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Government Policy / Business Climate

A “Marshall Plan” to Develop and Attract Talent

Roger Curtis, Director, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development  (Workforce Q2 2018)

When businesses are considering where to set up shop or expand existing operations, one of the driving influences behind their decision is access to talent. More

Challenges Facing the International Project Manager of an FDI project

Angela Grace, Principal, Blackshaw Partners LLC (Location USA 2018)

An interview with Franck Mouriaux, chief engineer at RUAG Schweiz and project manager at RUAG Space in Florida, helps shed light on the process and challenges a foreign company faces when setting up a facility in the U.S. More

Editor’s Note: Deconstructing Legislative Outcomes

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2018)

Policy and legislative changes may cause business leaders to hesitate before making their next move. More

In Focus: Steel Tariffs to Prevent U.S. Economic Growth

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q2 2018)

The recently enacted tariffs on steel and aluminum have created an uncertain investment climate for both domestic and foreign firms, causing companies to rethink their supply chain strategies and put their expansion plans on hold. More

The New EPA Rules: Opportunity and Risk

Frances Graham, Project Director, Linesight (Q2 2018)

While to some companies less stringent EPA regulations can be an advantage, submitting to the lowest environmental standards carries costs of its own. More

U.S. Tax Reform: A Game-Changer for Manufacturers

John T. Livingstone, Principal, PwC and Rajiv Jetli , Principal, Management Consulting, PwC (Q2 2018)

The new tax law will provide U.S. manufacturers with additional cash, but they must still align their investment decisions with corporate growth strategies. More

The New Aluminum and Steel Tariffs: Implementation, Consequences, and Next Steps

Doreen M. Edelman, Co-Leader, Global Business Team, Baker Donelson and Julius Bodie, Law Clerk, Baker Donelson (Q2 2018)

Businesses that use steel and/or aluminum need to understand how the recently enacted tariffs will affect their supply chain as well as their bottom line. More

Will The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Increase Inbound FDI?

Alexander Frei, Senior Vice President, CBRE and Aaron Hirschl , Senior Financial Analyst, CBRE (Q2 2018)

It’s hoped that the TCJA will lead more foreign companies to invest in the U.S., but this will impose an additional strain on a limited labor supply. More

Maximizing the Benefits of Incentives

Brandon M. Pyers, Ernst & Young LLP Northeast Location Investment, Credits & Incentives Leader; Paul A. Naumoff, EY Global/Americas, Location Investment, Credits & Incentives Leader; Brian R. Smith, EY Global Inbound Investments Leader (Q2 2018)

A process-driven approach to site selection and incentives — including a formal RFP, informed narrative, and economic impact analysis — produces optimal results. More

32nd Annual Corporate Survey & the 14th Annual Consultants Survey

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2018)

Although the U.S. economy is strong, there may still be some hesitancy in investment decisions brought about by an uncertain legislative environment. More

Tax Reform Through the Eyes of a Design-Build CEO

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2018)

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gives businesses more incentive to expand in the U.S. as well as provide employees with better equipment and training. More

Location Notebook: Kentucky's Favorable Business Climate Brings Record Corporate Investment

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Through pro-business initiatives — including cutting red tape, passing RTW legislation, and customizing workforce training — Kentucky captured record investment in 2017 and sees more success ahead. More

America’s Economic Strength Built on Global Connections

Nancy McLernon, President & CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII) (Q1 2018)

Considering the fact that global investment from foreign-based companies supports 6.8 million American jobs, U.S. trade policy should not be viewed as an “us vs. them” proposition. More

The Renewable Energy Industry Must Adapt to U.S. Tax Reform

Dorian Hunt, Senior Manager, National Tax, Ernst & Young, LLP and Christine Spratley, Senior Manager, National Location Investment Services, Ernst & Young, LLP (Q1 2018)

Renewable energy production facility developers must reconsider how to optimize their capital structures in the new tax environment. More

Trade Policy Creates Risk for North American Industrial Outlook

Jason Tolliver, Vice President and Head of Industrial Research, Americas, Cushman & Wakefield (Q1 2018)

The industrial forecast is strong. Will a revamped NAFTA change that? More

Reshoring Gains Traction in U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

U.S. manufacturers are picking up momentum in bringing the jobs back they outsourced decades ago to low-cost countries — a move called reshoring. More

Infrastructure and Its Role in the U.S. Economy

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

The federal government is leaning toward the creation of public-private partnerships to finance much-needed improvements to the nation’s infrastructure, which is vital to the manufacturing sector as well as national security. More

Front Line: Will the Latest Round of Minimum Wage Increases Affect Employment Levels?

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

Since the tight labor market has already pushed up wages, studies have shown an increase in the minimum wage will have minimal negative impact on employment levels. More

In Focus: The ELD Mandate - How It Will Change Your Business Operations

Brian Fielkow, CEO, Jetco Delivery (Q1 2018)

The ELD Mandate, which will change how truckers operate, will ultimately benefit both the trucking industry and the shippers/manufacturers that utilize the industry’s services. More

A Changing Food Manufacturing Industry

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Food Processing)

Evolving consumer preferences, the use of automation, food safety regulations, and foreign direct investment are stirring up the food industry. More

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