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U.S. Regional Reports

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 Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, 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, 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 Stackhouse-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 Stackhouse-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 Stackhouse-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 Stackhouse-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

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