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Wisconsin

Table Stakes: Business Attraction in the Midwest Post-Foxconn

In order for other Midwest states to be ready when opportunity comes knocking, they need to understand the lessons to be learned from the Foxconn deal.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

First Person: A 20-Year Take on the Supply Chain Revolution

Supply chain and logistics activities have become a much more visible part of the real estate industry and crucial among developers over the past 20 years. As the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA and possibly other free trade agreements, Rich Thompson, JLL’s Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions, has been consulting with the firm’s clients about what the future might bring. In this interview, Thompson discusses how supply chain and logistics has been a major driver of industrial development over the last couple of decades — and where it’s headed next.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Regulation’s Impact on Manufacturing

The volume of rules and policies with which manufacturers need to comply is onerous — cutting into their competitiveness and growth opportunities.

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Asset / Facility Management

Scheduling, Planning & Front-End Loading (FEL) Can Keep Projects Open During Construction

Early engineering paves the way for feasible, cost-efficient repair and renovation projects.

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Florida

Special Investment Report: Infrastructure Investment, Educational Resources Support Florida’s Diverse and Growing Economy

Florida has a dynamic and diverse economy that spans a wide range of industries and employs some 8.5 million people.

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Workforce Training / Education

First Person: Education and Perception Struggle to Keep Up with Modern Manufacturing

As new manufacturing processes and technologies come on board at an increasing rate, educational institutions must provide manufacturers with the prepared work force they need; parents may also need to rethink their perceptions of manufacturing of what a manufacturing career is and is not.

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Portfolio Management / CRE

New FASB Lease Standard Targets Real Estate Conflicts of Interests

It’s time for CFOs to act to protect themselves from brokers who are working both ends of a real estate deal by securing a “No Conflict Assurance Statement” from their agents.

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Location Canada

Skilled Talent and a Collaborative Environment Give Canada a Competitive Edge

Its highly educated and diverse population, along with policies geared toward attracting the best and brightest talent, has made Canada essential to technology companies’ growth plans.

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Taxes / Incentives

Foxconn: Breaking Down a $3 Billion Incentives Package

As the “Wisconn Valley” special legislative session examines the structure, performance based metrics and magnitude of an incentives package tied to what would be the largest greenfield investment by a foreign company in U.S. history, it is paramount to understand the road to a $3 billion incentives package.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

The Value of Sustainability in Business Operations

Despite the administration’s focus on removing environmental protections, businesses’ sustainability efforts generally have a positive effect on their image as well as bottom line.

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High Tech/Nano/Electronics

Tech Firms Find New Opportunity in Emerging Hotspots

“Hidden gems” like Sacramento and Albany are winning more industry interest thanks to affordable, talent-rich ecosystems.

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Kentucky

Location Notebook: Big Manufacturing Investments Keep Kentucky’s Automotive Industry Rolling Along

Kentucky is a powerful force in the U.S. auto industry. Major automakers have been building vehicles in the state for generations.

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Workforce Training / Education

Front Line: A New Focus on Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeships have entered the spotlight as a promising solution to the shortage of skilled workers, especially for manufacturers.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Advanced Technologies for the “Connected Age”

With new applications for leading-edge technologies seemingly being developed on an almost daily basis, the eventual implications for business and consumers, and on aspects of daily living, are only just beginning to be understood.

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Contributed Content

First Person: Ontario’s Investment Office Is a One-Stop Information Source for Investors

Allan O’Dette was appointed as Ontario’s first Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in April 2017. He leads the newly created Ontario Investment Office, which has both a domestic and international facing mandate to secure increased investment in key sectors while strengthening the overall competitiveness of Ontario firms.

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Taxes / Incentives

Understanding Federal Tax and Trade Reform Proposals

What do federal tax reform proposals mean for state taxes and the potential impact on discretionary incentives?

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Automotive

Who’s Leading in the Autonomous Driving Race?

Established automakers in America’s Heartland are now competing with Silicon Valley technology companies for the lead in supplying self-driving vehicles and systems.

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Contributed Content

Location Notebook: Project 95 - Innovating to Bring New Prosperity to Rural Tennessee

By utilizing a multifaceted approach that includes an available facility, workforce training and support, incentives, and other assistance, Tennessee’s economic development team plans to bolster the economy of one distressed county at a time.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Frontline: Apple’s $1 Billion Fund to Support U.S. Manufacturing

Among the goals of Apple’s $1billion fund is the creation of thousands of new manufacturing jobs, especially in the computers and electronics fields.

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Workplace Trends

The Changing Workplace: The Rise of Coworking in the Modern Business Landscape

Independent professionals and small startups brought together in a co-working space can benefit from sharing creative ideas, knowledge, resources, and services.

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Automotive

Implications of Renegotiating NAFTA on the Auto and Aerospace Industries

The prospect of NAFTA renegotiation leaves automotive and aerospace OEMs and suppliers uncertain about the future.

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Workplace Trends

Shedding Light on Human Energy in Facility Design

Natural light in the workplace enhances “human energy,” which generates immense shared value for property owners. Given the stresses of modern manufacturing, this may be more critical than ever in the industrial workplace.

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Location Canada

Canada: A Favorable Destination for Foreign Direct Investors

By facilitating trade and technological modernization, Canada continues to break into the investment attraction competition.

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Aerospace

Personal VTOL Aircraft Take Off: What It Means for U.S. Manufacturing

The personal vertical takeoff and landing aircraft business may be in its infancy, but it is clear that it will be a big market. Existing aerospace and defense OEMs have the experience, technology, and capital to win in this emerging market adjacency.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Taking A “Servant Leadership” Approach to Culture Change

A focus on core behaviors — which can be observed and measured — is the first priority in a company’s cultural transformation; it will clarify which behaviors are acceptable and deter the formation of any subcultures.

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Location Canada

Canada Offers R&D-Focused Companies a Range of Opportunities

Canada’s strong mix of funding programs makes it a location worth considering for companies expanding their global R&D footprint.

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