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First Person: Renaissance or Cyclical Recovery? Strategy for Sustained U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Needed

Adams Nager, Economic Research Assistant, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Q1 2015)

Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, recently talked with Area Development about the state of manufacturing in the U.S. In his career, Nager has focused on macroeconomic growth, competitiveness, and tax theory. More

The United States: A Growing Competitor for New Manufacturing Plants

Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive/Program Manager, SSOE Group (Q1 2015)

As companies continue to review their global site selection options, they are realizing the strong, measurable advantages a U.S. location offers. These advantages can easily be overlooked if the location decision is based on limited information or preconceived notions. More

Open for Business: Airports as Real Estate Developer and Strategic Partner

Rian Burger, Principal, Airports - Terminals, Stantec (Intermodal Sites)

Locating near an airport presents a business with many opportunities for growth, but be sure to know what risks airports face and how they are planning to address them before aligning your company’s fate to theirs. More

Resolve To Keep Up With These Logistics Trends

David Frentzel, Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Industry, APL Logistics (Intermodal Sites)

Yogi Berra was only referring to baseball at the time. However when he allegedly said that watching something was like “déjà vu all over again,” he could just as easily been summing up today’s major logistics trends, because many have a familiar ring to them. More

Global Supply Chain Faces a Complex Mix of Issues

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Intermodal Sites)

From fluctuating fuel costs to fewer drivers to port congestion, logistics providers are facing a host of challenges. With the current transport climate, the ascendance of Inland ports is well-timed and probably part of the answer to both the fuel and congestion issues. More

Skillfully Managing a Manufacturing Reshoring Project

Rosemary Coates, President, Blue Silk Consulting (Directory 2015)

There’s more involved in successfully reshoring a foreign manufacturing operation back to the U.S. than simple cost comparisons. These initiatives have many moving parts and require careful planning. So where should a company begin? More

Positive Outlook for Middle Market Manufacturing Execs

Karen L. Kurek , Partner - National Industrial Products Practice Leader, McGladrey LLP (Q3 2014)

Amid growing optimism, the manufacturing sector plans to add jobs over the next 12 months. Small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months — and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period. In fact, these growing companies expect to increase their workforces by 6 percent, up from 4 percent in 2013. More

Front Line: A “Transformative” Trade-Agreement Model for the U.S.

Lisa A. Bastian (Q3 2014)

If a ‘high-level” Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement can be signed, it could help create 700,000 new jobs as early as 2015 by eliminating barriers on trade with multiple Pacific Rim Nations. More

Location Notebook: Union Pacific Intermodal Opens in Santa Teresa, New Mexico

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q3 2014)

The $400 million investment for the 2,200-acre site will connect businesses to strategic markets in the southwestern U.S. and beyond. It will provide logistics gains for shippers along its Sunset Line, which runs 760 miles from El Paso, Texas, to Los Angeles and serves key locations in Mexico and Arizona. More

The Changing Geography of the American Auto Industry

Dennis Cuneo, Managing Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Advanced Industries 2014)

Where is auto production currently concentrated, and where will the industry expand in the future? More

Advanced Manufacturers Utilize Incentives to Improve Financial Performance

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (Advanced Industries 2014)

Incentives have moved from the fringes of a project to being a part of the competitiveness equation in bringing manufacturers back to the U.S. More

European Automakers Look to North America

David Leverett, Consultant Partner, HMC Global (Advanced Industries 2014)

Direct investment in North America is allowing European automotive companies to distinguish themselves from their competitors. More

Canada’s Competitive Corporate Tax Landscape

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2014)

Canada has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the business tax landscape. Once known for having one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the developed world, Canada now has one of the lowest rates of the Group of Seven (G7) leading industrial economies and is near the middle of the pack of OECD countries. More

Canada to Widen It's Channels of Trade

Leslie Wagner, Director of Project Management and Development, Ginovus (Location Canada 2014)

Although it’s not without challenges, implementation of Canada’s trade agreement with the EU would have many benefits as well as an economic impact on world trade. More

In Focus: Toronto Named World’s “Most Intelligent” Community

Lou Zacharilla, Co-founder, Intelligent Community Forum (Location Canada 2014)

The debate about whether broadband and technology should become required investments is over. The discussion now is how to connect these neutral technologies to an endless natural resource: the human being. For the next 12 months Toronto will be the city that serves as the model of the Intelligent Community movement and the future. More

Canada's Business Advantages Attracting Increased Inward Investment

Mark Crawford (Location Canada 2014)

Its well-educated and skilled workforce, superior transportation infrastructure, safe and secure banking system, low tax rates, and enviable quality of life continue to make Canada a top choice for investment. More

Stepping Up Your Game Through Productivity Improvement

Woodruff Imberman, President, Imberman and DeForest (Q2 2014)

Only those suppliers selling parts and components to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) who improve their overall productivity faster than their competitors will continue to prosper as the economy revives and the OEMs keep driving relentlessly to cut their costs. More

A Letter from Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA U.S. Department of Commerce (Location USA 2014)

The year 2013 was an exciting one for investment in the United States, which reclaimed the top spot in foreign direct investment (FDI) attractiveness in a survey among global business executives by AT Kearney. More

Renewed Confidence & Commitment in the World’s Largest Market

Keida Ackerman, International Investment Specialist, SelectUSA, U.S. Department of Commerce (Location USA 2014)

A favorable legal and regulatory environment, improved access to global markets, and talent-driven innovation are among the reasons the U.S. continues to attract the lion’s share of foreign direct investment. More

U.S. Investment Decisions by Foreign Companies Still Driven by Access and Scale

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Gene DePrez, Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners (Location USA 2014)

The United States offers foreign investors unparalleled opportunities and choice locations within a single sophisticated and massive market. More