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Energy/Sustainable Development

In Focus: For Property Managers, a Penny Spent is a Penny Earned

Matt Lanfear, CEO, Great Eastern Energy (Q2 2017)

By making smart energy-saving investments, property managers will reap long-term savings. More

Six Factors to Consider When Selecting a Location for a Mission-Critical Data Center

Mark Bauer, Managing Director and Co-Lead Data Center Solutions , JLL (Data Centers 2017)

When searching for a location for their next data center, companies need to take a holistic view of the process, prioritizing and balancing all the factors involved in site selection. More

Frontline: Cities Pledge to Reduce and Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

With the formation of the Compact of Mayors, cities worldwide are preparing GHG inventories for buildings and transport and hope to link this data to development priorities. More

Planning For Plant Expansion: A “How-To” on Electrical Substations

John Wharton, Director of Quality, Gresham, Smith and Partners (Directory 2016)

Expanding an electrical substation can present challenges, but careful planning, collaboration with the utility, and choosing the right equipment will ensure a successful outcome. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #9: Energy Availability & Costs Leading Companies To Reshore

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2015)

Competitively priced energy is having a transformative effect on the U.S. economy. More

In Focus: Funding Solar Projects for Commercial Facilities

Megan Birney, Director of Strategic Affairs, Wiser Capital LLC (Q4 2015)

Although companies can reap huge savings from installing solar energy, they may need to employ some creative strategies in order to secure project financing and must also consider the real estate available for such an installation. More

In Focus: Leveraging Applications Experts and Tools for Effective HVAC Systems

Brian Fiegen, Systems and Applications Leader, Trane (Q4 2015)

Given the complexity of HVAC systems, their impact on performance, and the investment required, leveraging the expertise of HVAC manufacturer applications can be a critical enhancement. More

Canada: A Leader in the Development of Smart Grid Technology

Jiri Skopek, Managing Director, Energy and Sustainability, ECD JLL (Location Canada 2015)

Smart grids and smart buildings work together to save energy and keep the production line moving. More

U.S. Auto Manufacturing Through the Eyes of a Design-Build Contractor

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Though uncertainties always exist, Gray Construction is optimistic about the future of the automotive industry and looks forward to opportunities the changing industry will provide. More

The Case for Supplier Parks in the Automotive Supply Chain

Kim Hill, Managing Director & President, HWA Analytics and Gregory Burkart, Managing Director and City Leader, Site Selection & Incentives Advisory , Duff & Phelps, LLC (2015 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

With the auto industry in a cycle of growth, OEMs need to meet new industry standards while keeping costs in check; locating at a supplier park may help to achieve these goals. More

How the Location Decision Affects LEED Certification

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2015)

Corporate site selectors, economic developers, real estate professionals, and regulators need to understand the relationship between environmental sustainability and industrial location decisions. More

Renewed Expansion for Renewables Industry

Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Q2 2015)

For companies in the renewables industry, preparing for expansion to capture growth needs to be done with care in order to capture the best deals and position the company in the marketplace. More

Public Power Communities Shine the Light on Innovation

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2015)

Public power utilities, which are owned by the communities they serve, have an inherent interest in helping those communities to innovate and prosper. More

In Focus: Utilizing Data to Enhance Energy Management Strategies

Nate Kessman, Vice President, Business Development, Great Eastern Energy (Q1 2015)

By analyzing usage and consumption patterns through energy management software, facilities are able to bridge the gap between the theory of saving energy and the act of actually eliminating wasted dollars through reduction in energy usage. More

Special Investment Report: California’s Central Valley

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2014)

It’s a region of great contrasts. More than four million people call it home, and so do hundreds of thousands of cows. It’s a region big on oil production that also happens to have some of the world’s biggest wind and solar power installations. More than 200 crops grow here, and so do dozens of companies developing new aerospace technologies and countless other innovations. More

Location Notebook: Tesla’s “Gigafactory” - Reno’s Game Changer

Dennis Cuneo,  Partner , Fisher & Phillips (Q3 2014)

With the announcement that Tesla picked Reno for its highly publicized $5 billion “gigafactory,” the area took a giant step toward civic leaders' goal of remaking its economy and image. To win the project, the state offered a rich — and what will be a highly scrutinized — incentive package. Will the bold gamble pay off? More

Frontline: Tesla’s New Battery Plant to Bring Electric Vehicles to the Masses

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

A comprehensive incentives package (pending legislative approval), proximity to natural resources and abundant renewable energy potential are significant factors that will improve Tesla’s odds of success in the “get things done state.” More

Energy-Rich States Growing U.S. Economy, Shifting Global Balance

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2014)

States with plentiful energy resources exhibited the fastest rates of economic growth last year; nationwide growth in energy-related jobs was more than twice the national average of overall job growth. More

Design Firms’ Increasingly Integrated Role in Facility Development Projects

Brian Curtin, P.E., President, BRPH and Beth Kirkland, CEcD, Economic Development Consultant, BRPH (Q3 2014)

The process of client engagement for design firms is evolving from a late-stage entry into the game by RFP response to a proactive approach that includes crucial due diligence factors that come before any facility design can even be conceptualized. More

Domestic Oil Production Spurs Regional and Manufacturing Industry Renaissance

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, JLL (Q3 2014)

Today's thriving domestic energy industry is stimulating local economies across the map, from major cities like Denver and Houston, to small towns at the epicenter of shale plays like Williston, North Dakota. More

Canada’s Clean Little Secret

Sean Dyke, Economic Development Manager , City of St. Thomas, Ontario (Location Canada 2014)

Canada’s clean-technology sector — including water, wind, solar, smart grid technology, and more — offers numerous opportunities and advantages to relocating or expanding companies. More

How Companies Can Get the Utility Packages They Need

Cory Wendt, Senior Manager, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q2 2014)

Energy availability is a vital factor in any site selection process. Making an energy decision is more than just cost per kilowatt-hour — a well-designed utility plan should also take into account grid capacity, rate structure, service/distribution, and related utilities, such as wastewater treatment. More

Developing a Sustainable Facility

Daniel Hartsig, Manager of New Construction – Sustainability Services, Transwestern (Q2 2014)

From using locally sourced materials during construction to utilizing renewable energy sources to distributing products by rail, each company is embarking on its unique path to sustainability. More

Energy Innovation Boosts Foreign Direct Investment

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) 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 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 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 Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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, JLL (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, Staff Editor, Area Development (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 Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (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 Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (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 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