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Business Facilities Magazine 2010 State Rankings Report

Business Facilities Magazine 2010 State Rankings Report

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  • 1. COVER STORY By Jack Rogers E very year, we strive to improve Rankings Report is growth. In Because national metrics/data for and expand our annual Rank- almost every category, we have given alternative energy initiatives are still ings Report. Last year, we special emphasis to the growth in the formative stages, our “growth introduced our revamped potential of each location’s economic factor” heavily influenced our choices Metro Rankings, which were pub- development strategy. We even cre- in all of our new alternative energy- lished one month after we unveiled ated a new category—Economic related categories. Renewable power our traditional State Rankings. This Growth Potential—that rewards the projects rapidly are moving off the year, we are introducing a rankings most effective overall strategy and its drawing board and directly into com- mega-package: our new and successful execution. mercial operation. Our rankings improved State, Metro and Interna- acknowledge that many of these proj- tional (Global) Rankings, for the first ALTERNATIVE ENERGY ARRIVES ects are happening in real-time; the time presented as a double-issue of We reconfigured our green rank- total impact may continue to build Business Facilities. ings this year, creating a bevy of alter- throughout the year. Therefore, you Although we are confident our native energy leadership categories, can assume that all of the top-ranked yearly assessment of the pecking reflecting the fact that “going green” alternative energy locations come with order of states, metros and coun- means a lot more today than simply an “up arrow”—we expect to see tries is an accurate measure of eco- sustainable building. robust growth from them, and soon. nomic development advances (or, Our new green categories address The 2010 Rankings Report is a in some cases, retreats), we con- the emergence of a burgeoning alter- barometer of the economic outlook. stantly are refining our rankings native energy manufacturing sector, Last year, we tipped our hat to loca- categories and criteria to make sure turbocharged with federal stimulus tions that defied the downturn. This the results bring into focus emerg- dollars, and the beginning of a renew- year, we identify those who not only ing growth sectors and accurately able energy power grid. We identify have survived but are poised to dom- credit locations that are moving the locations that have staked a claim inate the emerging New Economy. aggressively to maximize their to leadership in wind, solar, geother- So what follows on these pages is not resources and seize the moment. mal and bioenergy manufacturing just a list of winners: you can call it The key metric for our 2010 and power generation. our “Recovery Report.” 10 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 2. DESIGN: MEGAN KNIGHT, GROUP C ART DIRECTOR BUSINESS FACILITIES 11
  • 3. N ot surprisingly, the top- ing site for Boeing’s best-selling com- the polysilicon hub of the U.S., ranked states in our new Eco- mercial jet cements South Carolina’s cornering the market for the raw nomic Growth Potential cat- status as a top-tier aerospace player, material for solar panels and semi- egory track closely with our annual providing the basis for tremendous conductors with back-to-back State of the Year and Economic growth potential in coming years. announcements that two of the Development Deal of the Year win- South Carolina already is home to world’s largest polycrystalline silicon ners, which were announced in the more than 100 aerospace-related producers (Hemlock Semiconductor January issue of Business Facilities. companies operating in 23 counties and Wacker Chemie AG) are locat- South Carolina, our Gold Deal of and employing more than 16,000 ing major facilities worth a combined the Year honoree, sent a seismic shift people. The Boeing project is $3 billion in Tennessee. This was through the aerospace manufactur- expected to bring in nearly $7 billion quickly followed by Confluence ing sector when Boeing decided to worth of economic activity to the Solar’s decision to put a $200-million locate its second 787 assembly facil- state and local economy and create plant to produce mono-crystal sili- ity in the Palmetto State instead of its more than 12,000 direct and indirect con ingots for solar panels in Clin- traditional manufacturing base in jobs in the next 10 to 15 years. ton, TN. In Knoxville, meanwhile, a Washington. We believe the selection State officials said the deal repre- partnership with Oak Ridge of N. Charleston as the manufactur- sents the largest single economic National Lab aims to make the Inno- Economic Growth Best Business development announcement in South Potential Climate Carolina’s history. In addition to snar- ing our top ranking for Economic Growth Potential, the state jumped to fourth place in our flagship ranking 1. SOUTH CAROLINA for Best Business Climate. According 1. TEXAS to Gov. Mark Sanford, an improved 2. TENNESSEE business-friendly reputation was vali- 2. VIRGINIA dated by Boeing’s choice. “Boeing’s decision to expand their 3. VIRGINIA presence in our state with an infusion 3. UTAH of jobs and capital investment repre- 4. NORTH CAROLINA sents not only enormously good news 4. SOUTH CAROLINA for our state’s economy, but also a telling dividend from our state’s con- 5. TEXAS tinued efforts to better our business 5. TENNESSEE climate,” Gov. Sanford said. Tennessee, our State of the Year 6. ARIZONA 6. NORTH CAROLINA winner, has laid the foundation for robust growth in automotive manu- 7. UTAH facturing and clearly established itself 7. FLORIDA as one of the players to watch in the alternative energy sector. The Volun- 8. NEW MEXICO 8. LOUISIANA teer State, which grabbed our top ranking in Automotive Manufactur- 9. KENTUCKY ing Strength, has continued to attract 9. SOUTH DAKOTA first-tier suppliers to support Chat- tanooga’s selection as the site of Volk- 10. KANSAS swagen’s new vehicle assembly plant. 10. WYOMING The state also has established itself as 12 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 4. vation Valley region a test bed for and Economic Growth Potential. We Texas continues to rule the roost alternative energy-fueled mass tran- also took a close look at per capita in state-by-state comparisons of sit. All of the above adds up to a well- GDP, population growth and energy employment rates, GDP growth and earned second-place showing in costs/energy efficiency. personal income growth. A healthy Economic Growth Potential and a The Lone Star State continues to number of the metros ranked in the respectable fifth place in Best Busi- match its surging population with a top 15 for the nation’s biggest gains ness Climate for Tennessee. solid strategy for attracting and in private-sector employment are For the second year in a row, Texas expanding new business. The list of deep in the heart of Texas. has taken the top prize in our coveted recent facilities announcements is far Virginia blasted its way into the Best Business Climate ranking. too long to reproduce here [for a top 10 in Best Business Climate with There are more than 20 input factors sampling, see Texas Business Report a second-place finish that was nailed that helped determine the final out- on page 44 of this issue]—suffice it down with a first-rate focus on “jobs, come in our assessment of this flag- to say that Texas is maximizing its jobs, jobs.” ship category, including our rankings return from an unbeatable combina- Immediately after taking office in for Cost of Labor, Business Tax Cli- tion of low taxes, strong incentives, January, Gov. Bob McDonnell issued mate, Quality of Life, Transportation low energy costs, a relatively low cost an executive order creating a state Infrastructure, Educated Workforce of labor and solid infrastructure. Economic Development and Jobs Biotechnology Biofuels Manufacturing Creation Commission. McDonnell Strength Research Leaders identified an improved business cli- mate as a top priority for the new unit. “We must be aggressive in putting in place the policies that will improve 1. CALIFORNIA 1. IOWA our business climate and make Vir- ginia a global job magnet,” he said. 2. TEXAS 2. ILLINOIS “This Commission will be identify- ing new ideas and initiatives to make the Commonwealth even more com- 3. PENNSYLVANIA 3. FLORIDA petitive in the global marketplace.” Virginia’s effort already is bearing 4. MASSACHUSETTS 4. TEXAS fruit, most recently with an announcement from defense giant Northrop Grumman that it is relocat- 5. KANSAS 5. KENTUCKY ing its corporate headquarters from the West Coast to northern Virginia. 6. NEW JERSEY 6. NORTH CAROLINA NEW BIOTECH POWERHOUSES Our Biotechnology Strength rank- 7. NORTH CAROLINA 7. OKLAHOMA ing is labor-intensive, but we think it’s worth the effort. This year, we have again used government statistics and 8. ILLINOIS 8. NEBRASKA the latest State Bioscience Initiatives Report, prepared by the Biotechnol- 9. MARYLAND 9. OHIO ogy Industry Organization (BIO) and Battelle, as a starting point. We applied 24 key criteria to develop our 10. OHIO 10. KANSAS ranking, including the amount of state R&D funding and venture capi- 14 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 5. tal investments; the level of concen- fully defended its crown as the heavy- der. KBA’s stewardship of a $581- trated occupational employment in weight champ of our Biotechnology million biotech investment fund is a biotech; tax exemptions specifically tar- Strength ranking. The Golden State uniquely focused and highly success- geted to biotech; the number of biotech remains home to more than a third ful campaign that brings together facilities; biotech patents generated; of the nation’s leading biotechnology industry, higher education and gov- university grant funding; and bio- firms and continues to leverage its ernment in a coordinated effort that science higher education degrees, huge university system, moving for- has made Kansas a national center among other factors. A point scale was ward with the establishment of a net- for animal health research, a leader in applied, giving credit to states that work of world-class genomics labs. It pharmaceuticals and an emerging actually invested in biotech facilities remains to be seen whether Califor- player in bioenergy. and/or had the highest concentration of nia’s ongoing fiscal crisis eventually Already established as the epicen- employment in more than one biotech will erode its standing as the center of ter of a national Animal Health Cor- subsector. Last, but certainly not least, the biotech universe. ridor, Kansas has been awarded with we weighed the data against the growth Perennial contenders Pennsylvania a trifecta of major government potential of each state’s initiatives. and Massachusetts maintained their biotech research facilities, including California, the undisputed leadership positions in our biotech the $650-million NBAF biodefense “birthplace of biotech,” has success- ranking, finishing third and fourth, lab, the Arthropod-Borne Animal Alternative Energy respectively. Two emerging biotech Disease Research Lab and the Center Industry Leaders powerhouses, Texas and Kansas, of Excellence for Emerging and flexed their muscles in this year’s con- Zoonotic Animal Diseases at Kansas test: Texas jumped into second place State University. The NBAF, which from last year’s mid-level showing of will be the nation’s premier biode- 1. ARIZONA sixth, while Kansas vaulted into fifth fense facility, is under construction in place, up from the number nine slot Manhattan, KS, which earned our 2. IOWA in our 2009 ranking. number two spot in this year’s rank- Texas has continued to build its ing of the top 10 metros for Eco- biotech industry, notching a 35 per- nomic Growth Potential. 3. MICHIGAN cent increase in biotech-related facil- ities and an 11 percent increase in EMPIRE OF THE SUN total bioscience employment, When we began thinking about a 4. FLORIDA according to the 2010 Battelle/BIO new suite of alternative energy rank- report. Battelle reported that Texas ings, we confronted a basic question: 5. NEW MEXICO now has nearly 3,000 biotech facili- do we prefer our rankings sunny-side ties and about 65,000 bioscience up or organically grown? We also were workers. We also noted the amount tempted to forget the whole thing and 6. TENNESSEE of R&D funding for biotech in Texas go wind-surfing. (approx. $2.5 million) and the num- But as we delved deeper into the 7. KENTUCKY ber of higher education degrees in data, we realized that all of the major bioscience, which exceeded 10,000. alt energy players are not putting their Texas not only is building a biotech eggs in one basket: they are aggres- 8. CALIFORNIA manufacturing base, it is growing a sively moving to stake a leadership skilled workforce to support it. position in an entire menu of renew- 9. SOUTH CAROLINA We continue to be impressed with able energy industries. Therefore, we the work of the Kansas Bioscience took the plunge and decided to create Authority (KBA), the key driver in a ranking category for overall alterna- 10. KANSAS the Sunflower State’s remarkable tive energy industry leadership. progress up the national biotech lad- Arizona, the established solar 16 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 6. energy king, easily took the top rank- turers, including Schletter, Inc., jobs and an investment of almost ing. As detailed in our April cover Global Solar Energy and SOLON. $250 million in the state. story, Arizona’s robust solar panel Iowa snared second place in our The Hawkeye State is one of only industry is a global as well as national Alternative Energy Industry Leaders two states to make three component leader, befitting the sunniest state in category with its ongoing success as parts of a modern windmill—turbine, the country. As we reported, Arizona’s the primary wind-turbine manufac- blades and tower. vast desert areas offer the highest solar turing center and its natural position While Arizona and Iowa both have power potential in the nation, and the as a major ethanol producer. Iowa is established alternative energy indus- state is by far the leading producer of home to six wind-turbine manufac- tries with enormous potential, we put equipment to capture these rays. Tuc- turing companies: Acciona, Siemens, our “growth factor” calculation into son, AZ is home to some of the Clipper, Hendricks, TPI and Trinity, high gear when we made the remain- world’s largest photovoltaic manufac- representing thousands of green-collar ing choices in this new category. Solar Energy Wind Energy Top 5 Wind Power Manufacturing Leaders Manufacturing Leaders Generation Leaders 1. ARIZONA 1. IOWA 1. TEXAS 2. NEW MEXICO 2. SOUTH CAROLINA 2. IOWA 3. CALIFORNIA 3. KANSAS 3. MINNESOTA 4. NEVADA 4. ARKANSAS 4. CALIFORNIA 5. TENNESSEE 5. NEVADA 5. NEW YORK Top 5 Solar Power Top 5 Biomass Power Top 5 Geothermal Power Generation Leaders Generation Leaders Generation Leaders 1. CALIFORNIA 1. CALIFORNIA 1. CALIFORNIA 2. NEVADA 2. MAINE 2. NEVADA 3. FLORIDA 3. FLORIDA 3. UTAH 4. ARIZONA 4. ALABAMA 4. HAWAII 5. NEW JERSEY 5. GEORGIA 5. IDAHO 18 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 7. Anyone raising their eyebrows at tery plant in Holland, MI. Dow’s installed capacity. In early February, our selection of Michigan as the third- ramp up of its Powerhouse™ shingle Solar Distinction Inc. came forth ranked alternative energy industry plant was accompanied by the news with plans to build a photovoltaic leader hasn’t been paying attention to that the chemical goliath, Michigan’s manufacturing plant in Albuquerque. the torrent of announcements that biggest corporate investor, has ear- have been coming out of the glove- marked more than $1 billion for LIFE IS GOOD IN UTAH shaped state in recent months. Michi- wind, solar and battery projects, When we calculate our annual gan is far too busy reinventing itself as which will create nearly 7,000 jobs. rankings, we’re always on the lookout a hub for alternative energy manufac- Florida caught our attention with a for states that are making huge strides turing to wallow in despair over last bevy of activity that promises to make across a wide range of categories. year’s tough sledding in the auto sector. the Sunshine State a leading center for While we haven’t created a ranking Hardly a week goes by without a the production of cellulosic ethanol, for “Most Improved State,” Utah’s major piece of “green” news from the which many experts predict will be showing in our 2010 report certainly Wolverine State, whether it’s Dow the biofuel of choice in coming would make it a top candidate for Chemical’s commercialization of solar decades. The major oil companies are such a designation. shingles in Midland, MI or President lining up to ramp up test facilities in This year, Utah is our top-ranked Obama’s recent visit to the ground- Florida to commercial-scale produc- state for Quality of Life, ranks second breaking for an advanced lithium bat- tion as soon as possible, converting in Best Education Climate, third in Best Quality of Life Cost of Labor everything from algae to sawgrass into tomorrow’s octane substitute. New Mexico also has convinced us that it is an up-and-coming contender 1. UTAH in alternative energy. In a period of 31 1. ARKANSAS days in January and February, Gov. 2. OKLAHOMA Bill Richardson announced four new 2. MISSISSIPPI green energy projects that will bring nearly 1,000 new green energy jobs to 3. KANSAS the state. First, Johnson Plate and 3. SOUTH DAKOTA Tower said it would build a wind 4. NEBRASKA tower manufacturing facility in Santa 4. WEST VIRGINIA Teresa, using $2.4 million in federal Recovery Act Advanced Energy Man- 5. TENNESSEE ufacturing Tax Credits. Soon after, 5. OKLAHOMA state officials revealed that C/DÇ Enterprises would establish a $2-mil- 6. MINNESOTA 6. NEW MEXICO lion green building product manufac- turing plant in McKinley County, 7. NEW JERSEY outside of Gallup. Spanish renewable 7. TENNESSEE energy company GA-Solar plans one of the largest photovoltaic solar proj- 8. MISSOURI 8. MONTANA ects in the world in Guadalupe County. GA-Solar and its parent 9. WASHINGTON company, Corporación Gestamp, 9. NORTH DAKOTA plan to invest $1 billion in the proj- ect, which will use 2,500 acres for a 10. COLORADO large solar array with the potential to 10. LOUISIANA reach upwards of 300 megawatts of 20 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 8. Business Climate, and seventh in our place to visit and an extraordinary than 20 million visitors to natural new Economic Growth Potential rank- place to live. The state captivates vis- wonders like the Arches, Bryce ing, among other top 10 placements. itors and residents alike with its spec- Canyon, Canyonlands, Capital Reef Residents of Utah enjoy an invig- tacular natural beauty, cultural offer- and Zion national parks. The dry, orating four-season climate, a moder- ings and year-round recreational powdery snow found at Utah’s 13 ate cost of living, high-quality educa- opportunities. In some seasons in alpine ski resorts is widely considered tion, excellent health care and Utah, it is possible to ski, golf, snow- to be “the greatest snow on earth.” outstanding cultural and recreational mobile and water-ski on the same In addition to its beautiful scenery, opportunities. Utah is an excellent day. Utah annually welcomes more recreation and culture, Utah is safe, Automotive Manufacturing Strength clean and affordable, creating an exceptional quality of life for the state’s residents. Utah workers have long been considered one of the most productive 1. TENNESSEE 6. GEORGIA and well-educated populations in the country. Boasting the youngest work- force average in America at 28 years old 2. KENTUCKY 7. INDIANA and a half-million children in K-12, the state has several decades of power- house success ahead of it. 3. SOUTH CAROLINA 8. ALABAMA Utah’s innovative and business-ori- ented growth strategy is maximizing the potential of these impressive 4. MICHIGAN 9. MISSISSIPPI resources. Gov. Gary Herbert, who took over as chief executive when Gov. Jon Hunstman was named ambassa- 5. OHIO 10. TEXAS dor to China by President Obama, has targeted three areas on which his administration is focused: economic Employment Leaders Workforce Training Leaders 1. NORTH DAKOTA 6. IOWA 1. LOUISIANA 2. NEBRASKA 7. UTAH 2. GEORGIA 3. SOUTH DAKOTA 8. MONTANA 3. NEW MEXICO 4. OKLAHOMA 9. VIRGINIA 4. FLORIDA 5. KANSAS 10. VERMONT 5. NORTH CAROLINA 22 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 9. Best Education Climate development, education and energy. Utah was recognized by The Pew Center on the States as the “Best Managed State in the Nation.” The 1. VERMONT 6. VIRGINIA state was cited for stability and pre- dictability in spending, tax policy and a business friendly climate. 2. UTAH 7. IOWA All things considered, Utah is without a doubt living up to its nick- name: The Beehive State. 3. KANSAS 8. MICHIGAN TRAINING TODAY’S WORKERS Tax credits and similar traditional 4. NEW HAMPSHIRE 9. CONNECTICUT incentives often are the first tool in the box that is put to use in sealing the deal for a relocation or new facil- 5. NEBRASKA 10. NEW JERSEY ity. However, many states now recog- nize that providing targeted work- force training potentially is the most Ready to grow? 40-acre pad-ready site is ready to go-just one of the great options in the dynamic 880-acre Business Park South in Clarksville, Tennessee. A talented workforce, robust manufacturing base, plus thriving retail and a superb quality of life have made us the nation’s 9th fastest growing city. Come grow with us; you’re ready and so are we. 931-245-4334 | www.clarksville.tn.us #1907 at www.BusinessFacilities.com 24 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 10. Best Business Tax Climate valuable and productive incentive they can put on the table. This year, we have chosen five states we believe are the nation’s work- force training leaders, a new rankings 1. SOUTH DAKOTA 6. MONTANA category that undoubtedly will con- tinue to grow in importance. Louisiana stands atop the list with 2. WYOMING 7. NEW HAMPSHIRE its FastStart workforce development program, which provides workforce recruitment, screening and training to 3. ALASKA 8. DELAWARE new and expanding companies—all at no cost. Louisiana’s innovative and customized programs are available to 4. NEVADA 9. WASHINGTON companies that meet eligibility requirements and are aligned with the state’s economic development targets, 5. FLORIDA 10. UTAH including digital media, headquarters and business operations, service indus- Mark_321 Keep Austin Wired! Austin is being considered for a new national broadband project. 8:03 AM from web @GreenMan77 Alternative energy companies continue to surge in Austin. We ve got the power! 8:15 AM from web Technocrat_76 Now hiring. Analysts predict Austin will add close to 10,000 new jobs in 2010. 8:28 AM from web The Austin area offers your business the best of all worlds. We’re easygoing and entrepreneurial. Pro-business and pro-environment. Get a real-time view of what people are saying about greater Austin right now at www.austintexasnow.com.com. o om #3703 at www.BusinessFacilities.com BUSINESS FACILITIES 25
  • 11. Best Transportation Infrastructure tries, advanced and traditional manu- facturing, warehouse and distribution and research and development. To qualify, a facility must first 1. CALIFORNIA 6. ILLINOIS commit to creating a net of at least 15 new, permanent manufacturing jobs, or a net of at least 50 new, permanent 2. FLORIDA 7. GEORGIA service-related jobs. Service indus- tries, headquarters and business oper- ations, and warehouse and distribu- 3. TEXAS 8. UTAH tion companies also must have a majority of sales out of state. Each request is evaluated prior to project 4. NEW YORK 9. TENNESSEE commencement to ensure all eligibil- ity requirements are met. Louisiana FastStart’s partners 5. PENNSYLVANIA 10. ALASKA include the Louisiana Workforce Commission, the Louisiana Commu- nity and Technical College System #3304 at www.BusinessFacilities.com 26 JULY/AUGUST 2010
  • 12. Workforce Health and Safety and local colleges and universities—a unique model that enables stream- lined, efficient pre-employment train- ing, and access to a network of adult education resources. 1. NEW JERSEY 6. NEW YORK Also in the top tier is Florida’s Quick Response Training Program (QRT), which provides grant fund- 2. MASSACHUSETTS 7. HAWAII ing for customized training for new or expanding businesses. Workforce Florida, Inc. admin- 3. CONNECTICUT 8. VIRGINIA isters the program. An employer- driven training program, QRT has provided customized training for 4. VERMONT 9. MINNESOTA well over 100,000 employees for more than 300 businesses through- out the state, jump-starting new 5. MARYLAND 10. NEW HAMPSHIRE ventures and easing the way for numerous expansions. Global market access. Excellent labor force. Centralized transportation routes. Low energy costs. Thousands of businesses have already discovered what makes Nebraska a place of unequaled potential. There’s ample opportunity for you, too. Consider this your personal invitation to enjoy everything that makes business in Nebraska great. The power of Nebraska working for you. Sites.nppd.com G133605 800.282.6773, ext. 5534 | econdev@nppd.com NEBRASKA PUBLI C PO WER DI STRI CT #3503 at www.BusinessFacilities.com BUSINESS FACILITIES 27

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