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Q3 2018
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Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

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
Features
Advanced Manufacturing >>

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
Asset / Facility Management >>

Integrating Technology Into the Corporate Headquarters Facility

Jim Nannini, Johnson Controls (Q3 2018)
Businesses that utilize technology to ensure their corporate headquarters are ready for the future will realize productivity, economic, and other gains. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

You’ve Found the Perfect Site — Now What?

Brent Maugel, Founder and President, Maugel Architects (Q3 2018)
A site’s existing conditions, zoning regulations, and surroundings are just some of the elements that must be considered in order to turn the site into the ideal location for your project. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

Negotiating Incentives for Your Next Capital Investment

David Cooper, Shareholder, Maynard Cooper Gale P.C. (Q3 2018)
When selecting a site for your next U.S. capital investment, keep in mind that incentives alone won’t transform a bad location into a good one. However, a good incentive package can improve a project’s bottom line and solve site-related issues. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Modular Construction Projects Cut Costs and Timelines

Cliff Reese, Senior Associate, SSOE (Q3 2018)
Early commitment from buyers and all stakeholders is imperative to a successful modular construction project, which can deliver on cost savings and shorten timelines. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

Which Locations Are Drawing FinTech Companies?

Tedd Carrison, Financial Analyst, 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
Departments
Viewpoint >>

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
Workforce Training / Education >>

First Person: “New Collar” Workers Needed to Support Manufacturing

Sarah Boisvert, Founder, Fab Lab Hub (Q3 2018)
Support for fab labs in high schools, trade schools, and community colleges will increase the number of workers with the skills manufacturers want, thereby creating a “new collar” workforce. More
Labor Costs / Organized Labor >>

Front Line: Union Activity Showing Recent Spikes

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)
Although unions’ influence in the U.S. has diminished over the last four decades, they are still playing a key role in manufacturing and, more recently, the distribution sector. More
Corporate HQ / Office >>

In Focus: The Pitfalls of Being in the Running for Amazon HQ2

Tim Cook, CEO, 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
Special Reports
Top States for Business >>

2018 Top States for Doing Business: Georgia Ranks #1 Fifth Year in a Row

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (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
Online Exclusives
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

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
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

In Focus: Make Way for the Game-Changers

Alec Humphries, Senior Vice President, JLL (Q3 2018)
Organizations that encourage and foster innovation — at all levels — will stay ahead of the curve. More
Taxes / Incentives >>

A Smarter Way to Incentivize

Jennifer Harris, Account Director, Akrete (Q3 2018)
Governments and corporate site selectors alike should consider whether sometimes overly generous tax incentives are the best way to align their goals. More
Workplace Trends >>

How Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Can Help Solve America’s Labor Shortage

Ryan Severino, Chief Economist, JLL (Q3 2018)
Companies that institute family-friendly workplace policies will be more successful in recruiting and retaining the skilled talent they need, leading to a more robust performance for themselves and the overall economy. More
Contributed Content >>

Orlando: A Prime Destination for a STEM Workforce

Mark Crawford, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)
Although Orlando already has a labor pool possessing STEM skills, it continues to build that resource through a collaboration between its educational institutions, the tech community, and government. More
Plastics >>

Plastics Industry Flourishes in Response to Market Demand

Dan Emerson, Staff Editor, Area Development (Q3 2018)
With U.S. natural gas costs being so low, the U.S. plastics industry continues to grow, while keeping an eye out for supply chain challenges brought about by changes in trade policy. More

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