September/October 2015 Issue (Volume 48, Number 5)
Innovation hubs and logistics are the focus of Business Facilities September/October issue, plus reports on Indiana, New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina, California.
State Focus – Indiana: Regional Plans Are Hopping In The Hoosier State
Gov. Mike Pence’s Regional Cities Initiative, enacted this year, envisions more than 400 projects drawing nearly $4 billion in investments.
State Focus – Iowa: Growing Jobs As Well As Corn
While often stereotyped as an ag state, Iowa has created a business friendly environment that makes it globally competitive in a diverse and growing number of industry sectors.
Louisiana: Where Partnerships Propel Innovation and Investment
Louisiana is bringing together state, regional and local partners, including business and higher education resources, in intelligent collaborations yielding sustainable economic growth.
State Focus – New Jersey: Garden of Opportunity
The Garden State offers a “brain trust” with a highly skilled and educated workforce that makes it easy to recruit top talent.
State Focus: Texas Diversity
Texas is a magnet for business and individuals for a reason—rather, for many reasons, one of which is the tax climate.
Business Report – North Carolina: Growing Innovation Throughout The Tarheel State
North Carolina doubles down on growth plans for technology and innovation, with new funding and a new university-led program, InnovateNC.
Business Report – California: Largest Solar Facility On Earth Goes Operational
BHE Renewables’ 579-megawatt solar project in Antelope Valley, CA is now fully connected to the California ISO grid.
Business Report: Tennessee – DENSO Manufacturing Expanding in Maryville, TN
Automotive components and systems producer DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Blount County’s largest employer, is investing $400 million in an expansion creating 500 new jobs.
Panama Canal: Bigger, Better and Ready to Rumble
Two years later than the original plan, the $5.25-billion expansion of the Panama Canal is set to be completed in April, dramatically altering the global shipping paradigm.
Logistics Networks Are Getting Back On Track
Lower fuel prices, a surge in railroad hiring and the need to get goods to market faster are boosting growth and profits in the logistics sector.
U.S. Innovation Hubs: Inventing the Future
Seven of nine planned federally funded national manufacturing innovation institutes are getting a head start on tomorrow’s high-growth technologies.