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Corporate Exec Survey Results

12th Annual Consultants Survey: Clients’ Robust New Facility/Expansion Plans Revealed

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

Two thirds of the consultants believe the economy is on a continuous growth track, and nearly all are busy helping clients with new facility and expansion plans. The primary recipient of these new facilities will be the Southern states. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: What Should Be Included in the EDO Toolkit?

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q1 2016)

EDOs with a mix of sites, manufacturing/distribution experience, strong business retention programs, and proven training solutions will prove valuable to the corporate decision-maker. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Determining a Location’s Value Proposition

Thomas J. Stringer, Esq., Managing Director & Practice Leader, Site Selection and Business Incentives Group, BDO USA (Q1 2016)

As low cost alone is no longer the driving competitive advantage in the site selection process, successful locations are those that have developed their skill set niches. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Logistics Still Drives Location for Manufacturers

Bill Luttrell, Senior Locations Strategist, Werner Global Logistics, Werner Enterprises (Q1 2016)

With manufacturers representing only 35 percent of the 2015 Corporate Survey respondents (as compared to 77 percent in 200), highway accessibility has slipped from its number-one spot in the rankings. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Which Location Factors Are Top of Mind?

Brad Lindquist, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (Q1 2016)

Labor, costs, and accessibility always take precedence, but as the war for talent continues, quality of life has gained in importance, while unionization rates are less of an issue for knowledge workers. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Integrating Advanced Technology Into the Site Selection Process

Gary Marx, Managing Director, BlueCap Economic Advisors, LLC (Q1 2016)

Although training programs and technical colleges are viewed as important, many companies look to find the workforce skills they require readily available in their chosen locations. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Finding Optimal Tradeoffs While Achieving Competitive Advantage

Gene DePrez, Managing Partner, Global Innovation Partners (Q1 2016)

Although no single factor reflects the needs of all businesses, there is an increase focus on talent and other qualitative factors, which must be weighed against costs. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Labor Skills and Costs - Inversely Proportional

Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and Practice Leader, Site Selection & Business Incentive Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps, LLC (Q1 2016)

As the importance of skilled labor has increased, the concern about labor costs has fallen, and companies are increasingly locating in the places where millennials live, which tend to have a higher quality of life. More

30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Cautious Optimism Reflected

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

New facility and expansion plans are up slightly on a year-over-year basis, although finding skilled labor is once again top of mind. Nearly half the respondents believe the U.S. economy is on a continuous growth track. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Midwest Benefits From Its Manufacturing Heritage

Bradley Migdal, Senior Managing Director, Business Incentives Practice, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2015)

Sweeping changes in tax codes and business regulations, as well as investment in infrastructure and the work force have put the Midwest back on site selectors’ maps. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Midwest, South to Garner Most Projects

Eric Stavriotis, Senior Vice President, CBRE, Inc. (Q1 2015)

Despite its Rustbelt reputation, the Midwest will garner the largest share of the respondents’ new domestic facilities. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Downward Trend in New Facilities, Expansions

Michael McDermott, Consulting Manager, Global Business Consulting, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2015)

Accustomed to the austere operating environment during the recession, companies are finding efficiencies in existing space rather than making investments in new or expanded facilities. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: An Adjustment in Corporate Outlook and Planning

Les Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Savills Studley (Q1 2015)

Variances in factor rankings indicate that the corporate focus is now more closely associated with revenue growth — rather than cost-saving and downsizing. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Some Anomalies in the Location Factor Rankings

Kathy Mussio, Managing Partner, Atlas Insight, LLC (Q1 2015)

Inconsistent with our findings, skilled labor is not the primary concern of this year’s corporate respondents. We have, however, also observed a corporate “wait-and-see” attitude. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Functionality, Objectives, Market Considerations Play an Important Role

Lawrence Moretti, Principal, LFM Corporate Location Solutions (Q1 2015)

Although site selection considerations vary according to the specific project, the survey results are consistent with those observed from LFM’s client base. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Time Equals Opportunity

Scott Redabaugh, Managing Director, JLL (Q1 2015)

The sluggish economy is providing companies with the opportunity to begin planning their next moves. More

11th Annual Consultants Survey: Consultants’ Exhibit Confidence and Increasing Project Activity

Area Development Special Presentation (Q1 2015)

The majority of those responding to the Consultants Survey feel the economy is already on a continuous growth track, which is reflected in the new facility and expansion plans of their clients. More

29th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: A Realignment of Location Priorities

Area Development Special Presentation (Q1 2015)

The location and expansion plans of our Corporate Survey respondents are not as robust as we had hoped, and their site selection priorities have been realigned, with facilities costs supplanting labor considerations. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Skilled Labor Tops the List

Gary Yates, Director of Site Selection, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q1 2014)

Regions that are aggressively investing in work force development are winning the competition for advanced manufacturing firms. More

Corporate Executive Survey Commentary: Easy Customer Access Still Important

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q1 2014)

Besides a highly skilled work force, companies want a transportation nexus the will allow them easy shipping access to their customers within one day’s drive. More

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