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 Summer 2014

  
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Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Non-Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Ten Reasons Why Manufacturing is Booming in The South

Rick Perry

2014 Annual Directory


2014 SB&D 100 Edition

SB&D 100 Feature

Big Fish Keep Alabama's Economy Humming


Southern Economic Development Roundtable

The Best Greenfield Data Center Sites in the South

The Most Southern Place on Earth

Ensuring a resilient Delta Region by training a skilled workforce

Driving toward success in Alabama's Black Belt

Arkansas's Big River Steel has found its home in the heart of America's Delta Region

Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Perfected in Mississippi

Certifying Southeast Missouri and beyond

Select Tennessee sites offer competitive edge

Reshoring and its potential effect on the Mississippi River Delta region

10 TOP TENS

 Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South

Top 10 Stories in the American South

Ten Exceptional Southern markets to Locate your Reshored Traditional
Industry


If you are looking to relocate your HQ to the South, here are 10 Outstanding
Cities for your Operation that might not show up on your Radar


Ten Low Cost Manufacturing Locations to Reshore your Plant near Major
Southern airports


If these Southern Market Economies were Stocks, they would be the Ten Best
to Invest in over the next Decade


Ten Highly Creative Places to Live in the South where you can Reshore your
Manufacturing Operation


Ten more Shining Examples of Economic Development that's working in the
South


Five Outstanding Supplier Sites for Airbus and Five for Boeing

Ten Supplier Locations in the Southern Aerospace Corridor that can serve
both Airbus and Boeing

FDI Surges in the South

Tennessee: Moving in the right direction

The Northeast Tennessee Valley Comes Back Strong

The Southern Auto Corridor

It's down to the Southern Auto Corridor and Mexico for automakers

Mississippi Enters Second Decade of Assembly

BMW in South Carolina: Two decades and thriving

Nissan and Tennessee: A 30-year partnership unlike any other in North America's automotive sector

20 years of Mercedes-Benz in Alabama: A defining moment in the Heart of Dixie

The tremendous success of the Hyundai-Kia model in the Southern Auto Corridor

Ford's resurgence in Louisville

2013 Motor Vehicle Parts Supplier Guide

Community preparedness is about vision

20th Anniversary Edition


  
 Features

SB&D 100 Introduction and Methodology

We can't think of a better way to judge a state's attractiveness to industry than to count and identify the companies making significant financial commitments to that state. That's what we do with the annual SB&D 100. We count the number of companies making public commitments of 200 jobs or more and/or $30 million or more in investment. We feel very strongly that major corporate announcements are a better measure of a state's willingness and ability to accommodate a project than any other measure that's available.

All announcements found in the SB&D 100 were made public by a representative of the company. Job and investment totals are those that have been projected by a company spokesperson over a three-year period. Only new, expanded and relocated manufacturing and selected service projects are eligible for the ranking. Government projects such as prisons and military bases are eligible; however, retail, lodging and some entertainment-based announcements are not. Real estate investments such as office buildings and industrial parks are not eligible.

Ten points are earned for each SB&D 100 announcement and five points are given for each JMD (just missed deal). This year's SB&D Job 100 threshold is 300 jobs -- the 100th deal -- so all announcements made of 300 jobs or more earned 10 points. Five points are given for announcements of 200 to 299 jobs.

This year's SB&D Investment 100 threshold is $101 million. All deals announced of $101 million or more earned 10 points. Deals announced from $30 million to $100.99 million earned five points. Category rankings include State, Mega-Market (3 million-plus population), Major Market (750,000-2.99 million), Mid-Market (250,000-749,999) and Small Market (under 250,000). 

EDITOR'S NOTE: Performances are not indicative of a state or market's overall economy. The rankings are based on securing large projects of 200 jobs and/or $30 million or more in investment only.


  
 Southern Auto Corridor

Southern Auto Corridor.com

Steering the Automotive Industry to the World's Fourth-Largest Economy

www.southernautocorridor.com


  
 SmallTownSouth

SmallTownSouth.com

Opportunities in the South's Rural and Urban Small Towns

www.smalltownsouth.com


  
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