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Q2 2015
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Leading Metro Locations >>

Leading Locations for 2015: Creating a Track Record of Economic Success, Denver-Aurora-Broomfield Ranks First

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development analyzed economic and workforce data for 373 MSAs to determine which U.S. cities are creating jobs and nurturing sustainable economic development. The results of the Leading Locations 2015 study clearly reflect the strength of the western half of the United States: eight of the top-10 MSAs are in the West — three in Colorado, two in California, two in Texas, and one in Washington State. More
Features
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

U.S. Infrastructure Funding Needs More Than a Quick Fix

Dan White, Senior Economist, Moody's Analytics (Q2 2015)
Public investment in infrastructure sits at its lowest level since records have been kept because of underfunding across all levels of government. More
Energy / Clean Tech >>

Renewed Expansion for Renewables Industry

Richard K. Greene, Senior Associate, Investment Consulting Associates (Q2 2015)
For companies in the renewables industry, preparing for expansion to capture growth needs to be done with care in order to capture the best deals and position the company in the marketplace. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

The Evolution of Economic Development: 1965 - 2015

Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble (Q2 2015)
Since Area Development’s inaugural issue 50 years ago, the economic development process has changed dramatically. More
Site Selection Factors / Strategy >>

The Art and Science of Locating a New Food Plant

David Sours, Senior Vice President, Food Facilities Group, CBRE (Q2 2015)
By identifying critical factors up front, food companies position themselves to succeed in a new market. More
Automotive >>

Auto/Aero Firms Redrawing the Map

Dale D. Buss, Staff Editor,  (Q2 2015)
Strong sales in the auto industry and a rebounding aerospace sector are spurring new facility/expansion projects in legacy as well as new locations. More
Corporate HQ / Office >>

Headquarters Decisions: Real Estate Executives Make Their Mark

Brian Cohen, Senior Vice President, Transwestern (Q2 2015)
Headquarters location decisions present companies an opportunity to realign the corporate “home base” with current strategic and operational objectives. They also can be a catalyst for management to facilitate change and move an organization forward based on their vision for the future. More
Logistics / Infrastructure >>

Creating & Maintaining a Cost-Effective Supply Chain

Curtis Spencer, President, IMS Worldwide, Inc. (Q2 2015)
A detailed mapping of the supply chain, locational considerations, and the use of foreign-trade zones can all help to reduce supply-chain costs, while increasing velocity. More
Data Centers >>

The Changing Landscape of Data Centers

Jason Shepard, Managing Principal, Cresa Mission Critical Solutions (MCS) (Q2 2015)
Identifying the type of data center operator and understanding the purpose of the facility are critical to getting the right information to the stakeholders responsible for making a location decision. More
Data Centers >>

Energy Costs and Strategies for the Data Center Market

Will Steffens, Principal, Sugarloaf Associates LLC (Q2 2015)
Data center operators need to not only analyze and monitor their energy usage but also constantly evaluate their energy procurement. More
Special Report
Annual Econdev Awards >>

2015 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognizing Excellence in State Job Creation and Economic Development Efforts

Area Development Special Presentation (Q2 2015)
Area Development’s annual awards recognize individual states for their overall economic development effectiveness. This year, we honor 21 states for their achievements in 2014 in garnering investment and job creation with Texas, Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina and Nevada awarded the Gold Shovel. More
Special Investment Report
Texas >>

Texas Today 2015: Diversified Texas Economy Still in Growth Mode

Dan Emerson (Q2 2015)
Texas’s industrial growth hasn’t been confined to one industry - or one region - and the state is continuing to build on its successes. More
Front Line
Biotech / Life Sciences >>

Frontline: NIH Expands Its REACH

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)
Bioresearch got a shot in the arm when the National Institutes of Health announced that three proof-of-concept hubs would join three already existing Research Evaluation and Commercialization Hubs: The Long Island Bioscience Hub, The University of Louisville and The University of Minnesota. More
U.S. Regional Reports >>

Front Line: Metro Areas Join in Export Initiatives

Karen Thuermer (Q2 2015)
To date, 28 cities across the country have come together under a pilot program called the Global Cities Initiative (GCI) to develop their foreign direct investment plans and volume of exports. More
Departments
Economy / Market Analysis >>

Editor’s Note: Economic Growth Off to Slow Start

Geraldine Gambale, Editor, Area Development Magazine (Q2 2015)
PricewaterhouseCoopers Q1 2015 Manufacturing Barometer reveals optimism among U.S. industrial manufacturers regarding the U.S. economy. In fact, the level of optimism — 76 percent — is the highest since the fourth quarter of 2005. More
Workplace Trends >>

In Focus: Millennials as Drivers of Workplace Design

Josh Kuriloff, Executive Vice Chairman, Cushman & Wakefield (Q2 2015)
To promote job recruitment and job retention, and to enhance productivity, it is strategically prudent for employers, planners, developers, and architects to understand the work environment the Millennials demographic favors. More
Business Globalization / Next Shoring >>

First Person: U.S. Economy Uniquely Positioned for 21st Century

Peter Zeihan, Geopolitical Analyst,  (Q2 2015)
One of Area Development’s staff editors recently interviewed Peter Zeihan, a former analyst at the geopolitical security firm Stratfor and author of The Accidental Superpower. Zeihan discusses the North American shale boom and the role of the U.S. in protecting global trade. More
Exclusive Online Content
Taxes / Incentives >>

Understanding Economic Incentives in Site Selection

Chris Magill, Economic Development Director, Ice Miller (Q2 2015)
Site selectors need to understand a state or community’s incentives philosophy, how the incentives are deployed, and the risks involved. More
Construction / Project Planning >>

Project Definition Improves Industrial Project Delivery

Brian Gallagher, Director of Marketing, O’Neal, Inc. (Q2 2015)
Taking a proactive and collaborative approach in the preconstruction phase is key to arriving at a project definition that will lead to successful project delivery. More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Veterans: A Natural Fit to Close the Skills Gap

Dan Emerson (Q2 2015)
National, regional, and corporate initiatives are helping to connect those leaving the military, who need careers, with U.S. employers, who need skilled workers. More