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City of Rochester
Rochester, NH

An excellent business case for Rochester, NH – low cost/high reward!

Rochester, NH is a proven Advanced Manufacturing destination and hosts global firms such as SAFRAN Aerospace, Albany International, Laars Heating Systems, Lydall Performance Materials and many more.

Capitalizing on a proud history of textile manufacturing, the region plays to its strengths of productive talent pool, manufacturing innovation and high value operational cost structure. This combination has kept Spaulding Composites, formerly Spaulding Fiber, successfully in operation for 140 years and expanding operations in Asia. The City’s newest manufacturer, LHR Sporting Arms, is rapidly exceeding its growth projections and their first product off the line has won national acclaim.

Your business demands agility and the ability to adapt to an ever changing global environment.

Customized advanced training at Great Bay Community College's Advanced Technology Academic Center provides nimble skilled workers that will raise your productivity and a platform for future growth. More educational partners include nearby University of NH, Granite State College and the Creteau Regional Technology Center.

Research and development is directly connected to future performance and Rochester’s business advantage combines top-notch professionals with cost saving multi-modal locations, and even the NH R&D Tax Credit Program.
Proactive community partners connect Rochester businesses to vital support systems including financing, real estate, transportation and more. Government is friendly and accessible, giving the Boston metro market the top low cost – high reward manufacturing location destination.
Karen Pollard, CEcD, EDP is Deputy City Manager and Community & Economic Development Director for the City of Rochester, NH and is one of the NH Business Review’s Outstanding Women in Business for 2011. Her email is karen.pollard@rochesternh.net
Find out more about locating to Rochester, NH, call (603) 335-7522 and visit www.thinkrochester.biz

Mississippi Development Authority
Jackson, MS

A growing list of global companies call Mississippi home. Competitive energy and operating costs combine with the state’s robust workforce training programs creating an ideal environment where industries thrive. The state’s strategic location offers easy access to U.S. markets and recent tax and energy reform add to Mississippi’s economic growth capacity.

The state’s economic development campaign “Made in the USA: Perfected in Mississippi” is more than just a slogan, it’s the driving force leading the way for doing business. Collaboration drives that continued success in Mississippi where companies find a unique competitive advantage. Mississippi’s four research universities offer new and existing businesses the latest technologies along with world-class research and development opportunities in aerospace, automotive, advanced materials, and healthcare – with the same goal: to keep Mississippi’s industries globally competitive.

Adding to Mississippi’s advantage is the state’s one-stop permitting resource and its customized workforce training programs offered from the community colleges network. In 2013, several global companies made national headlines announcing they were locating or expanding in Mississippi. In April, Yokohama Tire Corporation chose a West Point site for their first U.S.-built commercial tire truck plant. Officials broke ground in September on Phase I of the Yokohama plant, creating 500 jobs. Future expansions are projected to increase total employment to 2,000 jobs. Efficient collaboration among state, regional, and local leadership helped Yokohama move from project announcement to groundbreaking in four short months.

In January, Aurora Flight Sciences expanded their Columbus operations, where they fabricate and assemble composite aerospace vehicles for defense and commercial customers. Aurora’s success story started in 2005 at the Raspet Flight Research Lab in Starkville, home to Mississippi State University.

Within two years, Aurora expanded operations to a larger facility in Columbus. The 2013 expansion increases the company’s commercial composites operations to 120,000 square feet adding hundreds more jobs in the aerospace sector in Mississippi.

Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation
Northern Kentucky (Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties)
The Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Corporation (Tri-ED) was created in 1987 as a non-profit organization, blending public and private funds to enhance the business climate and to foster a spirit of regional cooperation among Northern Kentucky’s Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.

Northern Kentucky is minutes away from downtown Cincinnati, just across the Ohio River, and part of the 15-county Cincinnati MSA. The region offers the best of urban living with the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining small-town charm.

Northern Kentucky Tri-ED assists local companies in expanding their operations and works with the local communities to develop the resources and infrastructure to support their economic development programs. Northern Kentucky Tri-ED also markets and promotes the three Northern Kentucky counties on a national and international basis as a location for new or expanding:
- Advanced Manufacturing Projects
- Professional Office Projects
- Technology-Oriented Cluster
- Aviation-Related Industries
- Distribution, Logistics and E-Commerce Projects
- Entrepreneurial Start-Up Companies
- Emerging Clusters including Life Science and Water Tech Projects
Northern Kentucky is home to hundreds of advanced manufacturing facilities as a base of operations for North America, including:
- Mazak
- ZF Steering
- Hahn Automotive
- Mubea
- Ticona
- Messier-Bugatti
A central location, available workforce, real estate solutions and multi-faceted transportation system provide significant advantages.

Since 1987, 575 companies have located or expanded in Northern Kentucky accounting for the creation of 48,391 new primary jobs for a total of 115,285 jobs created. These jobs have generated an economic impact of $25B. New and expanding companies have accounted for $6.6B in capital investment.

Tri-ED is a key partner in Vision 2015, a 10-year strategic plan for growth in the region. For more information, visit http://www.northernkentuckyusa.com/. Northern Kentucky Tri-ED can also be followed through social media channels via Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.

Arkansas Economic Development Commission
Little Rock, AR

This diversity in companies is, in part, what kept Arkansas fiscally stable during the country’s recent recession. While many states throughout the U.S. struggled, Arkansas was not only able to balance its budget each year, the state also kept unemployment lower than the national average.

Of course Arkansas could not accomplish this feat without the state’s hardworking, dedicated workforce – one that is prepared to meet your ever-developing job requirements from manufacturing to information technology. The state’s labor force is projected to grow almost seven percent to 1.46 million people by 2018. To ensure this workforce remains qualified for future jobs, Arkansas has developed extensive partnerships with the state’s 44 colleges, universities, and technical institutes.

When it comes to cost of doing business, Arkansas has the fourth lowest overall business costs in the nation according to CNBC, which also ranked the State seventh in both workforce and cost of living. Electric rates contribute to this affordability. The average retail price of electricity in Arkansas is just 7.28 center per kWh – well below the national average of 9.83 cents per kWh.

Located in the middle of the United States, Arkansas’ unique intermodal transportation network of highways, railways, air routes, waterways, and pipelines allows you to get your product to international markets near and far both quickly and easily.

Arkansas’ six homegrown Fortune 500 companies prove Arkansas has what it takes to grow your business in the 21st century global marketplace. The six companies – Dillard’s, J.B. Hunt, Murphy Oil, Tyson Foods, Walmart, and Windstream – represent five different industry sectors, demonstrating Arkansas’s diverse economy.

As a smaller state, you can be sure Arkansas will focus on your individual business needs.  You will find our incentives are nationally competitive, understandable and easy to use. The Arkansas Economic Development Commission has a project manager focused on your sector, ready to talk to you about your potential move to Arkansas. To start your Arkansas success story, call us today at 1-800-ARKANSAS or visit our website at www.ArkansasEDC.com.

Quad Cities First
Davenport, IA / Moline, IL

From John Deere World Headquarters to Alcoa to the Rock Island Arsenal, the manufacturing strength in the Quad Cities is second to none. For more than a century, manufacturing has been the cornerstone of the Quad Cities' economy.

Manufacturing jobs grew 32% from 2002-2010 in the Quad Cities. Nearly 1 in 6 workers in the Quad Cities is employed by a manufacturing company. It's the second-largest industry sector in the region, surpassed only by education (Source: 2012 Quad Cities Laborshed Study, Iowa Workforce Development)

The region's efficient multimodal transportation options complement the legacy of manufacturing strength. The Quad City International Airport, major waterway, rail service and network of interstates offer easy access to markets worldwide. The Quad Cities is served by four interstates and over a dozen state and federal highways, putting the region within a five-hour truck drive of Milwaukee, St. Louis, Kansas City, Des Moines, Indianapolis and Omaha.

Key Regional Advantages:

  • Nationally recognized advanced manufacturing innovation cluster
  • Competitive utility rates
  • In-place, multimodal transportation options
  • Available incentives
  • Machinery and equipment used in the manufacturing process are not subject to local property tax
  • Low cost of living
  • Highly skilled and adaptable workforce with strong manufacturing know-how
  • Central geographic location
  • Foreign Trade Zone
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