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Some have argued that Vivek Wadhwa's claim that industry clustering isn't important is off the mark, i.e., companies still like to locate where others in their field are located. How would respond to that?
Most successful clusters have been created organically - rather than by design. The concept of creating a brand spanking new research park adjacent to a university and hoping to lure large-scale corporate relocations just hasn't worked. More
- Les J. Cranmer, Senior Managing Director, Studley, Inc.
How important of a site selection factor are industry clusters to relocating companies?
Companies look for combinations of key factors rather than have any one take precedence. More
Are reshoring businesses moving their operations from a few countries in particular (Mexico and China, for instance) or from a diverse group of countries?
Yes, we are seeing the most movement with manufacturing facilities relocating from China and Mexico. More
- Dana Olson, President and CEO, Ecodev
How important are consumer perception and the "Made in the U.S.A." distinction for companies considering reshoring?
With the small to midsized companies Ecodev works with, the "Made in America" brand is very important. More
- Dana Olson, President and CEO, Ecodev
Are large manufacturers also moving operations back to the United States? Why or why not?
At the time, it doesn't seem there is any particular push for larger manufacturers to come back. More
- Dana Olson, President and CEO, Ecodev
How are airports making the most of their surrounding industrial real estate (for instance, by developing industrial or research parks)?
The current trend in airport design centers around the concept of an air city, sometimes called an "aerotropolis." More
- John Carver, Executive Vice President, Ports Airports and Global Infastructure Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
How can smaller or inland ports take advantage of a share of the growth in overall port traffic?
There are many other viable non-container maritime uses for the smaller ports to cater to in order to find their niche and capture market share. More
- John Carver, Executive Vice President, Ports Airports and Global Infastructure Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
How will Pres. Obama's renewed attention towards exports affect the nation's major ports?
Ports across the U.S. recognize that an equitable balance of traffic is one of the keys to sustainability in slow economic periods. More
- John Carver, Executive Vice President, Ports Airports and Global Infastructure Group, Jones Lang LaSalle
Besides less costly building materials, what construction opportunities have you noted as a result of the recession?
Aggressive prices by everyone and availability of construction labor. More
- Dan Vining, PMP, General Manager, SSOE Group
You highlight brownfield projects in your article. What unique conditions come up when managing regular, Greenfield projects?
Commissioning and startup is always more difficult. More
- Dan Vining, PMP, General Manager, SSOE Group
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