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Location Canada >>

International Location Report: Energy and Manufacturing Drive Canada’s Economic Growth

There are lots of reasons Canada is consistently a top G-7 performer - not only is its banking system one of the best in the world, it has a highly diversified economy, ranging from traditional industries like forestry and mining to knowledge-based sectors like IT, life sciences, and advanced manufacturing. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Economic Forecast: What Lies Ahead in 2015?

As the nation turns the calendar once again, a new round of forecasts is under way, and once again the skies seem to be looking a bit sunnier, characterized as “encouraging” by Sophia Koropeckyj, managing director of Industry Economics at Moody’s Analytics. More
Aerospace >>

Front Line: Preparing for Takeoff in the Drone Industry

As drones become smaller, more affordable, and easier to operate, they’re being eyed for use in everything from agriculture to construction and real estate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there could be 30,000 of them in American skies by 2020, and according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the business of manufacturing and flying drones could become an $82 billion industry within 10 years. More
Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Enhancing the Sustainability of Existing Buildings

Existing buildings 20 years or older, constructed at a time when energy consumption and environmental impact were barely considered, make up 72 percent of commercial square footage in the United States. There are many cost-effective opportunities for achieving environmental benefits and reducing energy consumption by promoting more sustainable operations among these assets. More
 
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Leading Practices to Consider When Beginning the Location Decision Process

Identifying all stakeholders early on, defining evaluation criteria, staying ahead of the changing environment, and assessing risk lead to obtaining an appropriate site and avoiding costly mishaps. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Advanced Technology and the Changing Face of U.S. Manufacturing

U.S. manufacturers are investing in advanced equipment, automation, and robotics in order to drive down the cost of production and compete in the global economy. The net result has the potential to transform our industrial base. More
Mississippi >>

Mississippi: A Top Manufacturing State Is Meeting Its Challenges Head On

In many parts of the country, manufacturing is more of a fond memory than a reality. Not so in Mississippi, which is very much a state that makes things. More
Workforce Training / Education >>

Workforce: The Location Factor Companies Must Get Right

Sustainable success in attracting and retaining corporate business investment requires excellence across a range of location factors, but chief among them is workforce. More
Thought Leadership
View Point

In Focus: Tenants Must Plan for the Unimaginable

Nora Hogan, Principal, Transwestern 
Business shifts are often unimaginable to the tenant at the beginning of a lease term, but planning for them is as important as negotiating any other element in the agreement. More
View Point

First Person: Foreign Investment Driving Uptick in Manufacturing Plant Construction

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction 
Stephen Gray, Gray Construction CEO, comments on manufacturing’s contribution to U.S. economic growth and the factors influencing the uptick in construction of domestic plants. More
The Top Site Selection Factors

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Availability of Skilled Labor an Acute Need

With a growing U.S. economy and an “onshoring” trend fanning demand, the availability of skilled labor has become the #1 factor in site decisions. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility - The Supplier/Market Connection

Highway accessibility ranks as the #2 most important factor to corporate executives, certainly reflecting the crucial role of transportation costs and logistical efficiencies in a U.S. and global market with less and less margin for error in the supply chain. More
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