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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
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
Corporate HQ / Office >>

Behind The Walls of Recent Corporate HQ Transformations

Costs issues alone rarely drive a headquarters location decision; they are generally characterized by strategic objectives and a focus on improving performance. More
Thought Leadership
View Point

First Person: A Tire Giant Helps Grow Small Business

John D. Tully, President & COO, Michelin Development Company 
Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine 
Forming positive relationships with the communities in which they are located is important for companies, large and small. These relationships foster further economic growth within the host communities. With that in mind, Area Development’s editor recently interviewed John Tully, the director of Michelin Development, formed specifically to offer support to new small and medium-size businesses. More
View Point

In Focus: New Development of Small Industrial Facilities Expected as Inventory Dwindles

James Martell, President, Ridge Development Company, LLC 
Lack of inventory for smaller scale industrial facilities in certain markets has created more competition among tenants and is expected to prompt activity from regional and national industrial developers, bringing new, state-of-the-art buildings to market. 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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