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Government Policy / Business Climate

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, Credits & Incentives – Location Investment Services, EY (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

Foxconn: Breaking Down a $3 Billion Incentives Package

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

As the “Wisconn Valley” special legislative session examines the structure, performance based metrics and magnitude of an incentives package tied to what would be the largest greenfield investment by a foreign company in U.S. history, it is paramount to understand the road to a $3 billion incentives package. More

How U.S. Manufacturers Can Navigate the Route to the New Trade Policy

Robert McCutcheon, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PwC (Q3 2017)

Manufacturers need to prepare now for prospective trade policy changes so that they may recalibrate their supply chains if need be. More

Implications of Renegotiating NAFTA on the Auto and Aerospace Industries

Clare Goldsberry , Staff Editor, Area Development (2017 Auto/Aero Site Guide)

The prospect of NAFTA renegotiation leaves automotive and aerospace OEMs and suppliers uncertain about the future. More

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

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