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March 2016

 COVER STORY
Governor's Cups
A Pair of Kings Takes It
New leadership in this year’s winning states for attracting new facilities are looking ahead, not behind, at how to keep their states at the top of their game.
 FEATURES
Top Metropolitans of 2015
Dare to be Greater
These regions know how to connect the dots, bridge the gaps and cultivate talent.
Top Micropolitans of 2015
The Findlay Formula
Talk to enough business leaders in Findlay, and you’ll learn why this northwestern Ohio community is racking up the awards for economic development achievement.
Mississippi River Corridor
High Water Mark
The bi-state Burlington area earns the third annual Big Muddy Cup.
Headquarters
Striking a Balance
The lure and lore of the downtown headquarters
Top Industries of 2015
Map To the Stars
Site Selection’s analysis of the Top Industries for corporate facility investment in 2015 reveals the Top 10 projects by capital investment in each of the five leading sectors.
Airport Cities
The Catalyst
How a signature headquarters project is turbocharging Atlanta’s new Aerotropolis Alliance.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Unmanned Outposts
Geographic clustering data on global UAV firm locations is scarce, but we found some. Next time, maybe we’ll use a UAV.
Data Centers
Pay As You Go
Paradigm shifts are a dime a dozen. But the leaders of Aligned Data Centers say this one’s for real.
Agribusiness
Think Locally, Invest Globally
Russia, Iowa expansions are about much more than new facilities.
Biopharmaceuticals
Staying Power
Cluster and venture capital data show where longstanding strength provides the backbone for feisty startups.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
San Bernardino County, California
On Track
Logistics infrastructure makes San Bernardino County a manufacturer’s dream.
Southwest Louisiana
Air Supremacy
Driven by accelerating military work, the aviation sector soars to new heights in Southwest Louisiana.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Innovation Destination
Saudi Arabia’s most dynamic research ecosystem is at KAUST’s campus on the Red Sea.
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Leveling the Field
Gwinnett County in metro Atlanta emerges as major player in growing high-tech industries.
Hoosier Energy
Play Ball
Follow-through is one way Hoosier Energy helps companies stay on top of their game.
Loudoun County, Virginia
Intrinsic Industry
In Loudoun County, Virginia, the data center industry boosts everything from quality of life to economic diversity.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Certified Sites
Not All Checklists Are Created Equal
An insider spills the beans on what companies should know about certified sites.
 INTERNATIONAL
Central America
Cutting Through The Hype
What’s Really Going on in Central America?
 
North American Reports
Canadian work preferences, Tucson Touchdown, Red Letter Day, and More
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
You’ll Know It When You Hear It
Congratulations again to Texas and Kentucky for their 2015 Governors Cups.
IAMC Insider
The Trust Factor
Successful service provider relationships; the industrial surplus property challenge; and corporate cybersecurity tips.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Indiana
Activating Potential
Communities keep coming up with creative ways to attract talent and industry.
New Mexico
More Enchanting
Measures taken to make New Mexico more business-friendly are paying off.
California
Push and Pull
Driven by its innovation ecosystem, California is golden again.
Northeast United States
Snapshots of Excellence
When schoolwork comes first, a qualified workforce follows.
Minnesota
Maintaining Control
The ability to monitor production from start to finish led Japan’s oldest pharmaceutical company to put down roots in Minnesota.
South Central States
In Case You Missed It
A round-up of what’s on the minds of the four governors in this key region.
Florida
Certifiably Successful
Good things start happening when an economic development organization gets serious about workforce development.
Pacific Northwest
Healthy Outlook
Connections to Asia and to collaboration fuel smart economic development in Seattle, Portland and beyond.
Maryland
Baltimore’s New Front Door
Under Armour’s new headquarters campus is just one of the new Maryland’s millennial magnets.
Wyoming
The New West Economy
Wyoming’s assets are becoming as varied as its landscape.
South Carolina
Portside
The Palmetto State’s industrial engine would sputter without the critical contributions of its three ports. A fourth is in the planning stages.
Illinois
Not So. Ill.
A walk down Main Street reveals a downstate region upbeat about the future.

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