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EXPANSION MANAGEMENT MAGAZINE PUBLISHES

ITS 3rd ANNUAL

“AMERICA’S 50 HOTTEST CITIES” RANKING


OVERLAND PARK, KS - January 4, 2002 - Expansion Management Magazine, a monthly business magazine for executives of companies that are actively looking for a place to expand or relocate their facilities within the next one to three years, recently published its 3rd annual "America's 50 Hottest Cities."

This ranking is based upon the perception many of America's top site location consultants have of a particular metropolitan area," said Bill King, chief editor of Expansion Management. In order to find out which are today's hottest cities for business expansion, we surveyed 75 of the industry's most prominent site location consultants in order to find out which cities their clients find most attractive when it comes to actually selecting an expansion or relocation site - and why these cities are more appealing than the others. The consultants were asked to list their top city choices for relocating and expanding manufacturing companies.

Expansion Management is a monthly magazine published by Penton Media, Inc. (NYSE: PME), a leading diversified business media company that produces market-focused magazines. Article used with permission, complete article available upon request.

America's 50 Hottest Cities (2002):
46. Decatur, Ala.
47. Lawton, Okla.
48. Cincinnati, Ohio-Ky.-IN.

Lawton's Continuing Success, We're Number 6
In a recent report issued by the Bank One Economic Outlook Center at Arizona State University, Lawton made the top ten list for creation of nonagricultural job growth. The report compares the total number of new (nonagricultural) jobs created between March 2001 and March 2002. According to the report Lawton ranked sixth in metropolitan markets under 1,000,000 workers. The previous year Lawton ranked 192nd.

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