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Government Policy / Business Climate

First Person: TPP Will Update the Rulebook for Trade

John G. Murphy, Senior Vice President for International Policy, U.S. Chamber and Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q4 2016)

John Murphy, Sr. VP for International Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, recently explained to Area Development’s editor why trade agreements are important for the U.S. economy and discussed the negative consequences of a retreat on trade. More

Enterprise Zones: Opportunity Requiring Due Diligence

David Hickey, Senior Director, Hickey & Associates (Q4 2016)

The benefits of investing in an enterprise zone may be substantial, but zone rules, commitments, and potential economic challenges must be clearly understood. More

Front Line: “Smart Cities” Use Technology & Data to Improve Citizens’ Lives

Dan Emerson (Q3 2016)

The DOT has awarded a grant to Columbus, Ohio, so that the city can employ numerous “smart mobility” technologies that will help improve citizens’ lives, with the added benefit of showcasing the city to the tech community. More

Small Manufacturers: Dealing with the New Overtime Rules Challenge

Dan Emerson (Q3 2016)

In order to comply with the new rules, small and mid-tier manufacturers may opt to increase salaries or cut OT hours and increase workforce productivity, among other strategies. For many, there will be a wait-and-see approach while absorbing the initial shock. More

Frontline: Cities Pledge to Reduce and Track Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

With the formation of the Compact of Mayors, cities worldwide are preparing GHG inventories for buildings and transport and hope to link this data to development priorities. More

Canada: A Leader in FDI Attractiveness

Howard Silverman, President & CEO, The CAI Global Group and Marc Beauchamp, Vice President & Partner, The CAI Global Group (Location Canada 2016)

Canada’s new federal government is expected to build on the nation’s already enviable position for foreign direct investment, which is enhanced by numerous tax and other financial incentives. More

Aerospace Industry Costs "Disrupted" by Economic Development Partnerships

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (2016 Auto/Aero Site Guide )

As competition for aerospace investment and jobs heats up, economic developers are increasingly offering tax relief, infrastructure and financial support, and workforce partnerships. More

The PATH to Credits and Incentives

Roma Waclawek, Senior, Ernst & Young (Q2 2016)

The PATH Act provides companies with more stability in terms of investment planning and may significantly impact the number and scale of future investments. More

Partners, Not Handouts: A Winning Model for Manufacturing Innovation

Jubal Smith, Executive Vice President, JLL and Greg Matter, Executive Vice President, JLL (Q2 2016)

When economic development policymakers are viewed as collaborators, everybody wins. More

2016 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States That Have Garnered High-Impact Economic Development Projects

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor (Q2 2016)

The states receiving this year’s Shovel Awards are being recognized for their large numbers of high-impact economic development projects, including $1 billion+ deals with thousands of new jobs. Six states — California, Ohio, Tennessee, South Carolina, Nevada and Utah — are being awarded Gold Shovels in recognition of projects undertaken in 2015. More

Do Free-Trade Agreements Represent Fair Trade?

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q2 2016)

The U.S. has far fewer free-trade agreements in place than its North American neighbors, while many make arguments for and against these agreements. More

Which Countries Have Lowest Business Costs?

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2016)

According to the 2016 Competitive Alternatives report from KPMG, the United States has dropped to 10th place for lowest business costs — the only time the U.S. has ever placed this low in Competitive Alternatives rankings. More

Ideas for Industry Innovation Ecosystems Put Into Play

Craig Giffi, Vice Chairman, U.S. Automotive Leader, Deloitte LLP and Michelle Drew Rodriguez, Manufacturing Leader, Center for Industry Insights, Deloitte Services LP (Q2 2016)

Innovation ecosystems and advanced technologies are unlocking opportunities for manufacturers, while advancing national prosperity. More

Public/Private Partnerships Help Entrepreneurs Bring Ideas to the Marketplace

Jeff Troan, Principal, Hickey & Associates, LLC (Q2 2016)

By obtaining technology and scientific grants, government performance contracts, and economic development support, innovative companies can quickly flourish. More

Location & Incentive Opportunities and Strategies: The Value in Exploring “the Rest of the Story”

Tom Dubel, Senior Director, Location and Incentive Strategies, Altus Group (Q2 2016)

If a company can prove its value to the community where it is or wants to be located, it may be able to secure a valuable incentives package as a result of telling “its story.” More

Improving the Commute - and Economic Development - With BRT

Tom Ewing, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2016)

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) offers communities many advantages, but systems across the nation have met with varied measures of success. More

Public Partnerships — Community Support for FDI

David Hickey, Senior Director, Hickey & Associates (Location USA 2016)

With a full toolbox, economic development organizations can help the foreign investor decide where to locate in the United States and help clear a path for a successful endeavor. More

Evaluating the U.S. Corporate Tax Environment

Joel Walters, Leader, U.S. Inbound Tax, PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP (Location USA 2016)

The United States offers tax advantages to foreign investors in the form of a stable tax environment, federal and state-level tax incentives, and a fair dispute resolution system. More

12th Annual Consultants Survey: Clients’ Robust New Facility/Expansion Plans Revealed

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

Two thirds of the consultants believe the economy is on a continuous growth track, and nearly all are busy helping clients with new facility and expansion plans. The primary recipient of these new facilities will be the Southern states. More

30th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Cautious Optimism Reflected

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2016)

New facility and expansion plans are up slightly on a year-over-year basis, although finding skilled labor is once again top of mind. Nearly half the respondents believe the U.S. economy is on a continuous growth track. More

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