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March 2021

 COVER STORY
Cover Story
2020 Governor's Cups
Texas and Ohio return to the top of their rankings despite pandemic-based challenges that brought multi-tasking to a whole new level for their chief executives.
 FEATURES
Top Metros of 2020
A Year Like No Other
U.S. Metro Area Rankings Expand and Reflect the Unusual Story of 2020
2020 Top Micropolitans
The Nation’s Top-Performing Micropolitan Areas Unmask Opportunities In Tough Times
Micropolitan areas were socially distanced before it became a thing.
Agribusiness
Indoor Farming is For Real
Jonathan Webb and Kentucky’s AppHarvest show how it’s done at scale.
2020 Top Industries
Machinery Still Revs the Economy, But Logistics and Life Sciences Are Where the Growth Is
Leading sectors, featuring a global map with the biggest projects in each.
Airport Cities
Orlando International's Role Goes Way Beyond Tourism
Editor in Chief Mark Arend talks to global aerotropolis expert Dr. John Kasarda about Orlando International Airport (MCO) and adjacent Lake Nona.
Data Centers
2020 - When Your Data Center Becomes Your Real HQ
Report reinforces how your digital footprint is more important than your physical one.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
San Bernardino County California
How the EV Sector in San Bernardino County Is Transforming the Way We Move
Three companies playing a key role in the surging electric vehicle ecosystem in San Bernardino County.
Southwest Louisiana
‘Better and Stronger Than Before’
Region-wide rebuilding effort is already paying big dividends in Southwest Louisiana.
Hampton Roads Virginia
Hampton Roads Answers the Call
A savvy workforce hits the sweet spot for back-office operations.
Puerto Rico
Hand in Hand
Air Transshipment in Puerto Rico is the Perfect Complement to the Island’s Near-Shoring Value Proposition
Round Rock, Texas
Round Rock - Where Quality of Life and Opportunity Meet
In Round Rock, opportunities are found around every corner.
Hoosier Energy
Energy Supply Will Meet Demand — Sustainably
Hoosier Energy and its 18 member cooperatives are in a good position for the energy transition.
Indiana Municipal Power Agency
IMPA Bets on the Sun in Indiana
Power from 32 solar parks puts more cash in industrial customers’ pockets.
South Carolina Ports Authority
Right Place, Right Time
The South Carolina Ports Authority Makes All the Right Moves
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Certified Sites
‘Burden Reduction’ Is the Aim of a New Megasite Program in Ontario
Newmark’s Gregg Wassmansdorf fills us in, while answering questions about which requirements and standards give site certification programs credibility.
 INTERNATIONAL
Eastern Europe
Reverse Migration Offers the Eastern Bloc a Booster Shot of Talent
A reverse migration trend brought about by the pandemic have meant that countries in the bloc have managed to thrive amid the difficulties of 2020.
Asia
Japan's Corporate Evolution is Creating New Opportunities
Identifying Sector-Specific FDI and Export Locations
Ontario
Have You Seen Hamilton?
Not the musical. The city that’s been leading Ontario in company project attraction over the past year.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
Black Swans Do Move On
Editor in Chief Mark Arend sees diverse approaches and common threads in his recent conversations with four governors.
News Briefs
North American Reports
Amazon’s tech boost in Boston; a Spanish axle supplier in Chattanooga; Canada’s new work permit program for international students; state property tax rankings; and the PGA Tour’s new headquarters in Florida.
News Briefs
World Reports
JinkoSolar’s solar cell plant in China; the world’s least and most corrupt countries; the world’s shifting economic center of gravity; life sciences expansion in Manchester, UK; and a new battery factory coming to Norway.
IAMC Insider
We're All in This Together
IAMC Chair Jennifer Roth explores how working, communicating and networking have evolved over the past year.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Mississippi River Corridor
Collaboration Across Boundaries Is Key To Wins for Twin Cities and Clinton, Iowa
As the cold winds of winter approached Iowa in late 2020, specialty fibers made residents of Clinton, Iowa, glow with warmth.
Connecticut
A New Plan for Economic Growth Is Catching On
Governor, corporate executives weigh in on a demonstrably improving business climate.
Minnesota
Growing Unicorns in The Land of 10,000 Lakes
From Silicon Valley to Eden Prairie, Arctic Wolf makes a trek to prosperity.
Maryland
Annoying Pop-Up!
Sudden digital advertising tax prompts lawsuit by big tech and friends.
New Mexico
Is New Mexico’s Spaceport America Finally Taking Flight?
Recent progress from tenants Virgin Galactic and SpinLaunch suggests a path toward Spaceport America’s original promise.
South Central U.S.
Industrial-Strength Resiliency
How TexAmericas Center Coped in 2020
Indiana
Talent Attraction Efforts to Focus on Custom Solutions
A new strategic alignment aimed at talent development is just one way Indiana is building on four consecutive record-breaking years for economic development.
Georgia
Georgia Poised to Power Up the Southeast’s Electric Vehicle Market
Is a global intellectual property dispute just a bump in the road for a massive EV battery plant under construction north of Atlanta?
Illinois
Lockdowns Lead Food Producers and Suppliers to Expand in Illinois
Duncan Hines and Ferrero Group are among the companies expanding across the state.
South Carolina
Off to a Hot Start
A major automotive investment continues South Carolina’s streak of big deals.
 INTELLIGENCE REPORT
Intelligence Report
Tucson, Arizona
Read the digital edition of the Tucson, Arizona Intelligence Report.
Tucson, Arizona
Where the Stars Align
Mileages don’t change, but distances seem to shrink every year, thanks to the growing human, business and infrastructure connections linking Tucson, Arizona, to global commerce.
Tucson, Arizona
Nurturing the Continuum
A Conversation with University of Arizona President Dr. Robert C. Robbins
Tucson Arizona
Cultivating Growth
A rundown of some of the major projects creating jobs in Greater Tucson, including investments from WOW Studios, Sandvik, Bayer and self-driving truck innovator TuSimple.
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