May 28, 2014
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Fast Train: Chattanooga’s 1-Gig Broadband Push

The Tennessee Aquarium

A metro region with just around 515,000 people, Chattanooga is leveraging the nation’s first 1- gigabit per second broadband network to more than 57,000 homes and 5,000 businesses, a network installed by the municipally owned EPB utility.

May 22, 2014
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Manufacturers Cite Innovation, Technology as Key to Competing Globally

KentuckyBattery

Embracing technology and innovation — and finding workers adept at both — is crucial to staying globally competitive, according to the CEO of one of the nation’s top manufacturers.

May 15, 2014
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Midsize, Small Towns Outpace Larger Cities in Job, Economic Growth

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Large cities may steal the spotlight as the best places for jobs , but it’s small and midsize cities that are climbing the ranks for economic growth.

May 13, 2014
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Best States for Business: CEOs Calculate Taxes

State tax climate

Chief Executive magazine has just released its Best States for Business Ranking for 2014, an annual survey of more than 500 C-suite decision-makers who weigh in on a state’s business climate, including its tax and regulatory environment, workforce strength and quality of life. The Top 10 Best States for Business has a look of familiarity to […]

May 7, 2014
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Film and Television Production: Leading Roles for Cities

The Hunger Games

In the not too distant past, film and television production was considered window dressing something that was novel and a point of civic pride, but nothing that an economy was built on. Not any more.

May 1, 2014
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A Rising Tide: Wave of Companies Reshoring Continues to Build

Manufacturing Plant Screen Welder

The momentum continues for reshoring. Within the year, more than one-third of U.S. businesses expect to move work for production and services back home, according to a new survey.

Apr 29, 2014
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Top Metros for Small Business: Jobs and Smart People

Austin TX leads the list of the top metros for small business.

Most every community is actively seeking the next big thing – that major company with the major brand name that promises millions in investment and, more importantly, hundreds of jobs. Of course, the big gets are getting harder to find, which is why communities are paying more attention to helping their existing businesses expand, encouraging entrepreneurial […]