expanded to recognize four winning project announcements.
2022 State of the Year

North Carolina Is Business Facilities’ 2022 State Of The Year

North Carolina is named Business Facilities’ 2022 State of the Year, the second time the state has been recognized for this top honor.

Business Facilities Featured Location Spotlight

Location Spotlight: Consumers Energy

If you’re expanding or relocating, consider Michigan and Consumers Energy – let’s work together to accelerate your business.

Business Facilities Featured Location Videos

[VIDEO] Made Possible in Lehigh Valley

The region has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing economies in the nation and is just a short drive away from major mid-Atlantic cities including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington D.C.