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Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Enhancing the Sustainability of Existing Buildings

Existing buildings 20 years or older, constructed at a time when energy consumption and environmental impact were barely considered, make up 72 percent of commercial square footage in the United States. There are many cost-effective opportunities for achieving environmental benefits and reducing energy consumption by promoting more sustainable operations among these assets. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Advanced Robotics Revolutionizing the Manufacturing and Construction Industries

Once used primarily in the automotive industry, advanced robotics now permeate varied industrial sectors, with their reach even extending to building construction. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Securing Incentives With a Well-Paid Workforce

As a growing number of states augment their business incentives with Quality Jobs programs, manufacturing, technology and other high value-add companies are well positioned to potentially reap significant and often enhanced tax and non-tax benefits. More
Georgia >>

Special Investment Report: Metro Atlanta

With Atlanta’s extremely diverse economy, and growth across a wide range of industry sectors, robust job creation is in the forecast, along with a continued drop in the unemployment rate. The metro area continues to grapple with the need to think regionally as it addresses infrastructure and workforce challenges that are related to, and enable this economic growth. More
 
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

First Person: Cybercrime’s Tax on Manufacturing Innovation and Growth

Area Development recently spoke with Larry Clinton, the president and CEO of the Internet Security Alliance, who noted that cyber security needs to be woven into corporate processes. When done successfully, it can help build competitive advantage. More
Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Measure By Measure, Green and Productivity Goals Become Aligned

Does going green mean your workforce becomes more productive? Sometimes — but not all green workplaces are created equal. Unearthing the hard evidence that a company’s sustainability programs are — or are not — enhancing productivity requires meaningful metrics that quantify both sustainability tactics and productivity impacts. More
DCs / Warehousing >>

Six Predictions Regarding the Industrial RE Market Recovery and How They Have Played Out

When the industrial real estate recovery began, the trends that likely would drive its transformation and progress became a favorite discussion topic among industry practitioners. Just a few years later, our sector continues on a solid, positive trajectory. Now feels like a good time to look at whether those early prognostications have played out. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Rising Seaport Activity Spurs Industrial Real Estate Growth Eastward

Major U.S. seaports are experiencing significant growth -- shipping volumes were up by 3.3 percent on the previous peak seen in 2007. And accordingly, so is the real estate activity around them. Last year, warehousing and other industrial space within three hours of a seaport comprised 60 percent of active user requirements, while nearly half of current construction activity nationally is taking place within three hours of a major seaport. More
Thought Leadership
View Point

First Person: A Tire Giant Helps Grow Small Business

John D. Tully, President & COO, Michelin Development Company 
Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine 
Forming positive relationships with the communities in which they are located is important for companies, large and small. These relationships foster further economic growth within the host communities. With that in mind, Area Development’s editor recently interviewed John Tully, the director of Michelin Development, formed specifically to offer support to new small and medium-size businesses. More
View Point

In Focus: New Development of Small Industrial Facilities Expected as Inventory Dwindles

James Martell, President, Ridge Development Company, LLC 
Lack of inventory for smaller scale industrial facilities in certain markets has created more competition among tenants and is expected to prompt activity from regional and national industrial developers, bringing new, state-of-the-art buildings to market. More
The Top Site Selection Factors

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Advanced ICT - Companies Look to Visionary Locales

The rise of “big data” in nearly every industry vertical has promoted continued importance of a robust information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure as a site selection factor. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Available Buildings - Can’t Get Much Tighter

Now that we are in a clear growth mode, companies seeking industrial, distribution, R&D facilities, and office space increasingly are pressed to find existing buildings that will accommodate their needs. More
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