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May 2020

 COVER STORY
Cover Story
Global Best to Invest 2020
This annual report is usually a celebratory recognition of some of the world’s best performing economies, especially those most successful at attracting investment and creating jobs.
 FEATURES
2020 Best to Invest
Top Investment Promotion Agencies 2020
The people working at the world’s top investment promotion agencies link global capital to the lives of their fellow citizens.
2019 Best to Invest
2019 Prosperity Cup
Texas makes room for another Cup in its cabinet.
2020 Best to Invest
2020 Mac Conway Awards
The Mac awards recognize an elite group of economic development organizations in 20 U.S. regions based on an index of project-related job creation and investment.
Top Deals 2020
Hit Makers
When it comes to economic impact, these projects make the Top 40.
Health tech
Frontline Care, Pioneering Innovation
The CEO of a growing telehealth firm hiring doctors by the dozens explains why the future of digital health technology is now.
North American Automotive
Car Makers Turn On a Dime To Manufacture Healthcare Solutions
Pivots by these four North American OEMs demonstrate a legacy of innovation and ingenuity.
Directory
Economic Development Directory
Find the right contacts in the right places at these agencies in the U.S. and abroad.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
San Bernardino County California
Seizing an Opportunity
OZs pave way for affordable housing, medical facility in San Bernardino County.
Invest Puerto Rico
Come Home
Puerto Rico’s resilience and recovery resumé is a perfect prescription for life sciences companies ready to reshore.
Utah
Governor Gary Herbert’s Ten Years at the Reins
He’s the force behind Utah’s impressive economic run.
West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana
A Port for the World
West Baton Rouge packs a lot of punch in a small package.
Consumers Energy
The Right Place Arrives at the Right Time
Consumers Energy partners with Grand Rapids leaders to respond to COVID-19.
City of SeaTac, Washington
SeaTac City is Poised for Flight
With its unmatched connectivity, this could be your new headquarters location.
Hungary
Hungary - Europe's E-Mobility Nerve Center
Only in a market as agile, well-educated and competitive as Hungary can an established ecosystem, like the automotive industry, transform into its logical extension — e-mobility.
MidAmerica Industrial Park Pryor, Oklahoma
The Park that Thought of Everything
In February, MAIP opened its 25,000-sq.-ft. Center of Excellence dedicated to technology, training and career opportunities.
Hoosier Energy
Sink or Swim
Come to southwestern Indiana and you’ll find an 8,000-acre megasite with all the bells and whistles and a rock-solid workforce ready to help their region and nation bounce back.
Pasco County, Florida
Where Life-Science Firms Incubate & Grow
Thriving med-tech cluster is emerging about 20 minutes north of Tampa.
Salt River Project, Arizona
How SRP Meets IT Clients’ Sustainable-Energy Requirements
SRP answers the challenge from data center and IT companies looking for creative solutions that include and go beyond sustainability expertise.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Shovel-Ready Sites
Shovel-Ready Infrastructure and Shovel-Ready Industrial Sites Go Hand in Hand
Could they work in tandem to lend a hand to a recovering economy?
 INTERNATIONAL
Asia
Thailand's Dynamic Economic Corridor
The region accounts for more than $80 billion in business investments and is receiving $50 billion more from the Thai government and the private sector to make it even more business-friendly.
Latin America
Latin America’s Success Counters Global Drop in FDI — and the Region’s Own (Undeserved) Reputation
We give growing countries in the region — Colombia, Chile and Costa Rica among them — the respect they’re due.
Québec
Desjardins Brings an Iconic Tower and a Neighborhood to Life
The financial giant has moved more than 1,300 employees into the Montréal Tower originally built for the 1976 Olympic Games. More are on the way.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
On Plexiglass and The New Normal
Editor in Chief Mark Arend considers the new set of challenges now facing corporate real estate leaders as they recalibrate supply chains and consider reshoring operations
Departments
World Reports
European automotive firms’ gradual reopening of production; a French aerospace manufacturer’s pivot to masks; guidance for a new era of supply chain management; and the world’s greenest cities.
Departments
North American Reports
Inventory by drone; SK’s double-down in Georgia; big offers for Tesla’s Cybertruck factory; how USMCA could alter automotive industry geography; and the launch of the Great Lakes shipping season
Association News
IAMC Insider
IAMC Chair Colleen Caravati details the ways IAMC is there to support its members during the pandemic. John Salustri talks to company leaders about force majeure and getting along with landlords.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Florida
Caribbean Rum Maker Finds Its Own Happy Hour in Florida
Distiller says a new plant in Polk County is anything but on the rocks.
Ohio
What You Need to Know About the Buckeye State
Dr. Bill LaFayette is who you turn to for in-depth, on-the-ground and candid analysis of the cost of doing business in Ohio, among other topics.
Arizona
Scottsdale Airpark Evolves into an Urban 18-hour City
A Colliers report outlines a renaissance at the airport park that today is home to 3,300 companies.
Kentucky
Meet the Dean of Hemp
Murray State University’s Tony Brannon was way ahead on how to grow hemp. Now he’s a man in demand.
Iowa
A Virtual Peloton Through Rural Iowa
Checking in on economic development news in the towns where those thousands of RAGBRAI riders would have stopped overnight.
Utah
UVU’s Model for Tomorrow Is Available Today
Utah Valley University President Dr. Astrid Tuminez brings her unique experience to bear on a vision for higher education.
 INVESTMENT REPORT
Investment Report
Costa Rica
Our conversations with leaders from six global companies highlight why — today more than ever — people, planet and collaborative prosperity are priorities for growing companies in Costa Rica.
 INTELLIGENCE REPORT
Intelligence Report
The Cincinnati Region Intelligence Report
The tri-state Greater Cincinnati region has something special going on.

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