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U.S. Regional Reports


Special Investment Report: Metro Atlanta

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

With Atlanta’s extremely diverse economy, and growth across a wide range of industry sectors, robust job creation is in the forecast, along with a continued drop in the unemployment rate. The metro area continues to grapple with the need to think regionally as it addresses infrastructure and workforce challenges that are related to, and enable this economic growth. More

Special Investment Report: California’s Central Valley

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

It’s a region of great contrasts. More than four million people call it home, and so do hundreds of thousands of cows. It’s a region big on oil production that also happens to have some of the world’s biggest wind and solar power installations. More than 200 crops grow here, and so do dozens of companies developing new aerospace technologies and countless other innovations. More

Top States for Doing Business 2014: Georgia Unseats Texas, Industrial Midwest Rises

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q3 2014)

The list continues to be dominated by states in the South and mid-South as states from the industrial Midwest scratch their way back into position as major players in U.S. economic-development. More

Special Investment Report: Florida’s Eastern and Mid-Gulf Coasts

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

How many places in the world can claim to be on the cutting edge of both space and ocean transportation? It’s a striking illustration of the economic diversity you’ll find as you scan down the East Coast of Florida and then partway up the Gulf side. More

Ohio’s Economy Emerges from Recession While Building a Pro-Business Reputation

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

Ohio benefits from access - access to markets, access to workforce, access to suppliers, and access to customers – and, regional developers are embracing the challenge of getting the word out about the area’s business advantages. More

Regional Report: Manufacturing Drives the Southern Indiana Economy

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

Manufacturing plays a prominent role in Southern Indiana’s economy, but technology R&D as well as financial services, a growing medical sector, and renowned educational institutions must also be acknowledged. 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

Texas Today 2014: A Magnet for Job Growth

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

Low taxes, smart regulation, and skilled workers - not to mention probusiness incentives — are among the reasons Texas is continuing to build on its huge and diverse economy. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Keeps Its Economy On Track

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

As states throughout the nation struggled during the recession, Kentucky quickly acted to help its economy not only recover but also grow. More

Greater Fort Lauderdale’s Business Climate Promotes Headquarters Growth

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2014)

A development strategy touting its attractive quality of life as well as favorable business climate has made the Fort Lauderdale area a top choice for headquarters operations. More

Public Power Communities: Future-Focused

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2014)

America’s public power communities are places where local governments and other public entities have taken charge to deliver services their communities need to prosper. More

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More

Ports Jockey for Post-Panamax “Pole Position”

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q1 2014)

East and Gulf Coast ports are gearing up to accommodate the supersized containerships that will be able to traverse the expanded Panama Canal — and the delayed expansion process has given them the advantage of time to get ready. More

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

Opelika, Alabama Builds High-Speed On Ramp to the Future

Richard K. Wallace, Editor and Publishing Director, The Next Silicon Valley (Q1 2014)

Opelika is developing a comprehensive broadband fiberoptic system, connecting the city and a growing industrial base to the booming global business opportunities of the future. More

U.S. Industrial Real Estate Outlook: Strong Performance Propels Industrial Sector into 2014

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2014)

Growing demand for goods from consumers and businesses — and an apparently permanent shift in how people buy and how goods are shipped — has propelled the U.S. industrial real estate sector into its most positive position since before the Great Recession. More

Wisconsin’s Bioscience Industry Achieves Global Recognition

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

Wisconsin’s bioscience industry continues to expand, often led by spinoff companies that are established to commercialize groundbreaking university research. More

Shale Regions Face the Challenges of Rapid Growth

Lisa Buddecke, Kelsar Industries (Directory 2014)

Those states with recently discovered oil- and natural gas-rich deposits, like North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region, are experiencing demands on everything from infrastructure and real estate, to employment and industry services. More

Regional Report: Reaching for the Stars in the Southwest

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)

Most of the Southwest is enjoying better job growth than the nation as a whole, and all of these states have ramped up their economic development efforts. More

Regional Report: Beyond Automotive, the South Revs Up Growth Across Diverse Industries

Beth Mattson-Teig (Directory 2014)

A highly skilled work force and good transportation infrastructure are also drawing aerospace and other high-tech companies. More