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Taxes / Incentives >>

Well-Designed Incentives: Not a Zero-Sum Game

When both a company’s and community’s goals are clear, the desired outcomes are realistic, and the responsibility of all parties expressly laid forth, benefits can be achieved for both the public and private sector. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Mountain Region States Highlighting Innovation and Pioneer Industries

States in the mountain region are pulling out the stops to attract advanced technology companies. Nowhere is this more true than in Nevada, where Tesla is building its gigafactory, which will be the world’s largest and most advanced battery factory. More
Virginia >>

Front Line: In Prince William County, VA, Serious Gaming Boosts Training Simulation

Earlier this year, George Mason University, celebrated the opening of its new Simulation and Game Institute (SGI) which could become a regional pipeline for STEM talent. More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

Skillfully Managing a Manufacturing Reshoring Project

There’s more involved in successfully reshoring a foreign manufacturing operation back to the U.S. than simple cost comparisons. These initiatives have many moving parts and require careful planning. So where should a company begin? More
 
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

The United States: A Growing Competitor for New Manufacturing Plants

As companies continue to review their global site selection options, they are realizing the strong, measurable advantages a U.S. location offers. These advantages can easily be overlooked if the location decision is based on limited information or preconceived notions. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

In Focus: New Blood Needed For Manufacturing

If there is to be a sustained U.S. manufacturing resurgence, firms must act in consortia to grow regional industrial ecosystem resources, just like aircraft engine manufacturers and suppliers are doing in the Connecticut River Valley. But, to preserve manufacturing's most precious resource - skilled workers - our thinking, and educational polices, must be revised on a national level. More
Kentucky >>

Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky

By helping entrepreneurs and small business, Kentucky has managed to regain economic strength sapped by the recession. More
Energy / Clean Tech >>

Shale Gas Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing Industry…While Environmentalists Have Their Say

Although some states are rolling back or banning fracking due to potential environmental impact, overall, U.S. shale gas development and production is surging and helping to trigger a resurgence in manufacturing. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Decision-Makers, Drivers, and Inner Workings of the Location Selection Process

Those charged with making the location decision look to satisfy the company’s long-term goals, while achieving a return on the investment and minimizing risk. 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: Aerospace Industry Focuses on Technological Growth and Job Retention

Jeff Troan, Director, Lockheed Martin Corporate Treasury 
Jeff Troan, of Lockheed Martin, talks to staff writer Clare Goldsberry about economic development issues facing the aerospace industry including priorities when making location decisions and the value of incentives. 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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