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 Winter 2014


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

 Florida: A sleeping giant awakes!

2013 SB&D 100 Edition

2013 SB&D 100 Feature: Are we there yet?

Top 100 Jobs

Top 100 Investments

2013 SB&D 100 Top Deals and Hot Markets

2013 State Summary

Southern Business and Development 2013 Annual Directory

2013 Person of the Year - Nashville Mayor Karl Dean

Manufacturing Rules Again

20th Anniversary Edition

 Southern Business & Development News
April 2014

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Markets in the American South dominate Forbes' Brainpower Cities Ranking

Austin is the fastest-growing U.S. big city

Alabama politician claims industries in right-to-work states targeted by OSHA

South Carolina, South lead in aerospace job growth

A new Southern migration event is underway

African-Americans contributing to Southern migration event

BMW expansion in South Carolina no small deal

Texas tops out at 34 percent of U.S. oil production

U.S. energy surge slowing down

Employment totals surpass pre-recession totals

Half of lowest state and local tax burdens are Southern states

Chinese investment surfacing

Study: Atlanta is least costly big city

Louisiana coastal restoration a big deal

Georgia ranks first for women-owned businesses

South Carolina sues DOE

Fort Worth named best downtown

Texas leading the job generation parade

Alabama-made Mercedes C-Class to go on sale in September

Energy-intensive manufacturing employment will grow at least to 2020

States considering free community college tuition

Bobby Hitt, S.C. Secretary of Commerce, addresses Congress

Cleantech industry created 80,000 jobs in 2013

Oil boom creating gobs of jobs in shipbuilding

Virginia No. 1 in shipbuilding

China's share of imports stagnant, dropping

Richard Florida identifies a dozen mega-regions driving the U.S. economy

South shines in Wallethub's "Best Cities to Start a Business"

Manufacturing expected to keep momentum for years

Louisiana takes title as location for the most major films

TIME Magazine calls Nashville "The South's Red-Hot Town"

Seven of 10-best places to find a job are Southern

LMV Automotive will add 166 jobs in Liberty, Mo.

GSK boosts hiring at its plant in Zebulon, N.C.

Auto supplier Continental expands its Fletcher, N.C., manufacturing center

Carbon Resources Recovery invests $20 million in Anderson County, S.C., facility

Video Gaming Technologies plans major expansion in Franklin, Tenn.

Roofing manufacturer to open new facility in Missouri

Perdue to add 190 jobs in Prince George, Va.

Lockheed Martin plans $80 million expansion in Orlando

Lockheed to add 700 jobs in Georgia

Goya Foods plans $250 million investment to expand facilities

Red Hat: We're hiring 800 this fiscal year

UniPak plans Jeffersontown, Ky., expansion

Fort Walton-based On-Point Defense Tech expanding, adding 29 jobs

Resolute Forest Products reassures with $105 million expansion in Tennessee

Airbus lands deals worth $14 billion, extends assembly contract with China

Raytheon to open new campus in Richardson, Texas

Hendrickson USA begins construction on $20 million production center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Amazon hiring in Shepherdsville, Ky.

Danish firm growing in Houston after acquisition

Bainbridge Manufacturing adding 240 Georgia jobs

Bakery manufacturer bringing 30 jobs to Florida

Verizon Wireless hiring all over the South

Texas Health Plano to receive $33.4 million expansion

ILJIN Alabama Corp. to hire 23 after Phenix City plant expansion

Millennium Mat expanding in Gwinnett, adding 50 jobs

Bobby Jones brand moving HQ to Atlanta

Boston Whaler announces Florida plant expansion

Adecco moving HQ, 200 jobs to Florida

Arab shipping firm moves HQ to Gwinnett

Phillips 66 expands Houston facilities

Mercury Paper invests $25 million to expand in Strasburg, Va., adding 98 jobs

Flowers Foods to open bakery facility in Knoxville, Tenn.

South Carolina distiller to expand to Kentucky, bringing 50 new jobs

Medical device maker plans Louisville distribution center

Two Alabama auto suppliers to expand

Steel plant coming to Lockhart Texas, 55 new jobs

Fintech Bridge2Solutions expands HQ in Alpharetta, Ga.

Newlywed’s favorite is creating new jobs in South Carolina

MarBlue invests $2.9 million to expand its HQ in Hollywood, Fla.

Stemtech to relocate HQ to Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Interfor chooses Georgia for Southeast HQ

Trout River Dry Kiln invests $5.5 million in Crewe, Va.

EZ Portable Buildings relocates to West Paducah, Ky.

BNSF CEO says railroad will hire 5,000 workers in 2014

Birdsong opens a new facility in Darlington County, S.C.

Fast-growing translation company to create hundreds of jobs in Houston

Auto supplier expansion to create 359 jobs in Anniston, Ala.

Japanese supplier investing $10 million in Orangeburg, S.C., plant

Greenfield Products invests $6.3 million to expand its Tennessee manufacturing center

Ireland-based Portwest to establish distribution center in Shepherdsville, Ky.

River’s Edge invests $4.5 million to expand Missouri center

AgileThought expands to Orlando

Cartersville manufacturing plant expanding

Capital One opens data center in Virginia

Swiss Firm to hire 100 at $10 million Georgia plant

Clemson retirement community plans $9 million in expansions, adds 40 jobs

Online education company bringing 300 jobs to Blount County, Tenn.

Main Street Hub to hire 190 in Texas

Pulcra Chemicals to expand in York County, S.C.

Fresenius Medical Care invests $140 million to locate in Knoxville

Textile printer to bring 323 jobs to Gordonsville, Va.

Wholesale food distributor coming to Foley, Ala.; 100 jobs expected within three years

Dow Chemical plans new research compound near Houston; 2,000 jobs

Allied Reprocessing expands its Tennessee production center

North Carolina candy factory means $48 million investment creating 90 jobs

Microsoft plans $250 million San Antonio expansion

Peco Foods to add 1,000 jobs in northeast Arkansas

Humana to hire 140 new workers in South Florida

Delta Furniture Company expands its Mississippi facility, adding 50 jobs

Drug-device company expanding in Atlanta area, adding 120 jobs

Project Falcon revealed: Dal-Tile Corp. investing nearly $200 million in Dickson factory

GE to invest $325 million at Appliance Park in Louisville, Ky.

Dallas to get “large portion” of 100 new Headspring jobs

L-3 adding 60 tech jobs in Broken Arrow, Okla.

Red Ventures to move 280 jobs to Charlotte region

Atlanta's BitPay expands HQ, fueled by Bitcoin demand

Cheney Brothers invests $40 million in Florida

Niagara Bottling invests $52 million in Georgia

Shopping bag manufacturer coming to Rutherford County, N.C.

Core Molding Technologies Inc. expands South Carolina facility, adding 50 jobs

Auto supplier opening in Auburn, Ala.

AT&T hiring 450 positions across Florida

Meyer Tool to invest $5 million, add 50 jobs in South Carolina

Medical equipment distributor bringing jobs to North Carolina

North Carolina trucking company to hire 60

Channell relocates to Rockwall, Texas

Beckman Coulter plans $10 million expansion in Hebron, Ky.

IT Minerals plans facility at Port of New Orleans

TouchSuite doubles workforce in Boca Raton, Fla.

 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