rvine, California was master-planned to be an economic powerhouse. Strategically located in the heart of Southern California between Los Angeles and San Diego, surrounded by major arterial highways, on the perimeter of John Wayne/Orange County Airport and next door to the premier west coast ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, Irvine delivers the benefits of proximity, customer accessibility and near sourcing.
Irvine has cultivated a well-deserved reputation as the address of choice for major industry clusters. Home to several Fortune 500 companies, Irvine specializes in a full spectrum of companies engaged in Life Sciences, Technology and Digital Media, Advanced Manufacturing, R&D and Scientific Testing — all supported by a robust Professional Services sector. Foreign direct investment from Asia and Europe fuels the clusters and leverages Irvine’s position as a Pacific Rim player.
While the beautifully manicured and artfully developed office parks and architecture are a signature of Irvine, its capacity to deliver, attract and retain high quality talent is one of its greatest strengths. And this strength finds its roots in Irvine’s premier educational system, its impressive residential educational attainment rate of 96% high school graduation and 66% advance degree and its engagement with over fourteen colleges and universities, among them the University of California at Irvine and home to several R&D incubators and research projects.
Our enviable quality of life — thousands of acres of open space, green space, hiking and biking trails, parks, recreational areas, cultural venues and shopping — is complemented by our diversity and a commitment to safety and comfort. For the ninth year in a row, Irvine, California has claimed the title of Safest City in America.
There may be cheaper places to do business – but not better places. The State of California’s renewed commitment to business development and growth is a perfect partner to Irvine’s entrepreneurial spirit and business-friendly governance. Working with a host of public and private sector partners including unique relationships with Small Business Development Centers, venture capital networks and a rich set of educational, business life-cycle and retention programs, Irvine contributes to a healthy and prosperous business environment. Evidence of this is easily found in Irvine’s consistently ranking in the top percentile of places to do business, start a company, live and raise a family.
Over 70% of Irvine businesses surveyed say that they are completely or very satisfied with Irvine as their headquarters for business. Over 60% of Irvine businesses are preparing to add employees or expand in the next twelve months. Irvine businesses are thriving. Grow with us.
Senior Director, Economic Development & Tourism
Irvine Chamber of Commerce
The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway
e often hear comments like “why did we build the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway? Why use the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway?
Let me answer these and probably other questions. A connection between the Gulf and the Tennessee River was first contemplated in the early 1700’s. A possible route was surveyed by the U.S. Government in 1874. Congress authorized the construction in 1946. Obviously, the need for a “short-cut” to the Gulf was realized long ago. Since the waterway was completed and opened to commercial navigation in January, 1985, it has generated an economic impact of $30 billion in just the four states that are members of the compact — Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee.
This “short-cut” decreased the mileage from Knoxville to the Gulf by 665 miles. Each one of these miles represents an energy savings to the carrier and less impact to the environment. The Tenn-Tom is the most cost efficient, safest and environmental friendly mode of transportation.
One of the benefits of the Tenn-Tom is that it is generally a “slack water” run as compared to the waters of the nearby alternate Mississippi River and other open waters.
When commodities are shipped on the waterway, people don’t have to wait and waste their time at a railroad crossing or backed up in highway construction. The Tenn-Tom has ample available capacity to handle future shipments.
The Tenn-Tom Waterway has been designated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration (MARAD) as a maritime corridor — M65. The waterway is recognized as an alternative to more congestion to the roads and rail.
The Tenn-Tom has available sites on the water. Working in conjunction with the Tennessee Valley Authority, several sites have been identified that may be just what you are looking for.
Why use the Tenn-Tom Waterway? Because it makes cents!
Advanced Manufacturing Thrives in Wisconsin’s Madison Region
he eight-county region around Madison, Wisconsin — comprised of Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Green, Iowa, Jefferson, Rock and Sauk Counties — has a history of introducing advanced production practices to the world. The region is home to a high concentration of thought leaders who deliver purposeful innovation, developing new technologies that advance our key industries and keep them competitive on a local and global scale.
We have a diverse manufacturing base and competitive edge in high-end production. Thanks to the continual incorporation of new, forward-thinking technologies and applications that are acknowledged worldwide, manufacturing remains strong in the region. This key industry honors our strong production heritage while embracing the trailblazing research coming out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Madison Region boasts a concentration in food products machinery, tractors and trailers, household refrigerators and freezers, appliances, metal manufacturing, and plastics. Companies looking to open or expand advanced manufacturing facilities in the Madison Region will benefit from a multitude of industrial parks, moderate utility prices, intellectual capital in engineering and science, and a steady pipeline of qualified employees coming out of our technical and four-year educational institutions. Due to our area’s quality of life, young adults comprise a robust segment of the skilled manufacturing workforce.
Advanced manufacturing is a key sector for growth nationwide, and the Madison Region’s leadership in this sector delivers globally recognized technologies of the future. Buoyed by statewide sector support, the Madison Region provides the ideal environment for advanced manufacturing to thrive.