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

Area Development Magazine 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 Magazine 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 Magazine 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 Magazine 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,  (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, Senior Economist, 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, Senior 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
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