Site Selection's 2000 Top 10 Development Groups

Groups That Do The Best Job in Helping Businesses Do Site Work Win The

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Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from Conway Data, Inc.

    ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Site Selection magazine has selected its
 top 10 development groups for 2000, and they are proof that when the customer
 is king in today's hotly competitive business environment, the bottom line
 results are significant.  Devotion to providing royal treatment for expansion-
 minded corporate customers gained the top group winners an average of
 US$5.53 billion in capital investments and 24,830 new jobs.
     Choosing the Top 10 Groups for 2000 was not an easy task, but Site
 Selection editors established some hard and fast criteria for making the short
 list.  Those criteria included the following:
 
     *  Capital investment in the service area within the year 2000
     *  New jobs created in the service area
     *  Capital investment per capita
     *  New jobs created per 10,000 population.
 
     The per capita criteria level the playing field, allowing smaller
 communities such as Broomfield, Colo., and Albuquerque, N.M., to compete with
 statewide agencies.
     Once a short list of top group contenders was established, then more
 subjective issues came into play.  These subjective criteria, which were
 judged by Site Selection editors, included innovation, customer service,
 leadership and value-adding programs.  It is important to note, however, that
 only the groups that submitted materials for the project were considered.
     The entire Top 10 Groups article is in the May 2001 edition of Site
 Selection and will appear in the online version (www.siteselection.com ) on
 May 9.  Here's a capsule review:
 
     Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (Albuquerque, N.M.): Every economic
 development group seems to be targeting high-tech companies to boost their
 local economies, but some seem to be doing a better job than others.  Take for
 example Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (AED at www.abq.org ).  In 2000,
 AED attracted such names as Intel, Eclipse Aviation, Sennheiser Electronic
 GmbH, Philips Semiconductors and LightPath Technologies, among others.
 
     Broomfield Economic Development Corp. (Broomfield, Colo.): In 1998,
 Broomfield Economic Development Corp. (www.broomfieldedc.com ) reported some
 $246 million in new investments; in 1999, the group increased that amount to
 $457 million; and in 2000, Broomfield Economic Development exceeded
 $527 million in capital investments from Corporate America.
     "This is truly remarkable for a city of 40,000 residents," says Donald G.
 Dunshee, president and CEO of the Broomfield Economic Development Group.
 
     Empire State Development Corp. (New York): It's no surprise that Empire
 State Development Corp. (ESD at www.empire.state.ny.us ) made Site Selection's
 Top 10 Economic Development Groups for 2000 -- the group did help land one of
 the largest corporate locations of the year.  With a little help from ESD, IBM
 located its $2.5 billion chip wafer plant in East Fishkill, N.Y., which
 represents the single-largest capital investment in the state's history.
 
     Franklin County Industrial Development Board (Winchester, Tenn.): In 2000,
 Franklin County Industrial Development Board came in second only to Broomfield
 Economic Development for investment dollars per capita.  Franklin County
 reported $12,944 per person in its service area, compared to $13,189 for
 Broomfield, Colo.
 
     Greater Louisville Inc. (Louisville, Ky.): Although Louisville, Ky., may
 be more known for its baseball bats, Greater Louisville Inc.
 (www.GreaterLouisville.com ) has taken some big swings at new industries and
 brought in a number of runs.  In the past, Louisville has landed major
 facilities from UPS and Ford Motor Co., but in 2000 the city moved into new
 arenas.
     In February 2000, the city formally launched a $65 million development
 project to transform a historic warehouse district along East Main Street into
 "eMainUSA," a high-tech corridor for electronic commerce.  Greater Louisville
 also launched the Greater Louisville Health Enterprises Network last year.
 
     Greater Richmond Partnership (Richmond, Va.): Technology-related
 industries now lead the way in the evolving Richmond economy.  High-tech,
 however, is not GRP's only target.  In 2000, the economic development group
 put a new focus on international outreach programs, including services in
 Taipei and Seoul.
     But perhaps the biggest example of the area's changing economy is the
 announcement of Capital One's expansion in Richmond.  Capital One is
 consolidating its Richmond operations into three distinct campuses in
 Goochland, Henrico and Chesterfield counties.  The company's statewide
 investments will total $700 million and will create some 8,000 jobs.
 
     Invest Quebec (Montreal, Quebec): Invest Quebec (www.invest-quebec.com ),
 a Canadian provincial economic development group, helped bring some
 $22.3 billion to Quebec and assisted in the creation of more than 50,000 jobs
 in 2000, moving up from an honorable mention in 1999 to a Top 10 group in
 2000.
 
     Michigan Economic Development Corp. (Lansing, Mich.): If you're named the
 winner of Site Selection's Governor's Cup for the fourth year in a row (see
 the March 2000 issue), it only makes sense to be named one of the magazine's
 Top 10 Economic Development Groups of 2000.  And so, with Michigan Economic
 Development Corp.'s (MEDC at www.michigan.org ) $4.2 billion in investments
 and 24,473 new jobs, the group has once again found itself listed among the
 cream of the crop in terms of economic development.
 
     Mississippi Development Authority (Jackson, Miss.): A new statewide
 economic development plan -- Advantage Mississippi -- and a $950 million in-
 vestment from Nissan helped land the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA at
 www.mississippi.org ) in Site Selection's Top 10 Economic Development Groups
 of 2000.
     "[Advantage Mississippi] helps the state make the short list of major
 corporate entities looking to relocate or expand while at the same time
 broadening the state's ability to assist existing businesses," says MDA
 Executive Director J.C. Burns.
 
     Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, Va.): Virginia racked
 up yet another winning year thanks in part to the Virginia Economic
 Development Partnership (VEDP at www.YesVirginia.com ).  In fact, according to
 VEDP Executive Director Mark R. Kilduff, "Virginia achieved the best year ever
 in terms of capital investment -- $6.3 billion in one calendar year is a state
 record."
     VEDP's biggest win in 2000 came from financial services company Capital
 One.  With a total investment of $700 million, Capital One will hire 8,000 new
 associates throughout the state by 2004, representing the largest business
 expansion plan announced in Virginia history.
 
 
     Site Selection's 2000 Top Groups
     (U.S.$ indicates capital investment)
 
     Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.: $2.8 billion,
      3,175 jobs
     Broomfield Economic Development Corp., Broomfield, Colo.: $527.5 million,
      6,579 jobs
     Empire State Development, New York, N.Y.: $11.9 billion, 90,855 jobs
     Franklin County Industrial Development Board, Winchester, Tenn.:
      $509 million, 1,000 jobs
     Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville, Ky.: $503.8 million, 5,263 jobs
     Greater Richmond Partnership, Richmond, Va.: $1.99 billion, 13,228 jobs
     Invest Quebec, Montreal, Quebec: $22.3 billion, 50,200 jobs
     Michigan Economic Development Corp., Lansing, Mich.: $4.2 billion,
      24,473 jobs
     Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, Miss.: $4.3 billion,
      8,000 jobs
     Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Richmond, Va.: $6.3 billion,
      45,528 jobs
 
 
     Honorable Mention:
 
     Alexandria Economic Development Partnership - Alexandria, Va.
     Corporation for the Economic Development of Midlothian - Midlothian, Texas
     Enterprise Florida Inc. - Orlando, Fla.
     Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce - Dallas, Texas
     Greater Phoenix Economic Council - Phoenix, Ariz.
     Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce - Rome, Ga.
     Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development - Frankfort, Ky.
     Lenexa Economic Development Council - Lenexa, Kan.
     Nashville Chamber of Commerce/Partnership 2000 - Nashville, Tenn.
     Pennsylvania's Governor Action Team - Harrisburg, Penn.
     Regional Growth Partnership - Toledo, Ohio
 
 
     Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion
 planning information to 45,000 executives of fast-growing firms in 117
 countries.  The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is
 the official publication of the International Development Research Council
 (IDRC).  The magazine's content is available online in the Site Selection
 Insider (www.siteselection.com ).  SiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail
 newsletter, goes to 10,000-plus corporate real estate executives.
     Conway Data is an international publishing and economic development
 information company headquartered in Atlanta.  The firm manages IDRC and the
 World Development Federation (WDF), offers consulting services, and awards the
 annual Conway Safe Skies Award and the Liston Award for Development
 Journalism.
 
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    ATLANTA, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Site Selection magazine has selected its
 top 10 development groups for 2000, and they are proof that when the customer
 is king in today's hotly competitive business environment, the bottom line
 results are significant.  Devotion to providing royal treatment for expansion-
 minded corporate customers gained the top group winners an average of
 US$5.53 billion in capital investments and 24,830 new jobs.
     Choosing the Top 10 Groups for 2000 was not an easy task, but Site
 Selection editors established some hard and fast criteria for making the short
 list.  Those criteria included the following:
 
     *  Capital investment in the service area within the year 2000
     *  New jobs created in the service area
     *  Capital investment per capita
     *  New jobs created per 10,000 population.
 
     The per capita criteria level the playing field, allowing smaller
 communities such as Broomfield, Colo., and Albuquerque, N.M., to compete with
 statewide agencies.
     Once a short list of top group contenders was established, then more
 subjective issues came into play.  These subjective criteria, which were
 judged by Site Selection editors, included innovation, customer service,
 leadership and value-adding programs.  It is important to note, however, that
 only the groups that submitted materials for the project were considered.
     The entire Top 10 Groups article is in the May 2001 edition of Site
 Selection and will appear in the online version (www.siteselection.com ) on
 May 9.  Here's a capsule review:
 
     Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (Albuquerque, N.M.): Every economic
 development group seems to be targeting high-tech companies to boost their
 local economies, but some seem to be doing a better job than others.  Take for
 example Albuquerque Economic Development Inc. (AED at www.abq.org ).  In 2000,
 AED attracted such names as Intel, Eclipse Aviation, Sennheiser Electronic
 GmbH, Philips Semiconductors and LightPath Technologies, among others.
 
     Broomfield Economic Development Corp. (Broomfield, Colo.): In 1998,
 Broomfield Economic Development Corp. (www.broomfieldedc.com ) reported some
 $246 million in new investments; in 1999, the group increased that amount to
 $457 million; and in 2000, Broomfield Economic Development exceeded
 $527 million in capital investments from Corporate America.
     "This is truly remarkable for a city of 40,000 residents," says Donald G.
 Dunshee, president and CEO of the Broomfield Economic Development Group.
 
     Empire State Development Corp. (New York): It's no surprise that Empire
 State Development Corp. (ESD at www.empire.state.ny.us ) made Site Selection's
 Top 10 Economic Development Groups for 2000 -- the group did help land one of
 the largest corporate locations of the year.  With a little help from ESD, IBM
 located its $2.5 billion chip wafer plant in East Fishkill, N.Y., which
 represents the single-largest capital investment in the state's history.
 
     Franklin County Industrial Development Board (Winchester, Tenn.): In 2000,
 Franklin County Industrial Development Board came in second only to Broomfield
 Economic Development for investment dollars per capita.  Franklin County
 reported $12,944 per person in its service area, compared to $13,189 for
 Broomfield, Colo.
 
     Greater Louisville Inc. (Louisville, Ky.): Although Louisville, Ky., may
 be more known for its baseball bats, Greater Louisville Inc.
 (www.GreaterLouisville.com ) has taken some big swings at new industries and
 brought in a number of runs.  In the past, Louisville has landed major
 facilities from UPS and Ford Motor Co., but in 2000 the city moved into new
 arenas.
     In February 2000, the city formally launched a $65 million development
 project to transform a historic warehouse district along East Main Street into
 "eMainUSA," a high-tech corridor for electronic commerce.  Greater Louisville
 also launched the Greater Louisville Health Enterprises Network last year.
 
     Greater Richmond Partnership (Richmond, Va.): Technology-related
 industries now lead the way in the evolving Richmond economy.  High-tech,
 however, is not GRP's only target.  In 2000, the economic development group
 put a new focus on international outreach programs, including services in
 Taipei and Seoul.
     But perhaps the biggest example of the area's changing economy is the
 announcement of Capital One's expansion in Richmond.  Capital One is
 consolidating its Richmond operations into three distinct campuses in
 Goochland, Henrico and Chesterfield counties.  The company's statewide
 investments will total $700 million and will create some 8,000 jobs.
 
     Invest Quebec (Montreal, Quebec): Invest Quebec (www.invest-quebec.com ),
 a Canadian provincial economic development group, helped bring some
 $22.3 billion to Quebec and assisted in the creation of more than 50,000 jobs
 in 2000, moving up from an honorable mention in 1999 to a Top 10 group in
 2000.
 
     Michigan Economic Development Corp. (Lansing, Mich.): If you're named the
 winner of Site Selection's Governor's Cup for the fourth year in a row (see
 the March 2000 issue), it only makes sense to be named one of the magazine's
 Top 10 Economic Development Groups of 2000.  And so, with Michigan Economic
 Development Corp.'s (MEDC at www.michigan.org ) $4.2 billion in investments
 and 24,473 new jobs, the group has once again found itself listed among the
 cream of the crop in terms of economic development.
 
     Mississippi Development Authority (Jackson, Miss.): A new statewide
 economic development plan -- Advantage Mississippi -- and a $950 million in-
 vestment from Nissan helped land the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA at
 www.mississippi.org ) in Site Selection's Top 10 Economic Development Groups
 of 2000.
     "[Advantage Mississippi] helps the state make the short list of major
 corporate entities looking to relocate or expand while at the same time
 broadening the state's ability to assist existing businesses," says MDA
 Executive Director J.C. Burns.
 
     Virginia Economic Development Partnership (Richmond, Va.): Virginia racked
 up yet another winning year thanks in part to the Virginia Economic
 Development Partnership (VEDP at www.YesVirginia.com ).  In fact, according to
 VEDP Executive Director Mark R. Kilduff, "Virginia achieved the best year ever
 in terms of capital investment -- $6.3 billion in one calendar year is a state
 record."
     VEDP's biggest win in 2000 came from financial services company Capital
 One.  With a total investment of $700 million, Capital One will hire 8,000 new
 associates throughout the state by 2004, representing the largest business
 expansion plan announced in Virginia history.
 
 
     Site Selection's 2000 Top Groups
     (U.S.$ indicates capital investment)
 
     Albuquerque Economic Development Inc., Albuquerque, N.M.: $2.8 billion,
      3,175 jobs
     Broomfield Economic Development Corp., Broomfield, Colo.: $527.5 million,
      6,579 jobs
     Empire State Development, New York, N.Y.: $11.9 billion, 90,855 jobs
     Franklin County Industrial Development Board, Winchester, Tenn.:
      $509 million, 1,000 jobs
     Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville, Ky.: $503.8 million, 5,263 jobs
     Greater Richmond Partnership, Richmond, Va.: $1.99 billion, 13,228 jobs
     Invest Quebec, Montreal, Quebec: $22.3 billion, 50,200 jobs
     Michigan Economic Development Corp., Lansing, Mich.: $4.2 billion,
      24,473 jobs
     Mississippi Development Authority, Jackson, Miss.: $4.3 billion,
      8,000 jobs
     Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Richmond, Va.: $6.3 billion,
      45,528 jobs
 
 
     Honorable Mention:
 
     Alexandria Economic Development Partnership - Alexandria, Va.
     Corporation for the Economic Development of Midlothian - Midlothian, Texas
     Enterprise Florida Inc. - Orlando, Fla.
     Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce - Dallas, Texas
     Greater Phoenix Economic Council - Phoenix, Ariz.
     Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce - Rome, Ga.
     Kentucky Cabinet of Economic Development - Frankfort, Ky.
     Lenexa Economic Development Council - Lenexa, Kan.
     Nashville Chamber of Commerce/Partnership 2000 - Nashville, Tenn.
     Pennsylvania's Governor Action Team - Harrisburg, Penn.
     Regional Growth Partnership - Toledo, Ohio
 
 
     Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion
 planning information to 45,000 executives of fast-growing firms in 117
 countries.  The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is
 the official publication of the International Development Research Council
 (IDRC).  The magazine's content is available online in the Site Selection
 Insider (www.siteselection.com ).  SiteNet Dispatch, a weekly e-mail
 newsletter, goes to 10,000-plus corporate real estate executives.
     Conway Data is an international publishing and economic development
 information company headquartered in Atlanta.  The firm manages IDRC and the
 World Development Federation (WDF), offers consulting services, and awards the
 annual Conway Safe Skies Award and the Liston Award for Development
 Journalism.
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X31267324
 
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