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Location Notebook: Tennessee’s Comprehensive Workforce Development Efforts

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

From offering free postsecondary education to partnering with employers on workforce training programs to identifying skills gaps, Tennessee is tackling the challenge of fulfilling industry’s short- and long-term labor force needs. More

Location Notebook: Mississippi — Where Key Stakeholders Cooperate for Business Success

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

Mississippi’s Shovel Award accomplishments reflect a commitment by businesses, their workforces, and the economic development community to work together. More

How Innovation and Tourism Work Side By Side in Orlando

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

The success of Orlando’s theme park industry and cross-disciplinary technology innovation have led to the region becoming a leading destination for high-tech companies. More

The U.S. and Italy: Natural Complementary Partners

Italian Trade Agency (Q2 2018)

The Italian Trade Agency’s innovative conferences help to illuminate the rich potential for new U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing partnerships. More

Home Sweet Homestead

Wabash Valley Power Association (Q2 2018)

Upgrades provided by Marshall County REMC's energy efficiency program, as well as tax abatements, helped Homestead Dairy to keep its energy costs down, thereby helping this family-owned business to secure its future. More

Indy’s 16 Tech Development to Accelerate Innovation, Build Community

Develop Indy (Q2 2018)

A new urban innovation district aims to become the advanced industry epicenter of Indianapolis. More

First Person: The Indy Region Is Getting Its Story Out

Maureen Donohue Krauss , Chief Economic Development Officer , Indy Chamber (Q2 2018)

The Indy region offers great diversity when it comes to lifestyle and the pillars of the business community. More

Why Top Consulting Firms Are Choosing This Location

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

An educated labor pool, top-notch international airport, and a unified community of governmental and business leaders facilitated the selection of Orlando by several high-profile professional consulting firms. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - Focusing on Rural Development

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Realizing the need to stimulate growth in rural areas, state legislators, educators, and other stakeholders came together to pass legislation, certify sites, and increase broadband access among other measures aimed at attracting business and tourism. More

Location Notebook: Cape Coral-Desirable for Business Owners and Residents Alike

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

A pro-business environment and an enviable quality of life have made Cape Coral a haven for biomedical and other light manufacturing companies. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky's Favorable Business Climate Brings Record Corporate Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Through pro-business initiatives — including cutting red tape, passing RTW legislation, and customizing workforce training — Kentucky captured record investment in 2017 and sees more success ahead. More

Iowa Sets Ambitious Workforce Education Goals

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q1 2018)

In order to satisfy workforce needs, Iowa is fostering K–12 STEM education and aiming to increase postsecondary education and training via free community college and other measures. More

Knowledge-Industry Firm Grows in a Small, Iowa Manufacturing City

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q4 2017)

A former mill town on the Mississippi River is home to an insurer that continues to expand and is working on attracting data-driven industry with its pool of college-educated workers. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Prime Ground for Logistics and Distribution

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Companies like UPS, DHL, Amazon, and others are taking advantage of Kentucky’s centralized location and highly developed infrastructure to move freight by air, water, rail, and road. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - A Place to Grow Headquarters Operations

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

A pro-business environment is helping Tennessee to attract headquarters operations and grow its business and professional services sector, while its quality of life draws workers to the state. More

Startup Scene Emerges in Tampa Bay

City of St. Petersburg, Florida and Community Partners (Q4 2017)

Entrepreneurs are seeing healthy investment opportunities in the Tampa Bay region, and the area is now how to more than 150 tech startups. More

St. Pete Grows Smart

City of St. Petersburg, Florida and Community Partners (Q4 2017)

Its smart growth policies have helped St. Petersburg, Florida, to preserve its “charm” while attracting a diverse group of businesses. More

A New Age for St. Pete, FL

City of St. Petersburg, Florida and Community Partners (Q4 2017)

Millennials are being drawn to St. Pete’s affordable cost of living and outdoor recreational opportunities, while businesses benefit from the area’s transportation options and access to a skilled workforce provided by five institutions of higher learning. More

First Person: Ontario’s Investment Office Is a One-Stop Information Source for Investors

Allan O'Dette, Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Investment Office (Location Canada 2017)

Allan O’Dette was appointed as Ontario’s first Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in April 2017. He leads the newly created Ontario Investment Office, which has both a domestic and international facing mandate to secure increased investment in key sectors while strengthening the overall competitiveness of Ontario firms. More

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy

Iowa Economic Development Authority (Q3 2017)

Supply chain mapping, data on autonomous fleets, and low-cost renewable energy can all be found in Iowa…surprised? You shouldn’t be. More

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