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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Top Mistakes Companies Make During the Site Selection Process

Oftentimes, companies make mistakes in the location decision process that may prove detrimental to their long-term success — Here are the most common ones.

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Labor Costs / Organized Labor

The New World of Right to Work

When making the location decision, companies should be wary of using RTW status as a location requirement and instead dig deeper into regional and local union activity.

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Workplace Trends

Following the Millennial Workforce Back to the Burbs

Are millennials really the corporate disrupters we’ve come to know?

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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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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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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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Food Processing

Location Trends in the Food Industry: What’s Driving Decision-Making in 2017?

When working with economic developers, food processing companies should look for an industry-specific value proposition supported with compelling data and local insight.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

The Collaboration Score: The Missing Link in Site Selection

Though qualitative in nature, a community’s “collaboration score” indicates whether or not its stakeholders are fully aligned with respect to business attraction strategies and are committed to working collaboratively with a prospective company to ensure its project comes to fruition.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Technological and Other Changes Steering Logistics Decisions

For manufacturing and distribution…it’s logistics, logistics, logistics, which is revolutionizing the supply chain — including the location decision process.

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Taxes / Incentives

Using Incentives to Tip the Corporate Capital Approval Scales

A company will be better able to pursue and justify the use of incentives in the capital approval process by communicating and illustrating their impact on its investment decision.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Why Local Geography Still Matters in the Global Location Decision

When analyzing the primary cost and quality factors that drive the site selection decision, companies need to be aware of the differences that exist not only regionally but also locally.

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Food Processing

A Changing Food Manufacturing Industry

Evolving consumer preferences, the use of automation, food safety regulations, and foreign direct investment are stirring up the food industry.

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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

The Importance of Community Strategic Planning in the Location Decision

As the surge in corporate relocation continues, sophisticated organizations are demanding a relatively new — but critical — component for streamlining their site selection process and increasing the likelihood of success.

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Contributed Content

St. Pete Grows Smart

Its smart growth policies have helped St. Petersburg, Florida, to preserve its “charm” while attracting a diverse group of businesses.

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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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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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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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Food Processing

Dinner on the Front Porch: How E-Commerce Is Affecting the Food Industry

As consumers receive more and more of their food through e-commerce, food manufacturers, assemblers, and distribution networks are going to have to think differently.

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Biotech / Life Sciences

The U.S. Is Serious About Life Sciences

The biopharmaceutical and life science industries are recognized as important economic drivers across the nation.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

Industry Sea Changes Affecting U.S. Shipping Gateways

Damage from recent hurricanes could have a ripple effect across U.S. seaports, underscoring the rising demand for more sophisticated industrial real estate and infrastructure.

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Sustainable Development

The Future of Corporate Sustainability

Although U.S. companies are facing less political pressure to continue their sustainability efforts, they will continue to do so in response to workforce and customer demands.

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DCs / Warehousing

Is There A Warehouse in Retail Assets’ Future?

Reviving dead malls as warehouses is not as easy as it may seem; they’re more likely to become “lifestyle” destinations or mixed-use complexes.

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