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The links below to our directories of economic development agencies, professional service providers, and other resources for global business location research, analysis, and site selection decisions.  We help executives with capital investment project plans such as new locations for business facilities - offices, factories, distribution centers and other types of operations. Our custom Google site search feature (Search button above on any page) is generally the fastest way to find any content of interest on this website, which has 25,000+ links to other resources worldwide in addition to hundreds of pages of unique content, such as executive summary presentations about business locations and other topics of common interest.
For Executives - please just tell us what you are seeking, and we will help you in confidence, like an independent concierge with useful market knowledge and contacts who offers free referrals.

The "Add to Google" button (above right) can be used to save a custom search tool to your own iGoogle home page for searching all of the websites which can be searched selectively below.

Our new website is a selective tool for business location research.  The Search tools highlighted in blue below are on that website.  We are also setting up unique new regional search tools for multiple locations and services at (in green below).  This new website also shares recent news, press releases, and market insights from many locations and professional service providers.

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Search: Americas provides regional and state tools for selective research across the websites of 2000+ states, cities, and counties.  There are similar tools for other countries.

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Invest USA Directory Invest in Europe Directory US Governors Directory Technology clusters and parks
Area Profiles Ad Recall    Event Recall US Foreign-Trade Zones BRAC military base closures
Area Surveys Projects by location  or  by industry Market research sources GIS map tools   HR contacts and data

Recent "City Spotlights" published in fDi magazine:

Arizona cities (.pdf) Phoenix, Tucson, Yuma, Flagstaff

Toronto Canada (.pdf)

The .pdf versions to download are large files - roughly 1MB.

Contact us for more information.

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Cities of the Future

in the April 2007 issue.

See how to request a relevant directory listing or update our records.  Ask us how we can feature a business location, property, advertisement, event, news, or project announcement to make it easy for executives and their advisors to find it quickly when relevant to their interests.

We also welcome relevant reciprocal links.  Links to our home page or to this page are preferable, but the website is designed to maintain a stable structure over time, so that "deep links" from websites or search engines to relevant content pages should rarely be broken.

These tables of directory links previously appeared at the bottom of many pages for convenience.  We are replacing these with links to this page, which will now be easy to find by the Directories button at top left from any page.

Our related website provides selective content from field research work plus unique business location research tools, such as to easily search many related websites selectively for similar content.  These convenient tools are also listed below.

Professional service providers and other resources.   See also : Contacts (button above) and 
Location Consultants - Location strategy, site selection, incentives Tax Consultants International Law Firms Incentives specialists Strategy & Finance
Consultant Tips (articles) Design & Construction REIT's, Developers Human Resources Associations & Publications
Corporate Real Estate firms Governmental Sources Ports, Rail, Airports Logistics Services Events, and News about us
Projects Biographic Profiles Utilities active in business attraction and retention Service Providers for Economic Development Agencies Welcome Area Representatives!
Major Real Estate Listings Awards, Sponsorships
State directories of professional service providers (under development - see how to request a relevant directory listing or update our records for any state or global region.)

Illinois   New Mexico   North Carolina  Utah 

Regional directories of professional service providers (under development)


Regional directories of economic development organizations and contacts, websites.  See also : Invest USA and USA Search - Area Search - CRE Search
US : Northeast US : Great Lakes Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast US : South Central US : West Coast Central America, Caribbean
Europe    Europe Search South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia Korea Japan
State directories of US regional, county, city, and utility economic development organizations and chambers of commerce which promote new business investment


Northeast          NY   CT   MA   RI   NH  VT  ME

Mid-Atlantic       PA   NJ   MD   DE   DC   WV   VA   NC

Southeast         SC   GA   FL   AL   MS   TN

Great Lakes      KY   OH   MI   IN    IL   WI   MN

North Central     MO  IA   KS   NE   ND  SD

South Central    TX   OK   AR   LA

Mountain          AZ   NM  CO   UT    WY   ID   MT

West Coast      CA  NV   OR   WA   HI   AK

Economic development directory - alphabetical list by state for convenience

Same links as provided by the abbreviations at left (not familiar to all foreign visitors)


Alabama   Alaska   Arizona  Arkansas  California  Colorado  Connecticut  Delaware  Florida  Georgia   Hawaii  Idaho  Illinois  Indiana  Iowa  Kansas  Kentucky  Louisiana  Maine  Maryland  Massachusetts  Michigan  Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri  Montana  Nebraska  Nevada  New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico  New York  North Carolina  North Dakota  Ohio  Oklahoma  Oregon  Pennsylvania  Rhode Island  South Carolina  South Dakota  Tennessee  Texas   Utah  Vermont  Virginia  Washington   West Virginia   Wisconsin   Wyoming

May 10, 2007 - The White House has issued a new "Open Economies" policy statement and press release which includes the new Invest in America initiative at the US Department of Commerce within the International Trade Administration (ITA).

In the past, Commerce Department officials in the International Trade Administration, including Foreign Commercial Service officers and other staff at US embassies, have been tasked primarily with US export promotion and trade policy tasks.  Now they will also focus on the attraction of foreign direct investment projects to the USA.

White House press release and policy statement about Open Economies

See also further background at

March 7, 2007 - A new "Invest in America" initiative has been announced by the US Department of Commerce.

This is a major change in US policy.  Other countries proactively seek to attract and retain foreign direct investment projects.

The US has left that almost entirely up to US states and local areas until now as a very fragmented approach with limited resources.

It will take time for this new policy to have a significant impact, but it seems to be a major change in policy which may attract both bi-partisan support and criticism.

New : State economic development professionals who are responsible for attracting business investment and providing site selection assistance to executives and their consultants were invited in April 2006 to provide an informative article on this simple topic : "Why should a business invest in your state?"  The article content and size was entirely discretionary.

We publish their "Point of View" articles here for convenient reference by executives.

"Point of View" articles were contributed by many US state economic development officials :

Why invest in ?  Alabama  Idaho  Iowa  Missouri   New Hampshire  New Jersey  New Mexico  North Dakota  Oklahoma  Pennsylvania  Utah   Virginia  West Virginia  Wisconsin

We have added relevant links to other content we provide from these article pages.

Major project announcements and GUIDE Project Profiles by area (selective directories) - see also by Industry        (update suggestions welcome)
US : Northeast US : Great Lakes East and Midwest Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast US : South Central US : West Coast Central America, Caribbean
Europe South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia Korea Japan
Major project announcements by industry sector  (selective directories)

Update suggestions welcome

These directories summarize billions of dollars in recent project announcements by many companies, including links to sources of information about their chosen locations.
Advanced Materials - Ceramics, metals Aerospace Automotive Biotechnology Customer Contact Centers, Call Centers Chemicals
Computers Construction materials Consumer electronics Consumer goods - durable and non Defense Electronics
Energy Financial and professional services Food & Beverage Processing Hospitality, Tourism Logistics Machinery & tools for  manufacturing
Medical device and Healthcare Products Packaging Paper products Pharmaceutical Plastics Publishing, printing and communications
Recreational vehicles Retail Semiconductor Software Telecommunications Textile & Apparel
Selective lists of major companies, websites, and area representatives organized by location   (update suggestions welcome).  There are just initial lists, and will change significantly over time with local feedback.
US : Northeast    NY   CT   MA US : Great Lakes    OH  MI  IL  WI  MN Canada Mexico
US : Mid Atlantic   PA  NJ  MD  VA  NC US : North Central US : Mountain South America
US : Southeast   FL  GA US : South Central  Texas

US : West Coast

Northern CA , Southern CA

Central America, Caribbean
Europe   UK  Germany  Benelux  France  Scandinavia Switzerland South Asia Australia, New Zealand Middle East, and Africa
China, Taiwan Southeast Asia & Pacific Korea Japan
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