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Automotive

The Automotive Industry: On The Eve Of Disruption

Electrification and autonomous driving are just two of the forces disrupting the auto industry, as INCUMBENT automakers compete with new entrants into the field.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Taking A “Servant Leadership” Approach to Culture Change

A focus on core behaviors — which can be observed and measured — is the first priority in a company’s cultural transformation; it will clarify which behaviors are acceptable and deter the formation of any subcultures.

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Aerospace

Personal VTOL Aircraft Take Off: What It Means for U.S. Manufacturing

The personal vertical takeoff and landing aircraft business may be in its infancy, but it is clear that it will be a big market. Existing aerospace and defense OEMs have the experience, technology, and capital to win in this emerging market adjacency.

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Economy / Market Analysis

The Select Few Metros Where Wages Are Really Growing

A recent analysis from Emsi suggests that the labor market might not be as tight as the data shows — or at least not tight enough for businesses in aggregate to significantly drive up wages.

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Automotive

Who’s Leading in the Autonomous Driving Race?

Established automakers in America’s Heartland are now competing with Silicon Valley technology companies for the lead in supplying self-driving vehicles and systems.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee

By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Frontline: Apple’s $1 Billion Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

Among the goals of Apple’s $1billion fund is the creation of thousands of new manufacturing jobs, especially in the computers and electronics fields.

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Workplace Trends

The Changing Workplace: The Rise of Coworking in the Modern Business Landscape

Independent professionals and small startups brought together in a co-working space can benefit from sharing creative ideas, knowledge, resources, and services.

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Automotive

Implications of Renegotiating NAFTA on the Auto and Aerospace Industries

The prospect of NAFTA renegotiation leaves automotive and aerospace OEMs and suppliers uncertain about the future.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

The Factors Fueling a Resurgence in U.S. Multimodal Freight

Whether or not a facility takes immediate advantage of a site’s access, intermodal proximity has become an increasing priority for many industrial users.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

How U.S. Manufacturers Can Navigate the Route to the New Trade Policy

Manufacturers need to prepare now for prospective trade policy changes so that they may recalibrate their supply chains if need be.

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Location Canada

Canada: A Favorable Destination for Foreign Direct Investors

By facilitating trade and technological modernization, Canada continues to break into the investment attraction competition.

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Kentucky

Location Notebook: Big Manufacturing Investments Keep Kentucky’s Automotive Industry Rolling Along

Kentucky is a powerful force in the U.S. auto industry. Major automakers have been building vehicles in the state for generations.

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High Tech/Nano/Electronics

Tech Firms Find New Opportunity in Emerging Hotspots

“Hidden gems” like Sacramento and Albany are winning more industry interest thanks to affordable, talent-rich ecosystems.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

The Value of Sustainability in Business Operations

Despite the administration’s focus on removing environmental protections, businesses’ sustainability efforts generally have a positive effect on their image as well as bottom line.

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Indiana

Location Notebook: Louisville-Southern Indiana Offer Bi-State Regional Advantages

Although these two locales compete for business to a certain extent, each benefits from the advantages provided by its neighbor, as do the businesses located there.

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Contributed Content

Arkansas’ Thriving Timber Basket

With its healthy forests, modern transportation infrastructure, and an available trained workforce, Arkansas’ timber industry has recently enjoyed a resurgence.

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Asset / Facility Management

Scheduling, Planning & Front-End Loading (FEL) Can Keep Projects Open During Construction

Early engineering paves the way for feasible, cost-efficient repair and renovation projects.

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Florida

Special Investment Report: Infrastructure Investment, Educational Resources Support Florida’s Diverse and Growing Economy

Florida has a dynamic and diverse economy that spans a wide range of industries and employs some 8.5 million people.

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Workforce Training / Education

First Person: Education and Perception Struggle to Keep Up with Modern Manufacturing

As new manufacturing processes and technologies come on board at an increasing rate, educational institutions must provide manufacturers with the prepared work force they need; parents may also need to rethink their perceptions of manufacturing of what a manufacturing career is and is not.

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Portfolio Management / CRE

New FASB Lease Standard Targets Real Estate Conflicts of Interests

It’s time for CFOs to act to protect themselves from brokers who are working both ends of a real estate deal by securing a “No Conflict Assurance Statement” from their agents.

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Location Canada

Skilled Talent and a Collaborative Environment Give Canada a Competitive Edge

Its highly educated and diverse population, along with policies geared toward attracting the best and brightest talent, has made Canada essential to technology companies’ growth plans.

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Workplace Trends

Shedding Light on Human Energy in Facility Design

Natural light in the workplace enhances “human energy,” which generates immense shared value for property owners. Given the stresses of modern manufacturing, this may be more critical than ever in the industrial workplace.

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Taxes / Incentives

Foxconn: Breaking Down a $3 Billion Incentives Package

As the “Wisconn Valley” special legislative session examines the structure, performance based metrics and magnitude of an incentives package tied to what would be the largest greenfield investment by a foreign company in U.S. history, it is paramount to understand the road to a $3 billion incentives package.

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