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Q1 2015
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Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Infrastructure Investment: The Bridge to Economic Growth

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q1 2015)
Although conditions vary, much of the nation’s infrastructure is in dire need of repair and/or replacement, affecting business in general and some companies — as well as their location decisions — in particular. More
Features
Portfolio Management / CRE >>

Seeking Data Nirvana: New Analytics That Enlighten Location Strategy

David Kollmorgen, International Director and Lead of Business Intelligence, JLL (Q1 2015)
Data and analytics that tie real estate to corporate strategy are more achievable today than ever before. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

The Manufacturing Paradox: Output Up, Employment Down

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q1 2015)
Replacing aging plant and equipment will lead to acceleration in capital expenditure and, in turn, an increasing level of manufacturing relocation projects. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Well-Designed Incentives: Not a Zero-Sum Game

Christopher Steele, Global COO and North American President, Investment Consulting Associates (ICA) (Q1 2015)
When both a company’s and community’s goals are clear, the desired outcomes are realistic, and the responsibility of all parties expressly laid forth, benefits can be achieved for both the public and private sector. More
Energy / Clean Tech >>

Shale Oil & Gas Development Changing the Way the Nation Does Business

Charlotte Batson, Owner and Principal, Batson & Company (Q1 2015)
The development of oil and gas resources is driving infrastructure and manufacturing location decisions, while boosting U.S. competitiveness. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

The United States: A Growing Competitor for New Manufacturing Plants

Alexandra Segers, International Senior Account Executive/Program Manager, SSOE Group (Q1 2015)
As companies continue to review their global site selection options, they are realizing the strong, measurable advantages a U.S. location offers. These advantages can easily be overlooked if the location decision is based on limited information or preconceived notions. More
Special Report
Energy/Sustainable Development >>

Public Power Communities Shine the Light on Innovation

Mark Crawford (Q1 2015)
Public power utilities, which are owned by the communities they serve, have an inherent interest in helping those communities to innovate and prosper. More
Departments
Thought Leadership >>

Editor’s Note: Highway Access a Top Concern

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q1 2015)
The need to fix crumbling infrastructure has entered the national conscious more prominently than ever before. The debate on how to best address this challenge has been increasingly playing out in the media and on legislative floors across the nation. Perhaps then, it should come as no surprise that Highway accessibility was the number-one ranked site selection factor by the corporate executives responding to our 29th Annual Corporate survey. More
Sustainable Development >>

In Focus: Utilizing Data to Enhance Energy Management Strategies

Nate Kessman, Vice President, Business Development, Great Eastern Energy (Q1 2015)
By analyzing usage and consumption patterns through energy management software, facilities are able to bridge the gap between the theory of saving energy and the act of actually eliminating wasted dollars through reduction in energy usage. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

First Person: Renaissance or Cyclical Recovery? Strategy for Sustained U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness Needed

Adams Nager, Economic Research Assistant, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (Q1 2015)
Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, recently talked with Area Development about the state of manufacturing in the U.S. In his career, Nager has focused on macroeconomic growth, competitiveness, and tax theory. More
Front Line
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Front Line: High-Speed Rail Spurs Economic Development

Mark Crawford (Q1 2015)
Economic benefits include construction and operations jobs and manufacturing and supply chain opportunities. More than 25 rail manufacturing companies and suppliers have committed to expanding their U.S. operations if their bids are selected for building high-speed rail systems. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Contingent Labor Streamlines Manufacturing Operations

Mark Crawford (Q1 2015)
Once only considered as a last resort by companies to reduce labor costs, contingent workers that possess high levels of industry-specific training are now used by manufacturers on an increasingly regular basis. It is estimated that by 2018 nearly 45 percent of the world’s total workforce will be contingent. More
Annual Report
Corporate Exec Survey Results >>

11th Annual Consultants Survey: Consultants’ Exhibit Confidence and Increasing Project Activity

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2015)
The majority of those responding to the Consultants Survey feel the economy is already on a continuous growth track, which is reflected in the new facility and expansion plans of their clients. More
Corporate Exec Survey Results >>

29th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives: A Realignment of Location Priorities

Area Development Magazine Special Presentation (Q1 2015)
The location and expansion plans of our Corporate Survey respondents are not as robust as we had hoped, and their site selection priorities have been realigned, with facilities costs supplanting labor considerations. More
Online Exclusives
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

What The Labor Board’s New Rules Mean For Your Company

Woodruff Imberman, President, Imberman and DeForest (Q1 2015)
The NLRB’s new union election rules shorten a company’s chances for convincing employees that there’s no need for a union — which could be preemptively avoided by better labor-management communication. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Empowering Tenants in the Quest for Optimal Space

Mark G. Tornillo, President and CEO, Martek Global Services, Inc. (Q1 2015)
A tenant-based build-to-suit development provides complete transparency between the developer and tenant, enabling them to align their goals. More
Corporate HQ / Office >>

In Focus: Adaptive Reuse Gaining Traction in the Office Market

John Portman, IV, Chief Operating Officer, Portman Holdings (Q1 2015)
As companies compete to attract the best talent possible, locating in a redeveloped building — with its character, charm, and amenities — is becoming a key part of recruitment and retention strategies. More
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

Employers Still Struggling With the Affordable Care Act

Dan Emerson (Q1 2015)
Offering healthcare benefits is good for employee recruitment and retention, but companies must balance this need with overall costs. More