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Dale Buss
Dale Buss is a long-time contributor to Chief Executive, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and other top-flight business publications. He lives in Michigan.

Understanding the Ins and Outs of State Incentives

UNDERSTANDING THE INS AND OUTS OF STATE INCENTIVES

When it comes to siting decisions, CEOs will tell you that the most important lures by far are intrinsic things like the location fitting their business model geographically, low taxes, adequate local infrastructure and ample talent that fits their specific needs. However, inducements and incentives can also attract companies to a state or locality.

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The 10 Top States by GDP

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America’s traditional economic powerhouse states lie on the fringes of the national map, and produce the largest Gross Domestic Product. But it’s states in Flyover Country that have been experiencing the biggest relative increases in GDP, according to the latest figures.

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How the Technical Talent Factor is Making States Competitive

HOW THE TECHNICAL TALENT FACTOR IS MAKING STATES COMPETITIVE

Massachusetts has been trying to tell everyone something. For eight of the last nine years, it has finished No. 1 in the Beacon Hill Institute’s State Competitiveness Index despite being ranked only No. 25 in the Tax Foundation’s 2016 State Business Tax Climate Index and an abysmal No. 45 in Chief Executive’s 2016 Best & Worst States for Business.

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A Well-Kept Secret: This Auto Parts Maker is Finding All the Skilled Workers it Needs in South Central Michigan

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The Great Recession sacked the metalcasting industry, of course, joining with technological advancements, foreign competition and tightening regulations to carve the base of 2,170 foundries down to about 1,965 facilities last year. But industry sales were expected to reach $33.5 billion by next year after bottoming out at $21.6 billion in 2009.

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