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March 2017

 COVER STORY
Governor's Cup
How to Win Projects & Influence Economies
Texas, Nebraska governors claim the most coveted prizes in U.S. economic development for winning projects in 2016.
 FEATURES
Top Micropolitans of 2016
Top Micropolitans
Findlay Leads An Ohio Surge
Top Metropolitans of 2016
The Top Metros of 2016 Come In All Sizes
These high-performing regions — big, medium and small — were just right for attracting corporate growth in 2016.
AIRPORT CITIES
What’s Wrong with the Aerotropolis Model?
Here’s a different take on world aerotropolis developments: They don’t work everywhere they’re tried.
Big Muddy Cup
Rising (Again) to Greatness
The Mississippi backbone is America’s past and future.
Top Industries of 2016
Major Projects Snapshot
Looking at the biggest spenders in the most active industry sectors offers insight into the flow of worldwide commerce and investment.
GLOBAL ICT
Beehives for Busy Minds
A GE Digital executive describes the strategy behind the company’s growing network of digital hubs.
Data Centers
Cloud Maps
Snapshots offer a picture of where ethereal information meets hard assets.
Headquarters
Special Sauce
Chewing through the data reveals which locations in the US and abroad have the secret recipe for attracting corporate HQs.
Biopharmaceuticals
Medicine on Fast Forward
A top-notch design team offers its take on the flexible biopharma facility of the future.
Agribusiness
Big Wheels Keep On Turning
Will a farm equipment manufacturer have to recalibrate its property portfolio in 2017?
 INVESTMENT PROFILES
San Bernardino County, California
A Master Class in Manufacturing
InTech closes the skills gaps by delivering the training that workers in advanced manufacturing need.
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.
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.
Hoosier Energy
Power Points
A rural Indiana energy cooperative is a formidable competitor for your next investment.
Tryon Technology Park, Fulton County, New York
New Lease on Life
Tryon Technology Park in Upstate New York shows what can happen when a sense of purpose meets a parcel primed for adaptive redevelopment.
BNSF
A New Top 10 List
The growing portfolio of BNSF Certified Sites helps customers and communities bridge the gaps.
 SPECIAL AD SECTIONS
Certified Sites
‘Trust, But Verify’
The famous presidential phrase applied to geopolitics, but it can work in the geotechnical realm too.
 INTERNATIONAL
Eastern Europe
Does the Workforce Pass Inspection?
With FDI projects flowing into Central & Eastern Europe, companies face more intense competition for talent.
 DEPARTMENTS
Editors View
Making Print Great Again
Site Selection is the most effective vehicle in the economic development marketplace for putting their message in front of corporate decision makers.
Departments
North American Reports
Canada, Wind Energy, Sprint Trump, Fiat Chrysler, Parking Association, China and Canada
World Trade Day
Questions & Answers
The inaugural World Trade Day in Atlanta will address issues on everybody’s mind.
IAMC Insider
Harnessing Disruptive Change
Technology can cause sea changes in institutions, operations, and business methods.
Departments
World Reports
China-London Train, French ‘Solar Road’, DHL: Slowing Globalization, China’s Investments ‘Uncertainty’, and Splendor in Portugal.
 AREA SPOTLIGHTS
Florida
Rise of the Millennial CEO
Forget talent attraction strategies; these young and energetic leaders are transforming metro area economies in Florida.
Illinois
The Rivian Gambit
A stealthy entrepreneur wants a piece of the automotive action in Illinois.
California
Innovation Works
California leads the way.
New Mexico
Facebook’s Multiplier Effect
Projects requiring hundreds of workers per site are increasingly common in The Land of Enchantment.
Maryland
Lacrosse Rules
In Maryland, 'lax' is code for their favorite sport, played in places where the attitude is anything but.
South Carolina
China, Meet South Carolina
The Palmetto State aggressively courts Chinese corporate investors.
Northeast
Pittsburgh Wins a Robotics Institute
Carnegie Mellon University to oversee the national center of expertise in this technology of the future.
South Central
Texas Bests its Neighbors for Renewables
The Lone Star State expects a solar boom to go with its oil & gas resurgence.
Minnesota
North Star Manufacturers ‘Optimistic’
Survey reveals expectations of modest growth in the year ahead.

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