24 January 2004
The welcome mat is out
Expansion Management magazine offers this none-too-startling prediction:
Many cities will reap the benefits of business expansions if 2004 is the year that the U.S. economy resumes robust growth. But cities that enjoyed an outstanding 2003, when the economy was still lagging, have set themselves up for an even better '04.
For many months, those cities have focused on shedding the effects of a sluggish economy. Last year, their efforts paid off.
And what cities are those? The magazine's sixth annual list of the 50 hottest cities for corporate expansion or relocation, based on their survey of major site-evaluation consultants, has a distinctly Southern flavor to it: Atlanta is at the top, followed by Nashville and Jacksonville. And Oklahoma's two biggest cities are no slouches either; Oklahoma City took the #9 position, and Tulsa came in 15th.
A ranking, of course, is just a number, or is it? Magazine editor Bill King, quoted in The Oklahoman, explains where it fits into the scheme:
The perception corporate executives have of various communities is extremely important. It won't ever replace such bottom-line factors as tax rates, work force quality and availability, transportation infrastructure, or real estate lease or construction costs, but it will help communities make "cut lists" they might not otherwise make.
And Tulsa, in particular, would like to make a few more lists these days; it's nice to be highly regarded, but it's even nicer to have something to show for it.Posted at 8:35 AM to Soonerland
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