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Corporate Exec Survey Results

31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Need for Investment in Infrastructure Reflected

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

The Corporate Survey respondents feel confident about the economy under President Trump, but highway accessibility and skilled labor are still their primary concerns. Also, the number of respondents planning domestic as compared to foreign facilities may reflect the current political climate. More

13th Annual Consultants Survey: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Concern Over Proposed Trump Policies

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

The responding consultants are confident that economic conditions under the Trump administration will be favorable to their clients moving ahead with new facilities plans, but also believe potential penalties for moving offshore will affect those plans. In fact, nearly two thirds believe there will be financial inducements to reshore operations. And 100 percent say finding skilled labor is the number-one priority. More

31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives Commentary: U.S. Will Remain a Prime Area of Expansion

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) (Q1 2017)

While a favorable reaction to the Trump administration’s policies may result in the U.S. being a prime area for corporate expansion, proposed protectionist measures could cause corporate investors to hold off on making decisions until the dust settles. 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

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

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

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