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Government Policy / Business Climate

Proposed U.S. Policy and Tax Changes: What the Foreign Manufacturer Needs to Know

Jeff Jorge, Principal, International Growth Services Practice Leader and Firmwide Latin American Services Desk Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP and  Lynette Stolarzyk, Principal, Midwest International Tax Leader, Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP (Location USA 2017 )

Regardless of what changes may occur with U.S. federal policy, this is a time of significant opportunity for companies considering the launch of U.S. operations. More

Frontline: Regulatory Reform Taking Center Stage

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

Comments in response to the Office of Policy and Strategic Planning’s request-for-information about federal permitting and regulatory challenges will identify some of the specific obstacles businesses face when trying to achieve growth. More

Corporate Tax Reform to Have Positive, Domino Effect on U.S. Industrial Economy

Scott Parker, Chief Financial Officer, Gray, Inc. (Q2 2017)

While the timing and details of a new corporate tax policy are still uncertain, it will change the business landscape for U.S. companies of all sizes for the better. More

Raising Minimum Wages: A Double-Edged Sword

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

While raising the minimum wage puts more money into the pockets of low-wage workers, it also incentivizes employers to hold the line on job creation or even reduce employment. More

Industry Leaders Speak on Issues Facing Small Manufacturers, and Optimism for the Future

Gray Construction (Q2 2017)

Small-to-medium-sized manufacturers are the backbone of the supply chain, making the parts and products that enable their larger counterparts to compete, grow and thrive. They constitute nearly 90 percent of manufacturing's contribution to the economy so it’s vital to understand and address the issues facing them. More

Environmental Considerations for a Prospective Port Tenant

George Gigounas, Partner, DLA Piper and Kimberly Hyde, Associate, DLA Piper (Q2 2017)

Industrial tenants looking to operate on port property should perform thorough environmental diligence before occupancy, carefully analyze lease obligations, and understand the relevant permitting and regulatory obligations. More

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

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

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

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

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

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

Editor’s Note: Manufacturing Execs Offer Insights on the Effect of Trump Administration’s Policies on Growth

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

75% of C-level manufacturing executives surveyed believe that economic conditions under the new Trump administration will be favorable to moving ahead with new facility or facility expansion plans. More

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

Dan Emerson (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

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

Editor’s Note: About Those Manufacturing Jobs…

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Directory 2017)

Overall U.S. labor force participation rate (LPR) has trended downward since 2010 - which could be tied in part to skill sets not matching up to today’s job opportunities - creating a low unemployment paradox. More

Frontline: One-Year Update on the Revised Ozone Standard

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

September 30th marked an important clean air deadline. That’s when governors had to send EPA a list of in-state regions judged to comply, or not, with the revised ozone (O3) standard, changed one year earlier, October 1, 2015. More

Canada’s Intent to Create the World’s Largest Trading Bloc

Michael Darch, Founding President, Consider Canada Cities Alliance (Directory 2017)

Combined with NAFTA, CETA provides companies located in Canada with preferential access to the world’s two largest economies — the U.S. and the EU — that together with Canada represent half of the world’s GDP. More

Frontline: Defend Trade Secrets Act Gives Added Protection for Tech Companies

Karen Thuermer (Directory 2017)

The Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA), signed into law in May, 2016 by President Obama, has received wide industry praise from manufacturers as well as industry trade organizations. More

In Focus: Has the Moment for Infrastructure Revival Arrived?

Walter Kemmsies, Ph.D., Managing Director, Economist and Chief Strategist, U.S. Ports, Airports and Global Infrastructure Group, JLL (Directory 2017)

The United States has indisputably underfunded infrastructure spending for the past several decades, and the lack of investment has been cited as a key constraint to doing business domestically. If Congress aligns with the White House in support of greater infrastructure funding, many states and cities stand to benefit. More

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