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Aerospace

Where Should Aerospace Companies Invest? Evaluating Aerospace Manufacturing Hubs

For executives considering where to build a future plant or R&D facility, the United States ranks first globally for the scope and size of its aerospace manufacturing sector. In terms of the state rankings, Arizona jumped to first place, which bumped Florida down to second.

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Corporate HQ / Office

The Reasons Corporate Headquarters are Heading Back Downtown

In order to lure tech-savvy millennials, many companies that years ago moved out to the suburbs are heading back to the urban downtowns that offer the lifestyle this generation of employees desires. And the trend isn't confined to just North America’s biggest cities.

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Construction / Project Planning

Adaptive Reuse and Infill Projects Change the Urban Landscape

Although there are some challenges to adaptive reuse and infill projects, they can help to develop creative office space in historic, vibrant metro areas, while boosting ROI and environmental sustainability, and catering to the local community and talent pool.

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Automotive

The Self-Driving Car… Science Fiction or Reality?

OEMs and their suppliers, as well as technology companies, are all getting into the development of self-driving vehicles, while interest in rideshare is gaining.

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International Location Reports

Mexico Positioned to Attract Increased Foreign Investment, Anchored by Manufacturing

A solid economic performance and a pro-business climate — enhanced by political reforms and improved government stability — are helping to attract FDI to Mexico.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Regional Talent Attraction Study Results: It’s Not All About Core Cities

As many regions have become equally or more concerned with supporting existing companies than with recruiting new businesses, attracting and retaining talent has become a focal point. Which counties are standing out with high net migration and skilled job growth?

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Advanced Manufacturing

First Person: Robots Fueling the Next Wave of Transformation in Manufacturing

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Jim Lawton, Rethink Robotics Chief Product & Marketing Officer, about the impact of robots on the labor force and on manufacturers, in particular.

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Automotive

Labor Force Challenges / Solutions in the Auto Industry

As the auto industry prepares to launch record numbers of new and refreshed models over the next few years, the need for skilled trades workers will increase.

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Location Canada

Foreign Investors Connect to the World from Canada

Canada’s logistics infrastructure and trade connections can be quite beneficial to foreign investors and shippers.

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Aerospace

Aerospace Industry Costs "Disrupted" by Economic Development Partnerships

As competition for aerospace investment and jobs heats up, economic developers are increasingly offering tax relief, infrastructure and financial support, and workforce partnerships.

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Location Canada

Looking to Canada to Satisfy Your Workforce Needs

With six out of 10 CIOs believing skills shortages will prevent their organizations from keeping up with the speed of change, the solution might be closer than expected. One needs only to look up.

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Tennessee

Location Notebook: Tennessee A Growing Hub for Logistics

With an already powerful industry cluster and a strong multimodal transportation infrastructure, Tennessee’s transportation / distribution / logistics sector continues to add jobs and investment.

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Mississippi

Location Notebook: Advanced Manufacturing Key to Mississippi’s Economy

Mississippi is taking steps to ensure its growing advanced manufacturing sector can fulfill its need for a skilled workforce.

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Location Canada

Canada: A Leader in FDI Attractiveness

Canada’s new federal government is expected to build on the nation’s already enviable position for foreign direct investment, which is enhanced by numerous tax and other financial incentives.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

Small Manufacturers: Dealing with the New Overtime Rules Challenge

In order to comply with the new rules, small and mid-tier manufacturers may opt to increase salaries or cut OT hours and increase workforce productivity, among other strategies. For many, there will be a wait-and-see approach while absorbing the initial shock.

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Automotive

Automotive Manufacturing Goes Digital

The automotive industry’s survival depends on digital factories, which can unleash 10 to 20 percent cost savings in production.

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Location Canada

The “Northern Secret” of Canada’s Cities Revealed

Advanced technology companies are drawn by Canada’s overall cost and other advantages, while recognizing the synergism found in its urban centers.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Front Line: “Smart Cities” Use Technology & Data to Improve Citizens’ Lives

The DOT has awarded a grant to Columbus, Ohio, so that the city can employ numerous “smart mobility” technologies that will help improve citizens’ lives, with the added benefit of showcasing the city to the tech community.

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Aerospace

Location Trends in the Aerospace Industry

A natural geographical shift, lean supply chain management, and a new approach to incentives offerings are influencing aerospace companies’ location decisions.

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Advanced Manufacturing

First Person: The Importance of Manufacturing to the U.S. Economy

Stephen Gold, President & CEO of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), discusses the true impact of manufacturing on the nation’s economy and standard of living.

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