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Denver had a good year – Lockheed Martin recently relocated its commercial space operations to its Denver campus, and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions selected Denver over 22 cities for its U.S. innovation and sales hub. The division is projected to add 330 jobs at an average wage of about $90,000.
These two pieces of exciting tech news helped push Denver to the top of Forbes’ “Best Places for Business and Careers” list for the first time.

One metropolitan area has ranked in the top 3 for over 12 years, and that’s the Raleigh-Cary metro. The northern transplant continues, as the Triangle has been the 8th fastest area in the U.S. for adding incoming population over the past five years.

Leading global companies including BASF, Cisco, Fidelity Investments, Lenovo, and IBM all have headquarters or major presences in the area and find the area attractive due to business costs 15% below the national average and a much higher than average college-educated workforce – thanks to schools like UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State just minutes from their doorsteps.
Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi won’t be pleased that for the third straight year, Atlantic City anchors the bottom of the list, losing 4 of its 12 casinos in the last year alone. Employment is expected to grow at a 0.5% rate, third worst in the United States.

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