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The State of the Rural South's Economy

Selling your Rural Community's Assets

Small Town's with Unique Assets

Highly touted reshoring event hits speed bump, says A.T. Kearney. Really?

Chinese investment surfacing in the South? Yes, finally.

The performance of this Southern industry sector of late has earned an official name: the "Southern Aerospace Corridor."

A success story from the Mississippi River Delta

The 50-year economic development war in the U.S. is over; the South won.

The big dogs are about to eat: Soon, the automotive industry will light up the Southern Auto Corridor again 

Kentucky: The Spirit of the South

New Build-Ready Program Making More Sites Ready-To-Go

A Perfect Partnership

Next Gen KIH Program Taking Broadband to Every Corner of the State

Digital Version

Aerospace Industry Takes Off in the American South

Launching Pad for Growth and Innovation

In "Plane" View

"The Best Airplane Built in America"

Aerospace Industry State Overviews

Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Non-Petrochemicals and the Southern Manufacturing Renaissance

Ten Reasons Why Manufacturing is Booming in The South

The Most Southern Place on Earth

Ensuring a resilient Delta Region by training a skilled workforce

Driving toward success in Alabama's Black Belt

Arkansas's Big River Steel has found its home in the heart of America's Delta Region

Building a healthy economy and a healthy workforce in Illinois

Innovation and collaboration are building a Work Ready Kentucky

Louisiana's industry off to a fast start

Perfected in Mississippi

Certifying Southeast Missouri and beyond

Select Tennessee sites offer competitive edge

Reshoring and its potential effect on the Mississippi River Delta region


Business and Lifestyle Opportunities in Small Town South

The revitalized downtown of rural Bennettsville, S.C.There's a place in the world's fourth-largest economy where business operating costs are lower than anywhere else in the country. Not only are the costs to operate a business lower than anywhere else in the U.S., the work ethic is unmatched, or so claims companies like Nissan, Lockheed Martin, Toyota, Boeing, Viking Range, Fuji Film and Frito Lay. Those outstanding corporate nameplates and many others continue to employ tens of thousands of workers in this place.

There is also a place in the world's fourth-largest economy where the lifestyle of its residents is uncomplicated, comfortable and just as affordable as it is to operate a business. Retirement and tourism possibilities are endless in this place.

Certified and shovel ready sites for industry are more numerous in Small Town South than any other place in the world. This is a photo of an industrial park in North Webster Parish, La. The place we are referring to is Small Town South. Since 1995, Southern Business & Development magazine has successfully published the Rural American South edition every year. As of January 1, 2009, the Rural American South edition will be rebranded to the SmallTownSouth edition. We are launching on the World Wide Web in January of 2009 to coincide with the rebranding of Rural American South to Small Town South. 

Hundreds of thousands of retirees have migrated to Small Town South over the last 25 years from all over the world. There’s a good reason. Beautiful lakefront lots, like this one on Smith Lake, Ala., can be purchased for around $100,000. And as of 2009, new, four-bedroom lake houses can be purchased for as little as $325,000. We invite you to explore the many opportunities that are available to locating industry in Small Town South. Not only are the business opportunities vast, the various cultures and lifestyles are incredibly attractive, as evidenced by the hundreds of thousands of people from the Midwest, Northeast and elsewhere who have relocated to Small Town South over the last 25 years.

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No place in the U.S., the world’s largest economy, is the costs of operating a business lower than in Small Town South. This photo is the 2007 groundbreaking of PACCAR’s $400 million truck engine plant in Columbus, Miss.


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