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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

Technology Upending the Location Decision Process

Tom Gresham (Q3 2018)

Technology’s radical transformations of industry are changing not only company operations but also how sites are selected. More

2018 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fifth Year in a Row

Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)

Competitive labor environments and leading workforce development programs, low taxes and utility costs, favorable regulatory environments, and cooperative state governments are among the top-ranked states’ pro-business attributes. More

For Industrial Development, Rail Is the Gravy Train

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q3 2018)

Rail development has driven economic opportunity across the United States, opening up new markets and efficiently moving freight. More

How Can Big Data Enable More Efficient and Effective Location Decisions and Planning?

Katie Ballard-Bloomfield, Manager, Quantitative Economics and Statistics (Quest); Dominick Brook, Senior Manager; and Martin Polivka, Senior Consultants, Indirect Tax , Ernst & Young LLP (Q3 2018)

Opportunities and challenges present themselves in harnessing the analytical power of internal and external data. More

In Focus: The Pitfalls of Being in the Running for Amazon HQ2

Tim Cook, CEO, KSM Location Advisors and Katie Culp, President, KSM Location Advisors (Q3 2018)

Only one city can win the project, leaving the losers to explain why they were so heavily invested in trying to land the HQ2, which may ultimately come with its own set of challenges. More

Which Locations Are Drawing FinTech Companies?

Tedd Carrison, Financial Analyst, CBRE and Kristin Sexton, Senior Managing Director, Labor Analytics, CBRE (Q3 2018)

Irrespective of their size, the strongest markets for financial technology companies have a workforce that aligns to best serve all distinctive skill set and cost requirements. More

The Secret to Site Selection Success

Meredith O'Connor, International Director and Headquarters Practice Group Co-Chair, JLL (Location USA 2018)

Following the recipe of labor, real estate, and incentives has become a proven framework for both foreign and domestic companies to make educated decisions on new sites. More

2018 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States’ Efforts to Attract High-Value Investment & Large Job-Creating Projects

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Steve Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

More than 200 projects across multiple states brought with them the promise -- in total -- of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in investment. More

“Maker-Tech” Crosses Lines of Industrial, Office & Retail Uses

Edward Del Beccaro, Senior Managing Director, Transwestern (Q2 2018)

A new niche is forming in the industrial sector which needs to be near existing “brain clusters” of the targeted industry and may require sites zoned for multiple uses. More

Front Line: Attracting Companies in Emerging Industries

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Q2 2018)

Companies in emerging industries need to feel they are working in partnership with the developers/landlords who are trying to attract them to their properties. More

Why Top Consulting Firms Are Choosing This Location

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2018)

An educated labor pool, top-notch international airport, and a unified community of governmental and business leaders facilitated the selection of Orlando by several high-profile professional consulting firms. More

32nd Annual Corporate Survey & the 14th Annual Consultants Survey

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2018)

Although the U.S. economy is strong, there may still be some hesitancy in investment decisions brought about by an uncertain legislative environment. More

STEM Grads: At the Core of the Tech Location Decision

Steffen Kammerer, Senior Vice President, Technology Practice Group, JLL (Q1 2018)

The search for tech talent is leading companies to look at some traditional as well as surprising locations and also putting workspace buildout in a new perspective. More

Front Line: Amazon’s HQ2 Finalists Reflect a Growing Shift in Geographical Clout

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q1 2018)

The 20 finalist locations for Amazon’s second headquarters location include several smaller cities that are not typically thought of as technology centers. More

Utilizing Advanced Technologies to Evaluate the Location Decision

Rajiv Jetli , Principal, Management Consulting, PwC (Q4 2017)

Although manufacturers are using advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence, in their operations, they’ve yet to leverage these advances in the site selection process. More

Top Mistakes Companies Make During the Site Selection Process

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q4 2017)

Oftentimes, companies make mistakes in the location decision process that may prove detrimental to their long-term success — Here are the most common ones. More

The Importance of Community Strategic Planning in the Location Decision

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q4 2017)

As the surge in corporate relocation continues, sophisticated organizations are demanding a relatively new — but critical — component for streamlining their site selection process and increasing the likelihood of success. More

Why Local Geography Still Matters in the Global Location Decision

Brad Lindquist, Senior Managing Director, Newmark Knight Frank and Gregg Wassmansdorf, Senior Managing Director, Global Corporate Services, Newmark Knight Frank (Q4 2017)

When analyzing the primary cost and quality factors that drive the site selection decision, companies need to be aware of the differences that exist not only regionally but also locally. 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: The Competition for Amazon’s HQ2

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2017)

Like contestants at a beauty pageant, cities across the U.S. and Canada are eagerly awaiting the announcement: where will Amazon decide to build its new $5 billion second headquarters, which will create 50,000 jobs? More

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