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There are many sources and variations of awards and ratings related to the
direct investment field. This is not a comprehensive list.
Details are generally available on the website of the organization which
provides the award or rating, or the recipient.
purpose of this section is to make it easier for executives and their
professional advisors to quickly find such information when relevant to
investment project planning activities, and to facilitate the sharing of
"lessons learned" and "proven solutions" or what might be called best
practices or professional leadership and results.
We welcome suggestions of other relevant awards or
rankings which should be highlighted here for convenient reference.
For example, there may be relevant awards related to logistics services,
facilities design, or other aspects of project planning. Awards which
are more local in nature would appear in the relevant Area Profiles.
This list focuses on major regional, national, or international awards or
Magazines in this field provide ranking lists almost every month according
to one criteria or another to support feature articles or attract
advertising placements. Some reflect very useful research and
reporting, but the rank orders can be misleading as a basis for investment
planning unless the criteria coincide with the business needs for a specific
project. Such comparisons may be helpful at an exploratory stage of
project planning, such as to help identify some interesting areas for closer
Such rankings often reflect the volume or
size of past projects, the market visibility or perception of areas, or
combinations of statistical attributes which may not match project search
criteria. Such rankings have a tendency to favor large areas which
advertise heavily or which, by the nature of their size or general economic
conditions (regardless of promotional efforts) attract a large flow of
projects. This doesn't mean that such features are not valuable
research work or interesting for comparisons, but their relevance or
importance for specific project location decisions may be minimal.
Area Representative Awards
See also : "Consultant
Tips" about direct investment
Economic Development Leadership and Accomplishment Awards
2003 Economic Development Leadership and Accomplishment Awards
From CoreNet Global Learning, sponsored by Global Direct
Winners were announced in the September 2003 and May 2004 issues of
Corporate Real Estate Leader,
the official publication of
CoreNet Global, and the awards were presented before an estimated 3400
attendees at the CoreNet Global Summit in Atlanta on
October 14, 2003 and a similar number in Chicago in May 2004.
you missed it, plan ahead for January 2006! The 2005 award will be
presented at the May 2005 at the CoreNet Global Summit in Toronto, so
requests for nominations went out in January 2004. Nominations are not limited to CoreNet Global members.
We did not sponsor the 2005 awards in Toronto. Refer to the CoreNet
website for current details.
Economic Development Awards, from IEDC - International Economic
Development Council. There are many award categories to recognize
different aspects of economic development work, as well as to distinguish
between economic development organizations of different sizes and resources.
These reflect recognition of members among their peers in the profession for
creative initiatives, leadership, and development performance for their
communities. They do not attempt to rank member areas relative to one
another from the perspective of potential investors.
The 2003 Awards were presented in September at the IEDC Annual Conference
in Cincinnati. See also
Events. Similar awards were given at their 2004 Annual Conference
in St. Louis, as available for reference on their site.
Awards are listed at
Before IEDC was formed by the merger of CUED and AEDC, there were separate
award programs in both organizations according to a wide variety of
criteria. Some of these may still be of interest for reference as an
indicator of professional leadership.
Past award winners - before IEDC (AEDC, CUED) are listed at
Rankings of Business Locations
see also :
magazine features by region or
by topic for editorial calendars
Site Selection magazine, the official publication of IAMC, has many
features to compare areas and also reports on any IAMC awards
Expansion Management magazine features various types of rankings on a
regular basis, with fairly objective editorial coverage and good research,
but these features can be somewhat difficult to track down through their
website, and direct links to such content are not available to highlight
here. The printed magazine is still easier for reference, and some
website features are only available by registration.
IndustryWeek magazine does not rank locations, but it does publish
Plants" which may be relevant background, and there is also a
"Location" column which selectively highlights one investment project,
including major new investments as well as expansions. Finalists are
generally announced in the July issue, and the winners in October. The
winners are also featured at special events.
Morgan Quitno Press publishes a variety of rankings of state and local
areas, such as "Smartest State", "Safest/Most Dangerous City or State",
"Most Livable State", "Most Improved State", and "Healthiest State", based
on data and statistical trend analysis. In 2004 they rated Camden NJ
as most dangerous (previously Detroit MI), and Newton MA as the safest.
Their reports may attract some press interest and disputes about their
analysis, but may not really be very meaningful for business location
Area Development magazine features various types of rankings on a
regular basis, but direct links to the features are not available
Plants Sites & Parks magazine (a Reed publication) provides good
research and fairly independent, objective coverage with useful statistics
readily available on their website, but direct links to their features are
not available to highlight here, and some content is only available by
Business Facilities magazine has various features, such as the "Biggest
and Best" story in December for their Economic Development Achievement
Award. Their editorial content is heavily concentrated on current
Corporate Location (a Euromoney publication) concentrates
heavily on European and other international areas, with website content only
available by a registration process.
Professional Services Awards
The 2003 Global Innovator's Award, by CoreNet Global Learning,
sponsored by Gensler, Equis, and Deloitte & Touche. Applicable to
professional service providers (corporate real estate and others), economic
development professionals, and corporations, typically focusing on creative
ideas for corporate real estate functions.
be announced in the September 2003 issue of Corporate Real Estate Leader,
the official publication of CoreNet Global, and presented at the CoreNet
Global Summit in Atlanta, October 11-15. Deadline for nominations :
Professional Service Providers
see also : associations and
publishers which may do awards or rankings
National Real Estate Investor publishes a "Best of the Best" feature in July
which presents their own rankings of various types of commercial real estate
services (brokers, industrial and office developers, industrial and office
REIT's or owners, property managers, financial services, etc.)
See also The 2003 Global Innovator's Award, above (focus on corporate real
estate professionals, whether at leading companies or service providers)