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Press Release

Site Selection Names Global Best to Invest Locations, Awards Prosperity Cup and Mac Awards for Excellence in Economic Development

Atlanta, May 4, 2020: Site Selection magazine has released its annual rankings of Global Best to Invest locations and Top Investment Promotion Agencies, which will appear in the May 2020 issue. These features recognize the nations and national/regional economic development offices that were the most successful in attracting capital investment projects in 2019. The rankings' methodology is based on an index of data from the proprietary Conway Projects Database (which tracks private-sector facility projects worldwide) and several other global economic data sources.

Despite the onset of the global pandemic, “Our Global Best to Invest rankings are a look back at the economic and job creation successes from the year gone by, and may give us a hint as to which economies will lead the global recovery,” writes Adam Jones-Kelley, president of Conway, Inc., and publisher of Site Selection. “Our collective and well-deserved fear and uncertainty about the future cannot diminish the successes celebrated on these pages. Let us hope that the kind of ingenuity, policies and reforms that allow countries and regions like these to succeed will be deployed to help guide us through today’s debilitating crisis.”

Those same words could apply to other awards in the May 2020 issue. The Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development has won the Prosperity Cup, which is awarded to the most competitive state-level economic development group.

The Mac Conway Awards for Excellence in Economic Development, named in honor of Site Selection founding publisher H. McKinley "Mac" Conway, are awarded to the top local and regional U.S. economic development groups based on an index of corporate job creation and facility-related capital investment data calculated both cumulatively and per capita.

“Locations throughout the U.S. and in every region of the world compete aggressively for direct investment at home and from abroad,” says Site Selection Editor in Chief Mark Arend. “Those appearing on these rankings have demonstrated with actual project numbers and other measures that they have the location attributes most in demand by capital investors.”

Also featured in the May 2020 issue: Top Deals of the Year; the Cincinnati Region Intelligence Report; industry reports on health tech and the North American automotive sector; and spotlights on Asia, Latin America & the Caribbean, Quebec, Florida, Kentucky, Arizona, Iowa, Ohio and Utah, among other coverage.

Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 48,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online.

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Top IPAs

Asia Pacific – National
EDB Singapore
Austrade (Australia)

Asia Pacific – Regional
Trade & Invest Queensland
ATEED Auckland, New Zealand

Western Europe – National
Germany Trade & Invest
IDA Ireland

Western Europe – Regional
Invest in Wallonia
Scottish Development International

Eastern Europe & Central Asia – National
HIPA Hungary
Estonian Investment Agency

Eastern Europe & Central Asia – Regional
Gdansk Economic Development Agency (Poland)
ESBAS (Turkey)

Africa – National
Invest in Morocco
Mauritius Economic Development Board

Africa – Regional
Trade & Invest Kwa Zulu Natal (South Africa)
Regional Investment Agency COMESA

Middle East – National
Bahrain EDB
Invest in Israel

Middle East – Regional
Dubai FDI
Abu Dhabi DED

Central America & Caribbean – National
CINDE (Costa Rica)
InvesTT (Trinidad & Tobago)

Central America & Caribbean – Regional
Panama Pacifico
CURINDE (Curaçao)

South America – National
Invest Chile

South America – Regional
Invest in Bogotá
Invest São Paulo

Mac Conway Awards (in alphabetical order by organization name)

Austin Chamber (Austin-Round Rock, TX)
Charlotte Regional Business Alliance (Charlotte-Concord Gastonia, NC)
Commerce Lexington, Inc. (Lexington-Fayette KY)
Dallas Regional Chamber // Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce (Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX)
Detroit Economic Growth Corporation // Detroit Regional Partnership (Detroit-Warren
Dearborn, MI)
EDGE (Economic Development Growth Engine) // Greater Memphis
Chamber (Memphis, TN-MS-AR)
Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership (Chattanooga, TN-GA)
Greater Des Moines Partnership (Des Moines-West Des Moines, IA)
Greater Houston Partnership (Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX)
Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ)
Huntsville/Madison County Chamber (Huntsville, AL)
Indy Chamber (Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, IN)
Lehigh Valley Economic Development Corporation (Allentown-Bethlehem-Easton,
Louisville Forward // Greater Louisville, Inc. (Louisville/Jefferson County, KY-IN)
Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce (Montgomery, AL)
One Columbus (Columbus, OH)
REDI Cincinnati // Northern Kentucky Tri•ED (Cincinnati, OH)
Research Triangle Regional Partnership (Durham-Chapel Hill, NC)
Savannah Economic Development Authority (Savannah, GA)
World Business Chicago (Chicago-Naperville, Elgin, IL-IN-WI)

Global corporate expansion experts Conway, Inc., publisher of Site Selection magazine, the Conway Analytics Report and a family of online industry newsletters, has been a trusted advisor to corporations, government economic development and investment promotion agencies around the world since 1954. Conway owns and manages Conway Events, organizer of worldwide FDI events; FDI advisory firm Conway Advisory; and New York-based Conway PR & Marketing, a leading PR and lead-generation firm. Conway also manages the Industrial Asset Management Council. Conway maintains offices and representation around the world, giving us a presence in every major market.
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