• Free for qualified executives and consultants to industry

  • Receive quarterly issues of Area Development Magazine and special market report and directory issues


Government Policy / Business Climate

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

Gauging the Long-Term Competitiveness of the U.S. Advanced Manufacturing Sector

Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Manufacturing Leader, Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte Services LP (Q4 2017)

Although the U.S. ranks highly in terms of its global advanced manufacturing competitiveness, some challenges to this ranking must be addressed. More

Resiliency Considerations — Is Your Facility At Risk?

Bob Geiger, Principal, Partner Engineering and Science (Q4 2017)

Property owners who properly assess, maintain, and upgrade their facilities so that they are resilient to natural disasters — and who have contingency plans in place — will save time and money, and protect the value of their asset, in the long run. More

American Manufacturing: Back in the Game?

Seth Martindale, Managing Director, CBRE (Q4 2017)

The U.S. manufacturing sector continues to rebound as a result of pent-up demand for goods and, perhaps, the effect of the Trump administration’s “pro-America” agenda. More

The New World of Right to Work

Mark Sweeney, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Q4 2017)

When making the location decision, companies should be wary of using RTW status as a location requirement and instead dig deeper into regional and local union activity. More

The Collaboration Score: The Missing Link in Site Selection

Leslie Wagner, Senior Principal, Ginovus (Q4 2017)

Though qualitative in nature, a community’s “collaboration score” indicates whether or not its stakeholders are fully aligned with respect to business attraction strategies and are committed to working collaboratively with a prospective company to ensure its project comes to fruition. More

Front Line: A Federal Attempt to Streamline the Permitting Process

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

With the realization that major infrastructure projects are critical to economic development, the federal government is attempting to streamline the environmental permitting process. More

Table Stakes: Business Attraction in the Midwest Post-Foxconn

Wade Goodsell, Consulting & Incentives Program Director, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Q3 2017)

In order for other Midwest states to be ready when opportunity comes knocking, they need to understand the lessons to be learned from the Foxconn deal. More

First Person: A 20-Year Take on the Supply Chain Revolution

Rich Thompson, International Director and Leader, Supply Chain & Logistics Solutions, JLL (Q3 2017)

Supply chain and logistics activities have become a much more visible part of the real estate industry and crucial among developers over the past 20 years. As the Trump administration prepares to renegotiate NAFTA and possibly other free trade agreements, Rich Thompson, JLL’s Global Head of Supply Chain and Logistics Solutions, has been consulting with the firm’s clients about what the future might bring. In this interview, Thompson discusses how supply chain and logistics has been a major driver of industrial development over the last couple of decades — and where it’s headed next. More

Regulation’s Impact on Manufacturing

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q3 2017)

The volume of rules and policies with which manufacturers need to comply is onerous — cutting into their competitiveness and growth opportunities. More

Understanding Federal Tax and Trade Reform Proposals

Leslie Macek, Senior Manager; Credits & Incentives – Location Investment Services, EY and Christine Spratley, Senior Manager, National Location Investment Services, Ernst & Young, LLP (Q3 2017)

What do federal tax reform proposals mean for state taxes and the potential impact on discretionary incentives? More

The Value of Sustainability in Business Operations

Cindy Madrick, Vice President, Business Development, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc. (Q3 2017)

Despite the administration’s focus on removing environmental protections, businesses’ sustainability efforts generally have a positive effect on their image as well as bottom line. More