This morning in the Pittsburgh on-line Post-Gazette newspaper there was an article about their attempt to bring in a proposed Airbus manufacturing facility. The giant French corporation's facility needs include access to a deep-water port, a sizeable airstrip, and the ability to efficiently move very large items from port to airport with minimum infratstructure problems.
Allegheny County officials believe they can meet the needs of Airbus and bring to the area over 1100 high-paying jobs. They also indicated, though, that they will have a tought time competing against Alabama. "Alabama is too aggresive", was a comment they made.
Other Cyburbia threads have mentioned America's southland and have stated different reasons why corporations now tend to place new manufacturing centers in that part of the country. Those reasons included unions (or lack thereof), right-to-work states, weather, cost-of-living, population center moving south, aging infrastructure of "rust belt", etc.
Toledo, OH, engages in similar bidding wars for new industry. Most often they don't even make the first cut. When Toledo does get a new facility it is usually because of transportation reasons.....such as the new just-in-time providers to a giant Jeep assembly plant on Toledo's north side.
A few questions:
Are you involved with any agencies that are promoting your community for future industrial development? Is your community aggresive in this pursuit? Does that aggresive attitude include tax deferment? What is your "personal" take on industrial development for your "back yard"?