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The Triad is Pretty Hot for Relocation/Expansion

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Expansion Management, a magazine for site-selection consultants and companies interested in moving or expanding have released their annual "hottest" list. Once again, NC's two largest are leading the big 5 with good rankings from the 3rd and 5th. Even though i have much faith in my city, im a little suprised at the ranking...a strong 34th. this has to be one of the highest business rankings for Winston-Salem? Looks like the Triad is starting to become attractive to the nation.

2006 LIST OF AMERICA’S 50 HOTTEST CITIES

1. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn. MSA

2. Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. MSA

3. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Ga. MSA

4. Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas MSA

5. San Antonio, Texas MSA

6. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, N.C.-S.C.

7. Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark. MSA

8. Jacksonville, Fla. MSA

9. Knoxville, Tenn. MSA

10. Birmingham-Hoover, Ala. MSA

11. Tucson, Ariz. MSA

Tulsa, Okla. MSA

13. Denver-Aurora, Colo. MSA

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Fla. MSA

15. Richmond, Va. MSA

16. Raleigh-Cary, N.C. MSA

17. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Wash. MSA

18. Austin-Round Rock, Texas MSA

19. Houston-Baytown-Sugar Land, Texas MSA

20. Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. MSA

21. Albuquerque, N.M. MSA

22. Huntsville, Ala. MSA

23. Oklahoma City, Okla. MSA

24. Pittsburgh, Pa. MSA

25. Charleston-North Charleston, S.C. MSA

26. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Miami Beach, Fla. MSA

27. Indianapolis, Ind. MSA

28. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, Ill.-Ind.-Wis. MSA

29. Columbus, Ohio MSA

30. Longview, Texas MSA

31. Louisville, Ky.-Ind. MSA

32. Colorado Springs, Colo. MSA

33. Cincinnati-Middletown, Ohio-Ky.-Ind. MSA

34. Winston-Salem, N.C. MSA

35. Rochester, N.Y. MSA

36. Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa MSA

37. Mobile, Ala. MSA

38. Des Moines, Iowa MSA

39. Reno-Sparks, Nev. MSA

40. Boise City-Nampa, Idaho

Orlando, Fla. MSA

42. Jackson, Tenn. MSA

43. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Tonawanda, N.Y. MSA

44. Syracuse, N.Y. MSA

45. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pa.-N.J.-Del.-Md. MSA

46. Greenville, S.C. MSA

47. Greensboro-High Point, N.C. MSA

48. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, D.C.-Md.-Va.-W.Va. MSA

49. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, Ore.-Wash. MSA

Salt Lake City, Utah MSA

SOURCE: Expansion Management survey of site consultants, November 2005

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