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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

The Role of FTZs in the Changing Global Sandbox

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) (Location USA 2017 )

While the use of a foreign-trade zone may be beneficial to a company considering FDI into the U.S., the firm still needs to have an explicit understanding of its goals and its tolerance for risk. More

A Transactional Overview of Foreign Direct Investment into the United States

George H. Pretty, Parker Poe (Location USA 2017 )

Despite common factors driving FDI decisions, each project is unique and, once defined, the FDI transaction can be broken down into project management components and timelines. More

The Importance of FDI to the U.S. Economy

Leslie Wagner, Senior Principal, Ginovus (Location USA 2017 )

With its historical strengths and other location advantages, the U.S. has become the destination of choice for FDI, and economic developers recognize its significant impact. More

31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives Commentary: Political Risk Comes to the United States

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q1 2017)

International site selection is already changing in response to our new era of presidential tweeting. To last year’s rankings must now be added the challenges presented by major shifts in federal policies and tactics. More

Changing Investor Climates at Home and Abroad

Joe Phillips, Managing Director, All Out Location (Q1 2017)

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. More

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

Steven L. Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity (Q1 2017)

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. More

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

Bob Cook, Senior Vice President, Latin America, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)

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. More

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

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

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. More

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

Dan Emerson (Q1 2017)

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. More

International Location Report: Expectations for a Steady Canadian Economy in 2017

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2017)

Expanded immigration will help Canada to fill its need for skilled workers as its high-tech industry sectors expand and its economy continues to grow. More

International Location Report: Mexico Maintaining a Place in Global Manufacturing

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2017)

Despite dealing with a collapse in oil prices and threats of new tariffs to be imposed by the incoming Trump administration, Mexico retains significant economic advantages. More

Canada’s Intent to Create the World’s Largest Trading Bloc

Michael Darch, Founding President, Consider Canada Cities Alliance (Directory 2017)

Combined with NAFTA, CETA provides companies located in Canada with preferential access to the world’s two largest economies — the U.S. and the EU — that together with Canada represent half of the world’s GDP. More

Location Notebook: Foreign Investment Making a Powerful Impact in Tennessee

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2017)

Companies across the globe are making investments and creating jobs in Tennessee to connect with suppliers and ultimately reach the vast U.S. market. More

Reshoring and Skilled Workforce Go Hand in Hand

Harry Moser , Founder/President, The Reshoring Initiative (Workforce Q4 2016)

A higher skilled workforce is necessary for reshoring to occur, but recruiting that workforce also requires reshoring to be visibly successful. More

First Person: TPP Will Update the Rulebook for Trade

John G. Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy, U.S. Chamber and Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2016)

John Murphy, Sr. VP for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently explained to Area Development’s editor why trade agreements are important for the U.S. economy and discussed the negative consequences of a retreat on trade. More

Foreign Investors Connect to the World from Canada

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Location Canada 2016)

Canada’s logistics infrastructure and trade connections can be quite beneficial to foreign investors and shippers. More

The “Northern Secret” of Canada’s Cities Revealed

Michael Darch, Founding President, Consider Canada Cities Alliance (Location Canada 2016)

Advanced technology companies are drawn by Canada’s overall cost and other advantages, while recognizing the synergism found in its urban centers. More

Canada: A Leader in FDI Attractiveness

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group and Marc Beauchamp, Vice President & Partner, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2016)

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. More

What Can Manufacturers Expect From the New Administration?

Doug Woods, President, The Association For Manufacturing Technology (Q2 2016)

Doug Woods, president of the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), gives his organization’s take on the current landscape and outlook for America’s manufacturers’. More

Do Free-Trade Agreements Represent Fair Trade?

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q2 2016)

The U.S. has far fewer free-trade agreements in place than its North American neighbors, while many make arguments for and against these agreements. More

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