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Site Selection Factors / Strategy

The Key to Industrial Site Selection? Consumers and Labor

Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Industrial Integrated Portfolio Services , JLL (Q4 2018)

Area Development sat with Rob Wheeler, Senior Vice President, Integrated Portfolio Services, at JLL, at our Consultant’s Forum to discuss the state of industrial real estate in an evolving world. More

Negotiating Incentives? Avoid These Common Pitfalls.

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q4 2018)

Dave Cooper, Shareholder, Economic Development & Incentives Practice Group at Maynard Cooper & Gale, speaks with Area Development on how to deal with the challenges that often come up during the incentives negotiation process. More

The Calculus of Master Planning an Industrial Site Project

Alan H. Cobb, CEO & President, Albert Kahn Associates, Inc. (Q4 2018)

Effective master planning results in seamless construction projects and builds the momentum for lean, concise operations and continued success. More

The Big Five: Key Tax Credits and Public Incentives

Brad Elmer, CFA Managing Director, Baker Tilly Capital (Q4 2018)

Area Development sat down with Brad Elmer, CFA, Managing Director at Baker Tilly Capital in the wake of his presentation on tax credits and incentives in the financing package at our Consultants Forum. More

The Search Is On, But Should We Tell?

Monty Turner, Senior Consultant, Global Location Strategies (Q4 2018)

When site selecting, there are pros and cons to maintaining confidentiality as well as to making the search public; it all depends upon your company’s current situation. More

Due Diligence in Today’s Site Selection World

Sarah White, Director, Quest Site Solutions (Q4 2018)

You’ve made your list — now check it twice for ownership issues and site suitability, as well as workforce and financial considerations. More

Operation Rescue: Navigating Project Pitfalls from Start to Finish

Katie Culp, President, KSM Location Advisors and Tim Cook, CEO, KSM Location Advisors (Q4 2018)

Tim Cook, CEO, and Katie Culp, president, of KSM Location Advisors discuss with Area Development how managers can anticipate and tackle the unexpected surprises that will arise during a site selection project. More

Is Your New Economy Workforce Hiding Where You Least Expect It?

Chris Schwinden, Vice President, Site Selection Group (Q4 2018)

Area Development recently sat with Chris Schwinden, Vice President, Site Selection Group, to discuss how companies can assess a location’s true workforce potential in this exceptionally tight labor market. More

Drawing a Maturing Urban Workforce Outside the Central Business District

Donald F. Smith, Jr., RIDC of Southwestern Pennsylvania (Workforce Q4 2018)

If a company wants to succeed in drawing — and retaining — a maturing urban workforce to urban fringe communities and beyond, it needs to focus on a location’s quality of life, high-level amenities, and sense of community. More

Editor’s Note: Rising Above the Flood of Data

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q3 2018)

Companies are dealing with a deluge of data, but only necessary data should be collected and, importantly, it needs to be analyzed in order to be useful. More

The Promise of Predictive Analytics in Site Selection

Clark Dean, Senior Managing Director, Transwestern (Q3 2018)

Data science that encompasses analytically rigorous predictive models has the ability to disrupt the conventional location decision process. More

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

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine and 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