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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Where Should Aerospace Companies Invest? Evaluating Aerospace Manufacturing Hubs

Scott Thompson, U.S. Aerospace & Defense Assurance Leader, PwC (Q3 2016)

For executives considering where to build a future plant or R&D facility, the United States ranks first globally for the scope and size of its aerospace manufacturing sector. In terms of the state rankings, Arizona jumped to first place, which bumped Florida down to second. More

The Reasons Corporate Headquarters are Heading Back Downtown

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2016)

In order to lure tech-savvy millennials, many companies that years ago moved out to the suburbs are heading back to the urban downtowns that offer the lifestyle this generation of employees desires. And the trend isn't confined to just North America’s biggest cities. More

2016 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Back in Top Spot Again

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q3 2016)

There are many factors that go into being a “top state for business” — from labor and real estate costs to the tax and regulatory environment to workforce development programs and more; the states that made the 2016 Top States for Doing Business list scored high in each category. 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

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

USA: A Land of Opportunity with Variable Cost Factors for Foreign Investors

Matt Jackson, Managing Director; Shannon Curley, Senior Vice President; and Catharine Broadnax, Senior Associate;, JLL Business Consulting (Location USA 2016)

In order for foreign investors to take advantage of the many opportunities available in the U.S., they must consider numerous geographically variable cost and non-cost factors. 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

Public Power Communities: Technology for Business Success

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2016)

From powering up huge data centers to providing telecom and water services, and helping customers become energy-efficient through the latest technologies, public power companies re-invest in the communities they serve. More

The Importance of Energy and ICT Infrastructure in Site Selection as Cloud Computing Broadens

Larry Gigerich, Managing Director , Ginovus (Q1 2016)

Reliance on a community’s telecom and energy infrastructure has heightened the importance of these factors in the location decision-making process for both the providers and users of cloud computing services and the IoT. More

Naughty or Nice: Which States and Locations Will Bring Business Executives Holiday Cheer?

Thomas J. Stringer, Esq., Managing Director & Practice Leader, Site Selection and Business Incentives Group, BDO USA and Michelle Cammarata, Director, Site Selection and Business Incentives Group, BDO USA (Directory 2016)

If you’re contemplating a relocation or expansion or are consolidating operations, you will inevitably be evaluating your existing locations to determine if they are productive business partners. How do you decide which economic development agencies are naughty or nice? More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Highway Access Affects the Bottom Line

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Access to a high-quality highway infrastructure will improve a company’s profitability. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Occupancy & Construction Costs On The Rise

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Occupancy and construction costs are escalating, with variations among and even within local markets. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Available Buildings Needed for Expedited Timetables

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Locating in an existing building will save a company time and money. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #3: Available Land Becoming Scarcer

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Market conditions are tight, but some states are certifying large sites as shovel-ready in order to make sure they have an inventory on hand. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Labor Costs Vary by Project & Location

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Labor costs are usually manufacturers biggest cost factor, but the rise of e-commerce has made these costs more important for distribution centers as well. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Availability of Skilled Labor Always a Top Priority

Mark Crawford, Contributing Editor,  (Q4 2015)

Matching skills with employer needs is critical to the location decision. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #7: Right-To-Work State Often the First Factor in the Location Decision

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Manufacturers often will not consider a state that’s non–right-to-work, but today that rules out about half the country. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #8: Proximity To Major Markets Provides Access To Customers & Workforce Talent

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Today’s expectations of next-day delivery make proximity to markets critical, but it also helps in recruiting workforce talent. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #9: Energy Availability & Costs Leading Companies To Reshore

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q4 2015)

Competitively priced energy is having a transformative effect on the U.S. economy. More

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