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Corporate Survey Results: Site Selection Factors

Critical Location Decision Factor #1: Keeping the Cost of Labor in Check

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Although labor costs seem to trump all other factors, they must be analyzed as part of overall operating expenses. This is the last in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #2: The Road to Profitability

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

A well-connected location is essential for accessing suppliers and customers, as well as connecting to intermodal hubs leading to the global marketplace. This is the Ninth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #3: Workers Who Have the “Right Stuff”

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Having a pool of highly skilled workers can tip the balance in a location’s favor. This is the Eighth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #4: “Connected” Locations Support Innovative Companies

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Locations offering a robust telecom infrastructure — with adequate speed, choices, and bandwidth — are becoming hotbeds for technology development and entrepreneurship. This is the Seventh in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #5: Costs of a New Vs. Existing Facility

Mark Crawford (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Of course, it’s less expensive to rehab an existing facility than go with a build-to-suit, but the latter will give a company a custom fit. This is the Sixth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #6: Powering Up While Keeping Costs Down

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)

While some operations are more energy-intensive than others, reducing energy costs is always an important consideration in the location decision. This is the Fifth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #7: Keeping Government’s Hand Out of the Company Coffer

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Although corporate tax rates figure more prominently into some location decisions than others, there’s generally an overall tax bite — including property and sales taxes — that needs to be looked at carefully. This is the fourth in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #8: Existing Facilities Satisfy Demand for a Quick Project Turn-Around

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)

The economic downturn left a lot of available buildings on the marketplace, although not all have the infrastructure needed by specialized firms. This is the third in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #9: Making a Dent in the Tax Bill With Exemptions

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)

Although there are variations in which taxes are exempt in different jurisdictions, they not only offer an upfront break when a facility is being deployed, but also can result in ongoing tax savings. This is the second in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Critical Location Decision Factor #10: Union Activity Can Be a Deal Breaker

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 / Fall 2013)

In order to be able to keep wages in check and maintain a flexible operating environment, many companies put low union profile high on their list of site selection priorities. This is the first in a series of articles examining the top-10 site selection factors as decided by the respondents to AD's Q1 Corporate Executive Survey. More

Energy Availability & Costs: Impacted by Reliability and “Going Green”

Mark Crawford (November 2012)

Respondents to Area Development’s 26th Annual Corporate Survey (Published Winter 2012) ranked energy availability and costs seventh among the factors, with 84. 8 percent considering this factor as “very important” or “important.” And, the greater a project’s consumption of energy, the more important the availability and total cost of energy becomes in the final selection decision. More

Highway Accessibility: An On-Ramp to Success

Robert E. Leak, Sr. CEcD, HLM, Partner, Leak-Goforth Co., LLC (November 2012)

Area Development’s 26th annual survey of corporate executives (published Winter 2012) found that highway accessibility topped the list of individual site selection factors, with 93.8 percent of those surveyed ranking this factor as “very important” or “important.” Here is an analysis of its importance… More

Labor Costs: Generating Savings Through Lower Wages

Beth Mattson-Teig (November 2012)

Saving even $1 per hour on employee wages can translate into hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings each year for some companies. Given those statistics, it is no surprise that labor costs consistently rank as one of the top factors in site selection decisions. More

Proximity to Major Markets: Affecting Business Success

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (November 2012)

In Area Development’s 26th Annual Corporate Survey, proximity to major markets was considered “very important” or “important” by 83 percent of the survey respondents. The category jumped 8 places in the rankings — the survey’s greatest jump in importance - from the previous year’s Corporate Survey results. More

Right-to-Work/Low-Union-Profile States: Making or Breaking a Deal

Beth Mattson-Teig (November 2012)

Low-union and right-to-work (RTW) status may not rank at the top of the list when it comes to site selection criteria, but those factors certainly carry considerable weight in the overall decision-making process for many manufacturers. Choosing a state with a low-union profile or locating in a RTW state only ranked 10th and 12th respectively among a list of 26 different site selection factors, according to Area Development’s 26th Annual Corporate Survey. More

Occupancy & Construction Costs: Existing or Build to Suit?

Mark Crawford (November 2012)

One of the biggest up-front costs for expansion or relocation is occupancy and construction. This factor was ranked fifth in importance by the respondents to Area Development’s 26th Annual Corporate Survey, with 85.9 percent of the respondents considering it high in importance. Fortunately, it is one of the most easily controlled costs. More

Skilled Labor Availability: States Step Up Training Programs To Fill the Gap

(November 2012)

It goes without saying that available labor, especially skilled labor, is considered to be a key driver in site selection decisions. Workers are often the lifeblood for a company’s operations. More

Tax Rates, Exemptions, & Incentives: States Up their Game to Close Deals

Mark Crawford (November 2012)

Tax rates, incentives, and exemptions have always been important to corporate site selectors. These factors were rated fourth, fifth, and eighth, respectively, among the site selection criteria by the respondents to Area Development’s 26th Annual Corporate Survey (published Winter 2012), more than 80 percent of whom rated them as “very important” or “important.” More

Top Site Selection Factors: Highway Accessibility - The Need for Speed

Beth Mattson-Teig (November 2011)

Many companies don't need to look further than the gas pump or congested roadways to determine their top site selection criteria. Easy access to key infrastructure can be vital when it comes to executing business strategies, saving time and money, and creating an attractive environment for both employees and customers. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Labor Costs - Still a Major Concern

Cynthia Kincaid  (November 2011)

The cost of skilled labor is always at the forefront of concern for corporate executives, and the 2010 survey respondents confirmed this fact. Labor costs were ranked as the second most important factor in Area Development's 2010 Corporate Survey, with a 91 percent importance rating, although this was a 5.7 percent drop from 2009. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Tax Rates, Exemptions, and Incentives - Keeping an Eye on the Competition

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (November 2011)

Developing a new facility is an expensive endeavor. Depending upon the size and scope of a business, start-up costs can make a difference between getting a project off the ground and seeing it fall flat. After opening, the costs continue to accumulate. Low tax rates, tax exemptions, and tax incentives can lift a big burden off of all phases of a company's budget. In fact, in Area Development's 2010 Corporate Survey, respondents ranked these three factors among their top-six site selection criteria. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Occupancy & Construction Costs - Saving a Buck

Beth Mattson-Teig (November 2011)

Occupancy and construction costs ranked as the fourth most important site selection factor in Area Development's 2010 Corporate Survey with 89.8 percent of respondents stating that occupancy and construction costs were considered very important or important. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Energy Availability and Costs - Reconciling Price and Reliability

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (November 2011)

Energy availability and costs was ranked in ninth place in Area Development's 25th Annual Corporate Survey, with 82.1 percent of the respondents rating this factor as very important or important. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Shipping Costs - Money Taking Precedence Over Time

Cynthia Kincaid  (November 2011)

Inbound/outbound shipping costs ranked eighth among the site selection factors in Area Development's 2010 Corporate Survey, with an 84 percent importance rating. Factors such as rising fuel costs and distances from vendors, suppliers, and markets served are all playing a greater role in shipping-cost decision-making. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Availability of Skilled Labor - Closing the Gap

Mali R. Schantz-Feld (November 2011)

No matter what the type of business, workers are the heart of any company - from customer service to assembly line production. In fact, availability of skilled labor was ranked seventh among the site selection factors in Area Development's 2010 Corporate Survey. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Available Buildings & Shovel-Ready Sites

Beth Mattson-Teig (November 2011)

Many companies have been standing pat, watching and waiting for signs that the economy, or activity within a particular sector, is finally beginning to improve. When those indicators emerge, companies want to be in a position to pounce on opportunities before they disappear. More

Top Site Selection Factors: Quality of Life Still Matters

Cynthia Kincaid  (November 2011)

In Area Development's Corporate Survey, quality-of-life factors are ranked separately from the other site selection factors and are generally rated lower in importance than the top site selection factors - except for "low crime rate." More

The Incentives Factor Takes Center Stage in Site Decisions

Thomas J. Stringer, Esq., Principal, Site Selection & Business Incentives, Ryan & Company (November 2010)

In today's tough financial environment, obtaining a competitive advantage through cost control has become a preeminent guiding principal of site decisions. More
The “Big Four” Taxes Often Have a Significant Influence on the Location Decision

Taxation: A Decisive Factor in Location Selection

Amy Gerber, Executive Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle and Matt Jackson, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle (September 2010)

Businesses must be aware of several key taxes before selecting a site. More

Brookings Institution: MetroMonitor

Howard Wial, Brookings Institution and Richard Shearer, Brookings Institution (9/24/2010)

The Brookings Institution's MetroMonitor named Albany, New York; Augusta, Georgia-South Carolina; Austin, Texas; Baton Rouge; Buffalo, New York; and Dallas the top five overall best performing metros. More

Labor Trumps Other Factors in the Location Decision

Matt Jackson, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle and Matt Highfield and Scott Redabaugh, Strategic Consulting, Jones Lang LaSalle (June/July 10)

There are states that have recognized the value in trying to retain jobs and reward job creation from existing operations at the same time with retention incentives More

Inbound-Outbound Logistics Cost Determines Location Decisions

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics and Joseph Tillman, Vice President, Transportation, KS Harvesters (June/July 10)

The majority of respondents to Area Development's 24th Annual Corporate Survey said inbound-outbound shipping costs were important to selecting a site. Consider these factors before your next move. More

Advanced ICT: How Important Is It in the Site Decision?

Dan Calabrese (Apr/May 10)

Data and call center operators are savvy about information and communication technology, but manufacturers should also make it a priority. More

How Energy Factors Into The Location Decision

David V. Brandon, Senior Vice President, Site Selection Group, LLC  (Apr/May 10)

While nearly every business sector has an eye on energy availability, it isn't the top consideration for location choices.  More

Retention Incentives Lure Companies to Stay Put

Jonathan L. Sangster, Senior Managing Director, CB Richard Ellis (Feb/Mar 10)

There are states that have recognized the value in trying to retain jobs and reward job creation from existing operations at the same time with retention incentives More

Labor Costs: The Number-One Site Selection Factor

Michelle Comerford, Project Director and Industrial & Supply Chain Practice Leader, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. and Frank Spano, Director, Austin Consulting (Feb/Mar 10)

Labor costs - a major operational cost component - are ranked as the most important site selection factor by corporate executives. More

States Use Incentives to Attract Renewable Energy Business

Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Nov 09)

As the economy recovers, one particularly bright spot will be manufacturing for the renewable energy industry, which is already enjoying healthy popular and government support. More

Highway Access/Frontage Still at the Top

Dan Calabrese (Nov 09)

Although the nature of business has changed through the years, highway access and frontage still rank high among site selectors. More

Does Available Real Estate Drive Location Decisions?

Matthew Szuhaj, Director, Consulting Strategy and Operations Practice, Deloitte and Spencer Schobert, Senior Leader, Consulting Strategy and Operations Practice, Deloitte (Oct/Nov 09)

The ranking of available land and buildings by the respondents to Area Development's Corporate Survey reflects the fact that the importance of these factors is contingent on the project. More

Assessing Organized Labor's Effect on the Location Decision

Ed McCallum, Senior Principal, McCallum Sweeney Consulting (Oct/Nov 09)

The increased importance with which Corporate Survey respondents regard the "right-to-work" and "low union profile" factors signifies the need for a new dialogue between labor and management. More
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