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Thursday, January 09 2020
Reach The World From Florida

Sponsored by Enterprise Florida

In Greater Gainesville, we see the power of the logistics industry and all the ways it interconnects the world. Our amenities give us a bird’s eye view of what works for companies depending on efficient logistics operations to serve their customers and keep costs down.

The Greater Gainesville Chamber of Commerce has commissioned a five-year economic and community development strategy—Collaborate 2025—to leverage these assets to spur growth in the distribution and trade cluster as well as the talent that fuels it.

Located midway between Atlanta and Miami and central to Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando and Tallahassee, Greater Gainesville is emerging as a frontline for logistics expansion, whether it be an expanded supply chain or a first distribution center.

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
Washington State - Building Business Legends

In 1962, some of the best and brightest minds in the world gathered in Washington State to predict what life would be like in the 21st century. Their wild predictions? wall-sized TV screens, cordless power tools, audiobooks, digital libraries, home computers and even a phone you could put in your pocket.

Fast forward to 2019, and these seemingly crazy predictions are pretty spot on. So what are Washington’s visionaries up to these days? For starters, they’re electrifying transportation networks, seeking cures for cancer, zeroing out the state’s carbon footprint, exploring the promises of quantum computing and artificial intelligence, and setting their sights on the moon and beyond.

Blessed with a unique pioneer spirit, a passion for collaboration, boundless creativity and a penchant for seeing things as they can be rather than as they are, Washington’s entrepreneurs and businesses continue to shape the world as we know it, from how we shop and travel to how we explore the heavens.

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
Utah's Advantages: People, Place and Purpose

By Elizabeth Johnson, EDCUtah

Utah has long been a destination for companies looking for a new home, and that’s with good reason. The state ranks among the best states for business, has an affordable cost of living, excellent higher education, and world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Utah has demographic advantages, geographic advantages, and intentionality in how its state and local government, business sector, and universities work together to support high-growth industries.

Let’s talk about Utah’s demographics, the “People” part of the equation. Utah’s population is the youngest in the nation, with an average age of 31. The state is also among the fastest growing. In 2018, net in-migration contributed to 43.2 percent growth for the state. What’s that mean for business? A healthy, growing workforce.

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
Make Ohio Home

There’s a place in the eastern region of the U.S., just below the Great Lakes with cities, natural resources and possibility. That place is Ohio. Ohio ranks among the world’s largest economies – rich with resources, technology, education, globally recognized companies and skilled Ohioans with a strong work ethic. From the very beginning, people have been the heartbeat of the state.

Ohio offers a central location and a diverse, world-class infrastructure to create a strategic logistics benefit for companies in Ohio. Ohio is situated close to the majority of the North American market, meaning less time to and from suppliers and customers. Thanks to the Port of Cleveland, Ohio is also the only Midwest state with direct shipping to Europe.

Shipping routes point in all directions and consist of varying means of moving goods, including road, rail, water and air. Companies making or receiving shipments have options and are not limited to one form of transportation. The variety offers companies the flexibility to make decisions that favor cost reduction and increased efficiency.

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
In a Fast-Paced World, the Bluegrass Means Business

By Jack Mazurak, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

Better than any other state, Kentuckians may argue, the Commonwealth knows rapid-speed advanced manufacturing, fast food, faster cars, overnight global package delivery and a huge range of instant services from oil changes to stock trades.

So does it seem an irony at the pinnacle moment of human progress that so much of Kentucky’s success stems from its most stationary attribute? Strange, but true.

Much of Kentucky’s automotive and general manufacturing scene, its air cargo dominance and its overall appeal as a place from which to do business comes from exactly that—its place in the U.S.

Sure, the Bluegrass State is the home of the all-new, mid-engine Corvette, one of the fastest American-built cars by top speed and 0-60 mph times. Kentucky hosts fast food headquarters of KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, WingStreet, Papa John’s, A&W and Long John Silver’s. Its three air-cargo hubs are a backbone of the online commerce era. A nationally outsized portion of manufacturing per-capita operates in Kentucky and the state boasts widely known brands including Holley Performance Products, Wild Turkey Valvoline, Jim Beam, Humana, Computershare and Kindred Healthcare.

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
2020: A Turn Around for the Mexican Economy?

Over the last few decades, Mexico has grown to become recognized globally as a powerhouse for diverse industries, including high-labor content sectors, and also high-value industries like aerospace and automotive, including manufacturing, R&D, and business services activities.

Various global competitiveness studies conducted in recent years have shown that Mexico ranked favorably − whether based on CEO surveys or operational cost analyses. Project investment is evidence of these findings − such as GE’s Engineering Center (where airplane turbines are designed), or Germany’s Continental automotive R&D Center in Queretaro, or any of the brand name automotive, aerospace, appliance, and other sector manufacturers who have arrived (along with their many suppliers).

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Tuesday, January 07 2020
Illinois: Building on Strength Across Industries

Located in the center of the United States, Illinois is a premier location for a wide range of businesses across diverse industries. There are a few key reasons why Illinois is an ideal location for growth. The state is home to a highly educated talent pool. It is also a global transportation hub, with the highest concentration of transportation and logistics companies in the nation. With 72,000 of the nation’s top farms covering nearly 76 percent of its total land area, Illinois boasts a thriving agricultural sector. And, the state is home to industry-changing companies across sectors such as technology, manufacturing and life sciences.

In October of 2019, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker released the state’s Plan to Revitalize the Illinois Economy and Build the Workforce of the Future. The plan builds upon the state’s many strengths, in order to develop an economy that crates jobs and expands prosperity to communities across the entire state.

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Friday, November 29 2019
Wyoming Balances Environment and Industry

Always eager for economic diversification, Wyoming has created and implemented innovative programs to smooth the path of growing or relocating a business in the state. As the nation’s workforce tires of hectic big-city life and remote technology continually evolves, Wyoming offers the best of both worlds—job opportunities with low taxes, as well as slower, safer, small-town living. And, while many states grapple with balancing environmental preservation and industrial growth, Wyoming has been balancing the two for decades.

The mineral extraction industry – right alongside the outdoor-inspired tourism industry and agriculture industry – is the heart and heritage of Wyoming. The equation adds up to an industry-friendly culture and regulatory environment that is welcoming to all types of business. 

Innovative Solutions

Wyoming is the nation’s top coal producer and, as the market for coal shifts, state leaders are laying the foundation for the private sector to find innovative uses for both the coal itself and the carbon it produces. 

For example, the state helped fund the Integrated Test Center in Gillette, a $21 million state-of-the-art carbon capture research facility. It currently hosts five teams competing for the NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE, a $20-million global competition to develop technology that will convert CO2 emissions into other valuable products. The state has also invested in the world’s first and only carbontech accelerator, Carbon180. 

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