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Construction / Project Planning

Front Line: Construction Industry Faces a Labor Shortage

As construction labor market tightens, will project deadlines slip?

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Construction / Project Planning

Due Diligence: Thoroughly Investigating the Technical Aspects of a Site

By carefully examining site conditions/logistics, environmental regulations/risk, as well as the area surrounding the chosen site, companies can avoid delays and cost overruns.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Tennessee - Focusing on Rural Development

Realizing the need to stimulate growth in rural areas, state legislators, educators, and other stakeholders came together to pass legislation, certify sites, and increase broadband access among other measures aimed at attracting business and tourism.

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Advanced Manufacturing

University Innovation Parks Link the Academic and “Real World”

Research and innovation parks continue to evolve to meet the needs of students, faculty, and private-sector tenants alike.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

America’s Economic Strength Built on Global Connections

Considering the fact that global investment from foreign-based companies supports 6.8 million American jobs, U.S. trade policy should not be viewed as an “us vs. them” proposition.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Kentucky's Favorable Business Climate Brings Record Corporate Investment

Through pro-business initiatives — including cutting red tape, passing RTW legislation, and customizing workforce training — Kentucky captured record investment in 2017 and sees more success ahead.

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Data Centers

Use Dictates the Parameters in Data Center Design and Construction

How does an experienced data center developer meet the challenges of today’s diverse design and construction requirements?

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Contributed Content

Iowa Sets Ambitious Workforce Education Goals

In order to satisfy workforce needs, Iowa is fostering K–12 STEM education and aiming to increase postsecondary education and training via free community college and other measures.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Trade Policy Creates Risk for North American Industrial Outlook

The industrial forecast is strong. Will a revamped NAFTA change that?

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Advanced Manufacturing

First Person: Disruptive Technologies Changing the Business Landscape

Area Development recently asked Jack Uldrich, a global futurist and author, about today’s disruptive technologies and what business leaders need to do to stay ahead of the curve. Uldrich frequently speaks about technology, change management, and leadership to Fortune 100 corporations, venture capital firms, associations, NGOs, and government bodies around the world.

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Asset / Facility Management

Rethinking How to Incorporate Technology into Office and Building Design

Technology infrastructure needs to be incorporated into facility plans before design work is done in order to avoid busting the budget.

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Location USA

Challenges Facing the International Project Manager of an FDI project

An interview with Franck Mouriaux, chief engineer at RUAG Schweiz and project manager at RUAG Space in Florida, helps shed light on the process and challenges a foreign company faces when setting up a facility in the U.S.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Cape Coral-Desirable for Business Owners and Residents Alike

A pro-business environment and an enviable quality of life have made Cape Coral a haven for biomedical and other light manufacturing companies.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Get On Track With a Rail-Served Site

The economic and environmental benefits of freight rail transportation should be considered when developing your next facility.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

STEM Grads: At the Core of the Tech Location Decision

The search for tech talent is leading companies to look at some traditional as well as surprising locations and also putting workspace buildout in a new perspective.

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Energy / Clean Tech

The Renewable Energy Industry Must Adapt to U.S. Tax Reform

Renewable energy production facility developers must reconsider how to optimize their capital structures in the new tax environment.

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Advanced Manufacturing

What Does Industry 4.0 Mean for U.S. Manufacturing?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming global production and supply chains, but the future depends on how well the industry’s human leaders can understand its machines.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: A New Age for Trucking

High driver turnover, the new mandate limiting drivers’ hours on the road, and the boom in e-commerce are spurring the adoption of driverless trucks.

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