2004 SB&D 100 Methodology
We can't think of a better way to judge a state's attractiveness
to industry than to count and identify the companies making
significant financial commitments to that state. That's what
we do with the annual SB&D 100. We count the number of
companies making public commitments of 200 jobs or more and/or
$30 million in investment or more. We feel very strongly that
major corporate announcements are a better measure of a state's
willingness and ability to accommodate your deal than any
other measure that's available.
The annual ranking of the top 100 corporate job and investment
announcements made in the South gives you critical insight
into areas of the region that could become a future home for
your company. If you are expanding, relocating or simply launching
a new company in the South, the SB&D 100 will guide you
to the hottest states and markets in the region. By studying
the SB&D 100 as well as the "Just Missed Deals,"
you'll discover which markets in the South hold certain industry
clusters -- clusters that you may serve or may serve you.
All announcements found in the SB&D 100 were made public
by a representative of the company. Job and investment totals
are those that have been projected by a company spokesperson
over a three-year period. Only new, expanded and relocated
selected service and manufacturing projects are eligible for
the ranking. Government projects such as prisons and military
bases are eligible, however, retail, lodging and some entertainment-based
announcements are not. Real estate investments such as office
buildings and industrial parks are not eligible.
Ten points are earned for each SB&D 100 announcement
and five points are given for each JMD (just missed deal).
This year's SB&D Job 100 threshold is 400 jobs, so all
announcements made of 400 jobs or more earned 10 points. Five
points are given for announcements 200 jobs to 399 jobs. This
year's SB&D Investment 100 threshold is $55 million. All
deals announced of $55 million or more earned 10 points. Deals
announced from $30 million to $54.99 million earned five points.
Category rankings include State, Mega-Market (2 million-plus
pop.), Major Market (750,000-1.99 million), Mid-Market (250,000-749,999)
and Small Market (under 250,000).