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Leading Metro Locations

The Reasons Corporate Headquarters are Heading Back Downtown

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

In order to lure tech-savvy millennials, many companies that years ago moved out to the suburbs are heading back to the urban downtowns that offer the lifestyle this generation of employees desires. And the trend isn't confined to just North America’s biggest cities. More

Regional Talent Attraction Study Results: It’s Not All About Core Cities

Joshua Wright, Director of Marketing and PR, Emsi (Q3 2016)

As many regions have become equally or more concerned with supporting existing companies than with recruiting new businesses, attracting and retaining talent has become a focal point. Which counties are standing out with high net migration and skilled job growth? More

Leading Locations for 2016 Commentary: Rankings Not Sufficient to Complete the Site Decision

Mark M. Sweeney, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Q2 2016)

Although the rankings of Leading Locations are valuable in making comparisons between locations, detailed, primary information — understood within the context of a specific project — is necessary to complete the site decision. More

Leading Locations for 2016: San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco Ranks First Among MSAs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble and Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2016)

For the sixth year, Area Development has tackled the question with a multifaceted approach that crunches a wide variety of data to arrive at rankings in four vital factors — Prime Workforce, Economic Strength, Year-Over-Year Growth, and Five-Year Growth. More

Leading Locations for 2016 Commentary: Small and Mid-Size Cities Dominate

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (Q2 2016)

There are currently 13 small- to mid-sized cities in the top 20 for Economic Strength, while in 2015 there were only 8 in the top 20. That is a 62 percent increase. More

Leading Locations for 2016 Commentary: Diversity of Leading Cities Reflects Commercial Real Estate Demand

Jason Tolliver, Vice President and Head of Industrial Research, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2016)

The diversity, both in terms of size and geography, of the leading cities mirrors a booming industrial expansion that has been more broad-based than previous expansions. More

Leading Locations for 2016: A Closer Look at the Top MSAs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble and Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2016)

San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco ranks first overall, followed in the remaining top-10 spots by Napa, Grand Rapids-Wyoming, Columbus (IN), San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, Bend-Richmond, Denver-Aurora-Lakewood, Reno, and Anaheim-Santa Ana-Irvine. More

West’s Economic Lead is Tested in 2016

Steven G. Cochrane, Managing Director, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2016)

The Southeast is now vying with the West for the top spot for employment growth. The West is still clearly the leader, but job growth along the South Atlantic coast and in the East South Central — from the Gulf up to Kentucky — has accelerated in recent months. More

Frontline: New Tech Havens Bloom as Digitization Transforms U.S. Economy

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

The fluidity of digital innovation - and its lack of dependence on a traditional industrial infrastructure - means that tech havens are blooming in newer magnets where tech-savvy workers are prevalent, ranging from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Richmond, Virginia. More

Beyond Silicon Valley: Promising New Tech Boomtowns

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q1 2016)

In its quest for lower costs, modern facilities, and access to talent, the booming tech sector is finding it can strike gold outside California. More

High – Speed Network Locations

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

Cities across the nation are installing high-speed fiber-optic networks for their own institutional purposes, with the added benefit of attracting growing companies. More

Emerging Clusters Take Up the Technology Challenge

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2015)

Rivaling the reigning tech hubs, city and state leaders are seizing opportunities to grow their cutting-edge electronic and digital sectors. More

Leading Locations for 2015: Creating a Track Record of Economic Success, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Ranks First

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)

Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development. The results of the Leading Locations 2015 study clearly reflect the strength of the western half of the United States: eight of the top-10 MSAs are in the West — three in Colorado, two in California, two in Texas, and one in Washington State. More

Leading Locations for 2015: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)

Most of the MSAs that scored well in the “Prime Work Force” category have a strong university or technical colleges in the area attracting students (many of whom stay after graduation) and the job creation and investment that comes with research commercialization programs. More

Leading Locations for 2015: The MSAs with Soundest Economic Strength Indicators

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)

Factors that indicate economic strength include per capita real GMP, manufacturing/goods-producing employment, and employment growth — for the most recent year as well as the last three- and five-year periods. More

Leading Locations for 2015: The “Recession Busting” and Year-Over-Year Growth Metros

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)

Maintaining strong economic growth — year after year — is the mark of strong economic development leadership. Cities that show year-over-year growth typically follow well-devised economic development plans and make the investments needed to retain and attract business. More

Leading Locations for 2015 Commentary: A “Video” of Change - Les J. Cranmer, senior managing director, Savills Studley

Les Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Savills Studley (Q2 2015)

As some published industry lists and rankings provide a “snapshot” of year-end community accomplishments, this report can best be described as a “video” of change over the last three years. More

Leading Locations for 2015 Commentary: The Western U.S. Makes a Strong Showing - Larry Gigerich, managing director, Ginovus

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q2 2015)

These rankings reflect the continued strength of the western half of the United States in terms of human capital and economic performance. More

Leading Locations for 2015 Commentary: Technology, Energy Dominate the Top Rankings: By Jim Eskew, Senior Vice President, JLL

Jim Eskew, Senior Vice President, JLL (Q2 2015)

Nine of the top 15 locations in the “Overall” ranking have dominant, thriving technology sectors, illustrating that the technology industry is not just in Silicon Valley these days. More

Leading Locations for 2014: The "Recession-Busting" MSA's

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2014)

A look at how three MSAs ranked in the top 15 of the “Recession-Busting” category in Area Development's 2014 Leading Metro Locations report are arising from the difficulties of the Great Recession and putting themselves on new growth arcs. More

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