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March 2018

 COVER STORY
The 2017 Governor's Cups
Defending Champs
Texas and Nebraska retain their status as top performers in Site Selection’s annual facilities race.
 FEATURES
Big Muddy Cup
‘Authentic Country Goodness’
Northwest Tennessee’s Union City offers further proof that state lines can unite instead of divide.
Top Micros 2017
Crowning Achievement
Findlay makes it a four-peat as Batavia closes in.
Top Metros 2017
Repeat Defenders
For the third year in a row, Chicago, Omaha and Sioux City are No. 1 in their respective population categories.
Airport Cities
How SkyBridge Will Complement Sky Harbor
An air cargo and customs facility in a Phoenix suburb will redefine cross-border trade in the US Southwest.
Agribusiness
Where the Domesticated Things Are
Looking through the Alltech lens provides a global perspective on the business of feeding the world.
Data Centers
Core Value, Edge Opportunities
The investment and growth promise of data centers is as clear as the cloud.
Biopharmaceuticals
Future Bio-Spaces, Same Bio-Places
As facilities grow more flexible, so too do the boundaries of their old favorite locations.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
Utah
The Intangibles of Cool
An uber-hip tech scene rises from Utah’s Silicon Slopes.
San Bernardino County, California
Peak Performance
High-tech firms striving for growth in California scale new heights in San Bernardino County.
Southwest Louisiana
Out in Front and Not Looking Back
Southwest Louisiana continues to improve a business climate that is already a national leader.
Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub
Georgia Game-Changer
On the outskirts of America’s first planned city, the master-planned Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub could write the region’s next exciting chapter.
Windsor-Essex, Ontario, Canada
Take the Guesswork out of Location Selection
Two sites and two more in the application process in Windsor-Essex are part of an elite group of Ontario’s Certified Sites.
Hoosier Energy
Down to the Crossroads
Transportation assets help companies and communities prosper in central and southern Indiana. So does the human touch.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Certified Sites
The Directory of Due Diligence
The growing roster of site certification programs converges with the need to certify the skills you’ll find near those qualified parcels.
 INTERNATIONAL
Ontario
Possible Closure of Toronto Aerospace Site Rattles Ontario, Union Leaders
Thousands of jobs hang in the balance as Bombardier considers options at the historic Downsview site in Toronto.
Asia Pacific
Beyond China and India
Tips on building an effective resource allocation strategy for investing in ASEAN provinces and states
Eastern Europe
Flexing Its Muscle
Unafraid to ‘ruffle feathers,’ Poland is the engine of central Europe.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
Springfield, Illinois, Needs a Business-Climate Master Class
There comes a point when one realizes a person — or state leadership in this case — either wants to change or it doesn’t. Is Springfield the latter? It looks that way.
Departments
World Reports
Leading countries for remittances; FedEx and Starbucks in Shanghai; France's largest-ever container ship; and Saudi Arabia's $500-billion city of the future named Neom.
Departments
North American Reports
Petrochemicals megaproject in Alberta; Nikola’s billion-dollar plant in Arizona; the Apple HQ’s transparency problem; the economic impact of Canadian shipbuilding; and bike sharing in Mexico.
IAMC Insider
When a Good Plan Comes Together
The deliberations and dialogue were dynamic, constructive and positive in tone. There was mutual respect among those present. This factor underpins the large amount of work we achieved.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Georgia
Amazon for Atlanta?
The Georgia capital’s candidacy for HQ2 is just one of many windows onto a vibrant state economy.
New Mexico
‘Mind-Blowing’ Progress
Meow Wolf grows from humble origins in Santa Fe to a global phenomenon.
California
Map To the Stars
California’s higher education institutions transform new ideas into new jobs, nurturing prosperity in the state’s best-performing cities.
Indiana
Taking Indiana’s Economic Temperature
An economist weighs in on where Indiana ‘compares favorably’ to other states, among other topics.
Illinois
Commentary
Can Illinois Get Back in the Fight Before it's Too Late
Minnesota
Cells of Innovation
A near-death experience propels the mission of a Minnesota startup.
Maryland
Play to Your Strengths
Maryland’s state leaders and universities demonstrate the state’s scientific magnetism via initiatives and incubators.
South Carolina
Winning Bet - How BMW’s Location Gamble in ’92 Paid Off
The ‘Power of Innovation’ draws more investment from overseas capital investors.

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