The outgoing mayor of Shreveport in Louisiana, Cedric Glover, looks back on his tenure, telling Michal Kaczmarski how a collaborative approach helped him manage his city through one of the worst recessions in US history.
This year's Bio International Convention attracted more than 15,000 attendees, among them an army of economic developers and elected officials hoping to secure investments into the sector. Michal Kaczmarski asked representatives why investors should bet on their locations and whether they see emerging markets as a source of opportunities or competition.
Business tax reforms are long overdue in the US, where businesses can actually find themselves being penalised for domiciling their operations in the country.
Famed for its bourbon, horse racing and fried chicken, Kentucky's economy is roaring thanks to the collective successes of these three industries. State officials are keen to further diversify the economy, however, and promote less traditional sectors such as logistics and technology.
The mayor of Birmingham in Alabama, William A Bell, tells Courtney Fingar how the renovation of an old railway yard into a baseball stadium is just one example of how the city is transforming its image and attracting the attention of both domestic and international investors.
The Argentinian province of Mendoza is globally renowned for its wine, but its governor is keen to demonstrate to investors that the region thrives in many fields, including mining and energy production.
Beyond the US megacities, several second-tier cities – Seattle, Columbus, San Antonio, Minneapolis/St Paul, San Diego and Portland – are in search of FDI to promote their positions on the world stage. Karen E Thuermer discovers how a major new investment initiative could help them find it.
A diaspora has long been an invaluable source of income to those in developing countries. But channelling this capital into public projects that will benefit the country in the long term is a difficult task, and one which only a few are experiencing notable success in.
At the turn of the millennium, after years of losing out on technology projects to established tech hubs, Chicago decided it was time to raise its game. Now its honour roll of successful start-ups includes Groupon and GrubHub.
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