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Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Measure By Measure, Green and Productivity Goals Become Aligned

Does going green mean your workforce becomes more productive? Sometimes — but not all green workplaces are created equal. Unearthing the hard evidence that a company’s sustainability programs are — or are not — enhancing productivity requires meaningful metrics that quantify both sustainability tactics and productivity impacts. More
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
 
Georgia >>

Special Investment Report: Metro Atlanta

With Atlanta’s extremely diverse economy, and growth across a wide range of industry sectors, robust job creation is in the forecast, along with a continued drop in the unemployment rate. The metro area continues to grapple with the need to think regionally as it addresses infrastructure and workforce challenges that are related to, and enable this economic growth. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

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 / Market 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
Thought Leadership
View Point

First Person: A Tire Giant Helps Grow Small Business

John D. Tully, President & COO, Michelin Development Company 
Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine 
Forming positive relationships with the communities in which they are located is important for companies, large and small. These relationships foster further economic growth within the host communities. With that in mind, Area Development’s editor recently interviewed John Tully, the director of Michelin Development, formed specifically to offer support to new small and medium-size businesses. More
View Point

In Focus: New Development of Small Industrial Facilities Expected as Inventory Dwindles

James Martell, President, Ridge Development Company, LLC 
Lack of inventory for smaller scale industrial facilities in certain markets has created more competition among tenants and is expected to prompt activity from regional and national industrial developers, bringing new, state-of-the-art buildings to market. More
The Top Site Selection Factors

Critical Site Selection Factor #9: Low Union Profile - Unions Still a “No-Go” Factor for Many

Having a low union profile ranked as slightly more important in Area Development’s latest Corporate Survey, up one position to #9. But in a similarly incremental sense, U.S. unions overall actually may have gained some ground over the last year. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #10: Energy Availability and Costs Losing Currency

The cost and availability of energy has been dropping in importance as a site selection factor, ranking #10 in the 2013 Area Development Corporate Survey, down from its #6 position a year earlier. The drop seems to reflect a persistent weakness in natural gas prices as well as a steady rise in alternative-energy capabilities across the country. More
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