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The Canadian Advantage: Competitive Business Costs and Low Taxes

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Location Canada 2015)

Competitive costs and low taxes help to fuel the diverse economy on display in Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories. More

Capital Investment, Technology Upgrades to Bolster Mexico’s Diverse Manufacturing Sectors

Dan Emerson (Q3 2015)

Whether they are manufacturing vehicles, airplanes, electrical cable, or something else, companies are finding the resources they need to compete in Mexico. More

Implications of Additive Manufacturing for the Auto Industry

Joshua Cregger, Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research (Q3 2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Additive manufacturing is evolving from prototyping to diagnostic tools to the production of vehicle bodies, although it’s still not feasible for use on a large scale. More

Industry/Education Partnerships Hold Promise for Advanced Technology Industries

Dave Claborn , Director of Development and Community Relations, Ohio State University, Marion (Q3 2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

As older skilled workers retire and younger workers take their place in industries with constantly evolving technology, the boundaries between industry and academia have begun to blur. More

Choosing the Optimal Site for an Aviation-Related Project

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q3 2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

If current trends continue, a conservative estimate reveals there will be more than 1,000 announcements of aviation-related projects in the United States over the next decade. The best location decisions will be made by project teams that not only look at the current overall costs, but also have a deep understanding of hidden site development costs, in addition to the long-term political/financial stability that a region can provide. More

First Person: A Precision Aerospace Manufacturer Relocates Production from Mexico Back to New England

Scott Livingston, President and CEO, Horst Engineering Family of Companies (Q3 2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

A staff editor for Area Development recently interviewed Scott Livingston, the president and CEO of the Horst Engineering Family of Companies, a privately held contract manufacturer of precision-machined components and assemblies for aerospace and other high-technology industries which recently returned production to the U.S. from Mexico. More

Texas Today 2015: Diversified Texas Economy Still in Growth Mode

Dan Emerson (Q2 2015)

Texas’s industrial growth hasn’t been confined to one industry - or one region - and the state is continuing to build on its successes. More

Auto/Aero Firms Redrawing the Map

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2015)

Strong sales in the auto industry and a rebounding aerospace sector are spurring new facility/expansion projects in legacy as well as new locations. More

Regional Report: Auto, Aviation, Energy Drive Growth in the South

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2015)

The Southern States are driving into the future on the strength of the motor vehicle industry. These states tend to be heavy on manufacturing; their manufacturing sectors tend to have strong automotive activity, and it’s a good time to be in that business. That’s among the reasons all six of the states in this region took home Area Development’s Silver Shovel honors earlier this year. More

In Focus: New Blood Needed For Manufacturing

Douglas B. Rose, President, AeroGear (Directory 2015)

If there is to be a sustained U.S. manufacturing resurgence, firms must act in consortia to grow regional industrial ecosystem resources, just like aircraft engine manufacturers and suppliers are doing in the Connecticut River Valley. But, to preserve manufacturing's most precious resource - skilled workers - our thinking, and educational polices, must be revised on a national level. More

Regional Report: Slow But Steady Economic Growth in New England States

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)

Jobs are coming back slowly in New England, with aerospace/defense, bioscience, and fulfillment centers taking the lead. More

Regional Report: A Unique Focus on Business Expansion in the Pacific States

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2015)

California is applying unique approaches to economic development programs in order to encourage in-state development while the other Pacific States are leveraging their unique geographic and market positions to focus on aerospace, clean tech and exports growth. More

Location Notebook: Entrepreneurialism Is Riding High in Kentucky

Cynthia Kincaid , Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2015)

By helping entrepreneurs and small business, Kentucky has managed to regain economic strength sapped by the recession. More

International Location Report: Mexican Economy on the Upswing

Mark Crawford (Directory 2015)

One of the biggest recipients of FDI, Mexico has attracted a range of industrial investments in recent years, with its exports rebounding strongly. More

First Person: Developing the Next Generation of STEM Leaders and Space Technology

Jennifer Carter, Director of Space Science, Institute for Aerospace Education, Curriculum Director, SpaceTrek (Directory 2015)

Jennifer Carter, curriculum director for SpaceTrek at Morehead State University and director of Space Science for the Institute of Aerospace Education, recently talked with Area Development about the role that space science is now playing in growing the leaders and small businesses of tomorrow. The Space Science Center has become an important focus for research in nanosatellite technologies. More

Location Notebook: Economic Innovation in the “New” New Orleans

Craig Guillot (Directory 2015)

As New Orleans approaches the 10-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in 2015, the city is in many ways barely recognizable to what it was years ago. Economists and national publications say it has undergone one of the most rapid and dramatic economic turnarounds in recent American history. More

Advanced Technology and the Changing Face of U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford (Q4 2014)

U.S. manufacturers are investing in advanced equipment, automation, and robotics in order to drive down the cost of production and compete in the global economy. The net result has the potential to transform our industrial base. More

Front Line: Preparing for Takeoff in the Drone Industry

Craig Guillot (Q4 2014)

As drones become smaller, more affordable, and easier to operate, they’re being eyed for use in everything from agriculture to construction and real estate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there could be 30,000 of them in American skies by 2020, and according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the business of manufacturing and flying drones could become an $82 billion industry within 10 years. More

Special Investment Report: California’s Central Valley

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2014)

It’s a region of great contrasts. More than four million people call it home, and so do hundreds of thousands of cows. It’s a region big on oil production that also happens to have some of the world’s biggest wind and solar power installations. More than 200 crops grow here, and so do dozens of companies developing new aerospace technologies and countless other innovations. More

Electronics, Photonics, and Digital Media Sectors: Key to Future U.S. Competitiveness

Mark Crawford (Q3 2014)

These interconnected industries will be drivers in stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and improving global competitiveness. Collaboration among private-sector companies, universities, and government on research and commercialization will be vital. More