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This page will highlight PR, news, and professional insights gathered across the Americas (USA, Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean).

The focus is on business regions or clusters, professional specialties, and industry sectors related to this niche market.  We support business location decisions for capital investment projects (new offices, factories for industrial manufacturing, distribution warehouses or logistics centers, R&D facilities, service operations, etc.).

We welcome suggestions from potential contributors of content.

Try our Search: Americas tool to quickly find what you need.

Send suggested news to Bruce Donnelly  TEL 847-304-4655 Chicago.  The focus is on content which is expected to be of lasting interest to corporate executives facing business location decisions.

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The content of the linked pages for specific regions may also highlight regional professional services, events, and media related to this niche.  Topics may also include significant developments in areas such as urban planning, social infrastructure improvements, and other changes to the business environment for capital investment plans. The Directories on www.gdi-solutions.com already provide links to many of the economic development agencies worldwide in this niche market.  Try the custom site Search as well as tools at www.OnTheShortList.com
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January 2009 - The USDA Rural Development Telecommunications Program, such as for distance learning, telemedicine and rural broadband infrastructure may interest economic developers in rural communities.
December 15, 2008 - Toyota has indefinitely suspended fitting out their new auto assembly plant in Blue Springs, Mississippi, although the building will be completed and thus available later.  The status of several related Toyota supplier projects is still not clear.  The Volkswagen project in Chattanooga, TN and the Kia project in Georgia are still reportedly moving forward at this time for 2011 and 2009.
bullet Press room for the Toyota project in Blue Springs, MS
bullet Volkswagen project in Chattanooga, TN
bullet Kia project in West Point, GA
December 4, 2008 - The quarterly Business Roundtable CEO Survey of roughly 100 of their 160 member firms reflects the CEO expectations for sales, capital investment, and employment levels at their firms over the next six months, as well as US GDP planning assumptions.  Our graphs show Business Roundtable CEO Survey trends since 2002 for comparison.  Bottom line - they didn't see this recession coming ...
October 21, 2008 - The Nevada Secretary of State has launched a new website to consolidate content about why businesses should invest in the state - www.WhyNevada.com   This is already included in our Search: Nevada tool.

Refer to the "Why Nevada" press release

USA PR: September 9, 2008  Cityscape USA event in New York City for commercial real estate developers and investors.  Event info.
USA PR: Alaska - August 12, 2008 - fDi magazine had an interview about investment in Alaska with Governor Sarah Palin, now candidate for Vice President with Senator John McCain.
USA PR: TN - July 15, 2008  - Volkswagen has announced a US automobile production plant in Chattanooga TN.  Press release
Canada PR: May 6, 2008  Statistics Canada has released interesting 2007 statistics about foreign direct investment flows into and out of Canada.
May 15, 2007 - fDi Atlas launched by fDi magazine.  Background info.  This is a new tool for regions around the world to highlight their business locations to the audience which this Financial Times magazine reaches in print and online.  It has been promoted through the FT newspaper recently.
May 10, 2007 - The White House has announced a new Open Economies Policy Statement which includes the Invest in America initiative at the US Department of Commerce which was announced on March 7 (see background details, PR, and sources).
May 8, 2007 - ISM (Institute for Supply Management) issued their spring 2007 Semiannual Economic Forecast.  It projected strong 2007 growth in capital investment in manufacturing and non-manufacturing sectors at a rate of 5.8% and 5.6% respectively.  Slide presentation.
May 7, 2007 -  fDi magazine presented awards during the BIO 2007 convention in Boston to the winners of the North American Cities of the Future awards.  List of winners.  The winners were featured in the April 2007 issue of fDi which was distributed at BIO after being announced on April 23.
March 7, 2007 - The US Department of Commerce issued a press release about the new Invest in America initiative, which will include new efforts by 2300 International Trade Administration (ITA) officials worldwide to support the foreign direct investment attraction efforts by state and local economic development organizations.  Previously, the ITA officials focused mainly on US export promotion and trade policies, rather than competition for foreign investment into the United States.  (see background details, PR, and sources).
 

AEA - www.aeanet.org - formerly known as the American Electronics Association, is a technology industry lobbying group which publishes such things as their annual Cyberstates report published in April 2007.  This largely serves to reinforce their federal and state lobbying agenda related to topics such as immigration changes (more H1 visas for tech workers), R&D, and education spending.

Forbes.com periodically publishes various statistical database rankings which seem to attract the attention of economic development agencies in the USA.  For example -  America's Fastest Growing Counties - March 21, 2007

Many other publications produce rankings about locations.  Many of these are very superficial, and seem designed mainly to support ad sales.

 

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BIO - www.bio.org - the Biotechnology Industry Organization is an association of many biotechnology and life sciences companies which regions around the world are competing to attract.  Many economic development organizations exhibit at their annual convention as they compete for investment projects.  BIO has sponsored recent research such as a Battelle study about regional industry clusters in this market.
We also publish a directory which makes it easier to research locations which are trying to compete for investment in the biotech or life sciences sector in order to find the latest information from their perspective.
 
 
 

 

     
     

 

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