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Skilled Labor / STEM

Putting Military Veterans’ Skills to Work

Programs to hire military veterans, who have acquired problem-solving and leadership skills during their service, as well as programs to hire their spouses, are expanding.

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Contributed Content

A New Age for St. Pete, FL

Millennials are being drawn to St. Pete’s affordable cost of living and outdoor recreational opportunities, while businesses benefit from the area’s transportation options and access to a skilled workforce provided by five institutions of higher learning.

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Food Processing

Ensuring Food Safety and Sanitary Design in Food Manufacturing Facilities

In order for food manufacturers to meet today’s high facilities’ standards for food safety and sanitary design, they should utilize a structured preconstruction approach that solicits input from many stakeholders.

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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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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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Contributed Content

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Iowa’s Economy

Supply chain mapping, data on autonomous fleets, and low-cost renewable energy can all be found in Iowa…surprised? You shouldn’t be.

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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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Location Canada

The Not-So-Secret Advantages of a Canadian Location

Canada’s business advantages have been recognized for quite some time, resulting in the nation receiving numerous accolades.

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Workplace Trends

First Person: Siemens Real Estate’s Use of Intelligent Space Design Impacts Employee Productivity and the Bottom Line

Area Development’s editor recently asked Michael Kruklinski about intelligent space management at Siemens and how office configuration can play a role in employee satisfaction and productivity.

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Manufacturing Workforce Certifications Will Help to Close the Skills Gap

Promoting the pursuit of in-demand manufacturing certifications will result in a win-win situation for both the manufacturer and the community in which it chooses to locate.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Front Line: The Competition for Amazon’s HQ2

Like contestants at a beauty pageant, cities across the U.S. and Canada are eagerly awaiting the announcement: where will Amazon decide to build its new $5 billion second headquarters, which will create 50,000 jobs?

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Taxes / Incentives

Clawback Provisions: Negotiating Now to Optimize Long-Term Benefit

Negotiating a suite of incentives for development projects is about more than striking a positive agreement from the outset; it’s also about ensuring that the financial benefits of the deal are preserved and not reduced over the lifetime of the project.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Front Line: A Federal Attempt to Streamline the Permitting Process

With the realization that major infrastructure projects are critical to economic development, the federal government is attempting to streamline the environmental permitting process.

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Contributed Content

Arkansas: Creating a Technology Narrative

With its new coding initiative and other tech-friendly steps, Arkansas is attempting to recruit and retain companies that are focused in computer science and software engineering.

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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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Skilled Labor / STEM

Women in Manufacturing: Closing the Gap

The manufacturing industry is recruiting and advancing women to close the talent gap.

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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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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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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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Workplace Trends

The Impact of Substance Abuse on Finding a Quality Workforce

Employers are paying the price for America’s drug problem in terms of finding a quality workforce, and communities with histories of substance abuse are falling off site selectors’ lists.

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Portfolio Management / CRE

In Focus: Doing Business Without Talking — Millennials’ Impact on CRE

Those involved in corporate real estate are increasingly adopting a digital approach to conducting business.

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