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Louisiana: Climbing the Economic and Business Climate Charts

Craig Guillot (Q4 / Fall 2013)

State sources report that Louisiana’s economy held strong during the recession, and that during the past five years, its GDP growth was about 50 percent faster than the national average. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Plains States MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (August 2013)

The Plains States of Kansas, Nebraska, and North and South Dakota point to their business-friendly environment while touting their economic success. The Fargo, ND/Moorhead, MN, MSA ranks first among the region’s Leading Locations — and is also second among all mid-size cities. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Midwest MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (August 2013)

According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Seventh District — which includes all of Iowa and most of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin — is 50 percent more concentrated in overall manufacturing than the nation. Food processing is a major industry as is automotive manufacturing (the region also produces 30 percent of the nation’s light vehicles) and specializes in construction and farm machinery, medical equipment, and steel products. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Pacific Region MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (August 2013)

With five of the top-10 MSAs in the Pacific region, the state of California is experiencing an economic comeback. The state has added jobs at the fastest year-over-year pace in more than a decade. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The New England MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)

The number-one Leading Location in the New England region is Framingham, Massachusetts, which has been recognized for its high quality of life and high-tech work force. Three other Massachusetts MSAs also place on the top-10 list for the region — Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, Barnstable Town, and Peabody. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Southern MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)

The South’s low-cost environment — from taxes to labor to transportation — has been a big draw from companies. And its right-to-work environment has helped to keep those labor costs down. In fact, five of the six states in the region — Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee — have right-to-work laws on the books. Only Kentucky does not. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Mountain Region MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)

A mixture of modern and emerging sectors — including aerospace, biotech, information technology, and financial services — has driven the economies of the Mountain States’ (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming). More

Leading Locations for 2013: The South-Atlantic MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (July 2013)

Success breeds success, and economic growth in the South Atlantic States — Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia — is a prime example of this, especially when it comes to foreign investment. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Southwest MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (June 2013)

With 13 of the top 15 regional leaders, Texas is the star player in the Southwest, which also includes Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Mid-Atlantic MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Encompassing Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, the Mid-Atlantic region boasts a diverse industrial base that employs thousands at high-technology, life sciences, financial services, and agri-business firms. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The Recession-Busting MSAs

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Area Development looks at several key economic indicators to identify the top-10 “recession-busting” cities that are having the most success in rebooting their economies and creating good-paying jobs. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)

REVISED 6/10 - In most of the cities that rank well in our "Prime Work Force" indicators, you will find a an abundance of culture and a strong higher education presence providing the kind of technology-transfer capacity that attracts a talented labor pool, sparks entrepreneurial activity, and provides an attractive destination for the types of startups and advanced manufacturing companies that are propelling metropolitan economics. More

Leading Locations for 2013: The MSAs with Strongest Year-over-Year Economic Growth (2011/2012)

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Many of the cities with Year-over-Year Economic Growth minimize the possibility of economic risks by diversifying their economic base, building strong public-private partnerships, strengthening their education systems, and developing multi-skilled work forces that attract high-growth industries. More

Leading Locations for 2013: Ranking MSAs for Economic & Job Growth

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Recovery is always easiest with a diversified economic base, a trait that almost all of the top-ranked "Leading Locations" share. More

Leading Locations for 2013 Commentary: Shifting Gears - Companies Once Again Considering Out-of-Footprint Locations

Eric Stavriotis, Senior Vice President, CBRE, Inc. (Q2 / Spring 2013)

As the U.S. economy slowly recovers from the recession,this year’s “Leading Locations” research reflects a change in site selection behavior that matches what we are seeing in the field. More

Leading Locations for 2013 Methodology

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Area Development ranked 380 MSAs across 21 economic and work force indicators. These 21 indicators were pulled from seven (7) data sets (sub-categories) originating from four sources: the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Census American Community Survey and IHS. More

The Leading Inexpensive Cities for Business

Area Development Online Research Desk (October 2012)

The lowest cost of living on the C2ER Cost of Living Index among Area Development's Top 50 Leading Locations for 2012. More

Leading Locations for 2012: The "Recession Busting" Metros

Area Development Online Research Desk (August 2012)

We ranked 365 MSAs across 23 economic and workforce growth indicators in our Leading Locations for 2012 report. Here, we rank the cities based only on selected economic indicators ranking change from 2009 (just around the height of the recession) against the most recent data for that indicator. More

The Leading Metros for "Prime Workforce" Growth

Area Development Online Research Desk (August 2012)

We ranked 365 MSAs across 23 economic and workforce growth indicators in our Leading Locations for 2012 report. Here, we rank the cities based only on the selected indicators from the overall report that measure workforce vitality. More

The Leading Mountain States Metros for Economic and Workforce Growth

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (August 2012)

Area Development ranks the Top MSAs in the Mountain states for economic and workforce growth based on the overall results from our Leading Locations for 2012 study. More
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