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Q1 2017
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Cover Story
Capital Access / Finance >>

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)
A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment. More
Annual Corporate & Consultants Survey
Corporate Exec Survey Results >>

13th Annual Consultants Survey: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Concern Over Proposed Trump Policies

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)
The responding consultants are confident that economic conditions under the Trump administration will be favorable to their clients moving ahead with new facilities plans, but also believe potential penalties for moving offshore will affect those plans. In fact, nearly two thirds believe there will be financial inducements to reshore operations. And 100 percent say finding skilled labor is the number-one priority. More
Corporate Exec Survey Results >>

31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Need for Investment in Infrastructure Reflected

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)
The Corporate Survey respondents feel confident about the economy under President Trump, but highway accessibility and skilled labor are still their primary concerns. More
Features
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Industrial Site Consulting Team, Olsson Associates (Q1 2017)
While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed. More
Workplace Trends >>

Knockin’ on the Golden Door: Top Real Estate Trends to Beat the Competition

Sara Benson, Senior Consultant, Business Consulting Group, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2017)
Companies - and communities - that align their real estate and workforce strategies will enhance their competitive positions. More
Corporate HQ / Office >>

It’s Your Move: Critical Considerations When Relocating Corporate Headquarters

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q1 2017)
The improving economy is making it more financially feasible for companies to relocate their corporate headquarters, but such a move calls for careful consideration of a variety of factors that will determine the ultimate success — or failure — of relocation. More
Government Policy / Business Climate >>

Gubernatorial Shift: New Economic Development Policies

David Hickey, Senior Director, Hickey & Associates (Q1 2017)
New governors of eight states reveal their ideas for strengthening their states’ economies and growing their business bases. More
Special Report
American Public Power Association >>

Powerful Economic Development & Business Partners

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2017)
Publicly owned utilities have always been deeply involved in economic development. More
Departments
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Editor's Note: Will Corporate Optimism Be Sustained?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)
How the new administration addresses the issues of immigration and workforce training, as well as trade agreements, offshoring, and other concerns remains to be seen, but it will ultimately affect the sustainability of corporate optimism, plans for growth, and business competitiveness. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

First Person: The American CEOs One Shot at Capturing a Manufacturing Resurgence

Steven L. Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity (Q1 2017)
Steven L. Blue is CEO of Miller Ingenuity, an innovative company revolutionizing traditional safety solutions for railway workers, and author of American Manufacturing 2.0: What Went Wrong and How to Make It Right. In this interview he provides insights for the business community on how to be innovative and competitive. More
Workplace Trends >>

In Focus: Regulation Rollback - Will Worker Safety Suffer Under Trump Administration?

Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery (Q1 2017)
Business leaders - not government regulators - are ultimately responsible for worker safety. Here’s how business leaders can drive desired safety outcomes faster than any new regulation. More
Front Line
Advanced Manufacturing >>

Frontline: Fourth Industrial Revolution Takes Off, “Localizing” Site Selection Requirements

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2017)
The adoption of new technology — in what’s been called “the fourth industrial revolution” — will benefit the entire manufacturing ecosystem. More
Medical/Pharmaceutical >>

Frontline: 21st Century Cures Act May Spur Pharma/ Medical Device Expansions in U.S.

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2017)
Funding provided by the 21st Century Cures Act, as well changes in FDA approval procedures, may lead pharma and medical device companies to expand their operations, with an eye on U.S. locations to accommodate the new administration’s interventions. More
Exclusive Online Content
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

In Focus: Why America’s Supply Chain Is Shifting East

KC Conway, Senior Vice President, SunTrust Bank (Q1 2017)
With a vast rail and intermodal network, East Coast ports are well positioned to support the growing e-commerce trend. More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

Changing Investor Climates at Home and Abroad

Joe Phillips, Managing Director, All Out Location (Q1 2017)
An uncertain political environment — both in the U.S. and the UK — is making FDI decisions difficult for companies on both sides of the Atlantic. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Record Demand Brings New Heights and Challenges to Industrial Real Estate Market

Craig Meyer, President, Logistics and Industrial Services Group for the Americas, JLL (Q1 2017)
The continued growth of e-commerce, promised infrastructure upgrades, and new and creative development are some of the trends affecting the industrial real estate market. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

A Winning Strategy to Realize Maximum Incentive Benefits

Jane Vancil, CEO, IncentiLock LLC (Q1 2017)
Over half of negotiated economic incentives are never realized. How does this happen? What can you do to ensure success? More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

The Future of Site Location Decisions Outside the U.S.

Bob Cook, Senior Vice President, Latin America, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)
The Trump administration’s desire to impose large tariffs on companies that manufacture overseas and ship products into the U.S. has left more questions than answers — and this protectionist policy is an oversimplification of what’s really at stake. More

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