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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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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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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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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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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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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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Contributed Content

U.S.-Italy Collaboration Helping to Advance Manufacturing Innovation

The Italian Trade Agency’s Innovation Days events further strengthen U.S.-Italy advanced manufacturing ties by inspiring partnerships among academic and industry innovators.

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Contributed Content

Relationships, Partnerships, and Connections Are Key to Attracting Investment

Relationships are key to knowing what site selectors and investors are seeking, to learning their needs, and to helping them succeed.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Industry 4.0: The Influence of Big Data on the Manufacturing Floor

By effectively embracing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), the manufacturing sector can analyze processes and identify optimization possibilities.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

In Focus: Make Way for the Game-Changers

Organizations that encourage and foster innovation — at all levels — will stay ahead of the curve.

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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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