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Q4 / Fall 2013
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COVER STORY
Labor/Education/HR >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #1: Keeping the Cost of Labor in Check

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Although labor costs seem to trump all other factors, they must be analyzed as part of overall operating expenses. This is the last in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Logistics/Infrastructure >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #2: The Road to Profitability

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)
A well-connected location is essential for accessing suppliers and customers, as well as connecting to intermodal hubs leading to the global marketplace. This is the Ninth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Labor/Education/HR >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #3: Workers Who Have the “Right Stuff”

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Having a pool of highly skilled workers can tip the balance in a location’s favor. This is the Eighth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Logistics/Infrastructure >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #4: “Connected” Locations Support Innovative Companies

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Locations offering a robust telecom infrastructure — with adequate speed, choices, and bandwidth — are becoming hotbeds for technology development and entrepreneurship. This is the Seventh in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #5: Costs of a New Vs. Existing Facility

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Of course, it’s less expensive to rehab an existing facility than go with a build-to-suit, but the latter will give a company a custom fit. This is the Sixth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #6: Powering Up While Keeping Costs Down

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)
While some operations are more energy-intensive than others, reducing energy costs is always an important consideration in the location decision. This is the Fifth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Taxes/Incentives >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #7: Keeping Government’s Hand Out of the Company Coffer

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Although corporate tax rates figure more prominently into some location decisions than others, there’s generally an overall tax bite — including property and sales taxes — that needs to be looked at carefully. This is the fourth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #8: Existing Facilities Satisfy Demand for a Quick Project Turn-Around

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The economic downturn left a lot of available buildings on the marketplace, although not all have the infrastructure needed by specialized firms. This is the third in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Taxes/Incentives >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #9: Making a Dent in the Tax Bill With Exemptions

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Although there are variations in which taxes are exempt in different jurisdictions, they not only offer an upfront break when a facility is being deployed, but also can result in ongoing tax savings. This is the second in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
Labor/Education/HR >>

Critical Location Decision Factor #10: Union Activity Can Be a Deal Breaker

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)
In order to be able to keep wages in check and maintain a flexible operating environment, many companies put low union profile high on their list of site selection priorities. This is the first in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More
FEATURES
High Tech/Nano/Electronics >>

Tech Incubators’ Outsized Impact on Innovation and Job Creation

Area Development Online Research Desk (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The ecosystems created by high-tech incubators popping up all over North America have become true job-creation drivers, attracting attention from CEOs for their distinctively collaborative workplace culture that drives innovation and growth. More
Labor/Education/HR >>

Making a Statement with Office Space: Finding Workplaces that Last

Travis Garland, Leasing Manager, Portman Management Company (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Well-designed office facilities will aid a company in recruiting and retaining talent in today’s marketplace — and well into the future. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Automation Propels U.S. Manufacturing Forward

Beth Mattson-Teig (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Manufacturers are turning to automation as a means to improve quality, productivity, safety, speed, and competitiveness, while reducing costs. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

How Does Economic Development Legislation Affect Your Bottom Line?

Von Hatley, Managing Director, Jones Walker Consulting, LLC (Q4 / Fall 2013)
A company’s final location or expansion decision hinges on a financial analysis that may be closely tied to the winning state’s economic development legislation. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Employing a Team Approach During Planning and Construction of a New Facility

Daniel Kiley, LEED AP BD+C, DLK Construction Services LLC (Q4 / Fall 2013)
By utilizing a multidisciplinary development firm that can adapt to their specific needs, companies can ensure their facilities are delivered on time and within budget. More
Logistics/Infrastructure >>

Revolutionizing the Supply Chain With Technology

Tom Oconnor, Senior National Business Development Manager for Enterprise Sales , Panasonic Systems Communications Co. of North America (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Integrated supply chain technology solutions provide end-to-end security and efficiency in the distribution process. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Workplace Planning for the Middle Market: 8 Guidelines to Consider

Kanan Desai, Vice President, SCGroup Real Estate (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Even small to mid-size companies need to understand their workplace flow and patterns in order to increase productivity and optimize their real estate footprints. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

People and Culture: Key Drivers for Corporate Headquarters Relocation

Matthew Cryer, Director, Turner & Townsend  (Q4 / Fall 2013)
An organization’s employees and its corporate culture are paramount in any corporate relocation, with rapid changes in technology impacting the desired outcome. More
Biotech >>

Market Report: Advances in Biotech Help Life Sciences to Thrive

Beth Mattson-Teig (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Biotechnology is driving growth in the life sciences sector, which has faced numerous challenges, particularly in the pharmaceuticals industry. More
DEPARTMENTS
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

In Focus: Industrial Site Selection Due Diligence - Foregoing Assumptions

Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Industrial Site Consulting Team, Olsson Associates (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Assessing an industrial site and planning for its development are critical steps in choosing the right location. To successfully undertake this task, one must forego assumptions and seek diligence. More
High Tech/Nano/Electronics >>

First Person: Advancing Automation Technologies Represents Huge Opportunity for Small and Mid-sized Manufacturers

Jeff Burnstein, President, Association for Advancing Automation (Q4 / Fall 2013)
The Robotic Industries Association estimates that some 230,000 robots are now in use in U.S. factories, placing the United States second only to Japan in robot use. To find out more about this, the editor of Area Development recently spoke with Jeff Burnstein, president of the Robotic Industries Association, as well as president of the Association for Advancing Automation (A3). More
Taxes/Incentives >>

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
SPECIAL INVESTMENT REPORT
Louisiana >>

Louisiana: Climbing the Economic and Business Climate Charts

Craig Guillot (Q4 / Fall 2013)
State sources report that Louisiana’s economy held strong during the recession, and that during the past five years, its GDP growth was about 50 percent faster than the national average. More
EXCLUSIVE ONLINE CONTENT
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Sustainable Sites: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Scott Speer, PE, LEED, AP, Senior Civil Engineer and Project Manager , SSOE Group (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Facility designs to manage stormwater are integral to a site’s sustainability, but they will only accomplish the goals for which they were designed if properly operated and maintained. More
Labor/Education/HR >>

Making a Statement with Office Space: Finding Workplaces that Last

Travis Garland, Leasing Manager, Portman Management Company (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Well-designed office facilities will aid a company in recruiting and retaining talent in today’s marketplace — and well into the future. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

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
Logistics/Infrastructure >>

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
High Tech/Nano/Electronics >>

Criteria for Selecting a High-Tech Cluster

Amber Schiada, Research Manager, Markets, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Companies locating in “tech-friendly” communities can find the foundation for their success, while also helping the local economy to grow — a win-win situation all around. More
Asset Management >>

The Move Beyond Building Automation Systems to a More Secure Energy Infrastructure

Brad Witter, Executive Vice President, Technology and Operations , Blue Pillar, Inc. (Q4 / Fall 2013)
Today’s facility managers are faced with the challenge of finding systems that securely automate and centralize their organization’s disparate, but critical, energy assets. More