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November 2019

 COVER STORY
Incentives
Mumblings of Reform
Is the end of the economic development incentive war at hand?
 FEATURES
U.S. Opportunity Zones
The Lands of OZs
Early Returns and Major Concerns Across the Opportunity Zone Landscape
Business Climate Rankings
VII Straight
Georgia sets a record for the most consecutive top state business climate wins. Governor Brian Kemp, in his first year as state chief executive, weighs in.
Ports & Free Trade Zones
Trade Happens Here
Repeat winners top our free trade zone rankings.
Ports & Free Trade Zones
The Challenges and Future of Trade Zones
Conway Advisory leaders Douglas van den Berghe and Ghinwa Moujaes consider the evolution of FTZs, and offer a glimpse of their own past index of zone performance.
Great River Cup
Six Projects Are Enough for an Ohio River Metro’s Win
At an ideal meeting place, Greater Paducah meets up with this year’s Great River Cup.
Business Retention
Eyes Wide Open
Is this a new business retention tool for economic developers?
Aerospace & Defense
A Sector at a Crossroads
Reports call for focus on supply chains, more R&D.
FDI in America
Acquisitions Lead Investment Types in 2018
Foreign firms spent more than $296 billion last year to acquire, establish or expand businesses in the U.S.
Global Automotive
And the Winner Is...
Mahindra keeps ’em guessing about its new assembly plant.
Medical Devices
Database Drill-Down
Use these analytics tools to navigate to where the action is.
Data Centers
Building with DC BLOX
One company’s expansion strategy along the unfolding edge of the data center universe.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
Florida
Explorers Rediscover Florida
Aerospace and aviation multinationals find their center of gravity in more than one location around the state.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Rail Parks & Inland Ports
$76 Billion and Counting
Inland ports just getting up to speed can look to a 30-year-old development for inspiration.
Top Business Park Locations
Inspiring Solutions
Award winners offer models worth emulating at global science & technology parks.
University Alliances
Nice Grouping
Six finalists vie for the annual Innovation & Economic Prosperity University Awards
 INTERNATIONAL
India
The ‘New China’ is Asia’s Next Emerging Giant
In an exclusive contribution to Site Selection, the experts at Tractus Asia tell us why various factors are making India more attractive.
Hong Kong
Safety in Numbers? Reports Point to Business as Usual
What have protests and standoffs meant for global corporate investment in Hong Kong?
Germany
Germany Exits Coal & Powers Innovation
Denis Merkwirth walks us through the latest on the energiewende, or Germany’s energy transformation, and the business opportunities that may result.
Top Caribbean Locations
Dominican Republic Free Trade Zones Are Pushing the Envelope
More than 700 companies from around the world are part of a new way of doing business in the Caribbean.
Asia
U.S.-China Tariffs Expedite Export Manufacturing's ASEAN Migration
Tractus Asia's John Evans and Hank Hulick explore options for companies considering a "China plus one" strategy.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
Best Business Climates This Year, and What’s On the Horizon
Editor in Chief Mark Arend reflects on the business climate rankings, Opportunity Zones and incentives reform.
Departments
North American Reports
Bombardier’s talent hunt in Canada; Burnham Center in Chicago; America’s fastest-growing jobs; “last touch” warehouse space; and a strange light in the sky over Ontario.
Departments
IAMC Insider
New IAMC Chair Colleen Caravati of Corning outlines her outlook for the association, and we sample insights from the recent IAMC Professional Forum in Milwaukee.
Departments
World Reports
The world’s most and least livable cities; Porsche and Boeing’s urban aviation dream; the most tax-competitive nations; sustainable dairy growth in Oman; a Chinese-funded business park to open in Ethiopia.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
New York
The Joy of Work
NextGen Work Centers Benefit Everyone Involved
Nebraska
LinkedIn Connects with Omaha
How a Silicon Valley juggernaut embraced a tech hub in the Heartland.
Virginia
Why Companies Keep Growing in the Crossroads Region
A strong and competitive state business climate is part of the story.
Southwest
Vital Statistics
Facts and Figures Behind Success in the Southwest
Washington
Home Improvement
Microsoft commits half a billion dollars to making the Puget Sound affordable again.
Kansas
Facing Up to the Future
Investments by the higher education institutions of Kansas are designed to grow the talent companies need.
Mississippi
Where Medical Device Manufacturers Get Better
Learn the details behind three major investments in northern Mississippi in recent months that will create a combined 850 new jobs.

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