September/October 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 5)
This issue of Business Facilities features a tour of high-tech hubs, an update on the call center industry, a visit with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, and summaries of activity in several other states and industries.
Business Report: Greater Akron – A Magnet For Investment And New Jobs
In 2013, more than $123 million was invested by businesses expanding in the region, creating more than 700 jobs.
Business Report: Georgia – Latvian Fiberglass Producer Puts U.S. HQ in Dublin, GA
Valmiera Glass will invest $20 million in a new manufacturing facility, creating 150 jobs.
Business Report: Missouri – Commerce Bank Puts New HQ In Joplin Tornado Recovery Zone
A new high-tech bank building will rise on the site of a branch destroyed by the F5 tornado on May 22, 2011.
Business Report: Four Cities To Pilot Kansas Statewide Broadband Initiative
A Local Technology Planning Pilot project will help communities develop strategic plans for broadband.
Business Report: Arizona – Ak-Chin Offering The Best Of Both Worlds In Arizona
The Santa Cruz Commerce Center is a shovel-ready site with 40 acres of available lots for build-to-suit projects.
Location Focus: Florida – Rebounded And Ready
Florida’s economy shines on after a temporary sunset.
July/August 2014 Issue (Volume 47, Number 4)
Business Facilities Editor Jack Rogers writes, "The U.S. economy recorded a robust four percent growth rate for the second quarter of 2014," and the articles in this issue of the magazine shows exactly where that growth is having the biggest impact.
Location Focus: Illinois – Trying To Make Headway In Every Way
The Land of Lincoln is pulling out all the stops in the name of economic progress.
Industry Focus: Global Aerospace Production Soars To New Heights
Despite Defense cutbacks, the aerospace industry is being boosted into the stratosphere by the commercial aircraft sector.
Snapshots: 60 Seconds… With Bill Hagerty, Commissioner, Tennessee Department Of Economic And Community Development
Bill Hagerty, Commissioner, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, shares his thoughts on education, technology, and logistics for the state.
Feature Story: Public-Private Partnerships – An Alliance For Progress That Works
More states are forming public-private partnerships to leverage the expertise of leading businesses in luring new projects.
Feature Story: Georgia’s Governor’s Report – Rising And Ready For The Future
With a welcoming, down-home business climate, the peach state is reinventing itself as an automotive powerhouse and a film production mecca poised to give Hollywood a run for its money.
First Word: All Arrows Point Up
The anniversary edition of our economic development scorecard is the most comprehensive, fairly evaluated and informative rankings anywhere.
Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities Rankings Report
We’re marking the 10th anniversary of our annual rankings festival by doing what we do every year: refining our rankings criteria to give you the most meaningful benchmarks of state and metro performance.
Cover Story: 2014 Business Facilities – Metro And Global Rankings
In this year’s Metro Rankings Report, we’ve taken note of the crucial role exports are playing in the Recovery for many locations by charting their success in two of our rankings categories, Exports Growth Leaders and Exports Recovery Leaders. We've also included our Global Rankings within this story.