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March 2011

 COVER STORY
Cover Story
Texas Soars
Site Selection’s Governor’s Cup returns to Texas, where Governor Rick Perry has some thoughts on how to make all states more competitive. For a synopsis, see the Tenth Amendment.
 FEATURES
Top Metros of 2010
A City With an Edge
An in-your-face approach propels a social commerce company to new heights, signaling a new era for Second City.
Top Micropolitans of 2010
A Tar Heel Triumph
Davidson County, N.C., surpasses all micropolitan areas in the U.S. in corporate real estate projects in 2010.
The Water Factor
Treasure Maps
GE Power & Water’s chief sustainability officer compiles a world’s worth of lessons in water use and conservation.
Regional Headquarters
The Search for Savings
As the cost of corporate and regional headquarters operations comes under heightened scrutiny, new locations emerge as contenders for the home office.
Biopharmaceuticals
The Perfect Storm?
Simultaneous undercapacity and overcapacity pose challenges for biopharma firms.
Steelcase
The Pyramid Proposal
As Steelcase prepares to move out of its Corporate Development Center, a landmark Grand Rapids building beckons new users.
 
Global and U.S. Giants
Lists of largest projects in the U.S. and around the world ranked by investment, job creation and square footage.
Top Industries
Asia Arrives
Automotive companies invest from east to west across an enormous region full of emerging markets.
Airport Cities
Schiphol Ups the Ante
New aerospace and logistics developments at Amsterdam Schiphol are adding to this airport city’s location credentials.
Wind Energy
Windy Days Ahead
Commercial investment in the wind energy market is strong so far in 2011, following a lackluster 2010. Is this renewable-energy sector now ready for its close-up?
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
 
San Joaquin County California
Connection is critical for any business.
Southwest Louisiana
A Region of Resilience
From twin Gulf setbacks to economic recovery, Lake Charles reveals its blueprint for a rapid turnaround.
 
Headquarters For the World
In Greater Fort Lauderdale, multinational firms find a safe haven and desirable tax climate for corporate operations.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
 
Ports Rail Parks
The Efficiency Quotient
Growing Retail Centers
San Bernardino County
Driving Retail Growth - Leveraging the Benefits of Location, Population and Planning 
 INTERNATIONAL
 
North American Reports
Amazon’s Spreading Presence Creates Jobs; Freescale Scales Up in Mexico’s ‘Silicon Valley’
 
World Reports
Hope for Haiti; Cummins Increasing Asian Presence; UAE’s First Vehicle Plant; Powering Up
Central America
Close at Hand
Nearshoring is growing in Central America, but some countries may be reaching saturation.
Mediterranean
‘Outlier’ No More
Izmir wins out over all of Eastern Europe for Cummins’ first manufacturing plant in Turkey.
 DEPARTMENTS
 
Editor's View
No Time To Wallow in the Mire
 
IAMC Insider
Responsible People; Meet a Member; People and Projects
Site Visit
Renewable Promises
In Scotland, an alternative-energy future beckons, and the present day suffices.
Technology InSite
Outsourcing Option
A property management firm hires a specialist to sort out its IT infrastructure.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Illinois
Still Sweet Home
Tool maker, railroad player and the nation’s freight handler, Chicago still lures them, high taxes or no.
Indiana
Prudence in Abundance
Gov. Mitch Daniels may be Indiana’s leading asset.
Florida
Fresh Starts
The next chapter in Florida innovation could be a tale told by a mouse … but not the mouse you think.
California
The Optimists Club
High-tech, cleantech, bio and logistics provide economic momentum for a beleaguered state.
Maryland
Solid State
Life sciences companies thrive in Maryland.
Mississippi River Corridor
Transformers
‘Project 21’ is the latest of many projects to land in Memphis.
South Central States
Forward Thinking
These project snapshots paint a picture of a region looking to the future.
Wyoming
‘A Place Where You Can Connect’
A new governor builds on the success of big projects to lure more firms to Wyoming.
Northeast States
New Ingredients
One food processor moves into an historic industrial site, another goes solar and a third will build a new plant to serve a growing market.
New Mexico
‘Albuquerque or Denver?’
New Mexico’s new governor knows businesses have plenty of location options.
Minnesota
Northern Light
How entrepreneurs are turning one of Minnesota’s abundant natural resources — solar energy — into a promising new industry sector.

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