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Best Places For Business
July 18, 2011
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Read about the best places in the country for business and how Detriot plans to defy its current strife and return to the thriving city it once was. Plus: Southwest Airlines turns 40, can it keep the momentum? Also, the best small metro areas in the country. 

THE BEST PLACES
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
For whom the Greek bell tolls.

CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Wanted: global role models.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Louis Woodhill
The economic recovery that wasn’t.

FOCUS
DOWNTOWN SCENE- Morgan Brennan
New York’s Financial District has turned into a hot spot for media companies and families.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Cisco’s disruptive (and cooler) rival.

SKEWED VIEW- Jeff Bercovici
Author Ben Shapiro says TV programming promotes liberal views.

BUNDLING THE SUN- Todd Woody
The solar industry borrows a page from Wall Street. Uh-oh.

MONSTER BILLIONAIRE MANSIONS- Morgan Brennan
Think your home is expensive?

PLANTING A THOUGHT- Steven Bertoni
Rather than handouts, billionaire John Paul DeJoria teaches poor Appalachians how to grow food.

TECHNOLOGY
AUDACIOUS BIRDS- Nicole Perlroth
The Finns behind Angry Bird seek global domination.

SOCIAL FOR BUSINESS- Tomio Geron
Jive Software makes workplace collaboration easy.

THE TECH TRADE- Eric Savitz
You call this a bubble?

ENTREPRENEURS
THE STATE OF SMALL BUSINESS- Maureen Farrell and Sean Stonefield
Entrepreneurs think this rebound could be stalling.

CHEERS TO TEARS- Maureen Farrell
Luke Daly developed a cheaper way to disinfect drinking water. Then his funding dried up.

ASK AN EXPERT- Barry Sloane
Advice on dodging data breaches.

INVESTING
INFLATION HEDGE: AUSTRALIA- William Baldwin
Don’t buy commodity futures. Buy commodity producers.

WILD PITCH- Deborah L. Jacobs
A cautionary tale of three retired ballplayers and product spin.

CASH DOESN’T LIE- Daniel Fisher
Before buying a stock consider its cash flow.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Control your fears-buy cheap stocks.

CAPITAL MARKETS- Marilyn Cohen
Near-death bond opportunities.

THE CONTRARIAN- David Dreman
Bernanke’s last stand.

LIFE
THE RECORD ALBUM RE-TURNS- Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Can LPs outlast CDs?

REVOLVER- Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Five top-of-the-line turntables.

THE BEST PLACES FOR BUSINESS
OUR 2011 RANKING- Kurt Badenhausen
The list shows that university towns fare quite well.

THE TOP TWENTY-FIVE
From Raliegh, N.C. to Columbus, Ohio.

THE BEST SMALL PLACES- Kurt Badenhausen
Manhattan, Kans. Lands first among metros with fewer than 250,000 people.

BOOMTOWNS AND BUSTS
Looking for opportunity? Try Texas, skip California.

CITY OF HOPE- Joann Muller
Mayor Dave Bing’s audacious idea for yanking Detriot back from the brink.

THE CONVERSATION
Bill Ford Jr., Governor Rick Snyder and Dave Bing join a dozen other regional power players to discuess the city’s future.

FEATURES
ALL GROWN UP- David Whelan
Southwest Airlines is turning 40. How long can it keep up the maverick shtick?

WILL FACEBOOK DESTROY YOUR JOB SEARCH?- Kashmir Hill
A conversation with Forbes.com readers.

KICKING IT UP FOR KIDS- Ron Gluckman
Kung fu movie star Jackie Chan’s campaign to help sick children.

THOUGHTS
On the lack of business in Greece.