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Corporate Survey Results: Site Selection Factors

29th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: A Realignment of Location Priorities

Area Development Special Presentation (Q1 2015)

The location and expansion plans of our Corporate Survey respondents are not as robust as we had hoped, and their site selection priorities have been realigned, with facilities costs supplanting labor considerations. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Availability of Skilled Labor an Acute Need

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

With a growing U.S. economy and an “onshoring” trend fanning demand, the availability of skilled labor has become the #1 factor in site decisions. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Advanced ICT - Companies Look to Visionary Locales

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

The rise of “big data” in nearly every industry vertical has promoted continued importance of a robust information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure as a site selection factor. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Available Buildings - Can’t Get Much Tighter

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

Now that we are in a clear growth mode, companies seeking industrial, distribution, R&D facilities, and office space increasingly are pressed to find existing buildings that will accommodate their needs. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #7: Lower Corporate Tax Rate Rates = Stronger Economies

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

A state’s corporate tax rate is usually a bedrock indicator of its business-friendliness and a simple but substantial number that has a huge long-haul impact on the financial performance of a new plant or other facility. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: State & Local Incentives Figure More Heavily

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

The importance of state and local incentives smashed up through the ranks of site selection factors to #8 in Area Development’s most recent Corporate Survey from #13 a year earlier. And, with big money at stake, states are more careful to make sure they are getting what they pay for. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #10: Energy Availability and Costs Losing Currency

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2014)

The cost and availability of energy has been dropping in importance as a site selection factor, ranking #10 in the 2013 Area Development Corporate Survey, down from its #6 position a year earlier. The drop seems to reflect a persistent weakness in natural gas prices as well as a steady rise in alternative-energy capabilities across the country. More

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

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (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

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