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Top Airport Locations for Real Estate Investors

Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2015)

JLL’s Index evaluates airports based on criteria such as availability of industrial and warehousing space, access to large population centers, and air cargo growth prospects. This year’s highest ranked airport is Chicago O’Hare (ORD) with a score of 144.6, followed by Miami (MIA) at 120.9 and Los Angeles (LAX) with a 117.2. More

Leading Locations for 2015: Creating a Track Record of Economic Success, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Ranks First

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)

Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development. The results of the Leading Locations 2015 study clearly reflect the strength of the western half of the United States: eight of the top-10 MSAs are in the West — three in Colorado, two in California, two in Texas, and one in Washington State. 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

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

Shale Gas Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing Industry…While Environmentalists Have Their Say

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

Although some states are rolling back or banning fracking due to potential environmental impact, overall, U.S. shale gas development and production is surging and helping to trigger a resurgence in manufacturing. More

Advanced Robotics Revolutionizing the Manufacturing and Construction Industries

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2014)

Once used primarily in the automotive industry, advanced robotics now permeate varied industrial sectors, with their reach even extending to building construction. More

Positive Outlook for Middle Market Manufacturing Execs

Karen L. Kurek , Partner - National Industrial Products Practice Leader, McGladrey LLP (Q3 2014)

Amid growing optimism, the manufacturing sector plans to add jobs over the next 12 months. Small and mid-size manufacturing and distribution companies expect solid growth over the next 12 months — and two-thirds plan to add jobs during that period. In fact, these growing companies expect to increase their workforces by 6 percent, up from 4 percent in 2013. More

Manufacturers Losing Intellectual Property to Security Breaches

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

Although manufacturers understand the importance of securing their intellectual property, few have adequate procedures in place to keep pace with today’s escalating risks. 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

STEM Talent Needed to Employ Additive Manufacturing Technologies and Advance Innovation

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

According to a PwC study, additive manufacturing or 3DP is becoming mainstream; it has the potential to add to the nation’s global competitiveness, but challenges — including finding those with the skills to employ these new technologies — must also be addressed. More

The Regional Impact of Quality of Life on Entrepreneurial Decisions

Dan White, Senior Economist, Moody's Analytics and Douglas Wynne, Associate Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2014)

One of the most often cited reasons for the location of a new business is quality of life, yet it is one of the areas policymakers most often overlook. More

Leading Locations for 2014: U.S. Metros Ranked for Economic and Job Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2014)

Area Development analyzes economic and workforce data for 379 MSAs, producing a snapshot of the cities across America that are poised to capitalize on the new potential for economic growth as the United States leaves the recession behind. A diversified economic base tops the most desirable traits. More

Top Performing Airports in 2014 for Air Cargo and Industrial RE

Area Development Research Desk (Q2 2014)

Airports are increasingly focused on leveraging nearby commercial real estate assets and logistics corridors to position themselves as an essential link in the supply chain. In fact, some airports are now seeing more than 60 percent of their revenue derived from non-airline sources. 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

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

The Need for Increasing the Capacity of Public Transportation Infrastructure

Area Development Research Desk (Q1 2014)

We often think of the nation’s transportation infrastructure in terms of moving goods in to, out of, and around the United States by water, air, rail, and road. But what about moving people in densely populated areas…areas where high-tech industries cluster? More

New Technologies Transforming Manufacturing, Changing Competition

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2014)

According to a recent paper from the Deloitte University Press entitled “The Transformation of Manufacturing,” advanced materials, new production technologies, and digital techniques are allowing manufacturers to remain competitive despite numerous challenges. More

C-Suite Must Show Higher Awareness and Involvement in Pursuing Tax Credits & Incentives Opportunities

Area Development Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)

With corporate capital expansion accelerating, front runner companies are prepared to maximize the capture of tax credits & incentives (C&I) and improve the return on their capital investment. More