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Location Notebook

Location Notebook: Diversification Bolstering Economic Growth in Ohio

Tom Gresham (Q2 2019)

While building on its existing strengths — including its logistical advantages, low tax burden, and productive workforce — Ohio is seeking to diversify the state’s economy. More

Location Notebook: Indiana Is Making Global Connections

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2019)

Both domestic and foreign advanced technology and other firms are investing in Indiana, a state with a well-prepared workforce and lifestyle initiatives to attract younger workers. More

Location Notebook: Texas Builds on Its Strengths and Confronts Its Challenges

Tom Gresham (Q2 2019)

Population growth, a favorable tax climate, and a business-friendly environment are among the factors fueling economic gains and drawing corporate investment to Texas. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee Builds on Its Business Retention and Attraction Efforts

Tom Gresham (Q1 2019)

A commitment to manufacturing, its logistical advantages, and a workforce development push are at the core of Tennessee’s economic strength. More

Location Notebook: Nashville Is Now on the Financial Services Map

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2018)

AllianceBernstein’s move to Nashville has made it a major player in the financial services sector. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee’s Comprehensive Workforce Development Efforts

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

From offering free postsecondary education to partnering with employers on workforce training programs to identifying skills gaps, Tennessee is tackling the challenge of fulfilling industry’s short- and long-term labor force needs. More

Location Notebook: Mississippi — Where Key Stakeholders Cooperate for Business Success

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

Mississippi’s Shovel Award accomplishments reflect a commitment by businesses, their workforces, and the economic development community to work together. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - Focusing on Rural Development

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Realizing the need to stimulate growth in rural areas, state legislators, educators, and other stakeholders came together to pass legislation, certify sites, and increase broadband access among other measures aimed at attracting business and tourism. More

Location Notebook: Cape Coral-Desirable for Business Owners and Residents Alike

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

A pro-business environment and an enviable quality of life have made Cape Coral a haven for biomedical and other light manufacturing companies. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky's Favorable Business Climate Brings Record Corporate Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Through pro-business initiatives — including cutting red tape, passing RTW legislation, and customizing workforce training — Kentucky captured record investment in 2017 and sees more success ahead. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Prime Ground for Logistics and Distribution

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Companies like UPS, DHL, Amazon, and others are taking advantage of Kentucky’s centralized location and highly developed infrastructure to move freight by air, water, rail, and road. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - A Place to Grow Headquarters Operations

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

A pro-business environment is helping Tennessee to attract headquarters operations and grow its business and professional services sector, while its quality of life draws workers to the state. More

Location Notebook: Big Manufacturing Investments Keep Kentucky’s Automotive Industry Rolling Along

Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

Kentucky is a powerful force in the U.S. auto industry. Major automakers have been building vehicles in the state for generations. More

Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time. More

Location Notebook: Louisville-Southern Indiana Offer Bi-State Regional Advantages

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

Although these two locales compete for business to a certain extent, each benefits from the advantages provided by its neighbor, as do the businesses located there. 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

Location Notebook: Foreign Investment Making a Powerful Impact in Tennessee

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Companies across the globe are making investments and creating jobs in Tennessee to connect with suppliers and ultimately reach the vast U.S. market. More

Location Notebook: West Virginia’s Economic Diversification Helping the State to Meet Challenges

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

The P&G win was an important one for the state, providing validation that West Virginia can be a competitive place to do business. More

Location Notebook: Tennessee - Innovations to Meet Workforce Needs

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Tennessee is actively addressing the challenge of providing companies expanding and locating in the state with a skilled workforce. More

Location Notebook: Pitt County, NC Provides “Healthful” Business Environment

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Pitt County is building on its success in the life sciences sector and its quality-of-life advantages. More

Location Notebook: Auto Industry Driving the Kentucky Economy

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

The auto industry is steering the Bluegrass State toward growth and prosperity, while the state works to meet the challenge of keeping enough workers in the pipeline. More

Location Notebook: Jackson, Tennessee, Takes a Regional Economic Development Approach

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)

The nine-county Jackson, Tennessee, region is focusing on its key infrastructure strengths as well as educational assets, while meeting challenges head-on, in order to continue to attract targeted industries. More

Location Notebook: Well-Connected Tennessee Innovating to Distribute Success

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2015)

Tennessee ranks highly for its certified sites program as well as its transportation infrastructure, and the state is employing innovative strategies to address educational and other challenges. More

Location Notebook: Union County, SC, Moves Forward

Area Development Research Desk on behalf of the Union County Development Board (Q3 2015)

Union County, South Carolina, has pieced together a diverse economy from its historical textile roots. More

Location Notebook: TVA Hitching Its Wagon to the Auto Industry

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2015)

TVA is driving to make automotive manufacturing the cornerstone of the region. More

Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky

Cynthia Kincaid, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

By helping entrepreneurs and small business, Kentucky has managed to regain economic strength sapped by the recession. More

Location Notebook: Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans

Craig Guillot, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2015)

As New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, the city is in many ways barely recognizable to what it was years ago. Economists and national publications say it has undergone one of the most rapid and dramatic economic turnarounds in recent American history. More

Mississippi: A Top Manufacturing State Is Meeting Its Challenges Head On

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

In many parts of the country, manufacturing is more of a fond memory than a reality. Not so in Mississippi, which is very much a state that makes things. More

Location Notebook: Tesla’s “Gigafactory” - Reno’s Game Changer

Dennis Cuneo,  Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Q3 2014)

With the announcement that Tesla picked Reno for its highly publicized $5 billion “gigafactory,” the area took a giant step toward civic leaders' goal of remaking its economy and image. To win the project, the state offered a rich — and what will be a highly scrutinized — incentive package. Will the bold gamble pay off? More

Location Notebook: Union Pacific Intermodal Opens in Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q3 2014)

The $400 million investment for the 2,200-acre site will connect businesses to strategic markets in the southwestern U.S. and beyond. It will provide logistics gains for shippers along its Sunset Line, which runs 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles and serves key locations in Mexico and Arizona. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky Keeps Its Economy On Track

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (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 Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (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

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

Wisconsin’s Bioscience Industry Achieves Global Recognition

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2014)

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

Newark, DE Development Seminar to Explore Regional Real Estate, Workforce Issues of High-Tech Transformation

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

The key to economic development often lies in transforming existing assets and evolving new approaches to the workforce, and the workplace. This is especially true for a growing number of cities and locations around the U.S. where local officials have set their sights on the emerging innovation, or knowledge economy, and a new 'creative class' of workers as the best path to economic renewal. More

The New Orleans' BioDistrict, a Model for Industry Collaboration

Craig Guillot, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 / Spring 2013)

Spread over 1,500 acres across downtown New Orleans, BioDistrict New Orleans will be one of the largest developments in the world of biosciences. More

Location Notebook: Data Centers Betting on Nevada

Dan Calabrese (February 2013)

Nevada was largely built by people who don’t mind taking risks with their money. So it’s ironic that one of the state’s leading economic growth opportunities at the moment is coming from data centers, an industry that sees in Nevada an opportunity to avoid risk. More

A California County That's Making (Good) News

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (September 2012)

Kern County is developing a reputation for growing high-tech industries such as wind and solar power, aerospace, and distribution/logistics that need highly skilled workers. More

SubTropolis Offers Deep Reasons to Locate Underground

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (July 2012)

More than 50 businesses lease space within SubTropolis, a subterranean business complex located in Kansas City - a maze of warehouse, office, and light industrial space, several miles of roads, a couple of miles of rail, nearly 400 truck dock locations, and more than 1,500 parking spaces. More

Birmingham's Economy Strengthens, Largely Unaffected by County Bankruptcy

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Summer 2012)

Emerging from a recession is always tough for a city - it's even harder when the home county is in bankruptcy proceedings. More

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