Economic Development

Drone Industry Takes Off in North Dakota

What’s likely to be the nation’s first drone airport-business park complex will fully open its runways to private-sector traffic later this Spring, when unmanned flights raise off the tarmacs of this former Air Force training field in Grand Forks, ND.

Brookings Institution Seeks to Redefine Economic Development in Age of Economic Weakness

Reminding economic-development leaders of their potential role in bolstering the national economy, a leading think tank called Monday for a broad-based shift in practice—less promoting incentive-based corporate relocation in favor of a more diversified, market-based and localized approach.

Indiana Bakery Finds a New Home in Kentucky

One of Indiana’s largest commercial bakeries will build a $57 million manufacturing plant in Versailles, KY, which is just west of Lexington, starting this summer. More Than A Bakery, owned by Richmond Baking Co., will hire more than 300 workers at the plant, to be sited on 100 acres  in Woodford County.

Alaska: New Report Ties Ferry System Funding to Economic Growth

Public investment in Alaska’s chronically-underfunded ferry system is producing an economic impact at a rate greater than twice its cost, according to a new report. 

Super Bowl 50 Produces $350M Economic Impact

The San Francisco Bay Area enjoyed a windfall benefit of about $350 million from Super Bowl 50, the biggest sports and branding event in the world, according to projections compiled by the Global Business Travel Association and its research partner, Rockport Analytics.

GE: How Boston Won Over One of America’s Favorite Companies While Connecticut Slept

Massachusetts has consistently landed in the bottom five out of 50 states every year for the last three years in Chief Executive’s Best & Worst States for Business, as ranked by CEOs in those states. “Massachusetts is overtaxed and overregulated,” one CEO responded in 2015. Connecticut is never more than one or two steps above Massachusetts. So what did Boston do differently to win over GE that it hasn’t done before?

2016 Regional Report: The Southwest

The Southwest states are well-positioned for the growth that's taking place among U.S. factories relocating to or expanding in Mexico.

Looking for a New Location With a Fiber Hub? Try Florida’s Lake Nona

CEOs who need big, fast digital pipes—and, increasingly these days, that could be just about anyone—are looking closely at metro areas that can hook them up with 1-gigabit broadband networks ranging from Chattanooga, Tenn., to Dublin, Ohio, to Detroit. But near the Orlando airport, the 11-square-mile Lake Nona development represents one of the single most concentrated areas of 1-gigabit bandwidth in America, and the rapid development of this sunny economic enclave is ratifying investors’ decisions to “build it and they will come.”

Chattanooga and Other Fast-Fiber Cities Are Grabbing Companies, and Jobs

More CEOs and company founders are being lured to “smart” cities that have built fast fiber-optic networks, highly digitally connected municipal-government infrastructures, expectations that they will stay at the forefront in business-supporting technologies—or some combination thereof.

2015 Regional Report: The Southeast

With further automotive wins, the Southeast continues rolling along.
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