The news story by Richard Craver of the Winston-Salem Journal is based upon a recent release of a national study that was released by The Boyd Company, a Princeton, NJ site selection consultant company. Here is a link to the company website http://www.theboydcompany.com/
In the story, there is a compelling quote about downtown....John Boyd, Jr. said he expects that some data-operation decisions will be made in the next six months, with Winston-Salem and the Triad in the mix because of the lower overall operating cost.
"You also have available land, quality available work force, and an attractive higher-education system," Boyd said.
Still, he said, there are areas in which Winston-Salem can spruce up its brand and recruitment packages to prevent more runner-up finishes.
For instance, downtown-revitalization efforts have proved important for not only attracting young professionals, but also the companies that want to hire them.
I was happy to see a nationally respected site selection consultant actually acknowledge the importance of downtown to job recruitment efforts for a city.
I thought I would add a link to two other recent stories that I have read that I think are compelling.http://www.workforce.com/section/06/feature/26/09/72/index.html