State of the Year

Resource pages for "State of the Year"-related posts for economic development professionals, corporate site selectors and site consultants.


January / February 2022 Issue

January / February 2022 Issue (Volume 55, Number 1)

The January / February 2022 issue features Business Facilities' 2021 State of the Year and Economic Deal of the Year awards. Plus, a look at Top Utilities and Shovel Ready Sites.
2021 States of the Year

BF Names Virginia, Tennessee, Massachusetts 2021 States Of The Year Award Winners

The two commonwealths and one state were chosen for excellence in Business Climate, Dealmaking or Workforce/Educational System.
Governor Roy Cooper

North Carolina Governor’s Report: Aiming To Stay On Top

North Carolina isn’t resting on its laurels as Business Facilities' 2020 State of the Year. With a thriving tech talent pool and a commitment to an equity-driven recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper aims to defend the crown.
North Carolina 2020 State of the Year

North Carolina: Rising Star With A Global Reach

In the last century, our 2020 State of the Year has been tops in tobacco, textiles and furniture. Today, North Carolina is on the cutting edge of advanced manufacturing, biotech, gene therapy and unmanned aerial systems.
North Carolina 2020 State of the Year

North Carolina Is Business Facilities’ 2020 State Of The Year

North Carolina has been named Business Facilities’ 2020 State of the Year, the first time the Tar Heel State has earned the magazine’s top honor.
January / February 2020 Issue

January / February 2020 Issue (Volume 53, Number 1)

The January / February 2020 Issue features our State of the Year and Deal of the Year winners. Plus, a look at energy, aerospace, exports and data centers.
2019 State of the Year Texas

2019 State Of The Year: Texas

Texas wins our top honor for a record fourth time with a bonanza of new investments in projects creating thousands of new jobs in a diverse group of growth sectors throughout the Lone Star State.
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Virginia Economic Development Partnership Receives 2018 State Of The Year Award

Virginia Economic Development Partnership President and CEO Stephen Moret was presented with Business Facilities’ 2018 State of the Year Award today by BF Chief Business Officer Ted Coene.
Virginia 2018 State of the Year

Cover Story: Virginia Is Business Facilities’ 2018 State Of The Year

Virginia may be for lovers, but these days the Commonwealth also is getting a ton of love from emerging high-tech growth sectors and businesses looking for the perfect corporate HQ site.
Virginia State Flag

Virginia Is Business Facilities’ 2018 State Of The Year

The Commonwealth secures BF's top annual honor with a diversified and successful high-tech growth strategy.
South Carolina State of the Year Award

South Carolina Governor Presented With 2017 State Of The Year Award

The Palmetto State earned Business Facilities' annual award by doubling down on its solid manufacturing base while diversifying into new growth sectors.
January / February 2018 Issue

January / February 2018 Issue (Volume 51, Number 1)

The January / February 2018 Issue features the State of the Year and Deal of the Year winners, an exclusive interview with Arkansas’ governor, plus a look at utilities, automotive, food processing, and aerospace & defense.
South Carolina state of the year

2017 State Of The Year: South Carolina

The Palmetto State’s manufacturing base gets stronger while South Carolina invokes its can-do spirit and leverages impressive resources to expand a diverse set of new growth sectors.
south carolina state of the year

South Carolina Is Business Facilities’ 2017 State Of The Year

The Palmetto State takes BF's top honor by doubling down on its solid manufacturing base while diversifying into new growth sectors.
Texas Governor With 2016 State of the Year Award

Texas Governor Presented With 2016 State Of The Year Award

The Lone Star State earned Business Facilities' annual award for the third time in recognition of its business friendly climate that welcomes innovation and promises unlimited growth potential in years to come.
Texas State of the Year

State of the Year: Texas

The Lone Star State reaffirms its dominance as the most dynamic state economy in the U.S., an energy and exports powerhouse with a seemingly boundless potential for growth.
January / February 2017

January / February 2017 Issue (Volume 50, Number 1)

Business Facilities' January / February 2017 issue features the winners of our annual State of the Year and Economic Development of the Year awards, Plus, auto manufacturing, food processing, and data centers, and we celebrate 50 years of building inspiration.
Texas State of the Year

Texas Named Business Facilities’ State Of The Year

The Lone Star State wins BF's top annual honor for the third time.

January/February 2016 Issue (Volume 49, Number 1)

The State of the Year and Deal of the Year awards are the focus of Business Facilities January/February 2016 issue, plus an Automotive Industry Focus.
State of the Year Alabama

Business Facilities’ 2015 State of the Year: Alabama

The Crimson Tide is rolling, big time, and now it’s brought in our top honor: Alabama is BF’s 2015 State of the Year.

Rankings & Awards

September / October 2022 Issue

September / October 2022 Issue (Volume 55, Number 5)

Business Facilities' September / October 2022 issue takes a look at sites for advanced manufacturing and finding tech talent. Plus, cybersecurity, semiconductors, and more.
2022 Global Rankings

18th Annual Rankings: 2022 Global Rankings Report

The U.S. and China earned the top two spots for Foreign Direct Investment (Worldwide) in Business Facilities’ 2022 Global Rankings Report.

Business Facilities Featured Location Spotlight

Location Spotlight: Ohio Electric Cooperatives

Ohio consistently ranks as one of the top U.S. destinations for new corporate facilities, meaning prime sites are quickly snapped up. Economic development officials and private developers are working cooperatively to ensure the pipeline of immediately-developable sites stays full with diverse location opportunities.

Business Facilities Featured Location Videos

[VIDEO] Camp Hall – A Next Generation Commerce Park in South Carolina

Camp Hall is a first-of-its-kind, master-planned industrial work space located in Charleston, S.C. As a convergence of people, place and programming, Camp Hall delivers thoughtful infrastructure and logistical features that empower people — and business — to thrive.