Hawaii’s Transformative Efforts Creating New Opportunities

By Rachel Duran

Hawaii offers a unique business proposition, offering solutions for both Western and Asian markets. “Business people from Asian markets feel comfortable here because of our diverse population,” says Jim Tollefson, president and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. For example, Tollefson was recently visiting with an attorney…

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Florida: Where Success Stories are Blooming

By Sharon H. Fitzgerald

Florida’s economy is picking up “across the board,” and the state’s favorable business climate is one of the reasons why, says Gray Swoope, president and CEO of Enterprise Florida Inc., the state’s economic development agency.

For the current 2013 fiscal year, the nonpartisan…

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Minnesota: Enhances Its Capacity to Innovate

By Rachel Duran

Minnesota’s government leaders have a history of funding the state’s workforce training programs and higher education institutions. “When it comes to IT and engineering skills, you are in a state of 5.3 million people with a significant metro area agglomeration [Minneapolis-St. Paul] of…

31 Oct 6:53 PM 0 Read More...

Louisiana: New Incentives, New Lures

By Sharon H. Fitzgerald

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal made economic development top priority during the state Legislature’s 2012 session, and the result is four new incentives designed to increase the state’s competitiveness. Three of those incentives are available today.

Stephen Moret, secretary of Louisiana Economic Development, says the…

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Arizona Regroups for a Stronger Foundation

By David Hodes

Arizona is on a determined path to rebuild its economic engine, rising from the economic meltdown that claimed many jobs in the housing construction business. The state’s economic developers have had to cut their losses and regroup.

Leading the charge is the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA…

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