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Economy / Market Analysis

West’s Economic Lead is Tested in 2016

The Southeast is now vying with the West for the top spot for employment growth. The West is still clearly the leader, but job growth along the South Atlantic coast and in the East South Central — from the Gulf up to Kentucky — has accelerated in recent months.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Reducing Energy Consumption of Manufactured Goods

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Do Free-Trade Agreements Represent Fair Trade?

The U.S. has far fewer free-trade agreements in place than its North American neighbors, while many make arguments for and against these agreements.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Improving the Commute - and Economic Development - With BRT

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) offers communities many advantages, but systems across the nation have met with varied measures of success.

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Taxes / Incentives

Location & Incentive Opportunities and Strategies: The Value in Exploring “the Rest of the Story”

If a company can prove its value to the community where it is or wants to be located, it may be able to secure a valuable incentives package as a result of telling “its story.”

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Location USA

FDI Trends: Continued Growth in 2015

Companies around the world have realized that by locating in the United States they can access a market of 320 million people, avail themselves of a productive workforce, and establish roots in a business-friendly environment.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Ideas for Industry Innovation Ecosystems Put Into Play

Innovation ecosystems and advanced technologies are unlocking opportunities for manufacturers, while advancing national prosperity.

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Capital Access / Finance

Frontline: Sale-Leasebacks Allow Companies to Redeploy Capital

When companies decide to invest in new, custom-built manufacturing or distribution center facilities, they typically do so because of a lack of existing buildings that would meet their needs. But investing in a new facility doesn’t always mean long-term ownership. Sometimes companies opt to sell the facility and then lease it back.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Taking a Product from Prototype to Production

In order to understand a manufacturer’s process of developing innovative products and bringing them to market, ?Area Development’s editor recently spoke with Olivier Brauen, head of Michelin Tweel Technologies, and Jack Olney, the director of sales.

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Workplace Trends

Developing Loyalty Among a Millennial Workforce

A recent survey by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu of millennials reveals that many are planning near-term exits from their current employer organization due to a number of factors. How can this trend be reversed?

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Frontline

Frontline: New Tech Havens Bloom as Digitization Transforms U.S. Economy

The fluidity of digital innovation - and its lack of dependence on a traditional industrial infrastructure - means that tech havens are blooming in newer magnets where tech-savvy workers are prevalent, ranging from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Richmond, Virginia.

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Taxes / Incentives

The R&D Tax Credit — A Game-Changer for Manufacturers

Recent legislation making the R&D tax credit permanent is a big boon to manufacturers of all sizes, helping them to innovate and expand.

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Workplace Trends

Frontline: Incubators Help Startups to Grow and Succeed

Startup fever is exploding across America, as a slow-growth economy, corporate job cutbacks, and the work ethos and expectations of the burgeoning millennial generation reshape the business landscape.

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Location USA

Public Partnerships — Community Support for FDI

With a full toolbox, economic development organizations can help the foreign investor decide where to locate in the United States and help clear a path for a successful endeavor.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Best Practices for Creating an Innovative, Advanced Manufacturing Culture

Promoting innovative, advanced manufacturing cultures within a community involves strategic planning and effective partnership with public institutions.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Public/Private Partnerships Help Entrepreneurs Bring Ideas to the Marketplace

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Becoming Digital — and Innovative — Manufacturers

In an exclusive Area Development interview, Michael Walton, Global Head of Manufacturing Industry, Google for Work, explains why it is important for manufacturers of all sizes to establish a culture of innovation within their organizations and how they can go about doing this.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Unintended Consequences of the Open-Office Model

KC Conway, senior vice president for credit risk management, is responsible for market intelligence at SunTrust Commercial Real Estate and oversees real estate valuation for SunTrust Bank. Conway is a nationally recognized speaker on a wide range of commercial real estate topics, from appraisals and bank regulation to ports and securitization.

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