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Sunday, July 28 2019
Backed By Big Electric Vehicle Investments, the Future of Tennessee's Auto Industry is Here

By the Tennessee Economic Partnership

In advance of the kickoff of the 2019 North American International Auto Show in January, General Motors unveiled its plans for the new Cadillac XT6, a seven-seat SUV described as the Escalde’s “little brother,” to be manufactured at its Spring Hill, Tennessee plant. This news means hundreds of new employees and a nearly $300 million investment at the Middle Tennessee facility in order to accommodate the production of the XT6. 

Bob Rolfe, the state's commissioner of economic and community development, said GM's decision to add another vehicle to its product line in Spring Hill "speaks volumes about the high-quality workforce and business climate that global businesses can find in Tennessee."

GM's Spring Hill plant is the company's largest facility in North America, and GM is one of Tennessee’s leading employers. It employs 3,800 workers on a 2,000-acre campus providing quality wages for Tennesseans and positively benefiting Middle Tennessee’s economy enormously throughout the years since first opening its Spring Hill plant in 1990. Besides the XT6, XT5, and GMC Acadia, the site produces the Holden Acadia for export to Australia and New Zealand.

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Sunday, July 28 2019
New Jersey Reclaiming its Position as America's Life Sciences Capital

By Jose Lozano, President and CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc.

With a 150-year history of developing lifesaving medicine, New Jersey has always been the capital of innovation. We welcome big ideas and those who think differently to bring transformative therapies, novel medicines and disruptive technologies to market. The state's innovation economy includes strong industry synergy, venture capital funding, access to leading universities, proximity to research hospitals and concentration of top talent. Further, New Jersey offers an unbeatable location, a dynamic life sciences ecosystem and access to a large, globally diverse workforce – along with an affordable quality of life that’s one of the best in the nation. 

The Garden State is the global gateway to the United States. New Jersey offers non-stop flights to almost anywhere in the U.S. and the across globe, making it easier to connect to employees, clients, and customers. We are at the center of the transit-connected Northeast corridor, directly between Washington D.C. and Boston, and part of the New York and Philadelphia area. New Jersey moves people and products better than anyone else in the nation because of our ports, airports, freight rail lines and mass transportation system.

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Saturday, July 27 2019
What a Rush: Businesses and People Flock to North Carolina

By the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina

North Carolina closed out 2018 and began 2019 on three very high notes – ranking as Forbes magazine’s No. 1 state for business for the second-straight year, posting its second-best year in over a decade in new job announcements and anticipating the arrival of three more Fortune 500 headquarters.

“It was a great year, but not at all an outlier,” says Christopher Chung, chief executive officer of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, which recruits new corporate facilities and expansions to the state. “Executives often put North Carolina on their short list and for good reason. Among those reasons is that we consistently place among the Top 10 states in well-regarded business rankings from the likes of Forbes, Chief Executive and CNBC.”

Forbes has annually ranked the business climates of all 50 states since 2006. North Carolina is the only state to place among the magazine’s top five best states for business every year.

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Friday, July 26 2019
Kansas: Central to Your Success

When a company is looking for a new location that is perfect for transporting its goods to locations throughout the country, the smart choice is to look right in the middle. Kansas’ central location has made it a popular choice among manufacturing companies – and not just those in the aviation industry (though it is known as The Aviation Capital of the World).  

Kansas’ central location and excellent workforce are a great combination for any kind of company that manufactures and ships products in the U.S. and beyond.

Producing raw materials and finished goods, Kansas companies rely heavily on transportation modes for distribution of their products. Whether by highway, rail, air or water, Kansas’ central location and excellent infrastructure allows for excellent transportation and distribution advantages for businesses.

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Friday, July 26 2019
Delaware: Where the World Chooses to Do Business

With millions of businesses choosing to incorporate in Delaware, the state has earned an international reputation for being the most trusted and experienced business law center in the world. But business law expertise doesn’t tell the whole story.  Delaware’s enviable location on the east coast assures business leaders they can get anywhere from Delaware, and the state puts a premium on being business-friendly and affordable. Forbes ranked Delaware as having the fifth lowest cost of doing business. Adesis, Solenis, Marlette Funding, Dot Foods, JustFoodforDogs, and Wilmington PharmaTech are just a few of the companies that chose to grow in Delaware.


The DuPont legacy, which dates back more than 200 years, set the stage for Delaware to put a premium on innovation.  Executives in Delaware will tell you that the ripple effects of the DuPont company created a sustainable culture of innovation that is thriving now, more than ever.  Start-ups including Agtech, Fintech, Chemtech, Biotech and Pharmatech are choosing Delaware to begin their business journey. The emphasis on innovation is being noticed.

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Friday, July 26 2019
Advanced Manufacturing Requires Advanced Skills: How Arizona is Delivering

By Sandra Watson, Arizona Commerce Authority President & CEO

Expanding or relocating a business is a complex decision. Companies evaluate many factors, including a state’s business climate, operating costs, geographic location, infrastructure, and, perhaps most importantly, the availability of a skilled, talented workforce. As innovation advances and technology continues to transform industries, ensuring companies have access to a workforce with the necessary skills is critical for states to remain competitive. 

According to CNBC, Arizona is winning “the biggest battle in the war between states for business” with its ranking as one of the top two states in the country for attracting a skilled workforce. Our state also consistently ranks high in many other third-party assessments of labor supply. Labor market data provider Emsi named Arizona’s most populous county, Maricopa, as number one in the nation for talent attraction in 2018. 

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Tuesday, June 04 2019
Resin Carrier Chooses Savannah as Export Gateway

Plastic Express, a leader in plastic resins packaging and transportation, has announced plans to expand operations with two new facilities creating 166 new jobs in the Savannah market.

Along with Capital Development Partners, the company is investing more than $172 million at the Port Logistics Center in Pooler, less than 10 miles from the Port of Savannah. 

“We are excited that Plastic Express chose to expand their operations here in Georgia,” said Georgia Governor Brian Kemp. “The company’s impact will not only be felt in terms of job creation and investment, but they will be one of the top five export customers for the Georgia Ports Authority.” 

Headquartered in Industry, California, Plastic Express has trucking terminals, warehouse facilities, transloading docks, and packaging plants across the country, including a bulk transload facility in Dalton, Georgia. The company plans to be in the new facility by Oct. 1, 2019. 

“We are very happy to plant our flag in Savannah,” said Ray Hufnagel, Plastic Express President and CEO. “Plastic Express has been searching for a strategic opportunity in every viable port location in the Southeast for a few years. The impressiveness of the Port of Savannah’s operations along with Georgia’s welcoming business climate has made Savannah the clear and obvious choice for us.” 

Trip Tollison, Savannah Economic Development Authority President and CEO, said the high-wage jobs associated with Plastic Express will have a positive impact on the local economy. “We look forward to a long relationship and watching them grow in Savannah.” 

Plastic Express will immediately become one of the largest export customers at the Port of Savannah, moving approximately 25,000 containers – or nearly 50,000 twenty-foot equivalent container units – each year. The company exports resin pellets and resin powders to Europe, North Africa, South America and Asia. Hufnagel said the raw materials are used to make items such as food storage containers and construction supplies.

“This is a game-changer and makes Georgia a leader in the Southeast for the export of resins,” said Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Griff Lynch. “With growth accelerating in the American energy sector, Gulf-area refineries will require alternate export capacity, and the Port of Savannah stands ready to serve that need.” 

Georgia Department of Economic Development Commissioner Pat Wilson called the Plastic Express announcement “a fantastic win for our state.”

“Georgia’s logistics infrastructure is one of the state’s greatest economic development assets and plays a critical role in creating jobs and investment opportunities in Georgia,” Wilson said. 

About Plastic Express 
Plastic Express is dedicated to providing custom-tailored and logistical solutions to fit the needs of its customers. Since 1970, the company has met the bulk trucking, bulk terminal, packaging, and warehousing needs of the plastics industry. Plastic Express has also grown its business beyond the plastics industry, with its PX Services Division specializing in materials including steel, paper, lumber, and other industrial, consumer and forest products.

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Tuesday, June 04 2019
The Pennsylvania Advantage

The global economy demands fast-paced innovation at all levels, and Pennsylvania is getting the job done—from pioneering the latest technological and scientific advances and developing collaborative support networks for early-stage entrepreneurs, to pursuing smart, creative approaches to community development and workforce training.

The life sciences have played an important role in Pennsylvania since its founding, where it was home to the first U.S. hospital and innovations like the first mechanical blood pump, polio vaccine, and others. Now, a national leader in testing and medical labs, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals, the state’s life sciences ecosystem is driven by thoughtful leadership and businesses, world-class R&D institutions, top-notch universities and incubators, and strategic investments in venture capital, technology, and infrastructure. 

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