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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, 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 Online 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 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

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 Online 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 Online 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 Online 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

JLL: The State of Industrial Real Estate

Aaron Ahlburn, Senior Vice President, Director of Research, Industrial & Retail, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Aaron Ahlburn, JLL’s research director, shares his take on the current state of U.S. industrial real estate and the driving force behind today's development boom. More

How E-Commerce Is Changing the Face of Industrial Distribution Center Real Estate

Richard H. Thompson, Managing Director and Americas Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, Jones Lang Lasalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)

The continuing rise in e-commerce retailing is transforming the landscape of industrial real estate development, as distribution center trends increasingly cater to the e-commerce sector. More

Five Tax Reform Measures to Boost U.S. Investment and Economic Growth

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Economist William McBride explains how U.S. tax policy is stifling economic growth and domestic investment and outlines five tax reform measures that will strengthen the United States’ economic outlook in the competitive global market 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

Top States for Doing Business 2013: Site Consultant Survey Results

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Our Top States for Doing Business Survey polls the site consultants who help companies make their new facility and expansion decisions, and ranks the states based on their number of mentions in 17 categories. More

How Changing Global Trade Patterns and Consumer Habits Will Disrupt Manufacturing Business Models

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Rapid changes in technology, the global labor situation and consumer habits will have a profound effect on the manufacturing supply chain and the commercial real estate sectors of manufacturing, warehousing and distribution, and retail More

Hot Markets for High-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

Greg Matter, Vice President, Tenant Representation, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q3 / Summer 2013)

Access to skilled labor, customers, and suppliers is paramount to high-tech firms’ location decisions, often trumping cost considerations when making technology manufacturing location decisions. More

The People-Intensive Factory of the Future

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q3 / Summer 2013)

A new report from IDC Manufacturing Insights — “Business Strategy: The Journey Toward the People-Intensive Factory of the Future” — claims that manufacturers, faced with tough economic challenges and a more complex marketplace — are rethinking how they operate. More

Business Incentives Help to Offset Increases in Effective Tax Rate

Area Development Online Research Desk (July 2013)

Average effective tax rates (ETRs) in the United States increased steadily from 2010 to 2012, adding to the burden of U.S. companies already saddled with the highest corporate tax rate among advanced nations; however, incentives provide some measure of relief. More