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Florida >>

Frontline: IQ Orlando Brings High-Tech Life Science Innovation to Central Florida

Established in 2014, IQ Orlando looks to identify, recruit, and invest in a capital network for life sciences and healthcare companies. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

In Focus: How 3-D Printing Will Impact the Supply Chain and Commercial Real Estate

As 3-D printing makes on-demand manufacturing feasible, it will affect the supply chain, causing producers to locate closer to their major markets. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

First Person: Skills for a Successful Career in the 21st Century

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Nigel Dessau, author of Become a 21st Century Executive: Breaking Away From the Pack. Dessau has more than 25 years experience in marketing and sales support in both the U.S. and Europe, having previously held positions at ADCLARO, AMD, and Sun Microsystems. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Companies Diversify Shallow Economies While Building New Markets

The New Markets Tax Credit program has helped companies to establish and expand their businesses, while bolstering the distressed economies of their chosen locations. More
Workplace Trends >>

The Next Generation of Live, Work, Play

Thinking “outside the box,” how can rural America outcompete big cities for top talent? Be cool and be unique. More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

Frontline: Walmart’s “Made in USA” Program Encourages Reshoring

This year Walmart partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to help companies manufacture more consumer products in the U.S. The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” More
Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More
Food Processing >>

Facility Engineering, Design & Construction to Support Food Processing

Food processors are leaving no stone unturned during the engineering and design phase to ensure their facilities can meet consumer demands for product safety and quality. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Advanced Manufacturing Changing the Economic Landscape

Across the country, states and localities are working with manufacturers to create and grow outposts for advanced manufacturing. More
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

In Focus: Why the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Decision Will be a Bad Deal for Manufacturers

The recent NLRB decision that maintains manufacturers are joint employers with temporary staffing agencies will allow unions to get their foot in the door. More
Asset / Facility Management >>

ADA 25 Years Later: It’s All About Education for Industrial Facility Owners

A lot has changed since the act was passed in 1990, with building owners and designers becoming more educated and understanding the spirit of the law. More
Food Processing >>

Consumer Demographics and Preferences Drive Food Industry Location Decisions

Changing consumer demographics and preferences require food-processing companies to quickly innovate, and they are locating in regions that have the assets to accommodate this need. More
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Life Sciences Hub Cities Come With Big Price Tags — and Big Returns

The pressure to innovate means the right locations are worth their rising rents and labor costs. More
Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Leveraging Applications Experts and Tools for Effective HVAC Systems

Given the complexity of HVAC systems, their impact on performance, and the investment required, leveraging the expertise of HVAC manufacturer applications can be a critical enhancement. More
Workplace Trends >>

Frontline: Part-Timers (By Choice) Diversify the Workforce

There is a growing population of workers who, by choice, prefer to work part-time hours. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figure cited by Bloomberg, six million Americans are choosing to work part time — an increase of about 12 percent since 2007. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Incentives for Advanced Manufacturing: Out of Step with the Times

Automation and other process improvements have drastically reduced the number of workers needed to achieve a given level of productivity. Have state governments that use tax breaks and other inducements to attract industrial projects updated their incentives to reflect these changing times? Conversations with site selection consultants and state officials paint a varied picture. More
Tennessee >>

Location Notebook: Well-Connected Tennessee Innovating to Distribute Success

Tennessee ranks highly for its certified sites program as well as its transportation infrastructure, and the state is employing innovative strategies to address educational and other challenges. More
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