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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

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

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

13th Annual Consultants Survey: Confidence in U.S. Economy, Concern Over Proposed Trump Policies

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

The responding consultants are confident that economic conditions under the Trump administration will be favorable to their clients moving ahead with new facilities plans, but also believe potential penalties for moving offshore will affect those plans. In fact, nearly two thirds believe there will be financial inducements to reshore operations. And 100 percent say finding skilled labor is the number-one priority. More

Site Certification Is Not a Substitute for Due Diligence

Courtney Dunbar, Economic Development Leader, Industrial Site Consulting Team, Olsson Associates (Q1 2017)

While a good amount of information can be obtained through site certification programs, underlying questions with regard to the end-user’s specific timelines and needs as well as how risks will be mitigated still need to be addressed. More

It’s Your Move: Critical Considerations When Relocating Corporate Headquarters

Dean J. Uminski, CEcD, Principal, Crowe Horwath (Q1 2017)

The improving economy is making it more financially feasible for companies to relocate their corporate headquarters, but such a move calls for careful consideration of a variety of factors that will determine the ultimate success — or failure — of relocation. More

Navigating Uncharted Waters: 5 Trends Affecting Capital Investment Plans

Josh Bays, Principal, Site Selection Group, LLC (Q1 2017)

A new administration in Washington, escalating wages, and a dwindling supply of industrial real estate are just some of the trends that may cause companies to take a wait-and-see approach to capital investment. More

Six Factors to Consider When Selecting a Location for a Mission-Critical Data Center

Mark Bauer, Managing Director and Co-Lead Data Center Solutions , JLL (Data Centers 2017)

When searching for a location for their next data center, companies need to take a holistic view of the process, prioritizing and balancing all the factors involved in site selection. More

What’s Driving Pharmaceutical Firms’ Operations Siting Decisions?

Woody Hydrick, Managing Principal, Global Location Strategies (Directory 2017)

A pharma company’s position in the drug life cycle chain affects where it will locate, as does its need for a skilled workforce and low taxes, among other concerns. More

Workforce Workshop: Evaluating a Community’s Labor Pool

Brian Cohen, Partner, Transwestern (Workforce Q4 2016)

The company must identify its needs, canvass local markets, and assess prospective locations’ educational resources before it can make a site decision. More

The Changing Needs of an Evolving Food Industry Shift Facility Location Priorities

Michele Brown, President & CEO, Choose New Jersey, Inc. (2016 Food Processing)

One thing is certain. Innovations and opportunities within the food industry will create new challenges for location decision-makers. More

Food Manufacturing Industry Responds to Transformative Change

Ken Reiff, Managing Director, Cushman & Wakefield and Chris Copenhaver, Director, Co-Lead Food & Beverage Practice, Cushman & Wakefield (2016 Food Processing)

Paradigm shifts in food processing, and improved economic conditions, have resulted in accelerated growth in project announcements as many larger food manufacturers gravitate to ground-up development and smaller, regional companies repurpose second-generation product. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #1: Availability of Skilled Labor

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It pretty much goes without saying that any operation — new or expanding — will need an adequate supply of workers who have whatever skills are required to do the job well. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #2: Highway Accessibility

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It is, of course, no coincidence that nearly all of the nation’s biggest manufacturing facilities and distribution centers can be found alongside major highways. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #3: Quality of Life

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

What constitutes quality of life depends largely on the eye of the beholder, and that eye may gaze through different lenses at different times. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #4: Occupancy OR Construction Costs

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

It’s easy to see why occupancy or construction costs are a factor that a lot of people are keeping an eye on...these costs are trending upward. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #5: Available Buildings

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

People expect near-instant delivery on just about everything these days, and companies seeking new facilities are more likely than ever to want to pick a location and have it up and running as quickly as possible. More

Critical Site Selection Factor #6: Labor Costs

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q4 2016)

How labor cost impacts total cost depends on the type of project being considered—headquarters, data centers, call centers/back office, retail, warehouse/distribution, manufacturing, etc. More

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