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Illinois Leads in Population Loss

Illinois Leads in Population Loss

Illinois Leads in Population Loss

Chicago Violence is the Factor

IncSmart Illinois (Small Business and Startups)The American Census reports Illinois keeps loosing population as Chicago struggles to stay as the country's third largest city.  The largest drop in population comes from Chicago and Cook County.  Estimates show the losses are 40,000 people in 2016.  The exodus of Chicago's black community, is the largest group leaving the county.  Families want after neighborhood for children.

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Howard Hughes Vision for Maryland

Howard Hughes Vision for Maryland

Howard Hughes Vision for Maryland

Downtown Columbia Development

IncSmart Maryland (Small Business and Startups) - Opening of new mixed-use building in Columbia finishes the vision of the Howard Hughes Corporation for Columbia Maryland.  Howard Hughes has been developing downtown Columbia since creating  its plan in 2010.  This plan is for a livable village with modern planning ideas for high density communities.  These new communities will encourage walking and biking paths, as the major bike route connecting Howard County Community College with downtown.  This mixed-use development is on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi.

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Bigelow Aerospace Nevada

Bigelow Aerospace Nevada

Bigelow Aerospace Nevada

Bigelow Expandable Activity Module


IncSmart Nevada (Small Business and Startups) - Bigelow Aerospace, is already occupying an ISS port with its bedroom-size Bigelow Expandable Activity Module, or BEAM  The Bigelow Space Room a test facility for its own line of inflatable commercial space stations. Bigelow’s next major project is a much larger inflatable module in partnership with United Launch Alliance.  This new project could fly as soon as 2020. The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) is an expandable capsule that van dock with the International Space Station. After docking, BEAM inflates to 13 feet long and 10 feet in diameter to provide a capsule where a crew member can enter.


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New Texas Space Company

New Texas Space Company

New Texas Space Company

Axiom Space Starts Training in 2017

IncSmart Texas (Small Business and Startups) - Houston based space startup company called Axiom Space.  Axiom Space is the only company in the world equipped to provide NASA-level astronaut training, and all operations required to keep astronauts and tourists safe and productive on orbit. An economic study done by Axiom Space, has yet named the new space city.  The space city mission will cost nearly $37 billion and will be accomplished by 2030.   NASA will install a new commercial module on the ISS to be used by private companies for a docking port as early as 2020.  These docking stations will be used by aerospace manufacturers and launch providers.

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Navy Yard Expansion in Maine

Navy Yard Expansion in Maine

Navy Yard Expansion in Maine

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Grows Local Economy

IncSmart Maine (Small Business and Startups) Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery Maine is booming.  In 2016, the shipyard made 650 new hires , and in 2017, there will be 470 more. Fort the local economy, this is big business.  It accounts for over $756 million in economic activity.  The economic impact is huge.  The upticks are real estate, retail and tourism.  The local economy support business services are real.


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Kroger Distribution Center in Kentucky

Kroger Distribution Center in Kentucky

Kroger Distribution Center in Kentucky

Boone County Creates New Jobs

IncSmart Kentucky (Small Business and Startups) - The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority approved the financing of a new distribution center for Cincinnati based grocery chain, Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR).  They will issue of up to $70 million in revenue bonds for this huge Kentucky campus.  Kroger has asked for a 50 percent reduction on state and local taxes, which will create a tax savings of $2.8 million.  In return, Kroger will make direct payments to the Boone County School District and the Florence Fire, Extension, Health and Library districts.  The 20 year bonds will be issued by Boone County this summer.

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District of Columbia NATO Payments

District of Columbia NATO Payments

District of Columbia NATO Payments

Only 5 of 28 NATO Members Meet Targets

IncSmart Washington DC (Small Business and Startups) - The U.S. spent over $650 billion on defense last year. That's more than double the amount all the other 27 NATO members spent on defense.  The total expense for NATO is $950 billion.  Only five members are spending the agreed on fees.  The member are the U.S., Greece, Poland, Estonia and the U.K.  These 5 are the only members meeting its agreed to target money.


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Northrop Grumman Hires in Florida

Northrop Grumman Hires in Florida

Northrop Grumman Hires in Florida

Central Florida Expands Research Park


IncSmart Florida (Small Business and Startups) - A report from the U.S. Department of Defense shows a new contract is to support its E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft. Northrop Grumman will hire180 employees.  The company is hiring analysts and engineers in software, mechanical and cyber security.  Northrop Grumman Corp won a $7.5 million contract to perform services on an aircraft and is expanding its Central Florida workforce.

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KBI Biopharma Expands in Colorado

KBI Biopharma Expands in Colorado

KBI Biopharma Expands in Colorado

Expanding Boulder Manufacturing Facility.

IncSmart Colorado (Small Business and Startups) - A North Carolina based, KBI Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical contract company, is expanding its Boulder Colorado manufacturing facility. KBI is spending $30 million to expand its Boulder campus.  The Colorado facility is manufacturing it's low dose microbial products.  The expansion should be complete by the end of 2017.  This growth follows the acquisition of its cell therapy manufacturing facility in the Houston. 

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California Governor Reaches New Low

California Governor Reaches New Low

California Governor Reaches New Low

Brown calls California Tax Payers "Freeloaders"

IncSmart California  (Small Business and Startups) - Governor Jerry Brown is a friend to Texas.  Large numbers of corporations are leaving California for Texas over taxes.  California already has some of the highest taxes in the nation.  Now Moonbeam is calling California taxpayers freeloaders.   He wants them to pay higher taxes.   Californians want him to become more fiscally responsible with their money.  They are criticizing his $52 billion tax hike.  He then responded to t he complaints and called the tax payers Trump supporters last week in Orange County speech. The new gas tax has been allocated for roads, but the Governor has raided the fund for programs on social services. 

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District of Columbia Tax Boost from Koch

District of Columbia Tax Boost from Koch

DC Tax Gets Boost from Koch

Multi Million Dollar Ad Campaign Begins in Summer


IncSmart Washington DC (Small Business and Startups) - The Koch brothers are planning to spend millions of dollars in support of the Trump tax reform proposals.  They will launch a campaign to rally public support for reform.  The launch will be a 400 million dollar ad campaign.  The House Ways and Means Committee that oversees tax reform, will hold its first tax reform hearing today in the District of Columbia.   The Koch campaign will be in following with these meetings.

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Auto Supplier Brings Jobs to Michigan

Auto Supplier Brings Jobs to Michigan

Auto Supplier Brings Jobs to Michigan

Shelby County Gets Employment Boost


IncSmart Michigan (Small Business and Startups) - Auto supplier, Grupo Antolin of Spain, is bringing 430 jobs to Macomb County Cherry Creek Corporate Park, near 23 Mile and M-53 in Shelby Township  just north of Detroit.  Grupo Antolin is investing $61.2 million in a plant to produce door panels for the Fiat Chrysler.  This is the largest investment that Grupo Antolin has ever carried out in the United States.


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T-X Air Force Missouri

T-X Air Force Missouri

T-X Air Force in Missouri

Boost for Local St. Louis Economy

IncSmart Missouri (Small Business and Startups) -  The Boeing company choses St. Louis for it potential jet manufacturing plant.  Boeing has placed a bid for these new jet fighters.  If Boeing wins the contract to replace the aging T-38, they will start planning for the new plant right away.  The U.S. Air Force is expected to award an estimated $16 billion contract for an initial 350 aircraft late this year.  The first two Boeing T-X trainer aircraft has already completed it's first test flight in St. Louis


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Philadlephia Pennsylvania Waterfront

Philadlephia Pennsylvania Waterfront

Philadlephia Pennsylvania Waterfront

Delaware River Height Limits for S. Philly High-Rise Project


IncSmart Pennsylvania (Small Business and Startups) -  Philadelphia government is proposing legislation that would change the current permitted height of buildings along the Delaware River.  This project will be part of a plan for a new group of residential towers and townhouses and a hotel on the South Philadelphia waterfront. The company initiating the legislation is K4 Associates LLC’s Liberty. The project on the River will includes 10 sky scrapers on a waterside parcel between Washington Avenue and Reed Street.

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