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November 2020

2020 Business Climate Rankings
Certainty and Predictability Are the Winning States’ Hallmarks
A first-time tie for first place marks the 2020 edition of Site Selection’s annual Business Climate Rankings.
Helping Distressed Communities with a New Federal Block Grant and Curbs to Excessive Incentives
Respected incentives policy expert Timothy J. Bartik contributes an exclusive commentary on the need for stronger public service investments.
Ports & Free Trade Zones
Safe Harbor
Three rankings shed light on the power of economic zones to catalyze industrial growth and commerce.
Ports & Free Trade Zones
FTZ Directory
Don’t miss our annual directory of ports and free trade zones.
FDI in America
Where FDI Drives the Bus
The data reveal some intriguing insights about who’s attracting the most FDI, and where that FDI is coming from.
Global Automotive
Battery Wars
Competition in the EV space is intense. Could this mega-project in Georgia fall victim?
Opportunity Zones
Opportunity for All?
Finding projects that suit the goals of the federal Opportunity Zone program can take some work. Revisions may be in order to better suit the needs of neighborhoods and businesses alike.
Data Centers
How the Video Game Industry Drives DC Location Decisions
Just as e-commerce and streamed meetings are driving data center capacity expansion, so too are the world’s 2.7 billion video gamers.
Aerospace & Defense
Where Aerospace Manufacturers Are Gravitating in 2020
PwC’s Aerospace & Defense practice has issued the seventh edition of its Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Rankings.
Country of Georgia
A Country With a Great History and Even Greater Potential
Learn directly from company and government leaders why this country makes sense for light manufacturing and business services, among other sectors.
San Bernardino County, California
The Safe Harbor in the Storm
How San Bernardino County became Inland Southern California’s supply chain king.
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Unmanned Unbound
Huntington Ingalls’ new center of excellence is the flagship for a new sector’s arrival by air, land and sea.
Northwest Ohio
Where to Solve Your Energy Equation
Natural gas price stability and cost competitiveness give this region the edge.
New York City
A New Day Dawns in New York
It’s time to take a closer look at the tech world’s rising heavyweight.
Hello, World. We're Mississippi.
Exporters like Hyperion Technology are thriving. And driving economic growth.
Rail Parks & Inland Ports
Linchpin Locations
We sorted through the list of more than 1,300 intermodal sites listed in the Intermodal Association of North America’s directory to find the top states and cities by number of intermodal facilities.
Will Modi's Moves Lead to the 'Next China'?
Tired of playing the understudy, India is rehearsing its role as Asia’s next manufacturing superstar.
Top Caribbean Locations
Record Reforms Improve Region’s Business Climate
The World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2020 study finds a number of improvements across 16 Caribbean country economies.
Motoring Along
Germany’s economy benefits from diversification, but cars and engines still make it go.
Editor's View
Come In Out of the Rain!
Editor in Chief Mark Arend says all sorts of site selection criteria can be quantified, but certainty and predictability you feel in your bones.
News Briefs
World Reports
Sweden welcomes an expansion by Bombardier. New digital infrastructure comes to Africa. Kosher food choices appear on UAE’s flagship airline. China will welcome Universal Beijing Resort on schedule in May.
News Digest
North American Reports
The German-American Chamber recognizes Grand Rapids; ITIF ranks the top states; Huntsville lands projects; Southeast markets top LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index; and a mixed-use project at Penn’s Landing.
IAMC Insider
Highlights of IAMC’s First Virtual Forum
Ohio River Corridor
How Louisville Persevered to Clinch The Top Projects Crown
In a year more turbulent than the river it overlooks, metro Louisville leads our rankings of metro areas along the Ohio River’s entire length.
Lessons Learned, Lessons Applied
How Colorado OEDIT is leading the economic recovery effort.
U.S. Southwest
When the Chips Are Up
A region known for its semiconductor fabrication leadership could reap the rewards if federal incentives come to pass.
On the Front Line Against COVID-19
A Nebraska startup is playing a novel role in vaccine development.
The Home Office Vs. the home office
How the Pandemic Altered REI’s HQ Vision
Talent Accelerator Program is a Welcome Mat for Foreign Investors
Korea’s Navien and the United Kingdom’s GSK are among the bevy of foreign companies expanding in the Commonwealth.
The Biggest Economic Engine You Haven't Heard of
Climb aboard the Grain Belt Express, a multi-billion-dollar transmission project that will connect Kansas wind energy with power consumers throughout the Midwest and beyond.
The Launchpad for Rocket Science
In Mississippi, 2020 has been a banner year for the space industry.
Intelligence Report
Sarasota County
Where Technology & Creativity Meet the Gulf Coast
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