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Business Globalization / Next Shoring

Why Local Geography Still Matters in the Global Location Decision

Brad Lindquist, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank and Gregg Wassmansdorf, Senior Managing Director, Global Corporate Services, Newmark Knight Frank (Q4 2017)

When analyzing the primary cost and quality factors that drive the site selection decision, companies need to be aware of the differences that exist not only regionally but also locally. More

The Not-So-Secret Advantages of a Canadian Location

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Location Canada 2017)

Canada’s business advantages have been recognized for quite some time, resulting in the nation receiving numerous accolades. More

First Person: Ontario’s Investment Office Is a One-Stop Information Source for Investors

Allan O'Dette, Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Investment Office (Location Canada 2017)

Allan O’Dette was appointed as Ontario’s first Chief Investment Officer (CIO) in April 2017. He leads the newly created Ontario Investment Office, which has both a domestic and international facing mandate to secure increased investment in key sectors while strengthening the overall competitiveness of Ontario firms. More

Canada: A Favorable Destination for Foreign Direct Investors

Marc Beauchamp, Vice President & Partner, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2017)

By facilitating trade and technological modernization, Canada continues to break into the investment attraction competition. More

First Person: A 20-Year Take on the Supply Chain Revolution

Rich Thompson, International Director and Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q3 2017)

Supply chain and logistics activities have become a much more visible part of the real estate industry and crucial among developers over the past 20 years. As the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA and possibly other free trade agreements, Rich Thompson, JLL’s Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions, has been consulting with the firm’s clients about what the future might bring. In this interview, Thompson discusses how supply chain and logistics has been a major driver of industrial development over the last couple of decades — and where it’s headed next. More

Regulation’s Impact on Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q3 2017)

The volume of rules and policies with which manufacturers need to comply is onerous — cutting into their competitiveness and growth opportunities. More

Foxconn: Breaking Down a $3 Billion Incentives Package

Wade Goodsell, Consulting & Incentives Program Director, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q3 2017)

As the “Wisconn Valley” special legislative session examines the structure, performance based metrics and magnitude of an incentives package tied to what would be the largest greenfield investment by a foreign company in U.S. history, it is paramount to understand the road to a $3 billion incentives package. More

How U.S. Manufacturers Can Navigate the Route to the New Trade Policy

Robert McCutcheon, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PwC (Q3 2017)

Manufacturers need to prepare now for prospective trade policy changes so that they may recalibrate their supply chains if need be. More

Implications of Renegotiating NAFTA on the Auto and Aerospace Industries

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The prospect of NAFTA renegotiation leaves automotive and aerospace OEMs and suppliers uncertain about the future. More

Looking to the Future: FDI Growth Trends Signal Confidence in U.S. Market Prospects

SelectUSA (Location USA 2017 )

Companies worldwide have recognized that the United States represents a strong platform for global growth, as well as one of the world’s most attractive consumer markets. More

Proposed U.S. Policy and Tax Changes: What the Foreign Manufacturer Needs to Know

Jeff Jorge, Principal, International Growth Services Practice Leader and Firmwide Latin American Services Desk Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and Lynette Stolarzyk, Principal, Midwest International Tax Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Location USA 2017 )

Regardless of what changes may occur with U.S. federal policy, this is a time of significant opportunity for companies considering the launch of U.S. operations. More

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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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

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