Trade & Industry Development Magazine

July/August 2008

Welcome to our “Clean Industries” Issue!
This is our “Clean Industries” issue and I believe this issue is particularly interesting due to the variety of topics covered. From Technology to Retail to Alternative Energy to Technology Incubators – it’s all here!
In our Technology Feature article, John Rhodes describes technology life cycle stages vs. location selection parameters. Jim Renzas explains how the Retail industry deviates significantly from other types of industry location projects in another Feature article. John Sisson discusses the four phases of siting wind and solar facilities in another Feature article.  And Kevin Mayer, in his Special Report, explains how technology incubators may not grab the biggest headlines, but hold an important role in economic development.
We think you’ll enjoy reading the Industry Outlook articles from AeA and AWEA.  And be sure to read our Spotlights on California, Florida, Louisiana and Pennsylvania to learn what each of those states has to offer.

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In this issue...

Announcements about technology incubators seldom grab the biggest headlines. They lack the impact of, say, a new auto assembly plant. Whereas an auto plant typically represents an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars, the launch of a technology incubator, at the high end, might cost 10 million. An auto plant employs hundreds, even thousands; an incubator, perhaps dozens. A new auto plant typically requires a contiguous plot covering 1,000-plus acres; an incubator, office or lab space covering a few tens of thousands of square feet.   But while a technology incubator may seem unprepossessing, it has an important role in economic development. more...