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May 2018

 COVER STORY
Cover Story
Global Best to Invest 2018
The 10th Annual Global Best to Invest Awards salute the regions leading the way in corporate facility attraction and expansion.
 FEATURES
Top Deals of 2017
Beautifully Big Business
There’s no denying the power of large-scale investments from companies that already have scale.
2018 Global Best to Invest
The 2018 Mac Conway Awards
Site Selection’s Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development recognize the top local and regional economic development agencies in the US.
2018 Global Best to Invest
Top Investment Promotion Agencies 2018
Politics and economic development often make awkward bedfellows.
2018 Global Best to Invest
2018 Prosperity Cup
It’s as if North Carolina’s short-lived HB2 experiment never happened.
Costa Rica
Essential Opportunity
Company leaders from the life sciences, corporate services, IT and medtech sectors tell us why the talent and value they find there justify their continuing strategic investments in Costa Rica.
Life Science Centers
Natural Selection - Mapping the Startup Genome
Analysis from the 2018 Global Startup Ecosystems Report highlights cities where both global and local connectivity is strongest for life sciences.
North American Automotive
Huntsville Goes to Work
Mazda-Toyota’s site decision sparks ‘fast and furious’ response in northern Alabama.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
Iowa
Land Ho!
Iowa launches a certified sites program that’s landing big projects.
Northwest Ohio
Into the Fast Lane
Northwest Ohio’s automotive sector is accelerating into the future.
Loudoun County
10 Ways Loudoun County is No. 1
From data centers to wineries and breweries, the fastest-growing county in Virginia leads its region, state and nation in a striking number of metrics.
Consumers Energy
Energizing Flint
Historic partnerships fuel renewed investment into Vehicle City.
Mississippi
Improving the Soil
A revolutionary agricultural technology rejuvenates crops around the globe from its home base in Hattiesburg.
Illinois Bicentennial
Illinois Turns 200
As part of the bicentennial celebration underway this year in the nation's 21st state, we take a look at seven companies with a major presence in the Land of Lincoln.
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada
Well Connected
Business and telecom networks are this region's secret sauce.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Shovel-Ready Sites
Shining the Spotlight on Class I Railroad Site Certification
It’s safe to say that every railroad is shovel-ready. After all, they were the first industrial developers, looking to move product along their backbone networks.
Sale-Leaseback
The Multi City Approach
Sale-leaseback works for strategies being implemented by State Farm and BlueLinx.
 INTERNATIONAL
Asia
Powering the Digital Revolution in China
The world’s largest e-commerce market is set for a boom in hyper-scale data centers.
South America
Great Works in the Works
Interested in investing in or benefiting from new South American infrastructure? Here’s the lowdown on the first half of what will be $23 billion in projects aiming for completion by 2027.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
Is the Labor Pool Half Empty or Half Full?
Just how bad is the workforce shortage in the U.S.? We report on huge new projects and expansions in every issue. Are there skilled workers to fill them all?
Departments
World Reports
Our latest digest of global news catches us up on a new terminal in Dunkirk; Petronas in Turin; employment vs. robots in Germany; the world's most expensive cities; and a choice getaway for sale in Fiji.
Departments
North American Reports
Quick-hitting stories fill you in on GE’s Mojave Desert test flight of the world’s largest jet engine; Greater Toronto’s skilled immigrant influx since Canada’s Global Skills Strategy launched and more.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Florida
The Florida Less Traveled
Sometimes you have to get off the beaten path to find the hidden gems.
Great Lakes
Bi-National Region Tackles Water Use, NAFTA & More
A conversation with Council of the Great Lakes Region President and CEO Mark Fisher.
Ohio
Power Lunch
A craving to jolt the energy landscape.
Utah
Go Outside & Play
Utah expands a diverse manufacturing base.
Iowa
Pork Facility is at the Crux of National Policy Debates
One of the biggest pork processing facilities in the country is all systems go, even as its leaders navigate the challenges of potential tariffs, immigration and workforce development.
New England
Small States Win Big
Bio, IT Projects Land in Rhode Island, Connecticut
Arizona
Why a Space Launcher and a Next-Gen Truck Manufacturer Picked the Phoenix Metro
Demand for super-smart talent is about to skyrocket in the Valley of the Sun.
Kentucky
An Emerging Science Ripens, and the Ag Industry Will Benefit
The back 40 are a living lab for high-tech farming in the Bluegrass State.

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