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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

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 Stackhouse-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

Following the Millennial Workforce Back to the Burbs

Paige Krueger, Client Services Coordinator, CBRE (Workforce Q4 2017)

Are millennials really the corporate disrupters we’ve come to know? More

2017 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fourth Year in a Row

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2017)

The top-ranked states have committed to adding value as economic development leaders and problem-solvers, characteristics that are recognized by consultants to industry. More

Scouting Locations in an Era of Labor Scarcity: 10 Considerations

John Rees, Director of Research, Avalanche Consulting (Workforce Q2 2017)

The tight labor market has made availability of skilled labor a paramount concern for companies looking to expand or open a new facility, but data alone will not help a company identify the community that will best meet its workforce needs. More

2017 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize States Compiling Healthy Rosters of New and Expanded Facilities

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q2 2017)

The work of economic development is a complicated mix of salesmanship, customer service, technical and legal expertise, communications, relationship-building, and a healthy dose of good fortune. More

31st Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Need for Investment in Infrastructure Reflected

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2017)

The Corporate Survey respondents feel confident about the economy under President Trump, but highway accessibility and skilled labor are still their primary concerns. More