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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

FrontLine: Forward-Thinking Companies Leveraging Additive Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q3 2016)

Companies with visionary leaders who are proactive and invest in emerging technologies now will reap the payoffs in the future. More

Frontline: New Tech Havens Bloom as Digitization Transforms U.S. Economy

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

The fluidity of digital innovation - and its lack of dependence on a traditional industrial infrastructure - means that tech havens are blooming in newer magnets where tech-savvy workers are prevalent, ranging from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Richmond, Virginia. More

Frontline: Sale-Leasebacks Allow Companies to Redeploy Capital

Dan Emerson (Q2 2016)

When companies decide to invest in new, custom-built manufacturing or distribution center facilities, they typically do so because of a lack of existing buildings that would meet their needs. But investing in a new facility doesn’t always mean long-term ownership. Sometimes companies opt to sell the facility and then lease it back. More

Frontline: Incubators Help Startups to Grow and Succeed

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Startup fever is exploding across America, as a slow-growth economy, corporate job cutbacks, and the work ethos and expectations of the burgeoning millennial generation reshape the business landscape. More

Beyond Silicon Valley: Promising New Tech Boomtowns

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q1 2016)

In its quest for lower costs, modern facilities, and access to talent, the booming tech sector is finding it can strike gold outside California. More

Frontline: Implementing the New Ozone Standard - First Steps

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2016)

Many urban industrial facility managers are familiar with working in nonattainment areas. But a new lower standard will sweep in new territory. More

Frontline: Drones Redefine the Use of Commercial Airspace

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2016)

The FAA is in the process of establishing regulations for the commercial use of drones, the use of which is also supposed to be a boon to the telecommunications industry. More

Frontline: IQ Orlando Brings High-Tech Life Science Innovation to Central Florida

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2016)

Established in 2014, IQ Orlando looks to identify, recruit, and invest in a capital network for life sciences and healthcare companies. More

Frontline: Part-Timers (By Choice) Diversify the Workforce

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

There is a growing population of workers who, by choice, prefer to work part-time hours. According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics figure cited by Bloomberg, six million Americans are choosing to work part time — an increase of about 12 percent since 2007. More

Frontline: Walmart’s “Made in USA” Program Encourages Reshoring

Karen Thuermer (Q4 2015)

This year Walmart partnered with the Reshoring Initiative to help companies manufacture more consumer products in the U.S. The mission of the Reshoring Initiative is to bring good, well-paying manufacturing jobs back to the United States by assisting companies to more accurately assess their total cost of offshoring, and shift collective thinking from “offshoring is cheaper” to “local reduces the total cost of ownership.” More

Frontline: West Coast Ports Unite to Solve Challenges

Karen Thuermer (Q3 2015)

Manufacturers of imported and exported goods between the United States and Asia let out a huge sigh of relief in late May when a five-year contract that governs pay and work rules at 29 West Coast ports was finally ratified. Despite the ratified agreement, manufacturers are certain that strikes and delays will continue at West Coast ports. More

Frontline: NIH Expands Its REACH

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)

Bioresearch got a shot in the arm when the National Institutes of Health announced that three proof-of-concept hubs would join three already existing Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs: The Long Island Bioscience Hub, The University of Louisville and The University of Minnesota. More

Frontline: Metro Areas Join in Export Initiatives

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)

To date, 28 cities across the country have come together under a pilot program called the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) to develop their foreign direct investment plans and volume of exports. More

Frontline: High-Speed Rail Spurs Economic Development

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q1 2015)

Economic benefits include construction and operations jobs and manufacturing and supply chain opportunities. More than 25 rail manufacturing companies and suppliers have committed to expanding their U.S. operations if their bids are selected for building high-speed rail systems. More

Frontline: In Prince William County, VA, Serious Gaming Boosts Training Simulation

Dan Emerson (Directory 2015)

Earlier this year, George Mason University, celebrated the opening of its new Simulation and Game Institute (SGI) which could become a regional pipeline for STEM talent. More

Frontline: The New Economy, Crowdfunding for Civic Projects

Lisa A. Bastian (Directory 2015)

For a small but growing number of locales, “crowdfunding” is part of the solution for funding economic development projects. More

Frontline: Preparing for Takeoff in the Drone Industry

Craig Guillot (Q4 2014)

As drones become smaller, more affordable, and easier to operate, they’re being eyed for use in everything from agriculture to construction and real estate. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) says there could be 30,000 of them in American skies by 2020, and according to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the business of manufacturing and flying drones could become an $82 billion industry within 10 years. More

Frontline: Sustainable Research Facility a First in the U.S. for Max Planck Institute

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 2014)

Certified LEED Gold, the Florida research facility brings scientists together in a collaborative environment. 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
U.S. Manufacturers Attempting to Upskill Their Workforces
Geraldine Gambale, Area Development Magazine
Developing Loyalty Among a Millennial Workforce
Geraldine Gambale, Area Development Magazine
Technological Innovation Essential to U.S. Manufacturing Growth
Geraldine Gambale, Area Development Magazine
Which Countries Have Lowest Business Costs?
Geraldine Gambale, Area Development Magazine
Ideas for Industry Innovation Ecosystems Put Into Play
Craig Giffi, Deloitte LLP
Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Deloitte Services LP
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