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100 Leading Locations: Pacific States Metro Areas

These Pacific State 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.

Spring 2011

Seattle, Washington (1/11)

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Next: Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska (2/11)

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Next: San Diego, California

San Diego, California (3/11)

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Next: Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii (4/11)

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Next: Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Washington

Kennewick-Richland-Pasco, Washington (5/11)

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Next: Yakima, Washington

Yakima, Washington (6/11)

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Next: Hanford-Corcoran, California

Hanford-Corcoran, California (7/11)

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Next: Salem, Oregon

Salem, Oregon (8/11)

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Next: Spokane, Washington

Spokane, Washington (9/11)

Significant investment & job creation projects:
• Aerospace cluster, Spokane International Airport, $5M, 90 jobs

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Next: Grant County, Washington

Grant County, Washington (10/11)

Significant investment & job creation projects:
• SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers, Carbon fi ber manufacturing, $100M, 80 jobs

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