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The Critical Site Selection Factors

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Front Line: One-Year Update on the Revised Ozone Standard

September 30th marked an important clean air deadline. That’s when governors had to send EPA a list of in-state regions judged to comply, or not, with the revised ozone (O3) standard, changed one year earlier, October 1, 2015.

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Location Canada

Canada’s Intent to Create the World’s Largest Trading Bloc

Combined with NAFTA, CETA provides companies located in Canada with preferential access to the world’s two largest economies — the U.S. and the EU — that together with Canada represent half of the world’s GDP.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

In Focus: Has the Moment for Infrastructure Revival Arrived?

The United States has indisputably underfunded infrastructure spending for the past several decades, and the lack of investment has been cited as a key constraint to doing business domestically. If Congress aligns with the White House in support of greater infrastructure funding, many states and cities stand to benefit.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Editor’s Note: Cobots Driving Innovation and Growth

Advanced technologies and robotics are shaping the future of manufacturing making factories more efficient and productive than ever. However, because of the complexity of many of today’s processes, human workers are complemented — not replaced — by their robotic counterparts.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Reshoring and Skilled Workforce Go Hand in Hand

A higher skilled workforce is necessary for reshoring to occur, but recruiting that workforce also requires reshoring to be visibly successful.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

The “Truth” on the Ground: Understanding Your Potential Workforce

Understanding your potential workforce is critical when undertaking a site selection project. Ensuring you will have employees with the right skills at the right price at each of your location options can lead to long-term success.

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Kentucky

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Serious about Advanced Manufacturing

Automotive, aerospace, and pharmaceutical companies are among Kentucky’s advanced manufacturers that are benefiting from the varied support services offered by the state, including its efforts to build a highly skilled workforce.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Higher Ed for Hire: Providing Fuel for High-demand, High-skilled Jobs

Long-term university-industry partnerships, agile community college curriculums and creative government funding are providing the “secret sauce” for workforce development and a supportive pipeline for future regional industrial growth.

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Workplace Trends

Location Strategies in the War for Millennial Talent

When it comes to attracting tech-savvy millennials, companies are giving a fresh look to metro areas and downtowns that will give them a competitive edge.

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Tennessee

Location Notebook: Foreign Investment Making a Powerful Impact in Tennessee

Companies across the globe are making investments and creating jobs in Tennessee to connect with suppliers and ultimately reach the vast U.S. market.

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Indiana

Location Notebook: Indiana Workforce Initiatives Attract and Retain Industry

Indiana is meeting its workforce challenges, while drawing upon its infrastructure and other strengths to attract business.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Should “Urbanization” Drive the Location Decision?

Companies have been following the millennial talent pipeline to the urban locales this population cohort prefers, but as this group ages their lifestyle preferences — and your company’s location choices — may change.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Frontline: Defend Trade Secrets Act Gives Added Protection for Tech Companies

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law in May, 2016 by President Obama, has received wide industry praise from manufacturers as well as industry trade organizations.

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Taxes / Incentives

The Importance of an Incentives Review Process

Today’s reality requires companies to develop an incentives review process and give it due resources in order to obtain and stay in compliance with valuable negotiated incentives.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

First Person: TPP Will Update the Rulebook for Trade

John Murphy, Sr. VP for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently explained to Area Development’s editor why trade agreements are important for the U.S. economy and discussed the negative consequences of a retreat on trade.

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Food Processing

Maintaining the “Cold Supply Chain” From Manufacturer to Consumer

Having a food defense plan helps suppliers, distributors, and operators maintain the safety of the food products they handle, as well as helping protect everyone’s business.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Frontline: Women Will Help Fill the Manufacturing Skills Gap

Realizing that women are an untapped labor pool for manufacturers, several companies are undertaking initiatives to recruit and develop the best female talent.

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Medical/Pharmaceutical

What’s Driving Pharmaceutical Firms’ Operations Siting Decisions?

A pharma company’s position in the drug life cycle chain affects where it will locate, as does its need for a skilled workforce and low taxes, among other concerns.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Digital Transformation in the Manufacturing Sector

To drive market gains in today’s rapid pace of digitization, organizations must move decisively to align technology and digital with strategy and culture, choosing continuous improvement, agility, automation and transparency over business-as-usual.

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Workplace Trends

The Mountain in Your Location Decision: Discovering the Impact of Work-Life Balance Options on the Workforce

Choosing a location where your employees can have a healthy work-life balance can lower employee turnover and also increase their productivity.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Workforce Workshop: Evaluating a Community’s Labor Pool

The company must identify its needs, canvass local markets, and assess prospective locations’ educational resources before it can make a site decision.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Utility Companies: Powerful Economic Development Partners

Utility economic development organizations can bring a lot to the table during the corporate location process, especially in terms of technical expertise along with strategic and project-level funding.

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