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

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (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

Leading Locations for 2014: Economic Strength and Year-Over-Year Growth MSAs

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

Nine of the top-10 cities in the Area Development 2014 “Economic Strength” ranking benefited greatly from boom times for oil and gas development and refining, or from their area’s historic and growing position at the forefront of a burgeoning area of the global economy. More

Leading Locations for 2014: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

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

A yawning gap has developed between millions of potentially available workers and the increasingly sophisticated skills they would require to qualify for today’s generally tech-oriented jobs. More

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, Moody's Analytics and Douglas Wynne, Associate Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)

One of the most often cited reasons for the location of a new business is quality of life, yet it is one of the areas policymakers most often overlook. More

Leading Locations for 2014 Commentary: Why Should I Measure Regional Economic Performance Using Gross Metro Product (GMP)?

Alexander Miron, Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)

Measuring economic perfor-mance can be a difficult task, and no single measure offers a complete picture. However, a comparison of gross metro product (GMP) is often the best starting point for judging regional performance. More

Leading Locations for 2014 Commentary: Much Depends on Company’s Industry & Life Cycle

Eric Stavriotis, Senior Vice President, CBRE, Inc. (Q2 2014)

A quick review of the 2014 Leading Locations research confirms what we have been seeing from our clients and the markets overall: Companies with a preponderance of technology workers are thirsty for more talent, and the needs of these companies can vary significantly based on their industry and life cycle. More

Leading Locations for 2014 Commentary: One Industry, or Many, Can Lead to Economic Success

Jim Eskew, Vice President, JLL (Q2 2014)

As revealed in the overall “Leading Locations” rankings, there is more than one way to become an attractive location. Some locations have risen on the strength of a dominant industry sector. Others have prevailed by offering low-cost real estate, talent, and other resources in a balanced, diversified economy. More

Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

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

Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits. More

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
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