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Government Policy / Business Climate

Negotiating Incentives? Avoid These Common Pitfalls.

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q4 2018)

Dave Cooper, Shareholder, Economic Development & Incentives Practice Group at Maynard Cooper & Gale, speaks with Area Development on how to deal with the challenges that often come up during the incentives negotiation process. More

The Big Five: Key Tax Credits and Public Incentives

Brad Elmer, CFA Managing Director, Baker Tilly Capital (Q4 2018)

Area Development sat down with Brad Elmer, CFA, Managing Director at Baker Tilly Capital in the wake of his presentation on tax credits and incentives in the financing package at our Consultants Forum. More

What’s Your U.S. Manufacturing and Tariff Strategy?

Rosemary Coates, President, Blue Silk Consulting (Q4 2018)

With the uncertain future of new tariffs and penalties, is it time to consider building a manufacturing site in the United States? More

Innovative Superclusters to Foster Economic Growth

Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Canadian Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (Location Canada 2018)

The Government of Canada is investing C$950 million in five economic superclusters aimed at making the nation a world-leading center for innovation. More

Automakers Enter the Circular Economy

Karen Thuermer, Staff Editor, Area Development (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

Industrial companies, including automotive firms, are among those reinventing how businesses find, use, and dispose of the resources and materials that make up global trade. More

In Focus: Examining Commerce’s Misguided Auto Imports Investigation

Nancy McLernon, President & CEO, Organization for International Investment (OFII) (2018 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

With international auto companies responsible for more than three quarters of U.S. auto manufacturing job growth from 2010 to 2015, an examination of foreign imports as a threat to national security may just backfire. More

A Smarter Way to Incentivize

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q3 2018)

Governments and corporate site selectors alike should consider whether sometimes overly generous tax incentives are the best way to align their goals. More

Which Locations Are Drawing FinTech Companies?

Tedd Carrison, Financial Analyst, CBRE and Kristin Sexton, Senior Managing Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q3 2018)

Irrespective of their size, the strongest markets for financial technology companies have a workforce that aligns to best serve all distinctive skill set and cost requirements. More

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

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

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

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