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UAS fastest lower. Current capabilities of UAVs can determine pest
growing sector levels, plant vitality, fertilizer requirements and much
iN Aerospace today more. UAVs willl not only monitor these conditions,
but soon they’ll actually administer the appropriate
Researchers are utilising research in nano-technology to
make new cameras and equipment that are even smaller,
lighter and more accurate than currently available.
Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) are the fastest growing These new products will include more efficient battery
sector in aerospace today. Projections are that commercial life allowing for sustained air-time, new nano-batteries
applications for usage of UAS will quickly outgrow that of developed in Oklahoma may offer longer air-time while
UAS (drones) for military defense. In America, commercial provideing lighter payloads. Another area of interest
UAS applications are not yet approved for intergration into to western Oklahoma is the use of UAVs to monitor oil
national airspace by the Federal Aviation Administration. and gas pipelines, rigs and flare stacks. It’s hoped that
That pending approval will be dependant on several factors the UAVs will be able to carry out tasks that may cause
including research, planning, simulation and testing by the safety risks if attempted manually and in turn provide
six FAA authorized UAS testing centers located across the improved safety for workers. The same technology could
United States. also assist with building inspections and aid police and
fire services in certain situatiuons.
These new UAS testing centers are developing data, Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin has created a UAS
protocols amd procedures that will in turn lead to Advisory Council that has established a state-wide
commercial use of UAS and intergration into National air collation to facillitate development of UAV research and
space in near future. assist in the development of UAV based companies. The
Oklahoma Spaceport is located in Burns Flat (near Elk
Oklahoma researchers and companies are currently City) and will soon be a focal point for UAVs in western
planning now for for how to best utilize UAV’s once Oklahoma. The Spaceport is opened for business and
commercial usage is granted. One of the early uses will be FAA approved with a designatged airspace. The former
in precision agriculture and western Oklahoma farmwes SAC base has a three-hundred foot wide, three mile long
and ranchers are developing grid coordinates and maps runway and 5 hangars for aerospace useage. While the
for their properties in anticipation of this new technology. facility is primarily attractive to larger aircraft, there are
3000 acres of land that UAV companies may
Currently a COLA is required from the FAA for all UAV flights find beneficial.
beyond those applied to model airplanes i.e. 200 feet and
UK’s exit from EU marks political chaos
These are troubled times for the European Union as by Paul Willies
political turmoil leaves a cloud of uncertainty for what is Special to FDI Alliance
arguably the single largest trading bloc in the world.
Brexit – the successful British referendum to leave the EU to hold her position. As a staunch supporter of Europe,
- was the first major blow to the political behemoth based any wavering on the outcome could trigger a German
in Brussels. A shocking result by anyone’s standards, only retreat from the EU – which could be the death knell to
“trumped” by the US election! the remaining 27 members of the Maastricht Treaty of
1993 (when the European Union was rebranded from
There was a collective gasp of relief from Brussels, when what was formerly called the EEC – European Economic
39-year-old centrist Emmanuel Macron decisively beat Community).
the far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in the French
presidential race – in doing so becoming the youngest But what does exiting Europe mean for the UK?
President in the history of France. His win threw cold
water on the pending doom of the EU. It’s muddy waters as the terms of the exit are hammered
Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May took her majority
lead in the UK prematurely to the electorate on June Will Scotland and Northern Ireland stay in line, or take
8th – three years earlier than required - gambling on their own hasty exit out of the UK to forge their own direct
increasing her party’s position to “strengthen her hand” in ties with Europe – the Union gladly opening their arms in
negotiating the Brexit talks – only to be slapped down by salvaging any piece of Britain’s perceived arrogance.
the voters, narrowly squeaking out a win against Labour
Leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Corbyn won much praise in the final weeks of electioneering
– and against all odds, increased Labour’s lead in the
Commons to 262 (a gain of 32 seats). May, with a slim lead
of 318 (a loss of 13 seats) – not enough to form a majority
government causing a hung parliament - was forced to
seek an alliance from some strange bedfellows.
In the days after, the Prime Minister opened talks with Conservative Leader and Prime Minister Theresa May -
Arlene Foster, leader of Northern Ireland’s Democratic Opposition Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn
Unionist Party (DUP), which held a slim 10 sea ts – enough,
that if combined with the 318, would allow May to form a
coalition government – taking her over the threshold of
As of writing, this appears tenuous – and no formal agreement To be Paris, or not?
has been reached.
In London – the financial district is gingerly packing boxes
Meanwhile, May has reshuffled her cabinet, hanging on as – making plans for its own exit – but where to?
Conservative Leader, and by de facto Prime Minster… with
a minority government. Meanwhile rumours are swirling Paris is back on the map – but only just.
about her being ousted in favour of new blood.
In January, HSBC chief executive Stuart Gulliver said
The next test of the resolve of Europe will come in trading operations that generated about 20 per cent of
September where German Chancellor Angela Merkel is revenue for the lender’s investment bank in London may
facing a tough battle with the SPD, led by Martin Schulz, move to Paris.
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What is a hung parliament?
If no single party reaches 326 seats and no coalition agreement is formed, a hung parliament is declared –
the Tories (Conservatives) form a minority government.
This means they would be reliant on the support of other parties to pass laws.
The other option is sending the public back to the ballot boxes – sorry folks, a fresh election could be called.
JP Morgan is already planning on moving hundreds of UK
jobs to Dublin, Frankfurt and Luxembourg, in preparation
Daniel Pinto, the firm’s head of investment banking, stated
that JP Morgan cannot afford to wait for confirmation on
how the industry will be regulated after the UK leaves the
Speaking to journalists in late May, François Villeroy de German Chancellor Angela Merkel enjoys a beer during an election campaign in
Galhau, who is also a governing council member of the Munich in May.Christian Bruna / EPA
European Central Bank, said: “We are having discrete
but numerous and serious contacts” with banks in the Now the circumstances have changed. Britain has voted
UK about relocations.” He added that “Paris “has every for Brexit, but Scotland did not, with just 38 per cent of
chance” of attracting banks. Scottish people voting to leave the EU. In contrast, 53
percent of the electorate in England voted to leave.
However, speaking to BBC’s Today programme, Mr Macron’s As Brussels reckons with the result, the European project
Brexit special envoy for financial issues predicted only is looking shakier than ever. What better way to bolster
15 per cent of companies would relocate parts of their its reputation than for European leaders to say: “Well,
activities after the UK leaves the European Union. England - you voted to leave, and best of luck to you.
Scotland, welcome to the party!”
What about Scotland, and Northern Ireland?
Europe’s position on the UK exit
The union that binds together the four political entities
within the United Kingdom has never been more at risk. Back in April, at a meeting, European Union leaders
What nobody in the English political and media class declared that when it comes to Brexit, 27 of them will
seems to have realised is how badly England will fare if stand as one against the UK.
Scotland, which is more than likely, and Northern Ireland,
which is plausible though by no means certain, split off. “Unity in action,” European Commission President Jean-
Claude Juncker said on Twitter as he announced the EU
It will be the end of England - the dominant power of the government’s rubber-stamped the negotiating strategy in
UK - and when the term “Little England” will really come less than 15 minutes at the April summit in Brussels.
into its own.
Policy makers arrived declaring that they were united
Almost exactly two and a half years ago, the Scottish in their approach to Brexit and that Britain wouldn’t be
electorate decided against leaving the UK. They were told allowed to be better off outside the bloc than inside it.
by pro-union campaigners that if they did vote to leave Prime Minister Theresa May’s government was told it will
Britain, they would lose their membership of the European have to agree to pay a financial settlement and resolve
Union. the rights of citizens before the EU allows discussions to
turn to a future trade deal.
At the time this was probably true. There was no incentive
for European decision-makers to allow accession for
Scotland, not least because it would embolden Spanish
Catalonian independence, and therefore Spain at least -
perhaps Belgium too - would veto Scotland’s membership.
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Work and play in the Union Talks are now set to begin after the UK’s June 8 election. The drafting of the
strategy over the past month has gone remarkably smoothly, say EU diplomats
At the moment, UK nationals can in Brussels and national capitals. The result is a common position based
turn up to an EU country, flash around ensuring Britain pays a price for leaving and that its departure isn’t
their passports and be granted made so easy that others will be encouraged to follow.
freedom of movement within the
union. But once the country pulls Among the aims listed in the document are that the British agree to pay a
out of the EU, this privilege could financial settlement before they get to discuss a future trade deal and that any
come to an end. transition comes with continued financial, regulatory and legal ties. Britain will
be asked to pay at least 40 billion euros ($44 billion) when it leaves and may
The UK government will need to face as much as 60 billion euros, Luxembourg Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said
negotiate a deal for its citizens in an interview.
and will likely try to retain visa-free
travel. But the European Commission 25th March 1957 Belgium, France, Germany, Italy,
may have other ideas -- it currently Luxembourg and the Netherlands
has a proposal on that table for January 1st 1973 sign the Treaty of Rome, creating
a visa waiver system, much like the European Economic Community
the scheme in the United States, November 1st 1993 (EEC), or ‘common market’.
to tighten screening of all non-EU June 23rd 2016
members entering the EU. This March 29th 2017 Britain joined the European
would involve applying online for Economic Community, however
a visa ahead of time and paying a April 29th 2017 choose to keep the Pound currency
small fee to be given access to the March 29th 2019 over the Euro.
The Maastricht Treaty takes force
EU citizens who get a professional creating the European Union,
qualification in one EU country formerly the EEC.
may work in another safe in
the knowledge that their skill -- UK pass referendum 53.4% to leave
whether it be accounting, teaching, EU – nicknamed “Brexit”
beekeeping or wine-tasting -- will
be recognized. Prime Minister Theresa May invokes
“Article 50” of the Lisbon Treaty
It’s fairly simple for UK citizens to which gives the two sides two years
find work or training elsewhere to agree to terms of the split.
in the EU by using the European
Qualifications Framework and the Remaining 27 EU countries meet to
Europass to list their skills and discuss UK withdrawal.
qualifications. These standardized
documents help universities and UK scheduled to leave the EU. It can
employers to compare applicants be extended if all 28 EU members
from countries across the EU. Once agree.
Britain has left the EU, UK citizens
may not be able to access these
tools and countries may decide
not to recognize each other’s
More than 3 million EU citizens
reside in the UK and over 1 million UK
citizens live in other Member States,
whose rights in those countries will
be directly affected.
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A few bizarre examples of
what is at stake!
Although growth is projected to be slow, the EU remains the largest economy in the world with a GDP per head Trade in torture instruments
of €25 000 for its 500 million consumers. The EU is the world’s largest trading block. The EU is the world’s largest
trader of manufactured goods and services. EU member nations are banned
from importing items that have no
“The British have been on a steep learning curve when it comes to what the practical use other than carrying
red lines are and what they can reasonably expect to achieve,” said Christian out capital punishment, torture or
Odendahl, chief economist at the Centre for European Reform. “The EU has inhuman or degrading treatment.
been remarkably consistent over the last couple of months when it comes to Among them are electric chairs
its position.” and shock belts, shackles, gallows,
guillotines and pepper spray.
What’s at stake as far as trade goes? Revisiting this law could make for
some interesting deliberations in
One of the most contentious points of the Brexit debate is the UK’s trade UK Parliament.
relations with the EU. A new trade deal is expected to be one of the most
difficult and important parts of the negotiations. Bananas
The UK intends to leave the EU’s single market and may also leave the EU The EU rules on bananas have
customs union, through which Britain enjoys tariff-free trade. If no trade deal long been the subject of mockery.
is agreed upon, the UK would have to trade with the EU under World Trade According to the 1994 regulation,
Organization rules, which could lead to new tariffs and regulations. bananas must be “free from
malformation or abnormal
Post-Brexit doors could open for the UK to strike new trade deals with non- curvature,” be more than 14
EU countries like the US, China, Brazil, Australia and Canada. As a member of centimeters in length and come
the EU -- which negotiates trade deals as a bloc -- this would not have been in bunches of at least four. Other
possible. parts of the regulation say the
fruit must be free from pests and
However, the loss of free trade with Europe would come at a hefty price. mostly free of bruises. Bananas
might be bendier after Brexit --
............................................................................................................ but could they be less appetizing
Paul Willies is a commercial real estate appraiser based in Tampa, Florida.
Mr Willies’s background includes publishing multiple newspapers and magazines in the US Bright lights
and Canada, along with experience managing political campaigns in the UK, Canada, and
Could traditional incandescent
the United States. light bulbs make a return to high
street shelves in the UK? The UK
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options in 2009. But the regulation
only applied to domestic use, and
to this day the traditional light
bulbs are commercially available
in the UK. It’s possible Britain
could bring back the bright lights
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of its size and impressive economic reasonably priced land, favorable that sustains business growth in an
growth since that time. Today, the taxes, and an advanced logistics and increasingly globalized economy.
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from service industries, like wholesale convinced companies like Google, UPS, SAIA and Manhattan Associates
and retail trade. It is one of the chief NCR, UPS, General Mills, Boeing and are headquartered in Georgia
manufacturing states of the South; the Home Depot as well as thousands
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Come Grow Globally!
Top Five Reasons for Locating in
Location with Access from Port including overnight to Miami, FL. It via I-95 north and south on the eastern
to Market: constructed a 204,000 SF facility that is seaboard, and I-16 to I-75 and Midwestern
expandable to 400,000+. markets only 20 minutes north. Both the
Located only 30 minutes south of Midway Industrial Park and Tradeport
Savannah Port (the second busiest Hankook Tire selected a 500,000 SF Business Center are located within 1+mile
container port on the eastern seaboard) building built by IDI Gazeley in Tradeport of “Midway” Exit Number 76 of I-95.
via six-lane I-95, both Midway Industrial East Business Center for a major DC
Park and Tradeport East Business Center operation. Approximately 1,000,000 tires Labor with “Team” Training:
have proven popular with major national are rotating through this Class A building
and international companies. at any given time.
Hugo Boss selected the Midway Industrial International Greetings (IG), a Everyone has a civilian labor force, but
Park for an initial 165,000 SF single- continuously growing international very few locations can offer a constant
level distribution center. It then added company headquartered in the UK, supply of 300 to 400 persons per month
a second tier inside the building. This selected the Midway Industrial Park for that have received world-class “team”
was followed by an additional 165,000 SF a relocation from Massachusetts into a training as a result of membership in the
expansion, growing the building footprint 50,000 SF shell building owned by the Army Team!
to 330,000 SF. Most recently a third tier Liberty County Development Authority
was added inside the total 330,000 SF (LCDA). It was expanded to 100,000 SF These soldiers transferring into civilian
foot-print. Acreage remains to expand for initial occupancy. life bring with them a wide variety of skills
the building footprint even more in the needed to move military equipment and
future. Over the years, IG expanded that building supplies to meet pressing deadlines.
to 200,000 SF and then to 300,000 SF. Whether mechanics, drivers, computer
Target came in big following an extensive IG then purchased an adjoining 185,000 specialists, office personnel, etc., almost
site search and built its 1,500,000 SF SF building. This was followed by the any job requirement in the civilian world is
“regional” distribution facility in the purchase of an adjoining 50,000 SF mirrored in the military. These mostly 22
Tradeport East Business Center, enabling building, bring IG’s existing footprint to to 24-year-old skilled tradesmen, mixed
that DC to serve significant portions of 535,000 – supreme acknowledgement with some 30 to 40-year-old management
Florida and Georgia. of its decision to locate in Liberty County, personnel, have all been trained to work
Georgia. as a team – a trait highly valued by private
Tire Rack searched Florida, Georgia, and sector organizations.
South Carolina and ultimately selected All of these DCs focused on access to
Tradeport East Business Center for the Savannah Port, easy overnight access Liberty County benefits from the
ability to serve the southeastern market, to markets from Miami to Philadelphia availability of this highly sought after labor
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Location with access from port to market…Labor with “team” training…Parks, pads and buildings…
Competitive benefits…Continuous, long-term commitment. These are just five of the reasons
companies like Hugo Boss, Target, Arconic, SNF, Interstate Paper, International Greetings, Tire Rack,
Hankook and others have selected Liberty County, Georgia after exhaustive site selection studies.
supply as a result of the presence of Ft.
Stewart, Georgia. The cantonment (live/
work) area of Ft. Stewart is located in
Liberty County adjacent to the city limits
of the county seat – the City of Hinesville.
Hinesville/Ft. Stewart is located only 20
minutes from the Authority’s parks via
four-lane U.S. 84.
Parks, Pads, & Buildings:
The Liberty County Development Authority
has developed four industrial parks:
Hinesville Technology Park – Includes
Liberty County Campus of Savannah
Technical College. The Liberty County
School System’s College and Career
Academy is less than one mile away. Home
of Florapharm (German tea blender and
distributor), CTech (metal plating), and
Liberty County School System Bus Facility.
Walthourville Industrial Park – The
Authority’s first park. Less than one mile
from Hinesville Technology Park. Home
of Waltrich Plastics (plastic extrusion
relocation project from New Jersey) and a
former apparel manufacturing facility.
Midway Industrial Park – 1+ mile from
I-95. Home of Hugo Boss, International
Greetings, Elan Technology, SNF FloQuip,
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The LCDA has
proven time and
again it’s desire
Tradeport East Business Center – Less
than 1 miles from I-95. Home of Target,
Tire Rack, Hankook Tire, and Arconic
(advanced manufacturing for aero-
space). IDI-Gazeley pads and Liberty
County Development Authority sites.
1,843 acres total.
Tradeport West Business Center – 1,962
rail served acres 4+ miles from I-95 via
four-lane U.S. 84.
Every Authority is interested in securing The LCDA has proven time and again Come Grow Globally!
good companies to locate in their its desire to facilitate retention and
community. This naturally creates a lot expansion projects. Lebanese owned Contact Ron Tolley, CEO,
of competition for those projects. The Interstate Paper, for example, came to
Liberty County Development Authority is Liberty County in 1968, but has received t: 1+912-977-4147
accustomed to creating tax abatements, continuing assistance in both retention or
assisting with expediting permits and and expansion projects throughout
approvals, coordinating with Savannah the decades. The most recent was a [email protected]
Technical College, Ft. Stewart Career & $73,000,000 bond resolution in 2017 for
Alumni Placement, Georgia Department a modernization project at the company’s
of Labor, QuickStart Training Program, Riceboro liner board mill.
etc. to aggressively pursue projects.
SNF, a major international chemical
The Tradeport Business Center has the company headquartered in France, has
advantage of an Opportunity Zone used the LCDA’s services on several
for generous Job Tax Credits and the occasions as it has grown from 30
utilization of payroll withholding. Many employees in 1988 to approximately
companies also avail themselves of the 1,300 today. Whether facilitating the
opportunity to secure Foreign Trade closure and relocation of county roads,
Zones for their facilities. This process new tax abatements for expansion, or
normally takes approximately 45 days new machinery and equipment; the LCDA
by creating a sub-zone of the Savannah has always stood ready to assist SNF
Foreign Trade Zone. and every other company located in the
The LCDA would welcome the
The LCDA is recognized for its continuous, opportunity to show your company
long-term commitment to companies that these and additional reasons why
locate in Liberty County. Whether through companies both domestic and
monthly meetings with the Liberty County international have benefited from
Manufacturing Collaborative, semi- the acceptance of our invitation to:
annual Industry Appreciation receptions
and golf tournaments, formal annual
reviews, or the simple promotion of cell
phone exchanges for “I just thought of
something and thought I would give you
a call” opportunities, the LCDA staff and
board never forget a company once it
locates in Liberty County.
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THE FUTURE OF LOGISTICS
Transport and Logistics continue to Colliers International’s produced a transportation network is paramount.
evlove, no matter the type of transport “Global Logistics Report: From First Poor road infrastructure and trucker
invloved is on the road, on the sea or Mile to Last Mile” which looks at the shortages in North America, combined
in the air. The information age, with main factors that are expected to with the ability and willingness of
it’s introduction of sophisticated make dramatic changes in global railroad operators to get involved in
databases that can track inventory logistics over the next 25 years. These building and maintaining an efficient
levels and shipments on a global include population, consumption and rail network, has helped drive a new
basis via the internet, has created digital trends to global trade flows and generation of large intermodal freight
vast transport and logistic efficiencies. new infrastructure paradigms. hubs—connecting containerized sea
The rapid adoption of outsourcing freight with inland distribution options.
has led companies, when shipping Increasing containerised trade flows
is vital to their businesses, to turn and the worldwide integration of The development of this market over
to logisitcs service providers for supply chains means that port-centric the last 10 years (and longer) has
all manner of shipping support, clusters are an increasingly important created a new series of large-scale,
includinbg warehousing, scheduling part of the logistics sector, enabling a high-value assets, which have taken a
and distribution services. more efficient and cost-effective flow first-mover advantage in staking their
of goods. This is increasingly visible claim as the dominant centers of the
Meanwhile, consumers and from the huge sums of investment North American logistics market. This
government transportation agencies going into making ports capable of is an important signal for other global
worldwide have a renewed interest handling larger containerized vessels, markets in terms of “what happens
in high-speed trains and other forms creating a clearer hierarchy of global next.”
of rapid transit. The American Public ports and trans-shipment feeder ports
Transportation Association estimates
that transit ridership grew by 47% In the more established consumer
from 1995 to 2015, compared to only markets of North America and Europe,
32% in vehicle miles travelled. linking ports to an efficient, continental
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Louisiana is a West South Central Louisiana’s farms produce a good Globally recognized companies such
state bordered by Arkansas to the amount of the country’s rice, cotton, as Dow, ExxonMobil, Honeywell and
north, Mississippi to the east, the Gulf soybeans, sweet potatoes, and Methanex have either established or
of Mexico to the south, and Texas to pecans. The state is also a very expanded operations in Louisiana
the west. important part of the United States and are benefiting from the state’s
space program. The C-5 boosters unique advantages.
Because of its location, Louisiana used in the Apollo moon-landing
has the world’s busiest port system program were made in Louisiana. In At the core of Louisiana’s competitive
and is one of the most important New Orleans, there is an enormous advantages is the strength of its
trading states. The state is linked facility for making the gigantic external business climate. In recent years, the
with the center of the country as fuel tanks for space shuttles. state has enacted reforms to create
well as places across the sea by its an atmosphere that Forbes magazine
water route. The Mississippi River Traditional and emerging industries called “America’s new frontier for
has made Baton Rouge, the state’s are growing in Louisiana. A highly business opportunity.” Louisiana
capital, an important inland port. productive and motivated workforce, now ranks in the Top 10 states in the
Most of the country’s petroleum and low taxes, unrivaled infrastructure country for business climate according
grain is shipped from New Orleans, and logistics, a pro-business to several national publications
the state’s largest city. In fact, New climate and the nation’s best including Area Development, Business
Orleans handles more tonnage than workforce recruitment and training Facilities and Site Selection magazines.
any other United States port. program provide a competitive
advantage. Home to more than A low cost of living, a strong economy
Louisiana produces many things. It’s a 200 petrochemical manufacturers and one of the nation’s most vibrant
leading producer of forest products, and 19 refineries, Louisiana offers and well-preserved cultures are just a
furs, and minerals including oil, considerable strategic advantages few reasons Louisiana is a great place
natural gas, sulfur, and salt. In fact, for companies in the process to call home.
the state is the leading producer of industries. From legacy sectors like
natural gas in the country and a large chemicals and refining to innovative
part of its economy is dependent technologies leveraging low cost
upon its mineral resources. Louisiana feedstock, the state’s abundance
has more than 90 chemical plants of talent, infrastructure and natural
that manufacture one-fourth of the resources provide unparalleled
country’s petrochemicals and 12 opportunities.
major refineries that have produced
10 billion gallons of gas.
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COME SEE WHAT RUSTON
HAS TO OFFER
Home of Louisiana Tech University:
Epicenter of opportunity and innovation
EDUCATED & SKILLED
Start, Expand or Grow your
business to the next level
Ruston is centrally located in northern workforce. our local businesses. Lincoln Parish
Louisiana. As the Parish Seat of Lincoln is home to a diverse economic base
Parish (County), Ruston is large enough In addition to our educational of both domestic and internationally
to offer many wonderful amenities opportunities, Ruston has many based companies, including advanced
and small enough to maintain our advantages for new and expanding manufacturing, technology/support
unique small town charm. As the businesses. Ruston lies at the services, healthcare, and financial
home of Louisiana Tech University, intersection of Interstate 20 and services.
Ruston has an exciting energy, offers Highway 167, providing easy access
a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit, and to a number of national markets. While our people are one of our
maintains a pro-business attitude. The City has a Kansas City Southern best assets, there is a quality of life
(KCS) rail line and a regional airport in Lincoln Parish that is second to
Home to the Louisiana Tech University, to provide additional means of none. Whether you are interested
a Tier One National University, Ruston transportation for the community in mountain biking trails, an 18-hole
has the ability to develop, attract, and which has the infrastructure in place professional golf course, arts and
retain intellectual capital. Economic to support further growth and entertainment, hunting and fishing,
and community development relies development. The City of Ruston collegiate sports, museums, or
on institutions and organizations like installed a 30 mile fiber network festivals, Lincoln Parish has something
Louisiana Tech and its industry around the City providing 10 Gbps for for everyone. Ruston is also home to
partners, who encourage and actively some of the best K-12 schools in the
support an entrepreneurial spirit region.
and who recognize the value of the
opportunities that these relationships Ruston recently celebrated the grand
create. Ruston is also the home opening of Monster Moto, a company
of Delta Community College. Both who selected Ruston for their United
institutions work with local business States manufacturing operation which
and industry to develop curriculum they moved from China. Monster Moto
to meet the needs of their skilled executives selected Ruston because
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of the many assets Ruston has to including the grand opening of three The Ruston community is well positioned
offer, including a partnership with new hotels. Ruston has seen the to take things to the next level.
Louisiana Tech University, a qualified growth and expansion of local small Ruston has great location, education,
workforce, essential infrastructure, business, as well as, major national industry, and opportunity. Given all of
and an eagerness to make things retailers. Louisiana Tech University our assets, Ruston is the ideal place to
happen. is in the process of completing start, expand, or grow your business.
the expansion of their College of Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker ensures
One year ago, the citizens of Ruston Business Building, constructing new you will find a business friendly
overwhelmingly voted in support of student housing and football stadium atmosphere, infrastructure to support
a three-quarter (3/4) cent sales tax press box, and finalizing design your business, easy access to
to fund the Moving Ruston Forward and engineering plans for their new neighboring markets, access to a top
initiative. Moving Ruston Forward College of Engineering Building. tier university, and a great quality of
will fund over twenty water, sewer, life.
and street projects. This initiative will
also construct a new animal control We hope you will be an addition to our
facility, new walking/biking trails, and list of entities that proudly proclaim
an approximately $28 million regional “Excellence Made Here”. Come see
sports complex. Ruston’s economy what Ruston can do for you!
continues to perform extremely well,
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Metal Shark Boats
Plans for the Future.
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Metal Shark continues to be a bright
spot in the St. Mary Parish economy.
In July of 2014 the company commenced
operations at the new Franklin Yard in a 60,000
sq. ft. assembly building. In October 2015 the
company installed a new 150’ x 80’ auxiliary
structure for final assembly.
In the first half of 2017, construction on a fully
enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building,
is enabling weather independent construction of
vessels up to 180’ in length.
Yet to come is an 8,000 sq. ft. office building
for Metal Shark executive, engineering, project
management and administrative personnel.
The company employment has grown from 40 employees in Franklin with 3rd
2017 quarter projections as high as 160 employees.
In June, the company won a $54 million US Navy contract to supply thirteen
85’ defiant class near coastal patrol vessels (NCPV) for the United States
Latin American Partner Nations. Metal Shark was selected from a field of six
St. Mary Parish Government
Economic Development Director
500 Main Street,
5th Floor Courthouse
Franklin, LA 70538
t: 337-828-4100, ext. 342 office
f: 337-828-4092 fax
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Located roughly halfway between Maryland’s coastal Mid-Atlantic location and dairy farms in the state. Maryland
Boston and Atlanta, London and Los and transportation infrastructure is also an important producer of
Angeles, Maryland’s Mid-Atlantic provide an important port of entry clams, soft-shell crabs, and oysters
location oﬀers proximity and access into the U.S. market. International and is a leader in manufacturing,
to key U.S. and international decision companies appreciate the benefits of computers, communication and other
makers, partners and agencies in the Maryland’s access to federal research high-tech equipment.
technology, biosciences, finance and facilities, a technologically innovative
manufacturing industries. workforce and more than 175 foreign Not surprisingly, printing for the
embassies, residences, chanceries and federal government and all those
Proximity to Washington, D.C. provides diplomatic missions in Washington, other service industries is big
easy access to over 400 agencies - D.C. business. Food processing, from soft
federal, academic and private research drinks and spices to seafood, is also
sectors and 50 federal agencies such The Maryland International Incubator important in Maryland.
as the National Security Agency, the is a first-of-its-kind facility dedicated to
National Institutes of Health and NASA. attracting and growing foreign-owned More than 37 percent of Maryland’s
companies to the state. A joint venture population over 25 years old have
More than 600 foreign-based between the Maryland Department a bachelor’s degree or higher. The
businesses have a presence in of Commerce and the University of strongest parts of the state’s economy
Maryland. In 2012, foreign-controlled Maryland College Park, the incubator include the following five industries:
companies employed 106,100 provides research and development,
Maryland workers, or 5.1 percent business development support • Manufacturing
of the state’s total private sector services and competitively priced
employment. The Netherlands, U.K., space to foreign-owned companies • Aerospace & Defense
France, Canada and Japan are major looking to establish a U.S. presence.
sources of foreign investment in • Fishing Industry
Maryland. Maryland changed from an agricultural
economy to an industrial one during • Life Sciences
Some of the largest international the first half of the 20th century.
companies located in Maryland include Products manufactured in the state • Cyber Security
Astra Zeneca, BAE Systems, Lonza, include electrical equipment,
Nestle, Shimadzu, Sodexo, QIAGEN electrical devices, and processed food.
and Volvo. However, farms can still be found in
Maryland. You can find many chicken
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Home of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center
Expand, Relocate, or Return
to the Heart of the Chesapeake
Conveniently Located | Affordably Priced | Dedicated Incentives
Home of the Eastern Shore Innovation Center
Expand, Relocate, or Return to the Heart of the Chesapeake
Conveniently Located | Affordably Priced | Dedicated Incentives
Conveniently located off U.S. Route 50 — a major transportation route — Cambridge is less than 90 miles
from the Baltimore and Washington markets. Across from the Dorchester-Cambridge Airport, we’re only
three miles from the world-renowned Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort.
Our economic development team is headquartered at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, the Tech Park’s
ﬂagship business incubator. As business neighbors, our network ensures you real-time advice, assistance
Site Location Advantages
• Competitively Priced* Turn-key Building Lots
• Water, Sewer and Fiber Infrastructure
• High Speed Broadband
• Federal HUBZone
• Fully Leased Business Incubator
• Strategic Location
• Eligible for Economic and Financing Incentives
* January 2017 Farm Market Value Assessment, W.R. McCain Associates
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Enjoy The Eastern Shore Lifestyle! Mid-Atlantic Market Proximity
A world apart, yet close to the action!
Cambridge enjoys easy access to major
Outdoor Adventure: Enjoy birdwatching, IRONMAN Event: The only full distance Business & Tax Incentives
cycling, hiking and paddling throughout the IRONMAN on the East Coast brings thousands When you invest in Dorchester, we invest
county and at the 28,000-acre Blackwater of endurance athletes and supporters to in you. Businesses looking to move or
National Wildlife Refuge. Cambridge each Fall. expand here are eligible for select location
opportunities. You may also be eligible
World-class Resort: Situated on the banks of the Choptank River, the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake for financial incentives to help reduce
acquisition and operating costs. Learn
Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is ideal for family vacations, weekend getaways, and business about project, income and real property
retreats. tax credits for capital investment and job
creation, loans or preferred contracting
Let our natural beauty and signature Eastern Shore lifestyle move you to Dorchester’s opportunities.
Technology Park. Conveniently located off U.S. Route 50, the Tech Park is a full-
service business enterprise zone with 12 competitively priced, builder-ready lots.
Development incentives include:
• Federal HUBZone
• Enterprise Zone
• R&D Tax Credit
• One Maryland Tax Credits
• Low Interest Loans
• Biotechnology Investment Incentive Tax
• More Jobs for Marylanders Act 2017
For Further Information please contact:
Business Development Manager
e: [email protected]org
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Businesses that relocate or expand Nevada businesses having a long Logistics & Operations
to Nevada are often amazed by how history reaching back to World War II
easy it is to start up and operate their of researching, designing, developing Nevada is a gateway to domestic and
enterprises. Nevada is a business- and applying a variety of technologies global exporting opportunities via
friendly state, with government for defense applications. ground, rail and air.
officials committed to streamlining
approval processes and maintaining a Agriculture Manufacturing
low-regulation business environment.
Nevada agriculture is focused mainly With excellent location and transportation
Nevada offers affordable large-scale on range livestock production. Nevada infrastuctures, Nevada’s manufacturing
commercial real estate with easy access ranches rank third in the nation in industry continues to grow.
to logistics, flexible and competitive size, averaging 3,500 acres.
utility rates, and low workers’ Mining
compensation rates in a right-to-work Information Technology
state. Nevada’s mineral wealth has made
Nevada is at the forefront excellent of mining the state’s largest export
Most importantly, Nevada Governor technological research, development, industry.
Brian Sandoval is committed to innovation and commercialization.
economic development and created Tourism, Gaming & Hospitality
the Governor’s Office of Economic Energy
Development to support businesses Nevada is the global intellectual,
that are relocating, expanding or Nevada’s renewable energy portfolio financial and creative center for the
starting up operations in Nevada. has attracted significant domestic Tourism, Gaming and Entertainment
and foreign investment to the state, sector.
The Global Trade and Investment with its potential for generating wind,
programs are aimed at both assisting solar and geothermal power. Nevada’s economic platform will be
Nevada businesses to begin or driven by human ingenuity along with
expand activities in international Health Care collaboration and strategic alliances
markets and also attracting foreign with the broader community.
investment to the state. Nevada health-care providers are
focused upon the reduction of costs The basic principles of innovation,
Key Industries and the improvement of health sustainability and inclusiveness drive
results for Nevadans. the organization’s approach on a
Aerospace & Defense daily basis.
Nevada plays a major role in the
nation’s national security, with
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Choose Mesquite, Nevada
Mesquite, Nevada is located in Clark expanded their business efforts to Commerce Center (MTCC) and the
County just one hour northeast of include motels and campgrounds for Sports and Events Complex (SEC). The
Las Vegas, thirty minutes east of the early travelers and tourists, leading MTCC is approximately 800 acres of
amazing Valley of Fire state park in to the beautiful modern-day resorts master planned industrial park with all
Nevada, the newly designated Gold that attract visitors for world-class golf, utilities in place, including a more than
Butte Monument, and an hour-and- entertainment, and events. adequate water supply.
a-half from magnificent Zion National
Park, and Bryce Canyon. A gateway to With exciting new projects in their
incredible recreation at these and other Situated on Interstate 15 half-way launch phases, including the 333 Eagles
state and national parks, the Mesquite between Los Angeles and Salt Lake Landing travel plaza that will include
area boasts unparalleled climbing City, Mesquite is uniquely situated a convenience store, gas and diesel
opportunities, hundreds of miles of as a logistics and transportation pumps, a fast food restaurant and a
off-roading, seven championship golf mecca. With the completion of Exit tire store – all slated to employ at least
courses, year-round youth sports 118 located in Foreign Trade Zone 80 people, as well as the expansion
tournaments, senior games, long-drive no.89 in April of 2016, the ease of and remodeling of the Solstice Motor
competition and a temperate climate access for transportation related Coach Resort, eventually resulting
that brings “snowbirds” from the opportunities are opened into in 240 spaces, and the REV Group
northern states in their RVs to winter both the Mesquite Technology and breaking ground on a 76,000 square
in our glorious community. foot RV repair and warranty center
on land it has purchased in the MTCC
Mesquite had its beginnings in the late anticipating the need for 75 new
1800s when Mormon pioneers settled employees, now is the time to make
the area and began farming, relying on the move to Mesquite.
the abundant water of the Virgin River
and their innovative irrigation system Mesquite is rich in water resources,
to grow cotton, grapes, sugar cane, and which is somewhat of an anomaly in
pomegranates. Known for agriculture Nevada. With abundant underground
and dairies, these hearty settlers water from deep aquifers, as well as
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a plentiful system of surface water
rights from the Virgin River, Mesquite
is blessed with a resource that many
western communities do not have.
During the 2015 legislative session,
the City of Mesquite was successful
in getting legislation passed in
cooperation with Southwest Gas,
authorizing the gas company to work
with the Public Utilities Commission
to supply natural gas to unserved
rural areas to facilitate economic
development. Southwest Gas is slated
to make application to the PUC on
behalf of Mesquite and plans to begin key to a strong, successful community, variety of providers from pediatrics to
construction of the 14-mile pipeline we have worked diligently to build a aging services.
and the distribution system in the fall culture of education and a skilled
of 2018. With the growth of the APEX workforce in Mesquite. With the Mesquite Regional Business is here
industrial park, a 50-minute drive from creation of Mesquite Works, the local to help you navigate the relocation
Mesquite toward Vegas, we anticipate workforce development organization, process from site selection to retention.
the location of many supply-chain and the College of Southern Nevada,
industries that have no interest in we have been able to create innovative To find out more
locating in the traffic and bustle of Las training programs to meet the needs about our great
Vegas. We suspect many employees of local employers and can react region in southern
will also choose to commute from our quickly to build training courses for Nevada as a
valleys, in turn, causing a demand for new companies looking to locate their possible location
more workforce housing in addition operations in our community. for your business,
to our robust inventory of retirement
homes. Mesquite is currently the fastest contact Rachel Dahl
growing city in the state of Nevada Mesquite Regional Business
We have recently completed, with the – growing at roughly 5%, and we
assistance of Nevada Rural Housing suspect this growth is poised to t:702-613-0109,
Authority a housing survey which has continue. Boasting a beautiful medical [email protected], or visit our website
resulted in a partnership with NRHA campus at Mesa View Hospital which www.chooseMesquite.com
allowing that organization to serve as operates a 25-bed facility along with
the housing authority for Mesquite full emergency and surgical facilities.
and help facilitate the development of Mesa View also operates an urgent
a desirable mix of housing inventory.
Believing a strong, prepared workforce is care facility. Directly across from the
hospital is a medical park with a great
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North Carolina has had the country’s
fastest-growing economy since 2013.
Between July 1, 2013 – shortly after AEROSPACE, AVIATION AND ENERGY
McCrory took office – and July 1, DEFENSE
2015, North Carolina added about There are many energy companies in
194,000 people for a total population North carolina is home to more than North Carolina, including Blue Ridge
of 10,043,000, according to the U.S. 180 aerospace companies, including Biofuels, DuPont and Siemens Energy
Census Bureau. Boeing in New Bern, Lockheed Martin among others. Each year, more
in Raleigh and Cessna in Greensboro. than 3,000 students graduate from
That’s close to a 2 percent growth rate More than 9,500 people are employed colleges and universities across the
and slightly better than the national in these highly-skilled positions. state, providing a viable workforce for
average over that period. energy companies.
North Carolina is experiencing a shift TRUCK AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT INFORMATION AND COMMS
away from tobacco, furniture and TECHNOLOGY
textiles to new enterprises including North Carolina employes more than
biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, and 388,000 workers in manufacturing Apple, Microsoft, Google and Facebook
life sciences and the state was ranked jobs in the automotive industry. There are instantly recognisable names and all
third best state for business in 2010 are more than 160 Automotive, Truck have locations in North Carolina. Other
by Forbes magazine. and Heavy Equipment companies industry names in the state include Cisco,
in the Tar Heel State. For example, IBM and Flextronics. North Carolina’s
Since Governor McCroy entered Honda is located in haw River and system of colleges and univesities offer
office in 2013, North Carolina has Arvin Meritor and Volvo have several programs and to degrees to prepare for
fostered an economic environment in-state locations. the workplace.
that has created more than 275,000
private sector jobs. Additionally, as BIOTECH, PHARMACEUTICALS North Carolina’s cost of living rivals
a result of historic tax reform, North AND LIFE SCIENCES that of many states across the country.
Carolina’s business tax climate From housing and utilities to everyday
improved from 44th to 16th, the IndustryandeducationfactionsinNorth supplies, groceries and transportation
largest single rate jump in the history Carloina have formed NCBioImpact, to healthcare, the cost of living is below
of the Tax Foundation rankings. which works to provide the industry the national average based on the
with an educated and highly skilled ACCRA Cost of Living Index.
workforce. Companies like Labcorp,
Novo Nordisk and Pfizer thrive in
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THE CITY OF ARTS
• Located within 650 miles of more
than half the U.S. population
• Ranked #4 in the U.S. for cost
effective data centers by the
• 240 acre urban-based research park
• Regional workforce of over 800,000
• Cost of living well below the
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