From the desk of Stephen Heavener, CRDC Executive Director:
The attached report, prepared by the Site Selection Group, documents the top 20 (by projected jobs to be created) U.S. business investments in 2015. Fifteen of the top twenty are located in the south or southwest. The last four pages of the attached highlight the top 25 Incentive Deals of 2015. Only six projects overlap, a surprising small number. This may support the theory that incentives alone do not land a deal, but just sweeten the pot for decisions already made using the standard decision points such as labor availability, labor cost, accessibility, etc….(see top of second page for key location decision criteria).
Overall, the report is a good summary of the types of companies making impactful investments, where the investments are occurring, the value of incentives offered and some of the challenges associated with measuring economic impact.