I'm a contrarian on business recruitment. I think providing high quality public services--efficiently, effectively, and at a low cost--is critical. I also think it's important for a local government to be flexible, open, and responsive and to avoid heavy-handed regulation. You can have the best economic development marketing materials on the planet, but you won't be successful if it takes your Planning Commission 2.5 years to approve a site plan, and only after dozens of expense-adding changes.Good businesses make location decisions based on business reasons. If you have a strong local economy, robust workforce, reasonable taxes, modest regulation, access to markets, excellent infrastructure, etc., businesses will find you.