August 2015

Hometown AmericaCity of Dearborn, Michigan

Hometown America

City of Dearborn, Michigan

Dearborn Michigan is a community where neighbors still greet each other by name and younger generations choose to stay and raise their children on the same block where they were raised. “This is the kind of place where people grow up and then start their families here,” says Dearborn Area Chamber President Jackie Lovejoy. “They live four doors down from their folks; the elementary school teachers that thought them teach their kids. We really are hometown America.”

A Slice of HeavenCity of Parkersburg, West Virginia

A Slice of Heaven

City of Parkersburg, West Virginia

The fourth largest city in the state of West Virginia, historic Parkersburg is located where the Ohio and Little Kanawha rivers meet. The city was once a railroad terminus and a key location for goods to be transported via steamboat about fourteen miles north to Marietta, Ohio.

A Convergence of Art and TechnologyThe City of Troy

A Convergence of Art and Technology

The City of Troy

The City of Troy, New York is a historic urban core with a vibrant history that remains imprinted on its streets and buildings. It had a long legacy of manufacturing and was a bustling centre of development during the industrial revolution. Today, the local economy has made a resurgence as a hub for businesses, professionals, artists and tech entrepreneurs alike.

A Sense of CommunitySmyth County, Virginia

A Sense of Community

Smyth County, Virginia

Located in the heart of the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Smyth County has a rich history, a prosperous and growing economy and an unmatched quality of life. Though it has a population of only 33,000, this predominantly rural county has a lot to offer and has shown resilience, creating a local economy that can overcome the volatility of the always changing global market.

A Place to Call HomePanama City, Florida

A Place to Call Home

Panama City, Florida

Panama City, on the Florida panhandle, is set against a climate that is as close to perfect as possible. Panama City is widely acknowledged for its wonderful resorts and deepwater fishing port on St. Andrew Bay. Perfect for families, sportsmen, hikers, bikers, swimmers, theater-lovers and more, the area provides year-round access to first-rate amenities in one of the most scenic areas of Florida.

Rich History, Bright FutureDarlington County, South Carolina

Rich History, Bright Future

Darlington County, South Carolina

Darlington County, the subject of the Bruce Springsteen song of the same name, was one of the first counties established in the United States. Despite a population of fewer than 69,000, this South Carolina county has been able to draw some impressive numbers when it comes to capital investment. Business in Focus spoke with Executive Director for Economic Development at Darlington County Frank Willis to get the full story.

Region of OpportunityNortheast North Carolina

Region of Opportunity

Northeast North Carolina

Northeast North Carolina is brimming with potential. The four county sub-region of Hertford County, Halifax County, Northampton County and Bertie Counties has all the pieces in place for economic success, from its ideal location and business-friendly attitude to its vast tracts of developable land and strong industrial history.

Zenith City Experiencing Economic RenaissanceCity of Duluth, Minnesota

Zenith City Experiencing Economic Renaissance

City of Duluth, Minnesota

The City of Duluth, Minnesota has evolved from its days of heavy manufacturing, lumber, steel and concrete production to support diverse sectors such as healthcare, education, technology and aviation. Mayor Don Ness spoke with Business in Focus once again about the development and progress Duluth has made since we last featured the city in June of 2014. “Our economic development projects continue to move forward,” says the Mayor.

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