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 Fall 2014


Fall 2014 Edition

The State of the Rural South's Economy

Selling Your Rural Community's Assets

Small Town's with Unique Assets

Kentucky Supplement

Kentucky: The Spirit of the South

New Build-Ready Program Making More Sites Ready-To-Go

A Perfect Partnership

Next Gen KIH Program Taking Broadband to Every Corner of the State

2015 Aerospace Bonus Edition

Digital Version

Aerospace Industry Takes Off in the American South

Launching Pad for Growth and Innovation

In “Plane” View

“The Best Airplane Built in America”

Aerospace Industry State Overviews

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


 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

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

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

20th Anniversary Edition


Spring 2012

Turnaround year for Richmond

By Mike Randle

Richmond, the capital city of Virginia, is a vibrant region with incredible architecture, walkable neighborhoods and a dynamic hub of national and international business. Eleven Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in the Richmond region. As Greg Wingfield, CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership told me, "Richmond's the first stop." We were discussing the same thing we always do after a recession, and I've known Greg through three of them. He was explaining to me that Richmond is the first stop in the South for growing or relocating companies from the Northeast.

Wingfield is partially right, anyway. If you look at a map, actually, the first stop in the South from the Northeast is Northern Virginia, or NOVA. But you have to drive two hours south of NOVA to reach the rest of Virginia, or ROVA, to find a good biscuit or BBQ. That's Richmond.

The capital city of Virginia is a vibrant region with incredible architecture, walkable neighborhoods and a dynamic hub of national and international business. Eleven Fortune 1000 companies are headquartered in the Richmond region, including Genworth Financial, MeadWestvaco, Altria and Markel. Other corporate nameplates with large footprints in the greater Richmond area include Capital One, DuPont, Rolls-Royce and Hewlett-Packard.

We caught up with Greg Wingfield recently to get an update on what's happening in the Richmond region. "This year was the turnaround year for us," Wingfield said. "The pipeline and deal flows are increasing, triggers are being pulled and deals are happening. We saw few decisions during the recession, but starting in December of last year with Amazon, the dam finally broke. Companies are adding capacity and adding people. We will end the year on June 30 with 10 new companies and 82 expansions of existing companies."

 Southern Auto Corridor

Southern Auto

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


Opportunities in the South's Rural and Urban Small Towns

Southern Business & Development Southern Auto Corridor Small Town South Randle Report