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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

 SB&D Travels

Summer 2012

Southern Business & Development visited seven Southern states in the Summer 2012 quarter


SB&D had a busy summer quarter, visiting the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina. Photo 1 shows (l to r) Austin Monk, Washington County, Ala., Economic Development Manager for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce; Dale Greer, Assistant Director of the Cullman, Ala., Economic Development Agency; and Taylor Williams, Economic and Community Development Representative for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative. The three Alabama-based economic developers were attending the SEDC annual conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C., this summer.

Also at SEDC were (photo 2, l to r) Mike Philpot, Executive Director of the West Tennessee Industrial Association, Gregg Gothreaux, President and CEO of the Lafayette, La., Economic Development Authority and Michael Neal, President and CEO of the Tulsa Metro Chamber.

In photo 3 are Mark Heath, President and CEO of Martinsville-Henry County, Va., Economic Development and Bob Leak, President of Winston-Salem Business Inc., at the SEDC conference.

In photo 4 are Fred Gassaway (left), Executive Vice President of the South Carolina Power Team and Fred Humes, Director of ARC:Hydrogen, a program of the Economic Development Partnership (EDP) in Aiken, S.C. Humes is also Director Emeritus of the EDP.

Photo 5 shows SB&D editor and publisher Mike Randle with Lyn Arnold, President and CEO of the Tunica County, Miss., Chamber of Commerce.

In photo 6 are Randle and Mark Young, President and CEO of the Jonesboro, Ark., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Photo 7 is a shot Mike Randle took while visiting Arkansas. Fordyce, Ark., is the birthplace of the legendary Alabama Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant. Coach Bryant passed away on January 26, 1983, nearly 30 years ago. Check out the bottom of the sign which reads, "Fordyce Redbugs." The Bear played for the Redbugs and helped Fordyce High School win the 1930 Arkansas state football championship. Bear went on to play tight end at Alabama and won a national championship at 'Bama in 1934. That was decades before Bear won six national championships and 13 SEC conference championships at Alabama in the '60s and '70s. The Bear pledged Sigma Nu fraternity at Alabama and married Mary Harmon in his senior year. That marriage helped the Bear's legacy in Alabama as there are all kinds of Bryants and Harmons living and working in the state of Alabama.   

Photo 8 shows Randle with Sue McGowan, Director of Economic Development and CEO of the Paragould, Ark., Regional Chamber of Commerce. And photo 9 shows the former Paragould Courthouse, where the Chamber operates. The building is one of the best kept historic structures we have ever seen.

In photo 10 are (l to r) Kirkley Thomas, Economic Development Manager for the Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas; Shawnie Carrier, President and CEO of the Arkadelphia, Ark., Regional Economic Development Alliance and Chamber; and Jeff Pipkin, President of the Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development, based in Russellville. The three Arkansas economic development practitioners were enjoying the SEDC conference.

The incredibly beautiful and quaint downtown El Dorado, Ark., is featured in photo 11. Mike Randle visited Henry Florsheim, President and CEO of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce. For more information on Arkansas, turn to the special section in this edition.

Airbus has now joined Boeing with final assembly facilities of large aircraft in the South. Airbus announced this summer that it is building an A320 plant in Mobile, Ala., that is expected to house 1,000 workers. Pictured in photo 12 are Airbus Chief Executive Fabrice Bregier (left) and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley.

Photos 13 and 14 show SB&D managing editor Stacy Randle as she observes first-hand from the air the numerous massive investments being made in Southwest Louisiana. We would like to thank Lake Charles Regional Airport-based Era Helicopters for their assistance in helping SB&D cover Southwest Louisiana and the Acadiana region of Louisiana. You can read more about Southwest Louisiana and Acadiana by turning to the special section in this edition.

In photo 15 are George Swift, President and CEO of the SWLA Economic Development Alliance, based in Lake Charles, La., and SB&D's Stacy Randle at the Southwest Louisiana Entrepreneurial and Economic Development Center (SEED) that's under construction on McNeese State University property. The SEED Center in Lake Charles will serve as a hub for economic development for Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Cameron and Jefferson Davis parishes.

Lastly, SB&D's hosts for our visit to Southwest Louisiana, George Swift (right) and Dan Loughney, Director of Marketing & Trade Development for the Lake Charles Harbor & Terminal District, get settled in for the helicopter tour over the region in photo 16.




 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