2005 Top Ten
* The Ten Hottest Supersites in the South
* Ten Great Downtown Waterfront Districts
* Ten Really Cool Small Southern Markets
* Ten Comeback Kids
* Ten University Markets that Really Have Their Act Together
* Ten Strong Southern Economies You May Not Have Noticed
* Top 10 BioIndustry Initiatives
* Ten People Who Made a Difference
* Top 10 Economic Development Initiatives
* Top Ten Stories
2005 Rural American South Edition
* Introduction
* Rural Alabama
* Rural Arkansas
* Rural Florida
* Rural Louisiana
* Rural Mississippi
* Rural North Carolina
* Rural South Carolina
* Rural Tennessee
* Rural Virginia
Other Features
* BioIndustry South Emerges
* The South Tops Wall Street
* Super Sites Revisited
* Top Aviation and Aerospace Sites in the South
* 2005 Annual Directory
* Save $3.7 to $7.3 Million in the South
* The Southern Auto Corridor: It's All the Rage!
* The Eight Most Common Site Selection Mistakes

SB-D.com News Updates

Mitsubishi Comes Back to Jaxport

Arby's Moving HQ to Atlanta

1,000 New Jobs for Charlotte

Huge Month for Texas

Toyota Plant Causing Ripple Effect in San Antonio


Tennessee On the FastTrack®

Tennessee is on the FastTrack® in economic development with a world-class location, a pro-business environment, a dependable and educated workforce and a wealth of technology resources.

Tennessee is indeed the center of the south, within a day's drive of 75 percent of America. The state offers ready access to eight interstates, major rivers, international airports and extensive railways so manufacturers can quickly and efficiently ship anywhere in the world.

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We Beg to Disagree. Incentives to Industry do Work!

In January, a story written by Arthur E. Foulkes of the American Institute for Economic Research (www.aier.org) was picked up by Scripps Howard News Service and was published in several U.S. daily newspapers, including the Birmingham Post Herald. I read the story with interest since the headline read "No Evidence that Economic Development Grants (incentives) Work." The story was not unlike others written over the years, most notably one in Time Magazine in the late 1990s that centered on the evils of "Corporate Welfare."

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Southern Auto Corridor Relocations and Expansions
Southbound: From the Editor Top Deals
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