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June 24, 2017
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Houston among most popular U.S. regions for relocation, expansion

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The Houston area is one of the country's 50 hottest regions for corporate relocation or expansion, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The Houston area ranks 19th on Expansion Management magazine's list of "America's 50 Hottest Cities."

For the second year in a row, the Nashville, Tenn., area tops the list, followed by Phoenix, Atlanta, Dallas and San Antonio. Rounding out the top 10 are Charlotte, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Jacksonville, Fla.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Birmingham, Ala.

The Austin area appears at No. 18 on the list, while the Longview area ranked 30th on the list, which appears in the magazine's January-February issue.

Texas has five metros on the list, while Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee each had four cities. Two states -- Alabama and New York -- each had three cities.

Expansion Management surveyed more than 80 prominent site consultants to find out which cities their clients find most attractive for relocation or expansion. Factors they considered include business climate, workforce quality, operating costs, incentive programs, and the ease of working with local political and economic development officials.

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