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November 2021

 FEATURES
Business Climate Rankings
Brighter Horizons
After tying for first place with Georgia last year, North Carolina pulls into the top spot.
Top Free Zones
Zones of Note
Our unique index finds that Texas, California and Louisiana lead the way in the U.S., while best practices can be found across the globe.
Ohio River Corridor
Cincinnati’s ‘Living Room’ Boosts Regional Performance
A renaissance in the Queen City’s downtown is just one aspect of this bi-state region’s economic development momentum.
Opportunity Zones
Best-Case Scenario
A Pulitzer Prize winner documents a rare instance where the federal Opportunity Zone program  has worked as intended.
FDI In America
Global Site Selection is Going Virtual
Decades into its development and still in search of a footing, virtual reality owns a somewhat suspect place in the mind of the general public, pre-millennials in particular.
Asia
Singapore Scales Toward a Sustainable Future
Anthony Cheung of Tractus Asia examines the five key pillars of Singapore’s Green Plan 2030 and the opportunities the plan presents for companies.
Incentives
How States Can Avoid Costly Pitfalls While Rebuilding Their Economies
Three ways to increase the effectiveness of economic development incentives and control spending
Aerospace & Defense
Maybe Everyone Wins?
A long-time employer’s defection opens opportunities on both ends of the move.
Business Retention
Where Talent Is Concerned, Diversity Equals Opportunity
What Every Site Selector Should Know About the Emerging Census 2020 Data
Global Automotive
It’s EVerywhere
And automakers really like the southern U.S. for their factories of the future.
Data Centers
New Reports Reveal New Location Trends
The North American data center market made gains in construction and net absorption in this year’s first half as cloud service providers and social media companies drove demand, according to CBRE.
Medical Devices
It’s All About Precision
Despite the slowdown in elective medical procedures prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 has been a banner year for medical device manufacturers.
Top Business Park Locations
Longtime Partner
A new project in West Lafayette continues a long tradition of innovation and industry collaboration at  Purdue University.
Rail Parks and Inland Ports
Move Along Now
Railport Momentum Builds Across the Nation: A new project in West Lafayette continues a long tradition of innovation and industry collaboration at  Purdue University.
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
Investment Profile
When Speed To Market Matters Investors Go Inland
How San Bernardino County became the logistics capital of Southern California.
Puerto Rico
Hit Refresh
Game-changing companies and pioneering entrepreneurs alike say Puerto Rico feels like home.
Grupo Karim's
A Smarter Global Platform
Two advanced developments in Honduras connect forward-thinking companies to worldwide markets.
U.S. Virgin Islands
A Blueprint for Prosperity Beyond Tourism
Doing business in the United States doesn’t necessarily mean doing so on the mainland.
Delaware
The First State Is First in Access to What Matters
: Just ask the state’s CEO of the year, whose company has been a fixture in Delaware since 1899.
South Carolina Ports
Open Door
Capacity growth in Charleston aims to boost customer supply chains and relieve port congestion all at once.
Maryland
Maryland Makes Sense for Cybersecurity
When a cyber-attack forced the shutdown of Colonial Pipeline’s entire gasoline pipeline system last spring, the embattled company turned to Maryland-based Dragos, Inc.
Mississippi
Diving Into the Blue
Mississippi is all in on the Gulf Coast’s innovative Blue Economy.
Northwest Ohio
Building an Industrial Economy One Building at a Time
How spec facility development is changing the game in Northwest Ohio.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editor's View
It’s Time to Rethink ‘Quality of Life’
North Carolina unseated Georgia and its eight-year hold on first place in our annual ranking of state business climates this year.
News Briefs
North American Reports
Pittsburgh broke ground October 14 on a 700,000-sq.-ft. (65,032-sq.-m.) terminal at Pittsburgh International Airport, to be powered by solar energy generated at the facility’s planned microgrid.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Nebraska
Strongest Job Recovery Market Resides In Nebraska
Rebounding from the pandemic, the Cornhusker State flexes its muscle.
New York
Incremental Credentials Could Be Essential
Groundbreaking workforce education practices help semiconductor manufacturer Global Foundries and other employers keep pace and keep talent.
Kansas
This is Not The Same Old Kansas Anymore
Operating by a new playbook, the Framework for Growth, Kansas excels.
Mississippi
How Mississippi Became a Thriving Hub for Startups
Dig beneath the surface and you’ll find innovation popping up all over the state.
Virginia
Offshore Wind Sector Gains an Offshore Supplier Project
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy held a launch ceremony October 25th
 INTELLIGENCE REPORT
The Greater Phoenix
Tens of Billions Invested in Greater Phoenix Mark Watershed Moment For U.S. Chip Manufacturing
Read exclusive insights from Taiwan Semiconductor about their $12 billion investment; Greater Phoenix Economic Council Preside
The Greater Phoenix Introduction
Growth Capital
The reasons behind the Greater Phoenix Economic Council earning the International Economic Development Council’s 2021 award for top global economic development organization
The Greater Phoenix Tech, Startups & Entrepreneurs
Launch Pad For Innovation
An entrepreneur evaluating the Phoenix business landscape can’t miss the signs. Literally.
Greater Phoenix Life Sciences
‘Planets Align’ for Discovery in Downtown Phoenix
If you’re searching for reasons why CBRE ranked the City of Phoenix among the top five emerging bioscience markets, try these numbers on for size
The Greater Phoenix Q&A With Phoenix Mayor Kate
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego Calls Today ‘A Transformative Moment'
Kate Gallego knows economic development. Before she ever became a member of the Phoenix City Council
The Greater Phoenix Mixed Use & Master Plans
Find Yourself a City to Live In
After growing by an impressive 9.4% between 2000 and 2010, the City of Phoenix’s population grew by 11.2% over the ensuing decade
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