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Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

First Person: Unites States Uniquely Positioned for Economic Success throughout 21st Century

One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Peter Zeihan, a former analyst at the geopolitical security firm Stratfor and author of The Accidental Superpower. Zeihan discusses the North American shale boom and the role of the U.S. in protecting global trade. More
Data Centers >>

Expanding the Cloud: The Top Data Center Markets in North America

The data center market is seeing high demand and low price. The competitive pricing is due in part to the large number of options available, yet the industry is expected to enjoy 32 percent growth in North America by 2016, ultimately becoming a $14.8 billion market. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Creating & Maintaining a Cost-Effective Supply Chain

A detailed mapping of the supply chain, locational considerations, and the use of foreign-trade zones can all help to reduce supply-chain costs, while increasing velocity. More
Data Centers >>

The Changing Landscape of Data Centers

Identifying the type of data center operator and understanding the purpose of the facility are critical to getting the right information to the stakeholders responsible for making a location decision. More
Location USA >>

How U.S. States are Targeting Foreign Direct Investment

State and regional economic development organizations are developing a variety of strategies to market their best assets, build relationships, and improve their business climates to attract FDI. More
 
Construction / Project Planning >>

Project Definition Improves Industrial Project Delivery

Taking a proactive and collaborative approach in the preconstruction phase is key to arriving at a project definition that will lead to successful project delivery. More
Location USA >>

U.S. Labor: Satisfying Foreign Investors’ Needs

Although the labor environment varies from state to state, foreign companies choosing a U.S. location are finding competitive wage rates, quality training resources, and workers eager to join their labor forces. More
Location USA >>

Key Business Issues to Consider When Making an International Location Decision

Although each international firm and each project is unique, there are certain location and quality-of-life criteria they all must evaluate. More
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

What The Labor Board’s New Rules Mean For Your Company

The NLRB’s new union election rules shorten a company’s chances for convincing employees that there’s no need for a union — which could be preemptively avoided by better labor-management communication. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Public Power Communities Shine the Light on Innovation

Public power utilities, which are owned by the communities they serve, have an inherent interest in helping those communities to innovate and prosper. 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 #1: Availability of Skilled Labor an Acute Need

With a growing U.S. economy and an “onshoring” trend fanning demand, the availability of skilled labor has become the #1 factor in site decisions. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility - The Supplier/Market Connection

Highway accessibility ranks as the #2 most important factor to corporate executives, certainly reflecting the crucial role of transportation costs and logistical efficiencies in a U.S. and global market with less and less margin for error in the supply chain. More
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