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Directory 2016
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Logistics / Infrastructure >>

High – Speed Network Locations

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)
Cities across the nation are installing high-speed fiber-optic networks for their own institutional purposes, with the added benefit of attracting growing companies. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Logistics Industry Continues to Evolve

Grant Miller, Vice President, Colliers International (Directory 2016)
Expansion of the Panama Canal, increasing use of intermodal facilities, and siting of new mega distribution facilities are among the latest logistics trends. More
Workplace Trends >>

Current Trends in Employee Work Environments

Carol Ebeling, Director, Interior Design, BRPH (Directory 2016)
Companies are redesigning their facilities to reflect how each generation of employees works, with the result being greater collaboration and improved productivity. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Why Location Matters to Manufacturers in Lessening the Tax Bite

Hartley Powell, Tax Managing Director and National Practice Leader , GLES , KPMG (Directory 2016)
A manufacturing company must carefully assess the type of taxes imposed and the methodology in computing these taxes in each location under consideration. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Cloud Computing’s Effect on Manufacturing

Dan Emerson (Directory 2016)
Initially used for accessing and sharing data, cloud computing now allows manufacturers to connect machines, materials, and people in real time. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

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

John Wharton, Senior Vice President, 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
Asset / Facility Management >>

Adopting BIM for Facility Management: Handle With Care

Erik Jaspers, Product Strategy & Innovation, Planon (Directory 2016)
BIM can deliver tangible value and enable efficiencies for facility managers, but it’s a process that should be well planned and prioritized, with an eye for the challenges that lie ahead. More
Annual Econdev Awards >>

Slideshow: 2015 Gold and Silver Shovel Award Recipients

Area Development Special Presentation (Directory 2016)
Shown here are 11 of the recipients of Area Development’s 2015 Gold & Silver awards, which were bestowed in recognition of the states’ efforts to capture new facility and expansion projects that resulted in significant investment and job creation. All told, 21 states were recognized for their efforts. More
Automotive >>

First Person: Auto Industry Comeback Presents New Opportunities

Daron Gifford, Management Consulting Partner, Plante Moran (Directory 2016)
One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Daron Gifford, the partner leading automotive industry strategy consulting at accounting firm and consultancy Plante Moran in Detroit. Gifford provides us with some deep insights into how the comeback in the auto industry has given new opportunities to the hundreds of Tier 1 suppliers that provide millions of parts to the OEM assembly plants, what’s driving this supply chain, and the new competitive issues facing the U.S. automotive industry. More
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

In Focus: Why the NLRB’s Browning-Ferris Decision Will be a Bad Deal for Manufacturers

David Burton, Chair, Labor and Employment Section, Williams Mullen (Directory 2016)
The recent NLRB decision that maintains manufacturers are joint employers with temporary staffing agencies will allow unions to get their foot in the door. More
Front Line
Florida >>

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
Aerospace >>

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
Exclusive Online Content
Tennessee >>

Location Notebook: Jackson, Tennessee, Takes a Regional Economic Development Approach

Cynthia Kincaid, Kincaid Strategic Partners (Directory 2016)
The nine-county Jackson, Tennessee, region is focusing on its key infrastructure strengths as well as educational assets, while meeting challenges head-on, in order to continue to attract targeted industries. More
Portfolio Management / CRE >>

Corporate Real Estate's Battle for Tech Talent

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2016)
Powerful data and analytics platforms offer powerful opportunities to mine business intelligence from corporate real estate (CRE) data. Yet, to make it all work, you've got to have the tech talent to build, populate and optimize those platforms. With the lure of smarter CRE portfolio management, better energy efficiency, and more productive employees, CRE leaders are actively recruiting data scientists who can fire up data-informed decision-making. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

In Focus: How 3-D Printing Will Impact the Supply Chain and Commercial Real Estate

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank (Directory 2016)
As 3-D printing makes on-demand manufacturing feasible, it will affect the supply chain, causing producers to locate closer to their major markets. More
2016 Annual Directory
International Location Reports >>

International Location Report: Mexico’s Economy Is Setting Production Records

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2016)
Mexico is experiencing strong economic growth across a range of industrial sectors, which should be buoyed by further government investment in education and infrastructure. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: New England Joining the Economic-Recovery Bandwagon

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)
As a prime recipient of venture-capital investment, the New England region is continuing to attract entrepreneurs and grow jobs. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Mid-Atlantic Region Retaining & Growing Jobs Through Diversification

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)
The Mid-Atlantic States are putting measures in place to retain their traditional manufacturing jobs, while also securing investments in pharma, wellness-based food, and other emerging sectors. More
International Location Reports >>

International Location Report: A Solid Foundation for Economic Success in Canada

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
Further investment in job training, innovation, and infrastructure by the new government in Ottawa will serve to enhance Canada’s economic strengths. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: A Pro-Business Environment Fuels Growth in the Southwest

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2016)
A pro-business environment, diverse economic base, and infrastructure investments are fueling growth in the U.S. Southwest. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Tax and Other Incentives Help Job-Creation Numbers in the Pacific States

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
In response to their specific needs, the Pacific States have instituted varied business-support tools that enhance their competitiveness. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: The Mountain States Garner Accolades for Business Expansion

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
Their economies are faring well, but the Mountain States continue to keep themselves busy building new industries and supporting existing employers. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Manufacturing Leads the Way in the South

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2016)
With strong automotive and aerospace sectors, as well as highly developed workforce training programs, the South continues to attract business investment. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: The Plains States Rank High for Business Friendliness

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Directory 2016)
Already a powerful region for energy production, the Plains States are luring technology firms with their low taxes and other pro-business policies. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Industrial Diversification Helps Midwest Meet Today’s Economic Challenges

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Directory 2016)
The largely Midwest-based automotive is humming along to record sales and hauling hundreds of companies in the region along with it while technology companies have begun to warm up to the talent and work ethic that resides in America’s heartland. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Regional Report: Diverse Industries Reflect Economic Gains in the South-Atlantic

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Directory 2016)
A region that gets its pro-business message across, the South Atlantic’s growth in manufacturing, Information technology, and life sciences has moved beyond big cities to its smaller metro areas as well. More

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