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November 2017

Business Climate Ranking
Smart Money
Foreign investment, film production and corporate R&D centers grow particularly well in the Peach State’s business climate.
Amazon HQ2
Welcome to the Amazon Games
Hear an echo? That’s the world’s largest e-commerce company doing to economic development what it did to shopping malls.
Incentives Update
Which Side Are You On?
Collaboration and regional thinking make for great slogans — but it’s tooth-and-nail competition when a company has to pick a final landing spot for a major investment.
Ports & Free Trade Zones
Top Free Zones 2017
Conway has created a Top Free Zones ranking for the first time, recognizing the top two zones per world region.
Aerospace & Defense
World Travelers
A glance inside the Rolls-Royce operations machine
Recession-Proof Industries
Bounce-Back Central
Matching recent project location data with a new ranking of the most resilient states from the Great Recession tells us a few things.
FDI in America
Where Foreign Investors’ Value Projects Go
Successful investment by foreign firms even has domestic US firms looking inward.
Letter From the Publisher
Top International Company of the Year
Last month Conway, publisher of Site Selection magazine, was named the Top International Company of the Year, small business category, an honor bestowed by the Atlanta Business Chronic
Business Retention
Incentives for Existing Businesses?
Are companies asking too much of state and local governments? It depends on whom you ask.
Top Competitive Cities
Central US Metros Dominate 2017 Top Competitive Cities
The competitive fire of some leading cities is being directed toward their own federal government.
Global Automotive
Ingenuity on Parade
The era of e-mobility and autonomous driving is lining up as a tug-of-war between the technology-driven invisible hand and the ultimate force of state incentives.
Medical Devices
Thinking Long Term, Reacting Short Term
A conversation with Dmitry Dukhan, vice president of real estate for Medline Industries
Data Centers
All Those Ones and Zeroes Add Up to BILLIONS
It might surprise you to learn that traditional data center leaders Virginia and Texas have been challenged since 2016 began.
Best Supporting Actors
The awards go to two industries — medical devices and aerospace — with long careers ahead of them.
Destination Bahrain
The hidden gem of the Arabian Gulf offers a rich history and a flair for all things modern.
Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada
Amazonian Oasis?
The Windsor-Essex joint bid with Detroit for Amazon’s HQ2 offers access and advantages no other city can match.
Chengdu, China
Hugging Chengdu
Everyone has seen pictures of happy tourists hugging pandas in Chengdu. What could be better than that? We’re so glad you asked.
PBI Aqaba Industrial Estate
Gateway to a Future
For companies and people alike, Aqaba International Industrial Estate offers sweet opportunity.
McPherson, Kansas
An Electric Atmosphere
Low energy costs, manufacturing legacy combine to form the industrial hub of the Great Plains.
Northwest Ohio
What's for Dinner?
In Northwest Ohio, certified sites cook up a recipe for food plant investment.
Top Business Park Locations
Indicators for the Year Ahead
For the past four years, industrial has been the top-ranked property sector in the Emerging Trends survey and it remains so for the year ahead.
Downtown Revitalization
Hidden in Plain Sight
The Oversized Impact of Downtown Universities
Thinking India? Think State-Level Market Prioritization
Emerging markets experts explain why the 30,000-foot approach to location selection won’t work.
In Today's China, Paradoxes Still Abound. But so do opportunities.
GDP growth has never and will never absolutely correlate with investment returns. Any questions? No? Great. Thanks for your time.
‘In Finance, Lunch Is for Losers’
Frankfurt tries to out-pitch Paris to displace London as the epicenter of European finance.
Quantum Spin
The entrepreneurial spirit in the Waterloo region stretches from a Mennonite heritage to the complexities of quantum computing.
Middle East
Digital Disruptors founder Ronaldo Mouchawar is among the entrepreneurs bringing e-commerce to the Middle East.
South Korea
Unprecedented Investment Unfolds in Semiconductor Giants’ Homeland
Samsung isn’t the only Korean corporate giant inching its way into its home country’s infrastructure in innovative fashion.
Editor's View
Know When to Hold ’Em
You read it here first: Another North America headquarters for a global company is coming to Atlanta, and I’m not referring to Amazon’s HQ2.
North American Reports
updates us on automotive in Alabama; a huge tire plant in Tennessee; which downtown universities are tops; a Montréal AI company’s record funding; and the earthquake vulnerability of Mexico City’s building stock.
World Reports
Hyperloop Contest Yields Proposed Routes, Business Groups Seek 'Transitional' Brexit Deal and more.
Raising the Bar
Will a new economic development credential make your site discernment more productive?
IAMC Insider
Delivering CRE Value in More Ways and More Places
Ohio River Corridor
Maysville Gets Its Mojo Back
The winner of the inaugural Great River Cup is just one of several Ohio River Corridor regions proving attractive to multinational corporate investors.
A Year of High Definition
Factory fever breaks out all over in a record-setting year for Wisconsin.
Equipment Maker STIHL Grows Its Virginia Beach Campus
Plus Roanoke area expansion to add 180 jobs, and Richmond chosen for 'Cyber Fusion Center.'
Surveys - Seattle's a Tough Market to Beat
When leading real estate market analysts put a metro at or near the top of their rankings, it may be a coincidence. Or it may be worth a closer look.
The Next Car Capital of America?
The Desert Southwest is blooming with firms putting driverless cars on the road.
New York
Skyline of Neighborhoods
Judging by the appetite for mixed-use in the Big Apple, there’s no such thing as too many cranes.
Build Smart
A Kansas woman earns recognition for an innovative and growing construction software company.
Eclipsing the Mark
A rare solar event shines a bright light on what’s happening in Wyoming.
State, Regional Indicators Are Trending in the Right Direction
The October Creighton University Mid-America Business Conditions Index climbed to a healthy reading, according to the latest survey results.

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