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U.S. Regional Reports

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 Stackhouse-Kaelble (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, Contributing Editor,  (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 Stackhouse-Kaelble (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 Stackhouse-Kaelble (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, Contributing Editor,  (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 Stackhouse-Kaelble (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, Contributing Editor,  (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

Top States for Doing Business 2015: Site Selection Consultants Survey Results

Area Development Special Presentation (Q3 2015)

Area Development is publishing our sixth annual Top States for Doing Business survey of site consultants, ranking the states based on their number of mentions by respondents in three overall categories (Business Environment, Labor Climate, Infrastructure and Global Access) and 18 subcategories. More

Georgia Once Again Leads the 2015 Top States for Doing Business

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q3 2015)

An attractive business environment, quality labor pool, and well developed infrastructure are among the shared advantages of those states ranked by the location consultants as the top choices for business. More

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