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Food Processing

Siting A New Production Plant: A Challenge Intensifies

The increasing role of food safety has caused a geological upheaval in how and where food is manufactured.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

What Is the Future of Work?

As they look to the future, today’s HR leaders need to quickly adjust to change and technological innovation in the 21st century. In this interview, Cheryl Cran, a “future of work expert,” discusses why companies must build “future-ready” workplaces that are attractive to multiple generations of diverse workers. They also need to locate these workplaces in dynamic communities that will provide the workforce with a fulfilling lifestyle.

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Contributed Content

Tech Innovators Find a Home for Invention and Growth in Canada

New incentives are making Canada an attractive place to invest.

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Food Processing

The Value of Laser Scanning to Your Food Facility Project

Data captured through laser scanning of your existing food processing facility can help with buildout of a new or customized operation.

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Workplace Trends

The Value of a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Workplace

Smart workplaces are flexible and personalized to attract a high-performing, diverse workforce.

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Advanced Manufacturing

First Person: Internet Security for the Manufacturing Industry

Cybersecurity has become an increasingly important concern for businesses of all types and sizes. To find out more about the cyber threats these companies are facing, Area Development recently interviewed Oliver Dehning, CEO for U.S. operations at Hornetsecurity, a cybersecurity firm focused on cloud-based solutions.

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Taxes / Incentives

Agile Real Estate’s Impact on Incentives

Agile real estate solutions that reduce your firm’s level of investment and/or headcount may have an effect on incentives provided by state and local entities.

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Taxes / Incentives

Understanding - and Capitalizing on - Opportunity Zones

The U.S. Treasury recently released regulations that will guide governance and implementation of Opportunity Zones, which have the potential to attract more than $50 billion of capital to low-income communities.

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Taxes / Incentives

Why Do Many Incentives Awarded Remain Unused?

There’s often a mismatch between incentives provided and those an organization — which also needs to be aware of any “strings attached” — can actually use.

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Construction / Project Planning

The Ins and Outs of Working With an Architectural / Engineering Firm

It’s important that clients new to working with an A/E firm understand their standard business processes in order to achieve a successful capital project.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Evaluating a Workforce Pipeline During Times of Low Unemployment

Although the education levels of a state’s workforce should be a significant consideration for any project expansion or relocation, that data alone may not be sufficient to tell the whole story of the workforce for a particular market.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations.

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Workplace Trends

Drawing a Maturing Urban Workforce Outside the Central Business District

If a company wants to succeed in drawing — and retaining — a maturing urban workforce to urban fringe communities and beyond, it needs to focus on a location’s quality of life, high-level amenities, and sense of community.

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Aerospace

Designing the Aircraft Manufacturing Facility

Everything about an aircraft manufacturing and assembly building must be driven by the manufacturing process.

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Advanced Manufacturing

In Focus: Capitalizing on the Speed of 3D Printing

3D printing, rapid prototyping isn’t just for product development; it has helped to create a culture where waste reduction is a priority.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

The Impact of Tariffs on Supply Chain Costs

The worsening tariff situation will affect prices throughout the international supply chain that supports companies’ operations both in the U.S. and abroad — and ultimately affect their bottom line.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

What’s Your U.S. Manufacturing and Tariff Strategy?

With the uncertain future of new tariffs and penalties, is it time to consider building a manufacturing site in the United States?

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Skilled Labor / STEM

The War for Talent — A Battle for Employee Attraction and Retention

Employers need to anticipate the competition for employees, increase wages, recruit nationally, and utilize local site selection strategies to attract the desired talent.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Technology and the Evolution of the Real Estate Industry

The marriage of physical and digital technologies is having a transformative effect on real estate markets — from industrial and distribution to office.

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Workplace Trends

Millennials Spark Seismic Shift in Site Selection

Those looking for a location for a new facility are focusing on communities that differentiate themselves through their quality of life, labor force, and cultural fit.

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Contributed Content

Richmond, Virginia: A Top Destination for Middle-Office Relocation

Companies are moving their mid-level professional jobs to less expensive locations that still provide a talented workforce pipeline and an attractive quality of life.

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Construction / Project Planning

Frontline: UAVs Provide Construction Industry With Clearer Sight Line

As companies increasingly use drones to monitor progress on construction projects, the FAA is easing restrictions that are currently limiting their use.

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Taxes / Incentives

Incentive Considerations in M&A Transactions

A company that is acquiring or selling a business needs to evaluate the potential advantages and liabilities of incentives already in place, as well as opportunities for future incentives.

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Construction / Project Planning

The Calculus of Master Planning an Industrial Site Project

Effective master planning results in seamless construction projects and builds the momentum for lean, concise operations and continued success.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Nashville Is Now on the Financial Services Map

AllianceBernstein’s move to Nashville has made it a major player in the financial services sector.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

The Search Is On, But Should We Tell?

When site selecting, there are pros and cons to maintaining confidentiality as well as to making the search public; it all depends upon your company’s current situation.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

The Promise of Predictive Analytics in Site Selection

Data science that encompasses analytically rigorous predictive models has the ability to disrupt the conventional location decision process.

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