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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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Location Canada

The Canadian Labor Force Works for Success

A highly educated, diverse, low-cost workforce is drawing businesses to set up their facilities in Canada.

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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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Contributed Content

Innovative University Partnerships Advance the Fintech Landscape in Florida

As the “Fintech” industry’s need for employees with advanced IT and cybersecurity skills grows, locations that can provide such a workforce are becoming hotbeds for the industry.

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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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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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Taxes / Incentives

A Smarter Way to Incentivize

Governments and corporate site selectors alike should consider whether sometimes overly generous tax incentives are the best way to align their goals.

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Asset / Facility Management

Integrating Technology Into the Corporate Headquarters Facility

Businesses that utilize technology to ensure their corporate headquarters are ready for the future will realize productivity, economic, and other gains.

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Sustainable Development

Automakers Enter the Circular Economy

Industrial companies, including automotive firms, are among those reinventing how businesses find, use, and dispose of the resources and materials that make up global trade.

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Workplace Trends

How Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Can Help Solve America’s Labor Shortage

Companies that institute family-friendly workplace policies will be more successful in recruiting and retaining the skilled talent they need, leading to a more robust performance for themselves and the overall economy.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

In Focus: Examining Commerce’s Misguided Auto Imports Investigation

With international auto companies responsible for more than three quarters of U.S. auto manufacturing job growth from 2010 to 2015, an examination of foreign imports as a threat to national security may just backfire.

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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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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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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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Location Canada

Innovative Superclusters to Foster Economic Growth

The Government of Canada is investing C$950 million in five economic superclusters aimed at making the nation a world-leading center for innovation.

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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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Automotive

Is the Automotive Aftermarket Immune to E-Commerce?

Auto parts suppliers are responding to the growth in e-commerce with a multi-pronged strategy, from the expansion of retail locations to the addition of regional and “mega” distribution hubs.

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Workforce Training / Education

First Person: “New Collar” Workers Needed to Support Manufacturing

Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce.

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Construction / Project Planning

You’ve Found the Perfect Site — Now What?

A site’s existing conditions, zoning regulations, and surroundings are just some of the elements that must be considered in order to turn the site into the ideal location for your project.

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Plastics

Plastics Industry Flourishes in Response to Market Demand

With U.S. natural gas costs being so low, the U.S. plastics industry continues to grow, while keeping an eye out for supply chain challenges brought about by changes in trade policy.

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