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Government Policy / Business Climate

Industry Leaders Speak on Issues Facing Small Manufacturers, and Optimism for the Future

Small-to-medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of the supply chain, making the parts and products that enable their larger counterparts to compete, grow and thrive. They constitute nearly 90 percent of manufacturing's contribution to the economy so it’s vital to understand and address the issues facing them.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Environmental Considerations for a Prospective Port Tenant

Industrial tenants looking to operate on port property should perform thorough environmental diligence before occupancy, carefully analyze lease obligations, and understand the relevant permitting and regulatory obligations.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Alternative Workplace Strategies: Open Offices Gaining Traction

An open or hybrid office can help to promote employee collaboration and boost productivity, while also resulting in cost savings.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Record Demand Brings New Heights and Challenges to Industrial Real Estate Market

The continued growth of e-commerce, promised infrastructure upgrades, and new and creative development are some of the trends affecting the industrial real estate market.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Gubernatorial Shift: New Economic Development Policies

New governors of eight states reveal their ideas for strengthening their states’ economies and growing their business bases.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Changing Investor Climates at Home and Abroad

An uncertain political environment — both in the U.S. and the UK — is making FDI decisions difficult for companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

In Focus: Why America’s Supply Chain Is Shifting East

With a vast rail and intermodal network, East Coast ports are well positioned to support the growing e-commerce trend.

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American Public Power Association

Powerful Economic Development & Business Partners

Publicly owned utilities have always been deeply involved in economic development.

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Corporate Exec Survey Results

13th Annual Consultants Survey: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Concern Over Proposed Trump Policies

The responding consultants are confident that economic conditions under the Trump administration will be favorable to their clients moving ahead with new facilities plans, but also believe potential penalties for moving offshore will affect those plans. In fact, nearly two thirds believe there will be financial inducements to reshore operations. And 100 percent say finding skilled labor is the number-one priority.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

Lab Space is Hard to Find in Top U.S. Life Sciences Clusters

The 5th annual JLL report identifies where life sciences companies are locating — and the trends driving them there.

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Sustainable Development

Edible Gardens Enliven Industrial Properties, Accelerate Valuations

Urban farms can help to attract new industrial businesses, accelerate property values, and engender camaraderie between co-workers.

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Location USA

The Importance of FDI to the U.S. Economy

With its historical strengths and other location advantages, the U.S. has become the destination of choice for FDI, and economic developers recognize its significant impact.

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Tennessee

Location Notebook: Tennessee Automotive on the Road to Prosperity

The automotive industry is making a significant contribution to Tennessee’s economic growth, while partnering with the state’s educational institutions in order to satisfy its need for workers with specialized skillsets.

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Capital Access / Finance

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment.

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Workplace Trends

Knockin’ on the Golden Door: Top Real Estate Trends to Beat the Competition

Companies - and communities - that align their real estate and workforce strategies will enhance their competitive positions.

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Advanced Manufacturing

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive.

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Corporate HQ / Office

It’s Your Move: Critical Considerations When Relocating Corporate Headquarters

The improving economy is making it more financially feasible for companies to relocate their corporate headquarters, but such a move calls for careful consideration of a variety of factors that will determine the ultimate success — or failure — of relocation.

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Manufacturing / Industrial

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Editor's Note: Will Corporate Optimism Be Sustained?

How the new administration addresses the issues of immigration and workforce training, as well as trade agreements, offshoring, and other concerns remains to be seen, but it will ultimately affect the sustainability of corporate optimism, plans for growth, and business competitiveness.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Automation Takes Hold, But Humans Still Needed

According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, as well others in the field of robotics, automation will eliminate some jobs but also help to create new ones.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Workforce Supply and Demand in the Automotive Industry

More technology and automation means auto makers require fewer workers (with relatively low labor costs), but their workforce needs are increasingly tech-focused—a trend that’s going to accelerate with the rise of driverless cars and trucks.

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