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 Summer 2014


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

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


Spring 2012

Roanoke: A smart, shining star

By Mike Randle

Carvins Cove is the nation’s second largest municipal park and has 40 miles of bike trails and 12,000 acres for paddling plus a major water source for the Roanoke region. Water and sewer capacity, without surcharges and at below-average costs, are strategic advantages for beverage and food manufacturers in the region.I love Roanoke and I've loved it since I first visited in 1993. Roanoke certainly isn't rural, but it's not a big market, either. Situated against the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke is as beautiful a place as any you will ever see in the South. The Roanoke region is a magnet for the creative class and downtown Roanoke is a vibrant place, filled with music, dining establishments, wonderful bars and an incredibly fast-growing residential migration. In fact, downtown Roanoke had the fourth-highest level of gentrification of all U.S. cities between 2000 and 2010, according to the Fordham Institute.

Of course, one of Roanoke's attractions is where it is located. Check out and you will find one of the premier spots anywhere for outdoor recreation. Whether it's hiking, biking, climbing or fishing in and around this valley between the Blue Ridge and Alleghany Mountain ranges, the Roanoke region rocks for outdoor types.

But don't think that Roanoke is all about the soft side of economic development. Historically, this is a manufacturing region and that didn't happen by accident. For you manufacturing execs adding capacity, Roanoke has an abundance of water and treatment that can be essential to your production. . .all at costs well below the Virginia average. Current demand for water is only 43 percent of available daily supply of treated water.

The resources of the Roanoke region are perfect for the automotive industry and manufacturing sectors such as food processing that need a plentiful supply of high quality water. As for other targets, Roanoke uses its Virginia Tech research connection in every way possible and that has helped it become a biotechnology center.

Lastly, you cannot write about the Roanoke region and not mention its smarts. The region is the center of a larger area encompassing 21 institutions of higher education. Check this out: the Roanoke region has a higher concentration of undergraduates -- .108 per capita -- than that of Boston, San Francisco, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill or Austin.

 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