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Ron Starner

Ron Starner
Executive Vice President of Conway, Inc.

Ron Starner is Executive Vice President of Conway Inc. He has been with Conway for 16 years and serves as editor of the TrustBelt Report and lead organizer of the annual TrustBelt Conference. He also writes extensively for Site Selection and Conway's Custom Content Publishing Division. His Twitter handle is @RonStarner.


Articles from this Author

FirstEnergy Corp.: An Electric Lifeline for Manufacturers: FirstEnergy helps industrial customers take advantage of a huge gas play in the tri-state region. 2/15/2018
San Bernardino County, California: How to Future-Proof Your Workforce: Employers partner with schools to provide career training via apprenticeships, internships and incubators in San Bernardino County. 2/8/2018
Pilot Flying J: Shifting into High Gear: Pilot Flying J has a new driver at the wheel. 2/5/2018
Oak Ridge National Laboratory: The Power to Make a Difference: At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the scientific research horsepower is second to none. 2/5/2018
DENSO: Gear Shifters: DENSO expansion deals prove ‘transformative’ for Blount County. 2/5/2018
Pflugerville, Texas: Speed Racers: Business execs in Austin area say that if you want to grow fast, exit at Pflugerville. 2/1/2018
Site Selectors Survey: More Than Some Like It Hot: ‘We gotta go where it’s warm,’ say respondents in annual Site Selectors Survey. 1/4/2018
Wyoming: Eclipsing the Mark: A rare solar event shines a bright light on what’s happening in Wyoming. 12/21/2017
Northwest Ohio: What's for Dinner?: In Northwest Ohio, certified sites cook up a recipe for food plant investment. 12/21/2017
Southwest: The Next Car Capital of America?: The Desert Southwest is blooming with firms putting driverless cars on the road. 12/14/2017
McPherson, Kansas: An Electric Atmosphere: Low energy costs, manufacturing legacy combine to form the industrial hub of the Great Plains. 12/14/2017
Wisconsin: A Year of High Definition: Factory fever breaks out all over in a record-setting year for Wisconsin. 11/30/2017
Energy and Natural Resources: All of the Above:Responsible stewardship and progressive goals characterize Colorado’s energy scene. 11/28/2017
Interview with the Governor: Making the Business Case for Colorado: Gov. Hickenlooper brings his private enterprise background to state government as he builds a climate attractive to commerce. 11/28/2017
Amazon HQ2: Welcome to the Amazon Games: Hear an echo? That’s the world’s largest e-commerce company doing to economic development what it did to shopping malls. 11/2/2017
Shale: Energizing Ohio: With the largest natural gas deposit in the U.S., Ohio’s energy sector is fueling an economic resurgence. 10/24/2017
California: Want to Grow Fast? California Wants You: From American-born Tesla to Chinese ventures, GO-Biz rolls out the welcome mat and opens the bank to fund deals that lead to a sustainable future. 10/12/2017
California: The Race to Zero: California banks on the fortunes of an autonomous, zero-emission, all-electric vehicle future. 10/5/2017
Interconnectedness: America's Logistics Hub: For companies that need to move goods to market, Illinois offers unmatched connectivity. 9/15/2017
San Bernardino County California: Golden State County Goes Green: High-tech recycling firms choose San Bernardino County as their home base. 9/14/2017
Upper Midwest: Bagging the Big One: How Wisconsin Landed Foxconn 9/7/2017
Salt River Project: The Power to Change: Salt River Project is turning the Arizona desert into an oasis of high-end data centers. 8/21/2017
Industry 4.0: Leading the Fourth Wave: Greater Phoenix takes the lead in the growing Internet of Things industry. 8/21/2017
Flint & Genesee County, Michigan: Talent, Infrastructure Fuel the Rebirth of Flint: Galvanized by crisis, community leaders embark on a mission to bring Genesee County back to its roots as a hub for innovation. 7/27/2017
Kansas Business Climate Overview: State of Steel: The strong business climate in Kansas makes the state a hero in the heartland. 7/20/2017
Indiana: Indiana Claims Factory Belt Title: Manufacturing production has been growing in Indiana at four times the national average since 2000, a new study from Ball State University shows. 7/20/2017
Iowa: How to Make $3 Billion: Iowa says it has the blueprint, and it’s in advanced manufacturing. 7/13/2017
Regional Growth Partnership: Hungry for More: By adding certified sites to the mix, Northwest Ohio looks to build on an already robust supply chain in agribusiness. 6/8/2017
Consumers Energy: Turning the Switch On: Consumers Energy delivers creative solutions to complex industrial challenges. 6/1/2017
Kentucky:Amazon Delivers $1.5-Billion Package to Kentucky: Business climate improvements, incentives and an accommodating airport add up to a prized delivery for the Bluegrass State. 5/25/2017
Quality of Life: Why Texans Are Living Bigger & Better Than Ever: In August 2016, Business Insider ranked the top American cities with the best quality of life. The state with the most cities in the top 25 was Texas. 5/17/2017
Business Climate Overview: Texas Sets the Standard for Business Performance: Businesses that want to grow fast choose Texas. 5/17/2017
FDI & Exports:A Window to the World: From 2011 to 2016, more than 1,441 foreign direct investment projects made their way to Texas, translating into the creation of $212 billion in capital investment. 5/17/2017
Bragging Rights:‘We’re No.1!’: In Texas, finishing in first place is not just an annual occurrence. When it comes to measurable economic development performance, it’s a way of life. 5/17/2017
Secretary of State Interview: Flexing Global Muscle: Organizing trade missions to Asia and setting up rural economic development programs around Texas are all just part of a normal day’s work for Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos. 5/17/2017
Texas Governor Interview: 5-Time Champ Wants More:When your state has won the Site Selection Governor’s Cup award five years running, what do you do for an encore? When you’re Texas Gov. Greg Abbot, you put the pedal to the metal and push for more. 5/17/2017
Composites Coalition: The Building Blocks of the Future: Unique resources make Innovation Valley the new Composites Coalition. 4/14/2017
Knoxville's Urban Wilderness: Urban Wilderness Packs Economic Punch: Knoxville’s outdoor amenities lure recreational enthusiasts and the firms that cater to them. 4/14/2017
Mayoral Interviews: Leading by Example: The mayors of Knoxville and Knox County  show what can happen when political leaders  unite for a common cause. 4/14/2017
Business Climate Overview: Records Made to Be Broken: In Innovation Valley, setting new benchmarks of economic performance is a way of life. 4/10/2017
Southwest Louisiana: The $117 Billion Region: ‘Big’ is a relative term in Southwest Louisiana, as industrial plant investors from around the world converge on a 5-parish area rich in resources and infrastructure. 3/23/2017
Online Insider: A Whole New Ballgame: New stadiums have the Atlanta Braves on the upswing. 3/23/2017
Florida: Rise of the Millennial CEO: Forget talent attraction strategies; these young and energetic leaders are transforming metro area economies in Florida. 3/16/2017
Wisconsin: The Math Adds Up Here: In the Madison Region, computer and life science skills form the foundation of a globally competitive cluster in biotech and healthcare IT. 3/16/2017
Cover Story: Ready for Prime Time:Amazon’s $1.5B investment in Northern Kentucky is the latest sign that business climate improvements are paying big dividends in the Bluegrass State. 3/9/2017
San Bernardino County, California: A Master Class in Manufacturing: InTech closes the skills gaps by delivering the training that workers in advanced manufacturing need. 3/9/2017
Flint & Genesee County, Michigan: Workers Revive Flint Economy: Automotive industry firms build advanced manufacturing plants in Vehicle City. 2/16/2017
San Bernardino County, California: The Freedom to Fly: ‘Local control’ proves to be an important milestone for Ontario International Airport and San Bernardino County, California. 2/2/2017
Site Selectors Survey: Ohio, Indiana Flex Muscle: Pro-business measures are paying off in the former Rust Belt. 1/19/2017
Interview with the Governor: The  Big Leap  Forward: How Gov. Phil Bryant moved the Mississippi economy to unprecedented heights. 1/6/2017
Business Climate Overview: Playing by New Rules: Thanks to strong leadership at the highest level, Mississippi enjoys its most competitive business position ever. 1/6/2017
Online Insider: 10 Things I Learned in Tampa: Look beyond the Florida city's warm water and palm trees and you’ll find a growing hub of young talent and ambitious leaders 1/5/2017
Rexburg Idaho: The Millennial Hot Spot of Idaho: Innovative firms find motivated, highly educated workers in this rapidly growing college town. 12/20/2016
Business Climate Overview: A Hidden Gem Is Discovered: The Idaho economic turnaround story may have been a while in the making, but it was no accident. 12/19/2016
Interview with the Governor: Idaho’s Number One Change Agent: Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter set out a decade ago to make Idaho a more business-friendly state. In this interview, he explains how he did it. 12/19/2016
Cover Story: Tied to the Land: From Simplot to Albertsons, Idaho’s economic future is linked with its rich past. 12/19/2016
Nebraska: Keep on Truckin’: Werner Enterprises invests for the long haul in Nebraska. 12/15/2016
City Spotlight - Redlands: 'A Place Where Tradition and Innovation Thrive': From Victorian mansions to a world-class technology firm, this Southern California city defies stereotypes as it embarks on sustainable growth. 11/11/2016
Testimonials: Why We're Here: From the Lips of California Execs 11/11/2016
Autonomous Vehicles: Meet the New Motor City: Just as the Big Three built Detroit,  21st century companies like Tesla, Google, Apple and Uber are building the new ‘motor city’ in California. 11/11/2016
Interview with Panorea Avdis: $12 Billion and Counting: As California Competes, Tax Credit recipients launch record-setting investments in the Golden State. GO-Biz Director Avdis paints a picture of transformation. 11/11/2016
Columbus Ohio: Rx for Healthcare IT - Columbus: The Columbus Region is becoming a national hub for healthcare IT innovation. 11/10/2016
Allen, Texas: Tech Talent Thrives in Allen:Technology companies thrive in North Dallas community that has been growing up with them. 10/6/2016
Plastics & Chemicals: The Rich Get Richer: Texas, Louisiana clean up in plastics and chemicals projects; now they’re poised to do it again. 9/29/2016
North Carolina: When Second Place Is Not Good Enough: North Carolina takes a bold and aggressive step to ramp up its competitive position. 9/22/2016
Columbus Ohio: Columbus Tech Masters Change the Retail Game: From Jifiti to Chute Gerdeman, the new wizards of retail call Ohio’s capital region home. 9/22/2016
San Bernardino County, California: Industrial Demand Skyrockets In San Bernardino County: Fortune 500 firms find fertile ground for maximizing growth in Southern California’s new golden market. 9/15/2016
Cover Story: The Ultimate Ground Game: How Ohio followed a fundamental plan to build a true macropolitan economy. 8/31/2016
Oklahoma: Tax Reformer Pilots Oklahoma to New Heights: Gov. Fallin’s policies create the sixth-lowest tax burden in the nation; investors take notice. 8/25/2016
Consultants Roundtable: Learning from the Masters: Business and community leaders pick the brains of leading site consultants at the World Forum for FDI. 8/11/2016
Wichita Falls Texas: A Rush of Talent: How Wichita Falls is winning the race for  high-tech facility expansions. 8/8/2016
Allen Texas: The Allen Growth Curve: Technology companies thrive in North Dallas community that has been growing up with them. 8/8/2016
Pharma: A British pharmaceutical firm finds the perfect fit amid the 'rising talent pool' in Berwyn, Pennsylvania.: In October 2014, UK-based Vernalis Therapeutics Inc. established its first-ever US base in Berwyn in Ches 8/5/2016
Online Insider: Are You Building a Place That Attracts Top Talent?: Would you want to work for you? 7/28/2016
Online Insider: Fixing the Talent Shortage: What are innovative firms doing to fill the gaps in a STEM-based workforce? 7/28/2016
EASTMAN BUSINESS PARK, ROCHESTER, NEW YORK: Gen X Meets Agri-Business: At Eastman Business Park, innovative firms put a new twist on edible delights. 7/21/2016
TrustBelt: How the Heartland Became A Tale Of Two Midwests: Economist Ned Hill handicaps the TrustBelt and gives frank advice to site selectors and communities. 7/14/2016
Interview with the Governor: 'Relentlessly Focused on the Colorado Economy': Gov. Hickenlooper follows the Colorado Blueprint to help businesses grow. 7/12/2016
Cover Story: Robots Are Coming For Your Jobs: How robots and automation are disrupting virtually every industry, its workers and site selection. 7/7/2016
Columbus Ohio: ‘We Figure Out How To Make Things Better’: The Columbus Region’s expanding manufacturers laud the ingenuity and resilience of the Central Ohio workforce. 6/30/2016
Medical Devices: How a Medical Device Maker Picked its Spot: A maker of respiratory products expands in the Keystone State following a merger. 6/17/2016
MG Development: Gateway to America: A French medical device firm taps Pittsburgh for its North American headquarters. 5/31/2016
University City Science Center: When Economic Development Is a Science: vision that began 53 years ago has blossomed into a science-based economic juggernaut. 5/31/2016
Online Insider: Developing Recession-Proof Industries: Experts offer examples from around the world as models for hedging against the next downturn. 5/26/2016
Greater Philadelphia Pennsylvania: A Region of Firsts: Greater Philadelphia leverages its historic position as a global leader in life sciences. 5/26/2016
Corporate Headquarters: In Their Own Words: Corporate executives dish on the factors that swayed them to locate HQ projects in Texas. 5/19/2016
Alternative Energy: Early Bird: The Texas tapestry of renewable power is richer than you think. 5/19/2016
Ohio: What Is Ohio?: From grilled cheese to Craigslist, Ohioans are changing the way we interact with the world. 5/19/2016
Interview with TexasOne: Building On a Platform of Success: Texas adopts a plan to keep raising the bar on economic development achievement. 5/18/2016
Water & Energy: Water, Water Everywhere:If people think that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, will wake up the industrialized world to finally solve its pressing water shortage and treatment crises, they are sorely mistaken. 5/13/2016
World Forum on FDI 2016: The Robots Are Coming: A sense of loss is about to be felt across the global economy due to job displacement caused by software and automation 5/12/2016
Gwinnett County, Georgia: Leveling the Field: Gwinnett County in metro Atlanta emerges as major player in growing high-tech industries. 3/31/2016
Southwest Louisiana: Air Supremacy: Driven by accelerating military work, the aviation sector soars to new heights in Southwest Louisiana. 3/17/2016
San Bernardino County, California: On Track: Logistics infrastructure makes San Bernardino County a manufacturer’s dream. 3/10/2016
Top Micropolitans of 2015: The Findlay Formula: Talk to enough business leaders in Findlay, and you’ll learn why this northwestern Ohio community is racking up the awards for economic development achievement. 3/3/2016
Michigan: Pyramid Power: A real estate deal was the precursor to Switch’s $5-billion investment in the Grand Rapids area. 1/28/2016
Greater Sacramento: Front Door to The Silicon Valley: The ‘Sustainability Corridor’ of Greater Sacramento provides the highly skilled talent coveted by Apple, Oracle, HP, Intel and other tier-one employers in Northern California. 1/21/2016
Online Insider: Utah Finds Gold in Steel: Pacific Steel & Recycling brings a prized investment project to the Ogden area. 1/21/2016
Greater Philadelphia: Eyes On The Prize: How Greater Philadelphia is positioning itself to become the next global energy hub. 1/14/2016
Talent Pipeline Development: Piping Hot Talent: OSUIT prepares Oklahoma’s students for lucrative careers in energy-related fields. 1/8/2016
Indiana: Indiana Gives Hoist a Lift: Incentives, lower taxes and cheaper insurance add up to new home for a forklift manufacturer. 12/10/2015
Aerospace: To the Moon and Back: Aerospace, defense and homeland security firms reach for the stars in the Golden State. 11/30/2015
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Q&A: King of the Hill: How Mayor Johnson is turning big wins into big momentum for Sacramento. 11/13/2015
Pittsburgh Region: The Magnet for Manufacturing: The Pittsburgh region comes full circle, adding depth and breadth to its rich history as America’s factory. 11/11/2015
Farm, Food & Feed: Top of the Heap: When it comes to agricultural production, the Golden State shines. 11/3/2015
Business Climate Overview: The Purpose-Driven State: California gets intentional about its approach to economic development. 11/3/2015
Online Insider: Don’t Cry for Me: Despite losing ConAgra to Chicago, optimism remains high in Nebraska’s largest city. 10/29/2015
Online Insider: The $5-Billion Mile:For sports magnates, everything’s bigger in Frisco, Texas. 10/15/2015
The Midwest: Thirsty for More: The improving Midwest business climate lures corporate facility deals and the investors who back them. 10/15/2015
California: The Green Machine.: How California is using renewable energy and other sustainable practices to grow its economy. 9/17/2015
San Bernardino: From the Small Screen To the Big Box: Online orders boost need for e-commerce retailers to expand their West Coast presence. 9/17/2015
Oklahoma: The New Land Rush: A retooled approach to business development and renewed investment into infrastructure are winning corporate facility projects in Oklahoma. 8/27/2015
Regional Development: Linking Communities: How economically connected regions lead to growing industry clusters. 8/26/2015
Online Insider: Finding the Sweet Spot: A wave of capital investment transforms Sugarloaf Corridor in Gwinnett County, Ga. 8/20/2015
New Jersey: Welcoming the World: New Jersey capitalizes on unprecedented wave of corporate headquarters mobility, especially among multinational firms. 7/30/2015
Regional Collaboration: Tinkering With a Master Plan: How regional collaborations have led to continued success. 7/29/2015
Michigan: A Comeback In the Making:Michigan retools its economic development strategy to make talent development job one. 7/23/2015
Interview with Deby Snodgrass: A Vision for Talent: Oklahoma - The State of Success 7/6/2015
Regional Partnerships: Regional Rigor 6/15/2015
Interview with Gov Scott Walker: Governor Walker - ‘Businesses Know We Fulfill Our Promises’: Wisconsin’s governor says pro-business reforms have paid off handsomely for the state. 6/15/2015
Interview With Texas Gov Greg Abbott: The Fight Begins 5/13/2015
Business Climate Overview: Poised for Growth: Oklahoma - The State of Success 2/12/2015
State Voices: Q&A With Governor Mary Fallin: Oklahoma - The State of Success 2/12/2015
UAS: Blade Runners: Oklahoma - The State of Success 2/12/2015
Business Climate Overview: Opportunity Abundance: Low taxes, high business support, worker training and world-class infrastructure combine to make Mississippi 'a place that makes things.' 1/19/2015
Online Insider: Deal-Making, Texas-Style: A compelling session at IEDC's annual conference sheds light on projects, talent and the vision to develop both. 12/4/2014
Business Climate: The Perfect Climate for Dreamers: Texas rolls out the welcome mat for corporate growth. 11/19/2014
Interview With Gov. Branstad: Gov. Branstad: We Are Lowering Your Tax Bill: Nation's longest-serving governor outlines his plan for improving Iowa's business climate. 11/19/2014
Business Climate Overview: Making the Business Case for Iowa 11/18/2014
Business Climate Overview: A Place Transformed: How Gov. Jerry Brown cultivated a complete turnaround of the California business climate 11/3/2014
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Start Me Up: From Silicon Valley to San Diego, California leads the world in innovation. 11/3/2014
Business Climate Overview: A Climate for Success: Building on a foundation of innovation, resilience and sound business policies, Oklahoma creates an environment where companies thrive. 10/21/2014
Online Insider: Swinging for the Fences: In a candid talk, Atlanta Braves President John Schuerholz shares a vision 48 years in the making. 8/28/2014
Brave New World: Atlanta’s baseball team finds a better deal for its future home in Cobb County. 11/21/2013
Complexity Simplified: A nine-year track record and pipelines to talent help Tampa win a major follow-up investment from DTCC. 8/22/2013
Inside Walmart's 'Buy American' Strategy: The world's largest retailer seeks to jumpstart a major reshoring effort with a pledge to increase purchasing of U.S.-made goods by $50 billion. 7/11/2013
The Anatomy of a Deal: Deconstructing the process that led Hertz to select Southwest Florida for its global headquarters. 5/30/2013
All Business: Inking a deal on a $1-billion NFL stadium is just the beginning for Mayor Kasim Reed in his quest to make Atlanta a "Super City." 5/16/2013
The Rise of Richard Florida - Revisited: Richard Florida reveals that he is not the opponent of suburbia that many make him out to be. 10/11/2012
Jack Lyne: The Standard of a Great Life 12/8/2011
In the Right Direction: “My administration has made it a priority to transform our state’s previously hostile business climate,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells Site Selection. 7/14/2011

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