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Site Selection Names 2013 Competitiveness Award Winner, Global Best to Invest Locations, Top Economic Development Groups and Top Deals

Atlanta, May 2, 2014: Site Selection magazine has named the Georgia Department of Economic Development the winner of its Competitiveness Award, which recognizes excellence on the part of a state-level economic development group; its Best to Invest rankings of global countries and metros, which includes the Top U.S. Economic Development Groups of 2013; and the Top Deals of 2013. The Competitiveness Award goes to the state with the most points earned in a 10-factor index based mainly on Site Selection publisher Conway Data Inc.'s New Plant Database of new and expanded facilities. For 2013 performance, Georgia scored 426 points. Tennessee (421), Texas (404), Louisiana (394.5) and North Carolina (371) round out the top five.

“This is the second time in six months that Georgia has ranked first in one of our key measures of economic development success, the first being the Top Business Climate for 2013,” says Mark Arend, Editor in Chief of Site Selection. “Our data is objective, and it makes a compelling case for recognizing Georgia’s ability to attract capital investment projects.”

“Not only are these rankings a testament to our dedication to improving the state’s business climate, but it also speaks to the commitment and support from our industry partners, communities and the citizens of Georgia,” says Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

Site Selection magazine has also named its Global Best to Invest and top non-state-level economic development groups in the U.S. for 2013. The full list of these designees appears below. Coverage of these awards, as well as the Top Deals of the Year (see below) appears in the May 2014 issue. Web editions of the stories will be posted at the first week of May.

“This year’s Best to Invest Top Groups in the U.S. all demonstrated an ability to reach new markets while reaping significant reinvestments from their existing industries,” says Ron Starner, general manager and executive vice president of Conway Data Inc. and Site Selection magazine, who authored the Top Groups report. “Energy and advanced manufacturing projects dominated the activity in these communities, but several groups also recorded big wins in life sciences, automotive manufacturing and data centers.” Local economic development groups were first ranked according to four objective categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount and new investment per 10,000 residents. Then they were scrutinized for more subjective attributes, among them innovation, leadership and customer service.

The Top Deals of 2013 (see lists below) were determined by level of capital investment, degree of high-value jobs, creativity in negotiations and incentives, regional economic impact, competition for the project and speed to market. “Trends among this elite group of projects include a penchant for free trade zones and an awareness that sometimes facility reuse is as good as brand new,” says Adam Bruns, managing editor, noting that the Top Deals once again seem to fall mostly in the US South and in the southern hemisphere. “These deals show the power of investing for the long haul, and appear poised to help both companies and communities prosper."

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc. since 1954, delivers expansion planning information to 48,000 subscribers, many of them employed by fast-growing firms. Site Selection is also available via online ( Site Selection's growing family of e-newsletters includes the weekly Site Selection Dispatch; The Site Selection Energy Report, The Site Selection Life Sciences Report and Site Selection International (monthlies); The Site Selection Aerospace Report (bimonthly); and The FDI Report from Red Hot Locations.

Conway Data is an international publishing, consulting, association management and events company headquartered in Atlanta. The firm manages the Industrial Asset Management Council, the leading association of industrial asset management and corporate real estate executives, their suppliers and service providers and economic developers. Conway Data also owns and manages London-based Red Hot Locations, an events firm focused on foreign direct investment and global corporate location trends; Berlin, Germany-based Terrain Global, a site selection consulting firm specializing in foreign direct investment; and New York–based The PONT Group, an international public relations and marketing agency specializing in economic development, inward investment, trade and macro-tourism.

Global Best to Invest

Western Europe
Countries: Ireland, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Finland, France, Switzerland, Spain, Belgium, Portugal
Top Metros: Barcelona, Birmingham, Dublin, Madrid, London, Vienna, Erfurt, Athens, Limerick, Antwerp

Eastern Europe
Countries: Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Poland, Turkey, Serbia, Russia, Lithuania
Top Metros: Budapest, Gyor, St. Petersburg, Skopje, Moscow, Wroclaw, Vilnius, Subotica, Kaunas, Ankara

Africa & Middle East
Countries: Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Israel, Bahrain, Nigeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria
Top Metros: Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, Ogun, King Abdullah Economic City, Rosslyn, Casablanca, Johannesburg, Lagos, Cairo

Latin America
Countries: Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Peru, Uruguay, Jamaica, Venezuela
Top Metros: São Paulo, San Jose, Tijuana, Saltillo, Rio de Janeiro, Monterrey, Celaya, Buenos Aires, Cordoba

Countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines
Top Metros: Shanghai, Singapore, Tianjin, Chongqing, Jakarta, Beijing, Sydney, Bangalore, Dalian, Bangkok

Best to Invest Top U.S. Groups of 2013
Baton Rouge Area Chamber, La.
Dallas Regional Chamber, Texas
Fort Worth Chamber, Texas
Greater Houston Partnership, Texas
Greater New Orleans Inc., La.
Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership, Neb.
Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Ariz.
Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Ga.
Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, Pa.
Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, La.
World Business Chicago, Ill.

Best to Invest U.S. Honorable Mention Groups of 2013
Charleston Regional Development Alliance, S.C.
Cincinnati USA Partnership, Ohio
Columbus 2020, Ohio
Commerce Lexington, Ky.
Greater Des Moines Partnership, Iowa
Greater Louisville Inc., Ky.
JAXUSA Partnership, Fla.
Kansas City Area Development Council, Mo.-Kan.
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Tenn.
Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine, Mich.

Best to Invest Top Micropolitan Groups of 2013:
City of Lewisburg Economic Development, Tenn.
City of Tullahoma Economic Development Corp., Tenn.
Community Development Foundation, Tupelo, Miss.
Genesee County Economic Development Center, Batavia, N.Y.
Harrison County Development Authority, Bridgeport, W. Va. (Clarksburg, W.Va. Micropolitan Area)
Jamestown/Stutsman Development Corp., N.D.
Natchez Inc. Economic Development, La.-Miss.
The City of LaGrange Economic Development Office, Ga.
Twin Cities Development, Scottsbluff, Neb.
Wayne Economic Development Council, Wooster, Ohio

Top North American Deals of 2013 (in alphabetical order by company)
Apple, Mesa, Ariz., $1.5 billion, 700 jobs
Boeing, N. Charleston, S.C., $1 billion, 2,000 jobs
Cerner Corp., Kansas City, Mo., $4.3 billion, 15,000 jobs
Engineered Floors/JBBS, Dalton, Ga., 2,000 jobs
Hankook Tire, Clarksville, Tenn., $800 million, 1,800 jobs
IBM, Baton Rouge, La., $55 million, 800 jobs
MetLife, Charlotte and Cary, N.C., $125 million, 2,622 jobs
Motorola Mobility/Flextronics, Fort Worth, Texas, $3 million, 2,000 jobs
State Farm Insurance, Richardson, Texas, 8,000 jobs

North American Honorable Mention
Amazon, Kenosha, Wis., $238 million, 1,000 jobs
Bayer CropScience, Mobile, Ala., $400 million, 180 jobs
Big River Steel, Osceola, Ark., $1.2 billion, 525 jobs
Chevron, Houston, Texas, $600 million, 1,752 jobs
Elio Motors, Shreveport, La., $100 million, 1,500 jobs
GE Aviation, Asheville and other N.C. locations, $195 million, 242 new jobs
GEICO, Katy, Texas, $8 million, 1,000 jobs
Hertz, Estero, Fla., $60 million, 700 jobs
ProNova Solutions, Alcoa, Tenn., $52 million, 525 jobs
State Farm Insurance, Tempe, Ariz., $600 million, 2,100 jobs
Tenaris, Bay City, Texas, $1.5 billion, 600 jobs

Top International Deals of 2012
Allied Global, Guatemala City, Guatemala, $6 million, 2,000 jobs
Amazon, Hyderabad, India, 5,000 jobs
Amazon, Wroclaw and Poznan, Poland, 6,000 jobs
Dangote Group, Nigeria, $9 billion, 9,500 jobs
Kromberg & Schubert, Bitola, Macedonia, $27 million, 2,500 jobs
Maersk, San Antonio, Chile, $170 million, 2,200 jobs
Samsung, Thai Nguyen, Vietnam, $3.2 billion, 2,000 jobs
SOCAR, Aliaga, Turkey, $4.8 billion
Volkswagen, Foshan and Changsha, China, $4.1 billion
Yamaha, Karachi, Pakistan, $153 million, 2,000 jobs

International Honorable Mention
Cosmos Chemical, Sarawak, Malaysia, $1.2 billion, 600 jobs
Danang Rubber Co., Danang, Vietnam, $141 million, 1,000 jobs
EADS-CASA (Airbus), Getafe, Spain, $150 million, 500 jobs
Hankook Tire, Racalmas, Hungary, $400 million, 950 jobs
Hisense, Atlantis, South Africa, $34 million, 1,200 jobs
Hitachi Rail Europe, Newton Aycliffe, UK, $128 million, 730 jobs
Intel, Kildare, Ireland, $4 billion, 800 jobs
Microsoft/Shanghai Media Group, Shanghai, China, $237 million
Perodua, Rawang, Malaysia, $258 million, 1,200 jobs
Jaguar Land Rover/Tata, Itatiaia, Brazil, $437 million, 500 jobs