Economic development creates opportunities to grow state, local and metro areas, which are essential for economic growth, improved quality of life and community development. Rankings articles below.
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.
Baton Rouge tops the field in economic growth potential; China surges into the lead in renewable energy investment. From the July/August 2013 issue.
A Staff report for Vindy.com reports, "A business publication has named the Youngstown metro area as one of the nation’s 10 best locations for economic-growth potential."
Bill Mitchell for WDEF News writes, "The president of the United States will praise Amazon.com tomorrow for creating thousands of new jobs. He'll speak to employees at the Enterprise South plant. But a quarter mile away is the Volkswagen plant--- another success story for Chattanooga and the state of Tennessee. It makes Chattanooga the center of the automotive south."
Business Facilities In The News: State Representative Mike Sparks Announces Key Manufacturing Award For Tennessee
WGNS radio reports, "State Representative Mike Sparks (R–Smyrna) announced this week that Tennessee has been named the number one state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength by Business Facilities magazine."
The Montgomery Adviser "raves: for one more indication of the strong position Alabama holds in the automotive industry. Business Facilities magazine has named Alabama the No. 2 state for automotive industry strength. The magazine noted that it all began with the decision by Mercedes to locate a plant in the state 20 years ago."
Baton Rouge Named No. 1 Metro For Economic Growth Potential In Business Facilities 9th Annual Rankings Report
Mobile, Youngstown and Shreveport also made our top 10 with dynamic new growth sectors thriving alongside traditional manufacturing.
The rising tide of jobs in the Lone Star State is an across-the-board phenomenon, as six Texas towns two-step into our top 10.
New Orleans, Newport News (VA), Baltimore and Philadelphia are standouts in our Logistics Leaders (Ports) category.
China's triumph is clouded by a WTO ruling against the PRC's subsidies of its solar panel industry.
Business Facilities In The News: Tennessee Ranks No. 1 In Automotive Manufacturing Strength For An Unprecedented Four...
ECD News reports, "Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, has released its annual state Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking. For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation for Automotive Manufacturing Strength."
The overall shape of U.S. infrastructure remains dismal, but these states are doing something about it.
Dawn Kent Azok of AL.com writes, "Business Facilities magazine has named Alabama the No. 2 state for automotive industry strength. For the fourth year in a row, Tennessee topped the magazine's annual Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking. But Alabama surged up from seventh place last year."
WA, CA, OR top the field in Renewable Energy, while VT, RI, DE have the smallest carbon footprint.
MacAoidh writes, "Two items which don’t seem to make a lot of sense. First, from the Baton Rouge Business Report…"
The BayouBuzz.com reports, "Governor Jindal has another ranking about which he can crow."
Made in Alabama reports, "Expanding production in Alabama’s auto industry means the state is 'coming on strong as a rising automotive powerhouse,' according to a new Business Facilities ranking."
Business Facilities In The News: Louisiana’s Business Climate Ranked No. 4 In The U.S.; Workforce Training Program...
LED News reports, "Louisiana achieves highest business climate ranking ever by Business Facilities magazine."
Business Facilities In The News: Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Washington and Utah Shine in Business Facilities’ 9th...
The Digital Journal reports, "Business Facilities, a national publication focused on site selection and economic development, began releasing the results of its 9th Annual Rankings Report on July 22, 2013. According to BF Editor in Chief Jack Rogers, several states -- including Texas, Louisiana, North Dakota, Washington and Utah -- deserve a shout-out for their overall performance in the magazine's 2013 state rankings."
Bernadette Lee for 96.5fm KPEL reports, "Today, Business Facilities announced Louisiana’s business climate ranked No. 4 in the nation. Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office says it’s a signal of Louisiana’s role as one of the top destinations for business investment and job creation in America."
The DailyAMReport on businessreport.com announces, "Louisiana has the second-best business growth potential in the country and the fourth-best overall business climate, according to Business Facilities’ 9th Annual Rankings Report."
Chris Miller reporting for WWL.com writes, "a magazine about economic development and business site-selection lists Louisiana near the top for business climate, and number one for job training."
The Volunteer State is still out front in our annual auto sweepstakes, but two surging contenders are laying down markers for next year's contest.
The Lone Star State has another impressive across-the-board showing in our annual evaluation, with oil-rich ND surging into the top tier.
It's time for our annual exercise, separating wheat from chaff in the fertile fields of development. As always, our rankings point to growth potential. But in a struggling economy, we're also giving extra credit for real jobs. From the July/August 2012 issue
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