Top Ten Mid-Markets of the Decade
Each year in our SB&D 100, Southern Business & Development ranks states and markets in the South based on projects landed of 200 jobs or more and/ or $30 million in investment or more. Each state and market receives points based on the size of the project. The following are the top 10 mid-markets in the South in the last decade based on points earned in the annual SB&D 100 as well as a few selected and notable projects announced in each market over the last 10 years.
1. Huntsville, Ala. 370 Points
Notable Projects: Hudson-Alpha Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton, Northrop Grumman, Toyota, Navistar, SAIC, Target, Verizon.
2. Baton Rouge, La. 200 Points
Notable Projects: SNF, Coca-Cola, Shaw Westinghouse, EA North America, Albemarle, Criterion Catalyst, Ligfuel, Shintech.
3. McAllen, Tex. 190 Points
Notable Projects: T-Mobile, Black & Decker, Convergys, Johnson Controls, TicketMaster, Santana Textiles, Eaton Hydraulic, Emerson.
4. Tri-Cities, Tenn. 185 Points
Notable Projects: Eastman Chemical, Vifan USA, Cingular Wireless, Exide, King Pharmaceuticals.
5. Gulfport/Biloxi, Miss. 180 Points
Notable Projects: Northrop Grumman, Lockheed Martin, Wellman, NASA Shared Services, Beau Rivage, El Du Pont De Nemours.
6. Knoxville, Tenn. 180 Points
Notable Projects: U.S. Cellular, Exedy, Brinks Home Security, Scripps Television, Green Mountain Coffee.
7. Little Rock, Ark. 140 Points
Notable Projects: Hewlett Packard, LM Glasfiber, Welspun, Cardinal Healthcare, Southwestern Energy, Raytheon.
8. Mobile, Ala. 140 Points
Notable Projects: Austal USA, ThyssenKrupp, Berg Steel, Exxon Mobil, ST Mobile Aerospace, HK Motors. Goodrich Aerospace.
9. Tulsa, Okla. 115 Points
Notable Projects: Shaw Industries, Zeldyne, DirectTV, Navistar, Sabre Holdings, Panda Energy, IBM, Kimberly Clark, Verizon.
10. Charleston, S.C. 110 Points
Notable Projects: Google, Boeing, Verizon, Global Aeronautica, DuPont, Bosch Corp, DaimlerChrysler, Gildan Activewear.