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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



The South: The nation’s No. 1 region in economic development.

Welcome to, the official Web site of Southern Business & Development magazine. Here you will find more information than you can find anywhere related to economic development, site selection and expanding or relocating your business to the American South, the world's third-largest economy. Why a Web site built and dedicated to executives and consultants searching the American South for a suitable site? That's an easy answer. The South is by far the nation's most active region for capital investment and job generation. More companies move and expand in the South than any other place in the U.S. 

For example, did you know that with 117 million people the South is the most populated region of the U.S.? In the 1950s the South, the Northeast and the Midwest all had about the same populations, right at 56 million each. Today the South's population is about the same as the Northeast and the Midwest combined.

In addition did you know that the South is:

  • The most preferred region in the U.S. for foreign company investment
  • The least unionized region of the U.S.
  • The region with the lowest utility rates
  • Home to 13 of the nation's 22 Right to Work states
  • The least expensive place to operate a business in the world's largest economy
  • Leading all regions in new incorporations by a large margin
  • The leading U.S. region in Gross Regional Product
  • The region with the lowest corporate tax rates
  • The region with the lowest business failure rate
  • The nation's region with the lowest vehicular hours of delay

Pretty impressive don't you think? But there's more and you can read about opportunities in the South for your company every quarter in Southern Business & Development and every day 24/7 on You can subscribe to SB&D on this site and if you qualify, we will send you the magazine for free. And if you are interested in getting more information on opportunities for your company in the South, simply click on the free information button or fill out the subscription form. You can also learn more by going to if your business is an automotive concern.

 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