July/August 2013 Issue (Volume 46, Number 4)
In this year's rankings, the magazine has expanded and refined its energy related rankings to identify the states with the smallest carbon footprint. From the July/August 2013 issue.
SNAPSHOTS: 60 Seconds…with Stephen Moret, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development
Louisiana's Stephen Moret talks to BF editors about LED FastStart and Detroit climbs back into the game. From the July/August 2013 issue.
BUSINESS REPORT: Virginia – HDL Expands Offices, Labs At VA BioTechnology Research Park
The diagnostic leader will occupy nearly five football fields of space in its expanded research and office complex in the heart of downtown Richmond. From the July/August 2013 issue.
BUSINESS REPORT: Mississippi Looks To Energy Sector To Fuel Statewide Growth
Energy production is one of the largest economic engines in Mississippi, providing 28,000 jobs in a thriving sector that continues to attract new investments. From the July/August 2013 issue.
BUSINESS REPORT: Illinois – Strong Demand Lifts Industrial Parks In Wheeling, IL
The economic outlook is positive as operations and employment continue to expand, and new industrial construction inquiries are streaming into Wheeling. From the July/August 2013 issue.
BUSINESS REPORT: Missouri – Ford Invests $1.1 Billion In Kansas City Truck Plant...
Ford’s F-Series assembly line is adding more than 2,000 jobs to support high demand for F-150 trucks and new transit vans. From the July/August 2013 issue.
INDUSTRY FOCUS: Soaring To New Heights
The U.S. Aerospace/Defense sector broke altitude records in 2012 for revenue and profits, but now the industry must adjust its sights to absorb mandatory sequester budget cuts. From the July/August 2013 issue.
STATE FOCUS: Florida – Let The Sun Shine
The recession of 2008 left Florida overcast economically for years. Looks like it may be time to break out the shades. From the July/August 2013 issue.
FEATURE STORY: Racing To Be Ready – U.S. Ports Prepare for Post Panamax Era
A shipping bonanza soon will be heading this way from an expanded Panama Canal. Every major port wants to attract the larger vessels, but who will be ready? From the July/August 2013 issue.
BUSINESS REPORT: Kansas – Agricultural Biotechnology Research Is Growing In Kansas
As biotech continues to expand in the Sunflower State, consumer giants Staples, Starwood and a revived Hostess Bakery also call Kansas home. From the July/August 2013 issue.
FEATURE STORY: Washington Is Aiming Higher
Washington is sure it can defend its aerospace manufacturing crown and it is on the front lines of the effort to mitigate the impact of climate change. From the July/August 2013 issue.
BUSINESS REPORT: Alabama – Donghee America Plans $48-Million Fuel Tank Plant In Auburn
Alabama’s automotive manufacturing sector is hitting on all cylinders, as OEM assembly plants and the supplier network that supports them continue to expand. From the July/August 2013 issue.
STATE FOCUS – Ohio: Slow And Steady
It may not be the fastest route to recovery, but the Buckeye State is still in the race. From the July/August 2013 issue.
COVER STORY: 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report – State Rankings
Our 9th annual report card of the state, metro and international pecking order features more than 50 rankings categories, including new energy rankings and a close look at which locations are maintaining/upgrading critical infrastructure. From the July/August 2013 issue.
COVER STORY: 2013 Business Facilities Rankings Report – Metro And Global Rankings
Baton Rouge tops the field in economic growth potential; China surges into the lead in renewable energy investment. From the July/August 2013 issue.
FIRST WORD: Work In Progress
Pull up a comfortable chair and find out who reigns supreme among state, metro and international locations. We hope you agree that the credibility of our rankings continues to improve—and that our new look is snazzy. From the July/August 2013 issue.