Mexico: Getting its Economic Strength Act Together

By David Hodes

There have been clear goals in Mexico to become the place for more cost efficient manufacturing especially in labor for such machining-intense industries as automotive and aerospace.

But there are still some issues that lurk in the minds of every business person considering moving there: security…

02 Sep 8:10 AM 0 Read More...

Ontario, Canada: Digs Deeper

By David Hodes

Ontario is digging in deeper to connect with its destiny as the innovation province in Canada.

The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment recently unveiled a new 10-year plan for the economy that focuses on leveraging business investment, fostering a culture of innovation and…

02 Sep 8:03 AM 0 Read More...

Texas’ Economic Developers Work for Business

By David Hodes

It’s boom time again for Texas. And it’s more than just gas and oil leading the charge. Jonathan Taylor, the director of the Texas Governor’s Office of Economic Development, says that his office is busier than ever, with applications for business development up 30…

03 Aug 11:22 AM 0 Read More...

Oregon Selling Home-Grown Opportunities

By David Hodes

“First and foremost the state economic activity is prioritizing a ‘grow your own’ approach,” says Sean Robbins, director of Business Oregon, part of the state’s economic development department. “That is the primary thrust of our strategy.”

Robbins says where many states will be talking about recruitment…

03 Aug 11:10 AM 0 Read More...

Iowa’s Platform Shifts Keeps Economy in Check

By David Hodes

Iowa survived the last decade in pretty good shape economically, but state officials know it’s time to do better than just survive.

Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), says that in 2011, the Iowa Department of Economic Development was eliminated in favor…

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