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2017 Top States For Doing Business

Automotive / Aerospace Industry Report

Inward Investment Guides

Recent Features

Logistics / Infrastructure

Infrastructure and Its Role in the U.S. Economy

The federal government is leaning toward the creation of public-private partnerships to finance much-needed improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, which is vital to the manufacturing sector as well as national security.

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Data Centers

The Surge of Hyperscale Data Centers

Large content enterprise users are building data center complexes around the world, with nearly half in the U.S., and many in secondary markets.

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Asset / Facility Management

Sustainability, Resilience and Wellness: Pulse of the Industry in 2017

A recent survey of the real estate and construction industry reveals that sustainability in the built environment continues to grow year after year, despite real or perceived added costs.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

The New World of Right to Work

When making the location decision, companies should be wary of using RTW status as a location requirement and instead dig deeper into regional and local union activity.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Top Mistakes Companies Make During the Site Selection Process

Oftentimes, companies make mistakes in the location decision process that may prove detrimental to their long-term success — Here are the most common ones.

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Contributed Content

Startup Scene Emerges in Tampa Bay

Entrepreneurs are seeing healthy investment opportunities in the Tampa Bay region, and the area is now how to more than 150 tech startups.

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Portfolio Management / CRE

What Corporate Executives Need To Know When Making Location Decisions

Companies should look to their landlords or developers of their facilities for several attributes, key among them being reliability, flexibility, and a sense of partnership.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Tennessee - A Place to Grow Headquarters Operations

A pro-business environment is helping Tennessee to attract headquarters operations and grow its business and professional services sector, while its quality of life draws workers to the state.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Unemployment Numbers Reflect a Recovering Economy

As the U.S. economy has rebounded from the Great Recession and added jobs, unemployment has fallen to record lows in many states, creating worker shortages that need to be addressed.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Kentucky Is Prime Ground for Logistics and Distribution

Companies like UPS, DHL, Amazon, and others are taking advantage of Kentucky’s centralized location and highly developed infrastructure to move freight by air, water, rail, and road.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Manufacturing Jobs: An Economic Driver

Although U.S. manufacturing has lost millions of jobs over the last few decades, it still has the highest multiplier effect of any sector, with each manufacturing job generating four elsewhere in the economy.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Front Line: Amazon’s HQ2 Finalists Reflect a Growing Shift in Geographical Clout

The 20 finalist locations for Amazon’s second headquarters location include several smaller cities that are not typically thought of as technology centers.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

In Focus: The ELD Mandate - How It Will Change Your Business Operations

The ELD Mandate, which will change how truckers operate, will ultimately benefit both the trucking industry and the shippers/manufacturers that utilize the industry’s services.

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Contributed Content

Knowledge-Industry Firm Grows in a Small, Iowa Manufacturing City

A former mill town on the Mississippi River is home to an insurer that continues to expand and is working on attracting data-driven industry with its pool of college-educated workers.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

The Importance of Community Strategic Planning in the Location Decision

As the surge in corporate relocation continues, sophisticated organizations are demanding a relatively new — but critical — component for streamlining their site selection process and increasing the likelihood of success.

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Food Processing

A Changing Food Manufacturing Industry

Evolving consumer preferences, the use of automation, food safety regulations, and foreign direct investment are stirring up the food industry.

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Advanced Manufacturing

American Manufacturing: Back in the Game?

The U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rebound as a result of pent-up demand for goods and, perhaps, the effect of the Trump administration’s “pro-America” agenda.

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Asset / Facility Management

Resiliency Considerations — Is Your Facility At Risk?

Property owners who properly assess, maintain, and upgrade their facilities so that they are resilient to natural disasters — and who have contingency plans in place — will save time and money, and protect the value of their asset, in the long run.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Gauging the Long-Term Competitiveness of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Although the U.S. ranks highly in terms of its global advanced manufacturing competitiveness, some challenges to this ranking must be addressed.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Anticipating the Workplace Needs of Generation Z

The new kids in the workplace differ from previous generations and present major implications for workplace design.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Educational Attainment Can Impact Location Decisions

Companies looking for workers with advanced skill sets can look to states with college educated workforces, but oftentimes workers with postsecondary vocational and technical training can help to fulfill companies’ needs.

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Workplace Trends

How Millennial Workforce Trends Are Affecting Business

Companies looking to hire millennials need to take into account their lifestyle and workplace preferences, while figuring out how to train them and integrate them into a multigenerational workforce.

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