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Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Ivestment Consulting Associates and Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Location USA 2014)

International investors can avail themselves of incentives to develop conventional as well as non-conventional sources of energy and other innovative technologies. More

10th Annual Survey of Site Selection Consultants: Economy on a More Continuous Growth Track

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2014)

Area Development asked the consultants who work with corporate clients to tell us about their clients’ facilities plans and priorities in making a location decision. Nearly half of the respondents believe the economy will achieve a more continuous growth track this year but, how will that affect their clients’ facility decisions? More

28th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Availability of Skilled Labor New Top Priority

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2014)

The results of our survey show a modest improvement in short-range new facility and expansion plans, as well as a realignment of site selection priorities with the availability of skilled labor being the number one concern, outranking highway accessibility and labor costs. More

Public Power Communities: Future-Focused

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2014)

America’s public power communities are places where local governments and other public entities have taken charge to deliver services their communities need to prosper. More

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More

Major New Developments for Keystone Pipeline

James T. Berger (Q1 2014)

Even without approval of the controversial Keystone XL phase, Canadian crude oil is now flowing through the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf for the first time. More

Opelika, Alabama Builds High-Speed On Ramp to the Future

Richard K. Wallace, Editor and Publishing Director, The Next Silicon Valley (Q1 2014)

Opelika is developing a comprehensive broadband fiberoptic system, connecting the city and a growing industrial base to the booming global business opportunities of the future. More

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)

Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More

Manufacturers Surveyed in Q4 2013 Optimistic About the 2014 Economy

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2014)

As we move through the first quarter of 2014, winter storms and frigid temperatures are being blamed for slowing manufacturing and hiring. Will the predictions made in the following survey be realized? More

Optimizing Economic Growth in Shale Zone Communities

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q1 2014)

The ability to access oil and natural gas reserves found in the nation’s shale regions has presented new opportunities for economic growth along with a host of infrastructure and real estate challenges. More

In Focus: Solar Commercial Outdoor Lighting Benefits the Industrial Property Sector

Divakar “Dibs” Tailor, President/CEO, Sol Lighting (Q1 2014)

Solar commercial outdoor lighting offers many advantages to owners and occupiers and is cost-effective now in many industrial property applications. More

Shale Regions Face the Challenges of Rapid Growth

Lisa Buddecke, Kelsar Industries (Directory 2014)

Those states with recently discovered oil- and natural gas-rich deposits, like North Dakota’s Bakken Shale region, are experiencing demands on everything from infrastructure and real estate, to employment and industry services. More

Hydraulic Fracturing Gives Rise to New Water-Treatment Technologies

Mark Crawford (Directory 2014)

Innovative companies are developing better ways to clean and recycle drilling water on site, as well as manufacturing “greener” drilling solutions that have fewer harmful chemicals. More

Regional Report: Energy Sector Bringing Jobs and Wealth to Plains States

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2014)

Winners of numerous accolades, the Plains States are garnering investment across diverse industry sectors and growing their economies. More

In Focus: Achieving Business Outcomes With Energy Intelligence

Spencer Rigler, Elster EnergyICT (Directory 2014)

Businesses have traditionally approached energy consumption as a fixed overhead, but the real opportunities lie in approaching it as a variable cost that can be tightly controlled with advanced energy-management systems. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #6: Powering Up While Keeping Costs Down

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)

While some operations are more energy-intensive than others, reducing energy costs is always an important consideration in the location decision. This is the Fifth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Highly Efficient Buildings: Making Sustainable Decisions Economically Viable

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)

As societal and environmental pressures to adopt sustainable practices into our daily lives grow, companies are increasingly motivated to operate their facilities more efficiently. The quest for operating efficiency can include anything from minor equipment adjustments to major investments — but even small improvements can make a difference. More

Sustainable Sites: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Scott Speer, PE, LEED, AP, Senior Civil Engineer and Project Manager , SSOE Group (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Facility designs to manage stormwater are integral to a site’s sustainability, but they will only accomplish the goals for which they were designed if properly operated and maintained. More

The Move Beyond Building Automation Systems to a More Secure Energy Infrastructure

Brad Witter, Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations , Blue Pillar, Inc. (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Today’s facility managers are faced with the challenge of finding systems that securely automate and centralize their organization’s disparate, but critical, energy assets. More

Shale Boom to Cut Deficit, Enhance Manufacturing, and Add to Household Incomes

Area Development Online Research Desk (September 2013)

A report from IHS indicates that the shale oil and gas boom is already cutting the U.S. trade deficit by reducing the need for imported energy, while also enhancing America’s global manufacturing competitiveness, especially for U.S. manufacturing companies that operate in energy-intensive sectors. More
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