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Q1 2014
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Economics/ Government Policy >>

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)
American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More
Annual Survey
Annual Corporate & Consultants Survey Results >>

10th Annual Survey of Site Selection Consultants: Economy on a More Continuous Growth Track

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2014)
Area Development asked the consultants who work with corporate clients to tell us about their clients’ facilities plans and priorities in making a location decision. Nearly half of the respondents believe the economy will achieve a more continuous growth track this year but, how will that affect their clients’ facility decisions? More
Annual Corporate & Consultants Survey Results >>

28th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: Availability of Skilled Labor New Top Priority

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2014)
The results of our survey show a modest improvement in short-range new facility and expansion plans, as well as a realignment of site selection priorities with the availability of skilled labor being the number one concern, outranking highway accessibility and labor costs. More
Features
Logistics/Infrastructure >>

Ports Jockey for Post-Panamax “Pole Position”

Tim Feemster, Managing Principal, Foremost Quality Logistics (Q1 2014)
East and Gulf Coast ports are gearing up to accommodate the supersized containerships that will be able to traverse the expanded Panama Canal — and the delayed expansion process has given them the advantage of time to get ready. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Quality of Place and Its Role in Corporate Location Decisions

Matthew Tarleton, Vice President & Principal, Market Street Services (Q1 2014)
As companies compete for talent, “place” is an asset that can be honed, improved, and marketed to potential employees. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Sustainability: The “Invisible Hand” Shapes Next-Generation Location Selection

Don Schjeldahl, Founder, Don Schjeldahl Group (Q1 2014)
Companies that view their location strategies through a “sustainability filter” are more likely to achieve competitive advantage and long-term stakeholder value. More
Asset Management >>

Tax Technology Roadmap: The Next Steps in Creating a Strategic Asset

Todd Bixby, Partner; Tax Technology Practice Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers (Q1 2014)
A tax technology strategy will enable a company to align with the company’s business priorities, tax function strategy, and enterprise technology investments. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Optimizing Economic Growth in Shale Zone Communities

Bruce Rutherford, International Director, Global Energy Practice Leader, Jones Lang LaSalle (Q1 2014)
The ability to access oil and natural gas reserves found in the nation’s shale regions has presented new opportunities for economic growth along with a host of infrastructure and real estate challenges. More
Economics/ Government Policy >>

U.S. Industrial Real Estate Outlook: Strong Performance Propels Industrial Sector into 2014

John Morris, SIOR, Industrial Services Lead for the Americas, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc. (Q1 2014)
Growing demand for goods from consumers and businesses — and an apparently permanent shift in how people buy and how goods are shipped — has propelled the U.S. industrial real estate sector into its most positive position since before the Great Recession. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

Primer: The Impact of Taxes & Incentives on Data Center Locations

Chris Schastok, Vice President, Economic Incentives Group (EIG), CBRE, Inc. (Q1 2014)
Many states and communities are using incentives to lure data centers and establish clusters of these facilities, which, in turn, stand to benefit from tax breaks and cash grants for necessary infrastructure improvements. More
Special Reports
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Public Power Communities: Future-Focused

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q1 2014)
America’s public power communities are places where local governments and other public entities have taken charge to deliver services their communities need to prosper. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

The Southland Delivers a Solid Economic Performance

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)
The southern states have embraced the transition from traditional to knowledge-based economies and work hard to attract new projects and the high-paying jobs that come with them. More
Front Line
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Major New Developments for Keystone Pipeline

James T. Berger (Q1 2014)
Even without approval of the controversial Keystone XL phase, Canadian crude oil is now flowing through the pipeline from Canada to the Gulf for the first time. More
Departments
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

First Person: Foreign Investment Driving Uptick in Manufacturing Plant Construction

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2014)
Stephen Gray, Gray Construction CEO, comments on manufacturing’s contribution to U.S. economic growth and the factors influencing the uptick in construction of domestic plants. More
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Solar Commercial Outdoor Lighting Benefits the Industrial Property Sector

Divakar “Dibs” Tailor, President/CEO, Sol Lighting (Q1 2014)
Solar commercial outdoor lighting offers many advantages to owners and occupiers and is cost-effective now in many industrial property applications. More
Exclusive Online Content
Location Notebook >>

Opelika, Alabama Builds High-Speed On Ramp to the Future

Richard K. Wallace, Editor and Publishing Director, The Next Silicon Valley (Q1 2014)
Opelika is developing a comprehensive broadband fiberoptic system, connecting the city and a growing industrial base to the booming global business opportunities of the future. More
Business Globalization >>

How Will You Know When to Reshore? Five Factors to Consider

Rosemary Coates, President, Blue Silk Consulting (Q1 2014)
There are many factors to consider when “rebalancing your manufacturing,” reshoring some operations to the U .S. and leaving others in place to serve the growing Asian market. Several of the important factors in the original offshoring decisions have dramatically changed. More
Site Selection/Facility Planning >>

One Size Fits All: “Vested” for Large and Small Companies

Scott R. Schroeder, Owner/CEO, RelianceCM (Q1 2014)
Companies of all sizes are finding that negotiating and nurturing relationships with suppliers can provide a sustainable competitive advantage. Learn how the “Vested” model is lifting one small, Oregon-based contract manufacturer's ability to help bring its client’s products to market at scale. More
Wisconsin >>

Wisconsin’s Bioscience Industry Achieves Global Recognition

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)
Wisconsin’s bioscience industry continues to expand, often led by spinoff companies that are established to commercialize groundbreaking university research. More
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