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Logistics / Infrastructure

For Industrial Development, Rail Is the Gravy Train

Rail development has driven economic opportunity across the United States, opening up new markets and efficiently moving freight.

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Location Canada

Innovative Superclusters to Foster Economic Growth

The Government of Canada is investing C$950 million in five economic superclusters aimed at making the nation a world-leading center for innovation.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Three Tips For Using Labor Market Data

Labor market information is critical, but companies must know the uses and limitations of such data in order to select the optimal location for success.

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Automotive

Is the Automotive Aftermarket Immune to E-Commerce?

Auto parts suppliers are responding to the growth in e-commerce with a multi-pronged strategy, from the expansion of retail locations to the addition of regional and “mega” distribution hubs.

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Sustainable Development

Automakers Enter the Circular Economy

Industrial companies, including automotive firms, are among those reinventing how businesses find, use, and dispose of the resources and materials that make up global trade.

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Location Canada

Canada Remains A Premier Investment Destination

Despite the uncertain investment environment brought about by renegotiation of NAFTA and new U.S.-imposed tariffs, Canada continues to promote FDI by maintaining an open economy, investing in its workforce, and engaging in regional trade partnerships.

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Workplace Trends

How Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Can Help Solve America’s Labor Shortage

Companies that institute family-friendly workplace policies will be more successful in recruiting and retaining the skilled talent they need, leading to a more robust performance for themselves and the overall economy.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Examining Commerce’s Misguided Auto Imports Investigation

With international auto companies responsible for more than three quarters of U.S. auto manufacturing job growth from 2010 to 2015, an examination of foreign imports as a threat to national security may just backfire.

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Taxes / Incentives

Negotiating Incentives for Your Next Capital Investment

When selecting a site for your next U.S. capital investment, keep in mind that incentives alone won’t transform a bad location into a good one. However, a good incentive package can improve a project’s bottom line and solve site-related issues.

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Sustainable Development

When “Green” Turns to Gold

Incentives can help companies improve the ROI of environmental sustainability initiatives.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

The Art and Science of Assessing the Labor Market

Only through a combination of data analysis (the science) and labor interviews (the art) can a company be sure of choosing a location where its workforce needs are satisfied now and in the future.

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Contributed Content

Innovative University Partnerships Advance the Fintech Landscape in Florida

As the “Fintech” industry’s need for employees with advanced IT and cybersecurity skills grows, locations that can provide such a workforce are becoming hotbeds for the industry.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

How Can Big Data Enable More Efficient and Effective Location Decisions and Planning?

Opportunities and challenges present themselves in harnessing the analytical power of internal and external data.

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Taxes / Incentives

A Smarter Way to Incentivize

Governments and corporate site selectors alike should consider whether sometimes overly generous tax incentives are the best way to align their goals.

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Workforce Training / Education

First Person: “New Collar” Workers Needed to Support Manufacturing

Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce.

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Contributed Content

Orlando: A Prime Destination for a STEM Workforce

Although Orlando already has a labor pool possessing STEM skills, it continues to build that resource through a collaboration between its educational institutions, the tech community, and government.

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Construction / Project Planning

You’ve Found the Perfect Site — Now What?

A site’s existing conditions, zoning regulations, and surroundings are just some of the elements that must be considered in order to turn the site into the ideal location for your project.

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Plastics

Plastics Industry Flourishes in Response to Market Demand

With U.S. natural gas costs being so low, the U.S. plastics industry continues to grow, while keeping an eye out for supply chain challenges brought about by changes in trade policy.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Front Line: Union Activity Showing Recent Spikes

Although unions’ influence in the U.S. has diminished over the last four decades, they are still playing a key role in manufacturing and, more recently, the distribution sector.

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Leading Metro Locations

Explaining the Emergence of Smaller and Western Metros

With fast-growing populations and diverse economies, states in the West and Mountain region are showing significant economic growth, while smaller metros are benefitting from their larger urban neighbors’ spillover effect.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Increasing the Ranks of Women in Manufacturing

Through education and mentorship, women will be encouraged to pursue careers in today’s increasingly technological and innovative manufacturing industries.

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