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U.S. Regional Reports

2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Can Trailing States Catch the Southern Coastal States Leading the Pack?

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q3 2018)

Those states not rated highly by the responding consultants have an opportunity to create policy to get on the leader board, but the implementation timeline must be longer than any incumbent political administration in order to achieve meaningful results. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Southern States Continue Their Domination

Tracy King Sharp, Chief Operating Officer, Boyette Strategic Advisors (Q3 2018)

Favorable business tax climates and competitive labor environments — as well as aggressive utility economic development programs — have helped the Southern States to come out on top. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Importance of Addressing the Skill Labor Shortage

Alexander Frei, Senior Vice President, CBRE (Q3 2018)

Elite workforce development programs are helping to offset any skills shortages due to tight labor market conditions. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fifth Year in a Row

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

Competitive labor environments and leading workforce development programs, low taxes and utility costs, favorable regulatory environments, and cooperative state governments are among the top-ranked states’ pro-business attributes. More

Texas Today: Where Businesses Succeed

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

The state of Texas continues to gain accolades for its pro-business environment, which is sustained by its skilled workforce, low taxes, favorable regulatory environment, and deal-closing funds among other attributes. More

Retaking the Rust Belt

Rich Forslund, Executive Vice President, Colliers International (Q2 2018)

Across the Midwest, new life is being breathed into old industrial facilities that are becoming home to IoT incubators, office space, and other mixed-use development. More

2017 Top States Commentary: Availability of Existing Talent Should Also Be Taken into Account

Brian Corde, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight (Q3 2017)

Shovel-ready sites, speed of permitting, and workforce development programs put the South in the lead, but taking availability of existing talent into account may have place more populous states higher in the rankings. More

2017 Top States Commentary: Leading States Show a Bi-Partisan Focus on Economic Development

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and City Leader, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory , Duff & Phelps, LLC (Q3 2017)

The Top States rankings reflect the practicality of working real projects in these states because their economic development organizations work hard to win and locate projects. More

2017 Top States Commentary: Cooperative and Responsive State Government Influences the Effectiveness of a Deal

Eric Stavriotis, Senior Vice President, Advisory & Transaction Services, CBRE, Inc. and Gabe Kennedy, Research Intern, CBRE (Q3 2017)

Shovel-ready sites, in concert with a cooperative state government and fast permitting time, have created an ideal project backdrop in the southern markets. More

2017 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fourth Year in a Row

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

The top-ranked states have committed to adding value as economic development leaders and problem-solvers, characteristics that are recognized by consultants to industry. More

Special Investment Report: Infrastructure Investment, Educational Resources Support Florida’s Diverse and Growing Economy

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

Florida has a dynamic and diverse economy that spans a wide range of industries and employs some 8.5 million people. More

Texas: Attracting Large and Small Companies Through Innovative Initiatives

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

State and local leaders are continuing to drive economic growth in Texas through pro-business policies and workforce training initiatives. More

Regional Report: Varied Sectors Riding the High-Tech Wave in the Pacific States

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

From high-tech to clean-tech to tourism, the Pacific States are seeing economic expansion, although it’s uneven throughout the region. More

Regional Report: A Slow, But Steady Pace of Economic Growth for the New England States

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Although growth had been lagging in the New England States, they’re now catching up to the rest of the nation in terms of economic recovery. More

Regional Report: Midwest Economy Buffeted by the Winds of Change

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

There have been ups and downs in the world of Midwest auto manufacturing, but the region has also shown growth in the technology, agribusiness, and logistics/distribution sectors. More

Regional Report: Meeting Economic Challenges Head On in the Southwest

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Although the energy-industry recession has hit the Southwest region hard, economic diversification has drawn corporate locations and expansions in the high-tech, financial services, and data center sectors. More

Regional Report: Manufacturing Success Stories Continue in the South

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Growth in manufacturing is driving the economies of the Southern States, while they grapple with the challenges of diversification. More

Regional Report: South Atlantic Region Ranks High for Business Investment

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

With its well-established infrastructure, leading workforce-development programs, and right-to-work states, the South Atlantic region continues to attract advanced technology companies. More

Regional Report: New Investments and Job Creation Are Keeping the Mid-Atlantic’s Economy Growing

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Unemployment rates across the region are mixed, but companies in a variety of industry sectors have pledged investments and the creation of new jobs. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Workforce Initiatives Attract and Retain Industry

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Indiana is meeting its workforce challenges, while drawing upon its infrastructure and other strengths to attract business. More

Regional Report: High-Tech and Clean-Tech Companies Driving Growth in the Mountain States

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

Although their economies have been traditionally resource-based, the Mountain States also have flourishing high-tech and alternative-energy sectors. More

Regional Report: Industrial Diversification Creates Stable, Sustainable Economies in the Plains

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

Efforts to diversify their economies have helped the Plains States to weather the downturn in the oil and gas industry. More

Where Should Aerospace Companies Invest? Evaluating Aerospace Manufacturing Hubs

Scott Thompson, U.S. Aerospace & Defense Assurance Leader, PwC (Q3 2016)

For executives considering where to build a future plant or R&D facility, the United States ranks first globally for the scope and size of its aerospace manufacturing sector. In terms of the state rankings, Arizona jumped to first place, which bumped Florida down to second. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Power Companies’ Support Helps Top States to Score High

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q3 2016)

The majority of the Top States for Doing Business have one severely underrated asset in common: the strong support of well-organized and well-funded power companies. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: Top-Performing States Place Significant Emphasis on Economic Development

Andy Mace, Managing Director, Global Business Consulting , Cushman & Wakefield Business Consulting  (Q3 2016)

The top-performing states continually compete against one another to attract business and challenge each other to maintain or improve capabilities. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business Commentary: “Sunshine States” Continue to Lead the Pack

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q3 2016)

In nine of the top-10 scoring states, weather conditions allow construction 365 days a year, and local governments in the South have also been aggressive in incorporating incentives into every deal. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Back in Top Spot Again

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

There are many factors that go into being a “top state for business” — from labor and real estate costs to the tax and regulatory environment to workforce development programs and more; the states that made the 2016 Top States for Doing Business list scored high in each category. More

Texas Today 2016: A Diverse Roster of Companies Continue to Seek Out Texas’ Pro-Business Environment

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

Through industrial diversification, Texas has been able to overcome a decline in economic output resulting from lower oil prices and continues to court companies with its pro-business know-how. 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

Regional Report: New England Joining the Economic-Recovery Bandwagon

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

As a prime recipient of venture-capital investment, the New England region is continuing to attract entrepreneurs and grow jobs. More

Regional Report: Mid-Atlantic Region Retaining & Growing Jobs Through Diversification

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

The Mid-Atlantic States are putting measures in place to retain their traditional manufacturing jobs, while also securing investments in pharma, wellness-based food, and other emerging sectors. More

Regional Report: A Pro-Business Environment Fuels Growth in the Southwest

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

A pro-business environment, diverse economic base, and infrastructure investments are fueling growth in the U.S. Southwest. More

Regional Report: Tax and Other Incentives Help Job-Creation Numbers in the Pacific States

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

In response to their specific needs, the Pacific States have instituted varied business-support tools that enhance their competitiveness. More

Regional Report: The Mountain States Garner Accolades for Business Expansion

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

Their economies are faring well, but the Mountain States continue to keep themselves busy building new industries and supporting existing employers. More

Regional Report: Manufacturing Leads the Way in the South

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

With strong automotive and aerospace sectors, as well as highly developed workforce training programs, the South continues to attract business investment. More

Regional Report: The Plains States Rank High for Business Friendliness

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

Already a powerful region for energy production, the Plains States are luring technology firms with their low taxes and other pro-business policies. More

Regional Report: Industrial Diversification Helps Midwest Meet Today’s Economic Challenges

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

The largely Midwest-based automotive is humming along to record sales and hauling hundreds of companies in the region along with it while technology companies have begun to warm up to the talent and work ethic that resides in America’s heartland. More

Regional Report: Diverse Industries Reflect Economic Gains in the South-Atlantic

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

A region that gets its pro-business message across, the South Atlantic’s growth in manufacturing, Information technology, and life sciences has moved beyond big cities to its smaller metro areas as well. More

Advanced Manufacturing Changing the Economic Landscape

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2015)

Across the country, states and localities are working with manufacturers to create and grow outposts for advanced manufacturing. 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