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100 Leading Locations: Southern States Metro Areas
These Southern metro areas performed the best on Area Development's 100 Leading Locations list. As business populations shift and site selection continuously evolves, smaller regional and metro areas emerge from amongst the field of usual big-city suspects as desirable locations for companies of all sizes. Our list brings these locations to light by showing how they stack up to the rest of the field when considering 14 highly regarded surveys.
Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Spring 2011)
 

Huntsville, Alabama (1/18)



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Next: Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas

Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas (2/18)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Southwest Power Pool, Corporate headquarters, $62M, 200 jobs

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Next: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (3/18)



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Next: Fayetteville, Arkansas

Fayetteville, Arkansas (4/18)



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Next: Lafayette, Louisiana

Lafayette, Louisiana (5/18)



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Next: Lexington, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky (6/18)



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Next: Louisville, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky (7/18)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Ford, Auto manufacturing, $600M, 1,800 jobs

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Next: Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee

Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, Tennessee (8/18)



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Next: Auburn-Opelika, Alabama

Auburn-Opelika, Alabama (9/18)



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Next: Hattiesburg, Mississippi

Hattiesburg, Mississippi (10/18)



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Next: Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi (11/18)



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Next: Knoxville, Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (12/18)



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Next: Pascagoula, Mississippi

Pascagoula, Mississippi (13/18)



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Next: Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana

Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana (14/18)



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Next: Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Pine Bluff, Arkansas (15/18)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Evergreen Packaging, Liquid packaging board and coated publication paper mill, $53M

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Next: New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana (16/18)


Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Nucor, Iron and steel production, $3.4B, 1,250 jobs

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Next: Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee (17/18)



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