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Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Rising Seaport Activity Spurs Industrial Real Estate Growth Eastward

Major U.S. seaports are experiencing significant growth -- shipping volumes were up by 3.3 percent on the previous peak seen in 2007. And accordingly, so is the real estate activity around them. Last year, warehousing and other industrial space within three hours of a seaport comprised 60 percent of active user requirements, while nearly half of current construction activity nationally is taking place within three hours of a major seaport. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Revolutionary Advances in Life Sciences amid Industry Disruption and Uncertainty

Major economic, social, and regulatory factors are having big impacts on the life sciences and medical device industries, representing an opportunity for innovative companies to become new leaders and gain market share. More
California >>

Special Investment Report: California’s Central Valley

It’s a region of great contrasts. More than four million people call it home, and so do hundreds of thousands of cows. It’s a region big on oil production that also happens to have some of the world’s biggest wind and solar power installations. More than 200 crops grow here, and so do dozens of companies developing new aerospace technologies and countless other innovations. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Energy-Rich States Growing U.S. Economy, Shifting Global Balance

States with plentiful energy resources exhibited the fastest rates of economic growth last year; nationwide growth in energy-related jobs was more than twice the national average of overall job growth. More
 
Top Site Selection Factors >>

Going Beyond Traditional Metrics in the Site Location Process to Find a Perfect “Fit”

A comprehensive location strategy looks beyond the financial and real estate aspects of a community and carefully identifies characteristics that are not found in data sets, culminating in a project agreement that places emphasis on “community fit” and “service after sale” in addition to incentive programming. More
Economy / Economic Analysis >>

Positive Outlook for Middle Market Manufacturing Execs

Amid growing optimism, the manufacturing sector plans to add jobs over the next 12 months. Small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months — and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period. In fact, these growing companies expect to increase their workforces by 6 percent, up from 4 percent in 2013. More
Nevada >>

Location Notebook: Tesla’s “Gigafactory” - Reno’s Game Changer

With the announcement that Tesla picked Reno for its highly publicized $5 billion “gigafactory,” the area took a giant step toward civic leaders' goal of remaking its economy and image. To win the project, the state offered a rich — and what will be a highly scrutinized — incentive package. Will the bold gamble pay off? More
Automotive >>

The Changing Geography of the American Auto Industry

Where is auto production currently concentrated, and where will the industry expand in the future? More
Workforce 2014

Low Costs + Skilled Workforce = A Perfect Fit

The site selection process has always been a complex balancing act of finding the “perfect” combination between the ideal physical location and the most qualified and available workforce, with the cost of doing business in each location tempering the two considerations. More

Zero-Sum Labor - The C-Suite's Next Wicked Problem

The impending chronic shortage of qualified workers is causing employers to rethink their business models, locations, and role in their host communities. More
Leading Locations for 2014

Leading Locations for 2014: The "Recession-Busting" MSA's

A look at how three MSAs ranked in the top 15 of the “Recession-Busting” category in Area Development's 2014 Leading Metro Locations report are arising from the difficulties of the Great Recession and putting themselves on new growth arcs. More

Leading Locations for 2014: The MSAs with Strongest Prime Work Force Growth

A yawning gap has developed between millions of potentially available workers and the increasingly sophisticated skills they would require to qualify for today’s generally tech-oriented jobs. More
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