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Plastics

Plastics Industry Flourishes in Response to Market Demand

With U.S. natural gas costs being so low, the U.S. plastics industry continues to grow, while keeping an eye out for supply chain challenges brought about by changes in trade policy.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Examining Commerce’s Misguided Auto Imports Investigation

With international auto companies responsible for more than three quarters of U.S. auto manufacturing job growth from 2010 to 2015, an examination of foreign imports as a threat to national security may just backfire.

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Taxes / Incentives

Negotiating Incentives for Your Next Capital Investment

When selecting a site for your next U.S. capital investment, keep in mind that incentives alone won’t transform a bad location into a good one. However, a good incentive package can improve a project’s bottom line and solve site-related issues.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Which Locations Are Drawing FinTech Companies?

Irrespective of their size, the strongest markets for financial technology companies have a workforce that aligns to best serve all distinctive skill set and cost requirements.

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Sustainable Development

When “Green” Turns to Gold

Incentives can help companies improve the ROI of environmental sustainability initiatives.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Increasing the Ranks of Women in Manufacturing

Through education and mentorship, women will be encouraged to pursue careers in today’s increasingly technological and innovative manufacturing industries.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Steel Tariffs to Prevent U.S. Economic Growth

The recently enacted tariffs on steel and aluminum have created an uncertain investment climate for both domestic and foreign firms, causing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies and put their expansion plans on hold.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

A “Marshall Plan” to Develop and Attract Talent

When businesses are considering where to set up shop or expand existing operations, one of the driving influences behind their decision is access to talent.

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Location USA

Made in America: An Outlook for Manufacturing in the U.S.

Multinational firms continue to make significant investments in U.S. manufacturing facilities and logistics networks regardless of vagaries in trade policy.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Retaking the Rust Belt

Across the Midwest, new life is being breathed into old industrial facilities that are becoming home to IoT incubators, office space, and other mixed-use development.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Tennessee’s Comprehensive Workforce Development Efforts

From offering free postsecondary education to partnering with employers on workforce training programs to identifying skills gaps, Tennessee is tackling the challenge of fulfilling industry’s short- and long-term labor force needs.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Front Line: Union Activity Showing Recent Spikes

Although unions’ influence in the U.S. has diminished over the last four decades, they are still playing a key role in manufacturing and, more recently, the distribution sector.

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Leading Metro Locations

Explaining the Emergence of Smaller and Western Metros

With fast-growing populations and diverse economies, states in the West and Mountain region are showing significant economic growth, while smaller metros are benefitting from their larger urban neighbors’ spillover effect.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Editor’s Note: Deconstructing Legislative Outcomes

Policy and legislative changes may cause business leaders to hesitate before making their next move.

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Contributed Content

How Innovation and Tourism Work Side By Side in Orlando

The success of Orlando’s theme park industry and cross-disciplinary technology innovation have led to the region becoming a leading destination for high-tech companies.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

The Art and Science of Assessing the Labor Market

Only through a combination of data analysis (the science) and labor interviews (the art) can a company be sure of choosing a location where its workforce needs are satisfied now and in the future.

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Location USA

The Team…and the Timing When Making a U.S. Location Decision

The company’s executive team, working in conjunction with outside legal and other consultants in a timely manner, can create a “win” for both the business and the community in which it chooses to locate.

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Construction / Project Planning

The New EPA Rules: Opportunity and Risk

While to some companies less stringent EPA regulations can be an advantage, submitting to the lowest environmental standards carries costs of its own.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Thinking Outside the Box to Fulfill Workforce Needs

Some businesses are looking to nontraditional labor pools — including ex-offenders, recovering addicts, and those with disabilities — as potential employees.

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DCs / Warehousing

In Focus: E-Tail Creating Demand for Urban Warehouses

In order to be close to their target markets, e-retailers are locating warehouses in urban locations and taking advantage of these densely populated areas’ built-in employee bases.

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