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November 2016

 COVER STORY
Business Climate Ranking
The Gold Standard
How Georgia Wins a Fourth Consecutive Top Business Climate Billing
 FEATURES
Incentives Update
Could Inclusion Be the New Yardstick?
The thought leaders at The Brookings Institution pull no punches: It's time to change economic development metrics.
FDI in America
The Inversion Perversion
Ready to celebrate that climbing FDI number? Don’t put on your party hat just yet.
Aerospace and Defense
How Thriving Communities Attract Aerospace Manufacturing
In the past 100 years, the aerospace industry has evolved tremendously — and so have site location needs for aircraft and aerospace companies.
Automotive Industry
Economic Recovery ‘Highly Unusual’
GM’s economist weighs in on the strange and positive qualities of the post-Recession economy.
DATA CENTERS
Sustainability is the hallmark of data center location and innovation
Sustainability is central to data center location strategy, as Facebook and others know.
Medical Devices
Ripe for the Picking - J&J’s Choice Goes Beyond Easy Labels
Combining the resources of the world’s largest medical complex with the capabilities of the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
Columbus Ohio
Rx for Healthcare IT - Columbus
The Columbus Region is becoming a national hub for healthcare IT innovation.
PBI Aqaba Industrial Estate
Aqaba A Launch Pad Toward the Future
This coastal location provides a pivotal hub for Jordan and an entire MENA region set for economic takeoff.
Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania
Where to Grow Your Back Office
Not all corporate operations need a Wall Street address to be successful.
The Navy Yard
Philadelphia’s Transformative Waterfront Campus
The Navy Yard in Philadelphia has a new lease on life, and the life sciences are a big reason why.
China Fortune Land Development
One Hundred New Cities
Looking to align with China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative? Meet one company with a plan of its own.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Top Business Park Locations
Worldwide Winners
In September 2016 at its annual conference in Oklahoma City, the Association of University Research Parks (AURP) announced the winners of its 21st Annual Awards of Excellence.
UNIVERSITY ALLIANCES
Direct Connections
The R&D Pipeline from Higher Education to the Corporate World
 INTERNATIONAL
Middle East
Arab Youth - A ‘Wellspring of Untapped Potential’
Firms want to employ the region's potential workforce, but these youth's may have bigger plans.
China
China at a Tipping Point
Tractus Asia’s John Evans breaks down China’s current economics and their influence on location choice.
Malaysia
Kulim Hi-Tech Park Lands Two Plum Projects
Economic indicators moving in the right direction like these bode well for multinationals opening or planning new facilities in this Southeast Asian country in the heart of the ASEAN region.
GERMANY
Where the Action Is
The German cities receiving the most attention from corporate investors include trivago’s hometown of Düsseldorf.
INDIA
Tailwinds Elevate Growth in Indian Aviation
With commercial air travel booming, can this market’s aviation industry keep up?
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
Here’s the Deal — Business Climates Matter
Eight of the top 10 are Southeastern, and that’s not a new phenomenon anymore — just an affirmation that their formula for attracting investment is working.
Letter from Governor John Bel Edwards
Louisiana - Stronger Than Ever
How Louisiana is coming back stronger after the 1000 year flood.
Departments
North American Reports
Projects from Germany's Henkel in Connecticut, Audi in Mexico and Festo in Ohio, France's ON Entertainment in Montréal and Austria's Seisenbacher Rail Interiors in Rochester, New York.
IAMC Insider
Some Thoughts on the Benefits of Agility
What served an organization well last year may be ineffective this year.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Ontario
Come On Over
No matter whose side you’re on, Ontario and Canada are on one side of an open door.
Washington
Aerospace Project Had Options, Didn’t Need Them
The grass isn’t always greener.
Virginia
A Business Climate With a History
Data centers, food processors congregate in the Commonwealth.
Nebraska
Keep on Truckin’
Werner Enterprises invests for the long haul in Nebraska.
OHIO RIVER CORRIDOR
Two-Way Street
Greater Cincinnati offers a model for multi-state metro-area prosperity.
US Southwest
Plugging in From the Desert
New Projects from Facebook Connect to Worldwide Goals
New York
Good Sports - Big Leases in The Big Apple
Two of the nation’s leading professional sports leagues are deepening their roots in Manhattan with major office leases in Midtown.
Kansas
Doors of Opportunity Are Wide Open in Kansas
A KC suburb and college towns are the Sunflower State’s hot spots in 2016.

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