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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