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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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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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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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Construction / Project Planning

In Focus: A Changing Technology Landscape for the Construction Industry

Durable, environmentally resilient, and powerful mobility tools are needed by construction workers to keep a project on schedule and ultimately enhance a company’s bottom line.

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West Virginia

Location Notebook: West Virginia’s Economic Diversification Helping the State to Meet Challenges

The P&G win was an important one for the state, providing validation that West Virginia can be a competitive place to do business.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Frontline: Cities Pledge to Reduce and Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions

With the formation of the Compact of Mayors, cities worldwide are preparing GHG inventories for buildings and transport and hope to link this data to development priorities.

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Asset / Facility Management

In Focus: To Address Energy Goals, Remember the Building Envelope

A preventative approach from the outside in draws on roofs, walls, and windows to save energy.

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Data Centers

Cloud Adoption Multiplying Data Center Demand

The rising reliance on digital content and data sovereignty laws are driving demand for data center space.

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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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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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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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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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Advanced Manufacturing

FrontLine: Forward-Thinking Companies Leveraging Additive Manufacturing

Companies with visionary leaders who are proactive and invest in emerging technologies now will reap the payoffs in the future.

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Asset / Facility Management

In Focus: Interior Wall Protection Upgrades Help Meet Facility Management Benchmarks

An upgrade in interior wall protection is more than just a facelift; it can reinforce branding as well as reduce long-term maintenance and repair costs.

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Taxes / Incentives

The PATH to Credits and Incentives

The PATH Act provides companies with more stability in terms of investment planning and may significantly impact the number and scale of future investments.

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Automotive

Automated Vehicles Revolutionizing the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is transforming and innovating complex, sophisticated technologies at a rapid pace, changing not only the industry itself, but also global transportation.

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Workplace Trends

Healthy Workspaces Boost Employee Morale and Productivity

While most employees would agree that their environment has an impact on their health — and evidence-based research supports this — how many have considered whether the workplace promotes a healthy lifestyle and helps them achieve their wellness goals?

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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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