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31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives Commentary

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Skilled Labor / STEM

Workforce Supply and Demand in the Automotive Industry

More technology and automation means auto makers require fewer workers (with relatively low labor costs), but their workforce needs are increasingly tech-focused—a trend that’s going to accelerate with the rise of driverless cars and trucks.

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American Public Power Association

Powerful Economic Development & Business Partners

Publicly owned utilities have always been deeply involved in economic development.

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Logistics / Infrastructure

In Focus: Why America’s Supply Chain Is Shifting East

With a vast rail and intermodal network, East Coast ports are well positioned to support the growing e-commerce trend.

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Food Processing

A Taste for Change: What's Driving the Rise of the Specialty Food Market

The demand for specialty foods has seen a sharp increase, forcing food and beverage producers to make dramatic changes to manufacturing processes and product ingredients.

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Workplace Trends

In Focus: Regulation Rollback - Will Worker Safety Suffer Under Trump Administration?

Business leaders - not government regulators - are ultimately responsible for worker safety. Here’s how business leaders can drive desired safety outcomes faster than any new regulation.

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Medical/Pharmaceutical

Frontline: 21st Century Cures Act May Spur Pharma/ Medical Device Expansions in U.S.

Funding provided by the 21st Century Cures Act, as well changes in FDA approval procedures, may lead pharma and medical device companies to expand their operations, with an eye on U.S. locations to accommodate the new administration’s interventions.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

The Future of Site Location Decisions Outside the U.S.

The Trump administration’s desire to impose large tariffs on companies that manufacture overseas and ship products into the U.S. has left more questions than answers — and this protectionist policy is an oversimplification of what’s really at stake.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Record Demand Brings New Heights and Challenges to Industrial Real Estate Market

The continued growth of e-commerce, promised infrastructure upgrades, and new and creative development are some of the trends affecting the industrial real estate market.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Gubernatorial Shift: New Economic Development Policies

New governors of eight states reveal their ideas for strengthening their states’ economies and growing their business bases.

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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Changing Investor Climates at Home and Abroad

An uncertain political environment — both in the U.S. and the UK — is making FDI decisions difficult for companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Advanced Manufacturing

Automation Takes Hold, But Humans Still Needed

According to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, as well others in the field of robotics, automation will eliminate some jobs but also help to create new ones.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Editor's Note: Will Corporate Optimism Be Sustained?

How the new administration addresses the issues of immigration and workforce training, as well as trade agreements, offshoring, and other concerns remains to be seen, but it will ultimately affect the sustainability of corporate optimism, plans for growth, and business competitiveness.

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Manufacturing / Industrial

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed.

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Government Policy / Business Climate

Frontline: One-Year Update on the Revised Ozone Standard

September 30th marked an important clean air deadline. That’s when governors had to send EPA a list of in-state regions judged to comply, or not, with the revised ozone (O3) standard, changed one year earlier, October 1, 2015.

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DCs / Warehousing

Efficient Pallet Storage in Industrial Warehouse and Distribution Space

In order to optimize productivity and profitability of your warehouse, consider product size, the available area, and the method of product retrieval.

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Economy / Market Analysis

Editor’s Note: About Those Manufacturing Jobs…

Overall U.S. labor force participation rate (LPR) has trended downward since 2010 - which could be tied in part to skill sets not matching up to today’s job opportunities - creating a low unemployment paradox.

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Corporate Exec Survey Results

Editor’s Note: Manufacturing Execs Offer Insights on the Effect of Trump Administration’s Policies on Growth

75% of C-level manufacturing executives surveyed believe that economic conditions under the new Trump administration will be favorable to moving ahead with new facility or facility expansion plans.

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Capital Access / Finance

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment.

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Workplace Trends

Knockin’ on the Golden Door: Top Real Estate Trends to Beat the Competition

Companies - and communities - that align their real estate and workforce strategies will enhance their competitive positions.

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Advanced Manufacturing

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive.

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Corporate HQ / Office

It’s Your Move: Critical Considerations When Relocating Corporate Headquarters

The improving economy is making it more financially feasible for companies to relocate their corporate headquarters, but such a move calls for careful consideration of a variety of factors that will determine the ultimate success — or failure — of relocation.

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