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May 2016

 COVER STORY
Cover Story
2016 Global Best to Invest
By almost any measure 2015 was a banner year for corporate expansion and foreign direct investment.
 FEATURES
Best to Invest
Top Investment Promotion Agencies
The Best to Invest Top IPA Awards recognize the professionalism and preparedness demonstrated by the winning IPAs.
2016 Prosperity Cup
Battle Tested
North Carolina and Texas grab hold of the first Prosperity Cup. They’re not likely to let go without a fight.
Best to Invest
The Mac Awards
Site Selection’s newly minted Mac Conway Award applauds the Top Economic Development Agencies of the previous year.
Best to Invest
Top Deals 2016
The Top Deals all amount to one thing: opportunities for growth
Life Science Centers
Time to Unwind
New regulations regarding international taxation of multinationals will impact the attractiveness of countries for biopharma FDI.
Affordable Energy
Where Expanding Companies Can Find Affordable Power
US pricing is more competitive than before, but companies must carefully negotiate incentives and conduct state-by-state, regional research.
Departments
North American Reports
GM Moves to Kansas, Manufacturing in California, Top Metros by Job, and More.
North American Automotive
Shifting Gears
After a production volume recovery in 2015, what’s next?
Retail
Office and Retail Blend to Create the Bleisure Effect
Entertainment districts and millennial playpens demonstrate the interwoven nature of value when it comes to office and retail markets.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
Iowa
Aligned for Discovery
The higher education institutions of Iowa help it stand out from the crowd.
Hoosier Energy
To Get the Right Answers, Ask the Right Questions
Better information up front makes for better location decisions.
Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania
A Region of Firsts
Greater Philadelphia leverages its historic position as a global leader in life sciences.
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Beacon of Knowledge
Research-oriented corporations, SMEs and startups are finding the ideal innovation ecosystem where they might not have looked several years ago.
Israel
It Could Only Be Israel
Think of a country with more startups per capita than anywhere in the world outside Silicon Valley.
Malaysia
Every Step of the Way
A second top investment promotion agency award demonstrates Malaysia’s expertise in attracting new investment and helping existing projects expand.
Republic of Turkey
Fast Growing, Dynamic Economy
Turkey’s economic strengths and abundance of skilled workers deliver the confidence and predictability required by today’s global capital investors.
Columbus Ohio
‘We Figure Out How To Make Things Better’
The Columbus Region’s expanding manufacturers laud the ingenuity and resilience of the Central Ohio workforce.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Shovel Ready Sites
Long-Term Vision, Short-Term Results
Programs nationwide expedite development in order to speed up speed to market.
Sale/Leaseback Transaction
Sale-Leaseback Transactions Can Be The Turnaround Solution
Three projects demonstrate how sale-leaseback can be part of solutions that transform.
 INTERNATIONAL
Africa
Nation Building
Progress and anguish characterize South Sudan, the world’s newest country.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
Economic Development’s New Math
The same location criteria that drove your site decisions last year still apply this year. But the textbook has changed.
Unconventional Wisdom
Still Open for Business
The jury is out on whether boycotts and bluster truly impact a state’s business climate.
Departments
World Reports
Countries facing the greatest skills shortages, Ford's expansion in South Africa, an Irish dairy company's investment in Riyadh and Samsung's $300-million R&D center in Hanoi.
Mexico Advantage
Strong Link
Why Mexico is a key player in the global value chain
IAMC Insider
A Careful Approach to Change
IAMC is now in the fifth year of its nascent International outreach and expansion.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Ohio
What Is Ohio?
From grilled cheese to Craigslist, Ohioans are changing the way we interact with the world.
Arizona
Ready for Its Close-up
Delegates on a tour of Arizona’s innovation attributes were more than a little impressed with the state’s universities and their economic development acumen.
Kentucky
Gaining Traction
The growing automotive sector drives manufacturing growth.
Georgia
‘Thoughtful Development’
Forget what you know about commercial sprawl in the Atlanta area. It’s a whole new ballgame along the South Fulton Parkway.
New England
Talent First
Even the Internet of Things needs clusters. Greater Boston is happy to oblige.
Utah
An Ideal State
In Utah it’s hard to know which comes first, the optimism or the jobs.
Colorado
Aerospace Company Sierra Nevada Corp. is Poised for Growth in Colorado
The Nevada-based company is investing at its Colorado locations in Louisville and Colorado Springs.
Iowa
Food Firms Bring Home the Bacon in Iowa
Rembrandt Foods, Kraft Heinz and Seaboard Triumph invest in Iowa.

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